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Run for the Cure

Here we have our Dalhousie Dentistry team for the Annual Run For The Cure. It was a great opportunity for a great cause that is near and dear to many of our hearts. Thanks for representing DDSS in the fight for the cure!

Harold Brogan Golf Tournament

What a great day for the annual Harold Brogan golf tournament!

Pictured here is the top females team: Melissa Jeans, Taylor Shupe, Mattie Paradise and Liz Girgulis.

Camping Trip

Our Annual Camping Trip at Twin Hibernia Lakes Campground was once again a night to remember!  The DDS family met up for a weekend camping trip that involved team themes and bonding activities for all years. Here we have some 3rd year students dressed up as tacky tourists!

Thanks DDS2 for planning such a great day!

NSDA Welcome to the Profession

This years Welcome to the Profession event was held in the Lord Nelson.

It was a great evening for all DDS students! Thanks to the specialists who took time out of their busy schedules to participate in a fun filled event - we learned so much!

Softball Tournament

The 6th Annual Softball Tournament at Gorsebrook was a success! The day started out with a BBQ with all proceeds going to our For the Health of It (FTHOI) charity. All proceeds were matched by Scotiabank, who generously helped out and coordinated the BBQ. There were many exciting games throughout the day (including a fabulous washer toss tournament)! It was a great event for all the dentistry family to come together.


Congratulations to DDS3, who were victorious in the championship challenge!

Welcome 2017-2018

Welcome back to all our returning students, new students, faculty and staff! Be sure to check the website for pictures from orientation week as well as news on events and to learn about our dentistry family! 

Sharing Smiles Day 2017

Sharing Smiles Day is a fun-filled day when dental students and persons with special needs meet to take part in carnival style games related to oral health. There was a great volunteer turn out this year, with many of the dental students participating.

We had nail painting, bracelet making, lots of fun games, and pizza!

Thanks to all the volunteers for making it such a great day!

Table Clinics

Congratulations to all dentistry and dental hygiene students that participated in table clinics this year. A big congratulations goes out to all the winners!

Pictured here is the winner of the DDS table clinics, Muaad Ali, with the Dean and many of our gracious sponsors this year!

Winter Ball 2017

Everyone had a great time this year at winter ball! Thanks to the winter ball committee for a great event!

Pictured here is the DDS class of 2019!

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Our ugly sweater party this year was a great success! Many of the DDS and DH students came out to enjoy quality time before parting ways for Christmas break. There was eggnog, snacks, and we even had a tree!

Hope everyone has a great holiday! :)

Run for the Cure

Congrats to the DDS3 and DDS4 students who braved the rain to participate in the Run for the Cure. It was a great turnout even with the rain!  

Leadership Summit

On Saturday, October 1, the leadership summit for current student leaders was held at the dental school. The day consisted of talks on restorative justice, cultural diversity, educational burnout and mental health. Thanks to all the speakers who came in to teach us and give us new insight into these topics.

DDS4 Welcomes DDS1

DDS4 hosted a trivia night for the DDS1 students on September 7th at Oasis. There were many challenging questions, but teams worked together and one team took the victory!

Congratulations to the winning team of DDS3 students!

Boat Cruise

The CDSPI sponsored boat cruise was once again a fan-favourite event this year. The cruise allowed for all 4 dentistry years and 2 dental hygiene years to have a tour of the Halifax Harbour and enjoy some music aboard the beautiful Harbour Queen.

Here is a group of DDS4 students enjoying their time on the boat!

Captured Escape Rooms

Students participated in a variety of puzzle games during orientation week that encouraged teamwork with fellow classmates and DDS2 buddies. Students got to solve puzzles, find clues and work through challenges to escape the room within one hour. Students got to choose from many game room themes including; Pirates Brig, 1943 Halifax, Alien Abduction and Citadel Hill.  After the escape room, students went to Durty Nelly’s to meet some more of the dentistry family.

Harbour Hopper

Students enjoyed a unique tour of Halifax from the comfort of a chartered land and water mobile called the Harbour Hopper. It was a great opportunity to learn about the history of Halifax and hang out with some fellow classmates. Thanks to RBC for sponsoring this event – it was great!

DDSS Welcome Pizza Party

On the first day of school, new and returning students were invited to a pizza party hosted by the Dalhousie Dentistry Student Society (DDSS). There was a great turnout with lots of delicious pizza and snacks! Students mingled with different years and were introduced into our dentistry family here at Dal.

Thanks to all who showed up! Get ready for an exciting couple of weeks!

Welcome back students!

Welcome back to all returning students, faculty and staff. Lets make this year the best!

