The aim of the new partnership is to develop better training of dentists on both sides of the Canadian and USA border. Speaking with reporters, Garrett Caldwell, President of CCADS said: “The UBC Dentistry partnership is a great way for dentists to experience two of the most credible brands in dental education. UBC Dentistry has a long history of providing world-class education, and CCADS’ post-graduate programs are renowned for providing an excellent educational experience.”
The CCADS is an international postgraduate institution, which offers programmes in the USA, Canada and the UK. The University of British Columbia, Faculty of Dentistry is one of the best dental schools in Canada. It is also apparently one of only a small number of institutions that specialises in what’s called problem-based learning. This uses student centred learning as the heart of the education process rather than the traditional lecture approach to learning. The aim of this approach is for the students to have to solve problems associated with dentistry, rather than be told the solutions. That said the university has not abandoned traditional methods of learning.
Echoing Garrett Caldwell’s comments, Dr. Charles Shuler, Dean and Professor, UBC Dentistry said: “Aligning with, and offering CCADS’ programs as part of the UBC Dentistry’s Continuing Dental program, is another way to ensure the quality of education that dentists experience at UBC is continued once they graduate. At UBC Dentistry, we are committed to providing the highest level of education and educational experience and we welcome a partnership with CCADS.”