Two participants at the annual Sharing Smiles Day sit together at a table.

Dental and specialty clinics

Centre for Community Oral Health

Healthy Smile Happy Child

Community outreach

We look at our outreach efforts as a way to grow our training and expand our understanding of treating patients. Our partners allow us to embed ourselves within a community or organization, giving our students, staff and faculty the chance to gain invaluable skills and experiences, all while giving back.

Mentorship program

One of the most effective ways to train extends beyond curriculum-based learning. Our mentorship program matches dental students with practicing professionals who will help guide, advise and offer in-the-moment perspectives.

  • Dentistry

    The Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry is looking for alumni dental professionals to join us in providing mentoring opportunities to students.

    Mentees connect with their mentor during the first year of their studies. The hands-on mentoring and professional guidance focused relationship continues throughout the course of the students' four-year educational journey.

    Contact us

  • Dental Hygiene

    Through a partnership with the Manitoba Dental Hygienists Association (MDHA), we support the transition of dental hygiene students into the profession through open communication, guidance, and inspiration that benefits both the mentor and mentee.

    Learn more about the Dental Hygiene Mentorship Program

Ten Thousand Coffees UM Café

UM Café is an online networking and mentoring platform powered by Ten Thousand Coffees. UM Café introduces students, alumni and industry partners to one another. They can then share a virtual cup of coffee and exchange knowledge and advice. Learn more by reading our story in UM Today.

Visit the UM Café site

Our sponsors

The Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry is grateful to the many organizations that help support our programs and help our students achieve their full potential. 

Learn more about our sponsors

awards Alumni of Distinction

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    (L to R) Dr. Anastasia Kelekis-Cholakis, dean of dentistry, Dr. Aaron Kim, award winner for dentistry, Kellie Watson, award winner for dental hygiene, and Mary Bertone, director of school of dental hygiene.

  • 2023 UMDAA Alumni of Distinction

    Dr. Aaron Kim, a 1987 dentistry alumnus and an associate professor of restorative dentistry, received the Alumni of Distinction Award from the UM Dental Alumni Association (UMDAA). The award recognizes Kim’s work organizing humanitarian dental missions that led to the establishment of dental clinics in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Guatemala.

    2023 UMSDHAA Alumni of Distinction

    Kellie Watson, who earned her diploma in dental hygiene in 1995, received the Alumni of Distinction Award from UM School of Dental Hygiene Alumni Association (UMSDHAA). She has made outstanding contributions to the profession as an administrator and instructor. 

    Read more on UM Today

University of Manitoba Dental Alumni Association (UMDAA) Alumni of Distinction past recipients

University of Manitoba School of Dental Hygiene Alumni Association (UMSDHAA) Alumni of Distinction past recipients

Alumni events and news

Share your story

Alumni from the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry go on to make a difference in a wide variety of settings and careers. Tell us where your degree has taken you! Send an email to and you may be featured in the college's e-newsletter or in one of our magazines!

Dentistry Alumni associations

Join our community and be a part of our story!

  • University of Manitoba Dental Alumni Association (UMDAA)

    A great way to stay connected and grow your network is through the UMDAA. Membership is open to all graduates of the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry, regardless of where you live.

    Manitoba-based practitioners, one-year (voting membership): $50.
    Out of province and associate members: $35

    As a voting member of the UMDAA, you can help us ensure:

    • a strong alumni voice in college affairs
    • with a large network of practitioners, the UMDAA will be more effective and more relevant
    • a lasting bond with students and the dental college
    • we remain as one of the top dental schools in Canada

    Become a member of the UMDAA

  • University of Manitoba School of Dental Hygiene Alumni Association (UMSDHAA)

    The School of Dental Hygiene provides world-class education, in addition to many social and cultural experiences and interactions. Our goal is to provide you with the same variety and quality experience through our networking and programs for our alumni.

    The UMSDHAA is committed to connecting with alumni of the School of Dental Hygiene. We focus our efforts on:

    • engaging alumni through social and networking events
    • recognizing alumni achievements
    • keeping alumni up-to-date on the latest news and events
    • providing services and benefits for all of our graduates
    • involving current students and supporting the School of Dental Hygiene

    If you're interesting becoming a UMSDHAA member, we would love to hear from you!

    Become a member of UMSDHAA

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Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry
D113, 780 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba, Bannatyne Campus
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W2 Canada