A special warm welcome goes out to all new Faculty of Dentistry students and staff. Welcome to our Dal Dentistry family, and get ready for an exciting year!

Congratulations to the Class of 2016

Congratulations to the Class of 2016 on their graduation!

Each of the students will be moving on to a new chapter in their life full of exciting opportunities and experiences. We'd like to wish the 2016 graduates the best of luck in their future, and let them know they'll be missed!

FCDSA Conference 2016

The annual FCDSA conference was held in Ottawa this year in June. Two representatives from each of the 10 dental schools attended and talked about current issues facing students and worked on further developing the FCDSA, electing new positions and forming new committees for the upcoming year. A short summary document can be found on the FCDSA website at: http://fcdsa.ca/fcdsa-annual-general-meeting/

Thank you to Kelsey Eatmon and Liam McQuaid for representing Dalhousie at the annual conference!

Toothtacular 2016

On Friday, April 8 we had our annual Toothtacular event at Aurum Hall. Students from DDS1, DDS2, DDS3, DDS4 and DH2 made videos for the faculty appreciation night. The videos were very well done this year, and the students worked extremely hard to make sure the night was a success! At the intermission; a band consisting of Tom Steeves, Bryce Tung, Adam Bishop, Abby Beaulier, and Dr. Micheal Lee performed some hit songs.

A big thank you goes out to the band, Kate Rumbolt for planning the event, and of course; all of our wonderful faculty and staff that make life at Dalhousie Dentistry so great!

Sharing Smiles Day

Sharing Smiles Day is a fun-filled day when dental students and persons with special needs meet to take part in carnival style games related to oral health. There was a great volunteer turn out this year, with many 3rd and 4th year dental students participating. 

Thanks to all the volunteers for making it such a great day!

Table Clinics

Table clinics night was once again a great success! Congratulations to all the DDS3 students and DH2 students who presented.

A special congratulations goes out to Thomas Steeves, Bryce Tung, Samantha Drake, Lin Lin Ngu, and  Kyle Thorburne on their awards.

DDS2 Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Tour

On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, DDS2 students were invited to tour the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.  It was a great learning experience for students and everyone enjoyed themselves. Pictured here with the students are docents Anne MacKay and Linda Macintosh, and faculty members Dr. Ursula Lozowski and Dr. Wayne Garland.

Congratulations are in Order

Congratulations to DDS3 student Abby Barton, winner of a Faculty Leadership Award at the Dalhousie Student Impact Awards dinner on Thursday night. Way to go, Abby!

Pictured here is Abby with Assistant Dean, Dr. Ron Bannerman.

A second congratulations go out to DDS3 student Tom Steeves! He is the winner of the 2016 CDA/Dentsply Student Clinician Award at the Pacific Dental Conference in Vancouver.

Up against 14 other students from dental schools across Canada, Tom claimed the first prize with his research topic, "A prospective evaluation of 1- versus 3-day post-operative antimicrobial therapy in preventing surgical site infection following orthognathic surgery."

First prize is an expense-paid trip to the American Dental Association Annual Session in Chicago in October. Well done, Tom!

Prosthodontic Olympics

On January 26, the annual prosthodontic olympics were held. There were many great events including: alginate impressions, boxing impressions, rubber dam placement, crown preparation, and provisional restoration. Each DDS2 student competed in one event and was judged based on both speed and quality. It was a fun-filled event and there were many amazing team names and team costumes. Thank you to all the sponsors of the event, and congratulations to all of the participants and winners!

Here is a photo of the winning team; The Wizard of Jaws!

Winter Ball 2016

On January 16, 2016 the DDS class of 2018 hosted the annual winter ball. It was a great evening filled with delicious foods and great company. Thanks to all the amazing speakers, guests, and especially the winter ball committee for this year. It was a night to remember!

Pictured here are some of the members of the 2018 class!

For the Health of It

On November 28th, the annual For the Health of It (FTHOI) event happened at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. The FTHOI raised over 50,000 dollars for Katrin's Karepackage, a non-profit organization that subsidizes transportation fees for cancer patients to get to and from appointments. For more information check out www.katrinskarepackage.com.

Here is a shot of the Dentistry team as Mario Party - What a great performance everyone!

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

DDS3 hosted an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party for all DDS and DH classes on November 27th. Many students attended this event showing off their homemade or store-bought sweaters, and prizes were given out to the crowd favorites.

Here is a photo of the DDS2 class enjoying the evening!

International Foods Day

International foods day was a success!! Students and staff indulged in a variety of foods from all over the world. All proceeds of the event are going towards Sharing Smiles Day, an event in which dental and dental hygiene students interact and promote oral care to those individuals with special needs.

Thanks to all who bought food today. What a great turn out!

DDS3 and DDS4 event with Alliance Dental

On November 20th, DDS3 and DDS4 students were invited to join Alliance Dental for an evening at the Gahan House. Students enjoyed a delicious meal and we're able to interact with their colleagues outside of school.

Pictured are some of the DDS4 students who attended the event. Looking great everyone!

DDS2 Visit ProDent

On November 4th, some DDS2 students visited the ProDent laboratory. Students toured the facility and learned about fabricating orthodontic appliances, partial dentures, crowns, and bridges. Thank you to all the department supervisors and managers who helped out with this evening, it was great!

Here are the students pictures with ProDent representative, Jordan.

6th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest

Congratulations to the Dalhousie Dental Lab, who won the 6th annual Dalhousie Dentistry Pumpkin Carving Contest and walked away with some delicious treats from Susie's Shortbread, courtesy of our friends at Pro-Dent.

Presidents Fun Run/Walk

As part of Dalhousie’s homecoming weekend, students, faculty, and staff participated in the President’s Fun Run/Walk. The 5km route went through all three of Dalhousie’s Halifax campuses and challenged participants with an uphill road near the end! Prizes were given out to the winners and faculty with the greatest participation. We had a great turn out this year, with participants from every DDS and DH class present. Congratulations to all who participated

A special congratulations goes out to the class of DH2 who had the most students participate from their class! Way to go guys!

Annual JD Mclean Lecture

The annual JD Maclean lecture took place Friday, October 16th in the newly named "Aurum Hall". The topic of the JD McLean Lecture rotates on an annual basis, and this year’s talk is by Senator Jim Munson, who will deliver a presentation titled: "The Act of Giving – From Autism to Dentistry and Places In Between.”

Pictured here we have Dean Boran (second from right) with Senator Jim Munson (second from left), Special Olympian Chris Crace (centre), and friends at the 2015 JD McLean Lecture

Run for the Cure 2015

Congratulations to all the participants who walked and ran in the Run for the Cure on October 4, 2015!
Pictured here are students from DDS2, DDS3, DDS4, friends, family and even our dean, Dean Boran!

Thanks to all for helping fundraise for such a great cause!

Hope to see everyone out again next year!

White Coat Ceremony

On Thursday October 1, the Dalhousie Faculty of Dentistry held their 2015 white coat ceremony and academic awards ceremony. During this time, the first year dentistry and dental hygiene students received their white coats, and senior students received awards they achieved from the previous year.

Here are some first year DDS students who just received their white coats.

Congratulations to all!

BMO Hatfield Farms

The DDS1 students visited Hatfield Farms on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Students got to enjoy the animals, practice riding a mechanical bull, and take a horse carriage through the field. Afterwards there was unlimited hamburgers and soda! Thia day was a great family event!

Hatfield Farms is located in Hammonds and offers year-round fun - check them out!

DH2 Pancake Breakfast

Here we have one of the DH2 students working at the pancake breakfast! Students sold pancakes, toppings, and juice for $5.00 to help raise money for their coming graduation. Hope everyone got a chance to experience a hearty breakfast and help support the dental hygiene class of 2016!

Annual Dr. Harold Brogan Memorial Golf Classic

This year marks our 10th Annual Dr. Harold Brogan Memorial Golf Tournament, which was held once again at Glen Arbour Golf Course. It was a great chance for students, professors, Alumni and community members to come together and enjoy some friendly competition. A big thank you goes out to all the supporters who made this event possible.

Congratulations to the winning team! We are already very excited about next year’s tournament!

Alexander Keith's Brewery Tour

The DDS1 and DH1 students got to tour Alexander Keith’s Brewery and taste test some of the beer and iced tea made on site. It was a great opportunity to learn about the science behind brewing beer and enjoy some local culture. After the tour, students got to enjoy some free beverages at the facility and mingle with one another and some DDS2 students. Thanks for hosting such a great night, Pro-dent!

Clothing Order Announcement

Clothing Order 2015-2016 is now accessible ONLINE! From now on you will be able to order Dalhousie Dentistry clothing whenever your heart desires!

From September 17-22nd make sure to order TWO or more products and use promo code: 2SHIPPING at checkout to receive free shipping.

Camping Trip

Our Annual Camping Trip at Twin Hibernia Lakes Campground was once again a night to remember!  The DDS family met up for a weekend camping trip that involved team themes and bonding activities for all years. Here we have some 4th year students dressed up as lumberjacks!

Thanks DDS2 for planning such a great day!

NSDA Welcome to the Profession Night

The Nova Scotia Dental Association(NSDA) hosted a Welcome to the Profession Night held at the Westin for Dalhousie DDS and QP students. Practicing dentists from across the Atlantic Provinces welcomed students to the profession and to the NSDA. The night involved delicious food, great conversations, and fun team building exercises. 

Here are some of the DDS2 students taking a class picture!

CDSPI sponsored Harbour Queen Boat Cruise

The CDSPI sponsored Harbour Queen Boat Cruise was a great night for all DDS and DH students. After a Live @ 5, students made their way down to Murphy’s The Cable Wharf for the boat cruise. Students from all years got to mingle with one another on a scenic tour of the Harbour.  After the boat cruise, the dentistry family made their way up to Boomers to finish off the evening with some dancing. Thanks CDSPI for hosting such a wonderful night!

Buddy Dinners

The DDS2 students hosted the DDS1 students on Thursday, September 3 for buddy dinners. Buddy dinner’s give the first year students an opportunity to meet with their second year buddy outside of school and ask questions about their first few weeks of the DDS program. The buddy dinner’s were followed by an evening event at Durty Nelly’s. Thanks DDS2 for cooking some fantastic meals and being such great hosts!

DDS3 Welcome DDS1

DDS3 hosted a trivia night at Bubba Rays for the DDS family. Teams were made up of a variety of students from different DDS classes, and teams worked together to answer two rounds of trivia questions! It was a great chance to test our knowledge outside of dentistry.  Thanks DDS3 for hosting a fun night! 

Pictured here is the winning team, "Big Bucks". Congratulations guys, and enjoy your gift cards!

Cosmic Bingo at The Forum

What is better than finishing orientation week with a night of cosmic bingo? Students from all DDS and DH classes met up with bingo daubers and glow sticks for some evening fun.

Every Saturday night at 10:30pm there is cosmic bingo at The Forum, and it's always a great time! It's a fun family event, and is highly recommended - check it out!

Dentistry Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt

Students got a chance to explore the city of Halifax, and enjoy some friendly competition in our amazing race scavenger hunt. Teams of 4-5 students jogged around Halifax with a list of clues and a mystery location to meet. Afterwards students got to mingle with second years and cool down after the big race! A big thank you goes out to TD Bank who sponsored this event!


Congratulations to the winning team!

Dalhousie Dentistry's 4th Annual Softball Tournament

The 4th Annual Softball Tournament at St. Francis Field was a success! The day started out with a BBQ with all proceeds going to our For the Health of It (FTHOI) charity. All proceeds were matched by Scotiabank, who generously helped out and coordinated the BBQ. There were many exciting games throughout the day, and it was a great event for all the dentistry family to come together.


Congratulations to DDS4, who were victorious in the championship challenge!

Here is a photo of the DDS3 team that played in the tournament. Looking good guys!

Harbour Hopper Tour

The DDS1 students got to go on a Harbour Hopper tour of Halifax, sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada. Students got the chance to learn about Halifax history and see the city and waterfront! It was a beautiful night, and students really enjoyed the unique experience!

DDS4 Welcome DDS1

DDS4 students welcomed the DDS1 students with a "BBQ" at the dentistry building. Due to the weather, the BBQ was moved inside to our social room, The Cavity, and our burgers and hot dogs were exchanged for some awesome pizza. Students from all years got to mingle with one another and with faculty and staff. It was a great introduction to the dentistry family, and everyone got to enjoy some pretty great food!

Welcome Back Students!

Welcome to all new students starting orientation this week, and welcome back to all returning dentistry and dental hygiene students!

Lets make this 2015-2016 academic year a great one!

DDS2 ProDent Lab Tour

On April 15th, some DDS2 students went for a ProDent Lab Tour. This gave students an opportunity to witness first hand how the dental prosthesis they learn in class are fabricated! It was an excellent learning experience and well worth the time!

In this photo, the lab technician is showing students one of the various steps in the production of a crown. Here the technician is scanning the stone model to make a computerized image.

Don't forget; any class can schedule a ProDent Lab Tour!
Contact: Codey Pilgrim at [email protected] to set one up.


Every year the students in the Faculty of Dentistry and School of Dental Hygiene give awards to their professors for their meaningful contributions, and extend their thanks in the form of a video. The videos this year were creative, thoughtful, and quite musical! It was a night full of great company, good food, and recognition for our wonderful faculty at Dalhousie.

This year, students wrote anonymous quotes for professors which were displayed on the walls for all to see. It was great to see the students praises and their thoughtful words. Here is an example of one of the numerous quotes from the night.

A big thank you goes out to the DDS Class of 2017 for hosting the event. The emcees André Guay and Eunnie Kim did a great job in keeping us entertained with their punny dentistry jokes... and that's the tooth! 

Community Dental Health Promotion

A few Dalhousie Dentistry students, along with students from other professions such as Social Work and Health Promotion, worked together to put on a Dental Health Promotion demonstration at the St. Andrew's Church Sunday Supper on April 19th. We gave out tooth brushes, toothpaste, and dish soap for denture cleaning. We also providing pamphlets and demonstrations for proper dental care and helpful information in terms of where to go for emergency dental needs.

Winter Ball 2015

Here we have some of our DDS2 students at the 2015 Dalhousie Dentistry Winter Ball.

The Winter Ball 2015 was hosted by our Class of 2017 at the Westin Nova Scotian. It was a great opportunity for our students, faculty and alumni to look back and celebrate everyones accomplishments over the past year. 

Everyone looked amazing and had a great time!

Guatemala Smile Mission

Guatemala Smile Mission

February 2015 Trip Synopsis

The second annual Guatemala Smile Mission outreach initiative was successfully completed from February 14th-21st, 2015. A team consisting of ten members, which included dental students, a dentist, dental assistants, and a hygienist, met in San Bernadino, Guatemala to provide dental care to citizens in need. The team was supported in Guatemala by several translators, a dental assistant from our affiliated organization [Partners in Development (PID)], and local citizens who helped with instrument sterilization, cooking and cleaning, and so forth. The team and its supporters quickly formed a companionship that led to a high volume of quality dental care throughout the week.

Hundreds of extractions, restorations, fluoride treatments, and sealants were provided to Guatemalans on a first-come-first-serve basis. Dozens of Guatemalans from the local villages and beyond were lined up at our clinic doorstep hours before our arrival each morning. Patients were triaged and teeth to be treated were prioritized based on pain. Most of the time extractions were necessary to alleviate the pain as their teeth were severely broken down by caries, and a lot of times only root tips remained. However, many teeth were saved by restorations, and caries control was ensured to prevent further tooth loss. We also made about a dozen dentures for esthetically compromised citizens, which replaced their maxillary incisors and gave them the confidence to succeed in society.

The students were able to learn and practice many dentistry skills under the supervision of the dentist in charge. The workweek was broken down into rotations in each major treatment area (extractions, restorations, and dentures) such that each student had a chance to hone their skills in each of these areas. The dentist supervised all of the procedures, and if any student felt uncomfortable proceeding with a treatment, the dentist was always available to take the reigns and finish the job, while still providing an educational experience. The wealth of experience that this outreach has provided the dental students has made us better clinicians, and we hope to convey our new knowledge to our classmates in future clinic periods.

The expedition was physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding, as our workdays ranged from 10-12 hours. However, we always had motivation and inspiration to push harder each and everyday from the gratitude that the Guatemalans displayed when we were able to alleviate their pain and give them a better smile. Despite working long hours, the group was able to find time to explore and appreciate the culture in Guatemala and the beauty of its land. The team returned to their homelands with an enhanced appreciation of cultural diversity.

In summary, this outreach initiative has once again demonstrated the success of the Guatemala Smile Mission, and how dedication from dental students and dental professionals can really change lives. This trip would not have been possible without our numerous donors and supporters (to whom we will thank appropriately). 

We are already looking forward to and planning our next trip in 2016!

Guatemala Cyclone Fundraiser

A BIG thank you to Cyclone Fitness for hosting our Guatemala Smile Mission fundraiser for our trip to Guatemala this year! It was a great turn out, and a great event with great people! Thanks to everyone who came!

Prosthodontic Olympics

Great job Dr. Bob Loney and DDS2 Class of 2017 on a successful Prosthodontics Olympics.  Great job everyone!

The Prosthodontic Olympics was developed with a philosophy that learning for the students could be engaging and fun. The competition is a half day long and consists of 5 events: alginate impressions, boxing a final impression, placing a rubber dam, crown preparations, and making a provisional restoration. Students work in teams, develop a theme for their team, and dress up in great costumes.   Classwork is cancelled on the morning of the competition and there is a glorious opening ceremonies with lighting of an ‘Olympic’ flame and the introduction of the teams.

Table Clinic Night

Well done to our DDS Class of 2016 on a night of well done table clinics. 

The table clinics evening involves a student-centered learning activity, with the support of a faculty advisor. Students begin by selecting a topic that they wish to present. Students must thoroughly research their topic and provide their own critical analysis, conclusions and recommendations. Alternatively, students may conduct a research project and present their results and conclusions. This project is started with students in their 2nd year, present their table clinic in their 3rd year and write a final paper in their fourth year.

For The Health Of It

A big congratulations for all of those who participated in this year For The Health Of It and for taking home the award for best dance! Such hard work paid off and for such a great cause! Amazing job everyone!

Ugly Christmas Sweater Live @5

Great Ugly Christmas Sweaters DDS1 (And some nice Movember Moustaches may we add!!). Thanks DDS3 for hosting such a great and festive Live @5!

DH1 Live @5 Throwback Night

Here we have some of our DH1 students after they hosted a great Throwback Night for Live @5 in the Cavity. What a great way to end off the week!

Molar Mash

Here are some students attended year annual Halloween Party "Molar Mash" held in our very own cavity. Great costumes DDS2!

ASDA National Leadership Conference

Here we have Jessica Baron (left), Heather Keeling (centre) and Abby Barton (right) at the ASDA National Leadership Conference in Chicago, IL as Dalhousie's ASDA Representatives. These students attended the conference and learned some great leadership techniques which will help develop the Dalhousie Dentistry Student Body.

JD McLean Lecture

Members of the JD McLean family with Dr. Ivar Mendez (center), and Dean Boran (Right). Dr. Mendez was the featured speaker at this year's JD McLean Lectures as part of Dalhousie Homecoming 2014. 

Dalhousie Dentistry Alumni Dinner

Here we have a group of our Dental Hygiene students who attended this year's 2014 Dalhousie Dentistry Alumni Dinner. Congratulations to some of the Alumni who are celebrating milestone graduations!

Run for the Cure

Here we have our Dalhousie Dentistry team for the Annual Run For The Cure. It was a great opportunity for a great cause that is near and dear to many of our hearts. Thanks for representing DDSS in the fight for the cure!

Dentistry Night Out - Save the Molar Bears!

Here we have some of our DDSS students enjoying their Dentistry Night Out. Our students went exploring around downtown, spreading the good word about the molar bears, and about their fight against enamel cruelty. Thanks for a great night DDSS Bar Representatives!

Patterson Dental Sponsored Live

A BIG thank you to Patterson Dental for coming by a hosting our Live at 5 this week. Patterson brought a delicious buffet of food, provided drinks, as well as gave students the opportunity to try some of the latest in 3D scanning technology. Thanks Patterson Dental!

2014 White Coat Ceremony and Awards

We recently had our 2014 White coat ceremony, in which we will be presented our first-year dentistry and dental hygiene students with their White Coats - an important annual tradition. Senior students will also receive their hard-earned Academic Awards achieved from the previous year. Congratulations to all who are involved!

9th Annual Dr. Harold Brogan Memorial Golf Tournament

This year marks our 9th Annual Dr. Harold Brogan Memorial Golf Tournament, which was held this year at Glen Arbour Golf Course. It was a great chance for students, professors, Alumni and community members to come together and enjoy some friendly competition. Thanks to all our generous supporters that allowed this event to occur. It was lots of fun and we're already looking forward to next year's event!

Dental Hygiene Pacifico Night

Dental Hygiene hosted a Pacifico Night on Friday Sept 19th. A great chance to enjoy some time in our lounge, "The Cavity", and then explore some of downtown Halifax. Thanks DH2!

DDS1 Alexander Keith's Brewery Tour

Here we have some of our DH1 and DDS1 students enjoying a tour of one of our local microbreweries, Alexander Keiths Brewery - where they make delicious world class beer. It was a great chance to learn about the science behind brewing beer and was a great way for our incoming students to relax and enjoy local culture.

Camping Trip

Here we have some of our DDS2 "Minions" at our Annual Camping Trip at Twin Hibernia Lakes Camp Grounds. Each year all members of the DDSS meet for a weekend camping trip, in which each class dresses up in a theme and plays lots of team bonding games together.

Congrats to DDS2 for winning this year's Team Challenge! Lets see if you can keep your winning streak going to next year!

NSDA Welcome to the Profession Night

Dalhousie DDS and QP students were invited to the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel to attend the Nova Scotia Dental Association's Welcome to the Profession Night. Practicing dentists from across the atlantic provinces were there to welcome the students to the profession and to becoming members of the profession and to becoming a student members of the NSDA. It was a great night of socializing with classmates, peers and fellow industry professionals.

Family Beach Day @ Crystal Crescent Beach

Although the sun may have not been out the entire time, our students made the best of our family beach day at Crystal Crescent beach. A big thank you BMO for providing sponsorship for our BBQ and thanks to all the families who came out!

CDSPI sponsored Harbour Queen Boat Cruise

Here we have some of our DDSS students enjoying a CDSPI sponsored Harbour Queen Boat Cruise. Following Live @ 5 in the cavity, we made our way down to Murphy’s The Cable Wharf for the cruise. It was a great opportunity to meet fellow dental students and dental hygiene students from all classes. Thanks CDSPI!

DDS1-DDS2 Buddy Dinner

Check out some of our DDS1 and DDS2 students at our buddy dinner. Buddy dinner's are a great chance for the DDS2 students to host groups of DDS1 students at their homes. It's a great way to get to know each other better, and answer any questions the DDS1 students may have after their first couple weeks of school. DDSS buddy dinner was followed by a great time at Durty Nelly's! Thanks DDS2 for being such great hosts!

DDS 3 Hosts Trivia @ Bubba Rays

DDS3 hosted trivia for DDS1 and the rest of the dentistry crew at one of our favorite local bars, Bubba Ray’s! Great chance to test everyone knowledge outside of dentistry. 

Thanks DDS3 for a great trivia night!


Here we have some of our DDS1 students all decked out in glow sticks enjoying a round of bingo under some backlights at the forum. Great way to end orientation week before the long weekend.

If you've never been, you should definitely head down to the Forum and check it out!

Go-Karting & Laser Tag

Check out some of our DDSS students at their orientation laser tag and go-karting at Kartbahn!

It was a great way to get to know your fellow DDSS students while having a little friendly competition!

Post Race Dinner @ The Argyle

Here we have some of our DDS1 and DDS2 students out at our post scavenger-hunt dinner at the Argyle Bar and Grill. This buddy dinner is a great way for incoming students to get to know their upperclass mates, as well as ask any questions they may have about starting off dental school!

Dentistry Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt

Here we have some of the winners of our Dalhousie Dentistry Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt with Donna Casey from TD Bank. Our students got a chance to explore our beautiful city by running from check-point to check-point based off clues during this race, all while having a little friendly competition. Great job DDS1.

A big thanks to our sponsors for this event, TD Bank, for your contributions to make this event happen.

Dalhousie Dentistry's 3rd Annual Softball Tournament

On Wed August 27th we hosted our 3rd Annual Softball Tournament at Gorsbrook Field. There were lots of great games as well as a BBQ with proceeds going to our For The Health Of It (FTHOI) charity this year. A BIG thanks to Scotiabank for your support with our BBQ and for your contributions to FTHOI as well.

Congratulations to Team Utah/IWK on their victory of the mystery challenge!!!

DDS1 does the Harbour Hopper

Here are some of our DDS1 students enjoying their first tour of Halifax on the Harbour Hopper compliments of Royal Bank of Canada. What better way to see our peninsula city than an amphibious vehicle?

DDS4 Welcomes DDS1

Check out some of our DDS4 students as they welcomed the DDS1 students into the faculty at the Bitter End Martini Bar.

Congratulations and Welcome to the program DDS1 Students.

Welcome Back Students!

Welcome Back to all new and returning students!

We're all very excited about a great 2014-2015 academic year!

Federation of Canadian Dentistry Student Association (FCDSA)

On June 21, 2014 the Federation of Canadian Dentistry Student Association met to have it's second Annual General Meeting in Ottawa, Ontario. Two students from each of the ten Canadian dental schools attended, including Heather Patry (right) and Bryce Tung (left) representing Dalhousie's Dentistry Student Society (DDSS). The goals of this meeting were to discuss how we could continue to unify a Canadian dentistry student body, how to develop and promote the FCDSA as well as individual student societies, and how we could advocate for the rights of dental students across Canada. There were a number of great presentations on leadership and strategy development, in which our students were able to learn a lot which will be able to apply to the DDSS.  We very much look forward to what these students learned and are able to bring to help promote our student society!


Congratulations to the 

DDS Class of 2014

Frozen Yogurt Fundraiser

Thanks to these DDS3 ladies for putting on a fundraiser for the Class of 2015: Frozen yogurt from Goji’s is delicious!

Glow Party

DDS3 throws a “glow party” to celebrate the fourth years being done with boards! CONGRATS DDS4!

Guatemala Trip

7 Dalhousie Dentistry students traveled to San Bernadino, Guatemala for their spring break to provide free dental care to patients in need! Two DDS3 students, Heather Patry and Ben Lawlor, organized the trip. Over 350 patients were seen in 5 days, and 400 extractions, 150 restorations, 100 sealants were completed! Fluoride and OHI were given to all patients!

Table Clinics

A few DDS3 students getting ready to present their research at the annual Table Clinics.

Winter Ball 2014

DDS3 ladies pose with their favorite photographer, Dr. Garland at the annual Dentistry Winter Ball!

Happy Holidays

Cluster 6 Prepares for the Holidays – Check out their lovely holiday card!

For The Health Of It (FTHOI)

For The Health Of It: This past weekend several Dalhousie Dentistry Students led by Matthew Park and Abby Barton participated in the annual For The Health of It performance raising money for a local charity.

National Leadership Conference

Dalhousie Dentistry Student’s Society sends two representatives to the American Student Dental Association National (ASDA) Leadership Conference in Chicago, Illinois. Ben and Heather attended several keynote presentation and leadership seminars and plan to utilize what they learned to promote the growth and development of DDSS. ASDA’s 2013 National Leadership Conference welcomed more than 400 predoctoral students and 50 predentals. Save the date for next year’s event: Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014 at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago, Ill.

Personal development (outside of dental school) is important.

Students receive in-depth training in general and specific areas of dentistry through dental school – including ethics, treatment options and patient care. But the “life skills” needed to be a successful business owner, team leader and people manager are sometimes left out of the mix. The National Leadership Conference bridges the gap between the classroom and the real world by providing leadership training to dental students across all years, and predentals. All members are invited. You do not need to have experience as a chapter or national leader to attend.

There are four educational “tracks,” each with a variety of sessions to choose from. Stick to one track or switch between all of them over the three days at NLC:

  • ASDA & Organized Dentistry
  • Career Planning & Business Leadership
  • Advocacy, Politics & Professional Issues
  • Chapter Leadership & Management

White Coat Ceremony

Introducing the DDS Class of 2017, receiving their white coats at Dalhousie's White Coat Ceremony. Congratulations Class of 2017!

Camping Trip

Class of 2016 poses for a picture rocking their “Rock N Roll” costumes at the annual camping trip!

Valley Wine Tour

Wine Tour in the valley: DDS3 ladies took a spin on the Magic Wine Bus through the Valley and enjoyed a few of Nova Scotia’s tasty wines!

Annual Harold Brogan Golf Tournament

John Chin, Jake Kieffer, Jake Smith and Sean Davidson (Class of 2016) earned first place at the annual golf tournament held to honor Dr. Harold Brogan!

DDS Softball Tournament 2013

DDS3, The Distal Contacts, gear up for a little softball with the faculty and other dentistry students!

Federation of Canadian Dentistry Student Associations 

Annual General Meeting June 2013

Federation of Canadian Dentistry Student Associations (FCDSA)

2013 Annual General Meeting

June 15, 2013

Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario

On June 15, the Federation of Canadian Dentistry Student Associations held its Annual General Meeting in Ottawa.  The new President of the Federation is Shannon Munsie from Western University, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.  All 10 faculties were represented at this meeting by student leaders and the President of the American Student Dental Association, Jiwon Lee of Columbia University also attended.  The key outcomes of the meeting were:

  • Approval of bylaw amendments and other resolutions allowing the creation of a separate bank account.
  • Agreement on next steps in the communications strategy, including the development of a Power Point presentation for use by member associations, web site, logo and an interim Facebook group.
  • Creation of a Finance Committee.
  • Creation of a Working Group to consider how the FCDSA might assist organizers of the International Dental Student Conference (IDSC).
  • Agreement on organizations to be invited to Council meetings.
  • Adoption of an Election Protocol and election of new Executive.
  • Establishment of a relationship with JCDA Oasis.

External guests were: from the NDEB, Dr. Jack Gerrow (Registrar) and Dr. Mary Ann Wiseman (President-Elect); from CDSPI, Anita Counter (Senior Vice-President) and Paul Harris (Vice-President, Marketing). Attendees from the CDA were:  Dr. Richard Holden (CDA Board Member), Dr. John O’Keefe (Director, Knowledge Networks), Monique Bouchard (Coordinator, Education) and Dr. Benoit Soucy (Director, Clinician and Scientific Affairs) who facilitated the key discussions.  Mr. Claude Paul Boivin spoke at the opening dinner which was also attended by Geneviève Gagnon (Writer/Editor, JCDA Oasis).

The FCDSA Executive for 2013-2014 is as follows:

Shannon Munsie (Western)           President

Toufic Boulos (Montréal)               Vice-President

Jay Chan (UBC)                            Regional councillor – Western Canada 

Victor Toan Le (Manitoba)             Regional councillor – Central Canada

Heather Patry (Dalhousie)             Regional councillor – Eastern Canada