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Hospital Dental Residency Program

Available Residency Spots: 6

How to Apply:

Please visit the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto website for instructions on how to apply:

The Hospital Dental Residency is a dynamic, structured, program offering opportunities for patient care in most disciplines of Dentistry in a unique hospital setting. You will interact with full- and part-time staff who will expend considerable time and energy to ensure that you have a positive educational experience during your residency year. We believe that we have the premier hospital dental residency program in Canada and one of the top international programs.

The Department of Dentistry is an integral member of Mount Sinai Hospital's health care facility. We are members of a large and successful interactive community within which there is a significant degree of interdependence. Four of our key programs, Oral Facial Pain (including the surgical management of the TMJ); Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities and Medically Compromised; the Graduate Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Clinical Program in Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine are recognized as core programs of the Hospital and are the primary provincial sites for such specialized care.

Our hospital community includes nurses, administrative, custodial, medical and dental personnel, undergraduate dental and graduate specialty students, and you the full-time resident staff. Communication and co-operation is the key to our success as a Department. We are a united team committed to quality patient care in an educational environment.

The patient is the single most important person at the Mount Sinai Hospital and is the focus of our attention. The majority of our patients are medically compromised and this fact alone will offer considerable educational and treatment challenges. Our patients are seen only on a referral basis either from physicians, dentists or other dental specialists. We are a tertiary and quaternary treatment facility in the heart of the University of Toronto’s Health Sciences Complex.

There are mandatory in-hospital educational and patient care rotations including day, evening, weekend emergency coverage, sessions in anesthesia, ENT, dentistry for persons with disabilities, facial and TMJ pain, general dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral pathology and oral medicine, periodontics, prosthodontics including implants for special needs patients, and endodontics. There are also weekly seminars requiring your active participation. Out of hospital rotations include patient care at the Toronto Rehab the largest rehab facility in Canada and Weeneebayco Hospital in Moose Factory Ontario.

The academic year at Mount Sinai Hospital offers an exciting, dynamic educational experience for the motivated resident in hospital dentistry providing you are willing to commit all your time and energy to this program. Upon completion of our program you will be well prepared to enter a general practice, institutional practice or specialty programs in dentistry.


There are a number of mandatory rotations throughout the year:

  1. two weeks in anesthesia;
  2. one week ER medical rotation;
  3. one week ENT;
  4. 2 months at Toronto Rehab;
  5. 3 weeks at Moose Factory and coastal dental treatment facilities;
  6. one week at Princess Margaret Hospital for dental oncology.


You will be assigned to various departmental programs such as oral and maxillofacial surgery, emergency, and general dentistry, on a master yearly schedule. It is not possible to change these assignments unless you have the permission of the Director of the residency program. In a similar fashion, vacation time (you are given three weeks vacation during the year) must be pre-booked at the beginning of the year. Changes cannot be made unless you have the permission of the Director of the residency program. Time needed for interviews or other matters can be taken but will be considered "vacation time". Every effort is made to have you attend periodic continuing education meetings throughout the year.

You will be assigned to our emergency dental service on a "one in six" basis. This means that by the time the year is over, you will have spent about one-sixth of your time covering the emergency service. The Hospital Dental Resident is always called first for all patients who are admitted to the emergency department. The residents from the Graduate Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery will also be on call for major emergencies such as fractures or major fascial space infections. The Hospital Dental Residents will be on call and play an active role in all emergency cases, including those under the care of the Graduate OMFS program. However, it is possible, and most likely, that you will cover several "shifts" in a row before having several days where you will be off the emergency service. It is possible to make changes to your emergency "shift" amongst yourselves without prior administrative approval. There are three emergency shifts: daytime, evenings from17:00 to midnight and midnight to 08:00, and weekends to which you will be assigned by our Clinic Manager. In addition, you will be on call when you are assigned to your oral and maxillofacial surgery rotation for active patients admitted to that service under your care.

The nature of our program usually precludes your active participation in any of our ongoing research projects. Our program does not offer electives in other areas of interest. Our program does support your interest in obtaining certification in the provision of sedation in your future practices. There will be seminars on Intravenous Sedation as well as ongoing experience in providing this anesthesia service to our clinic patients. Furthermore, you will be assisting staff oral and maxillofacial surgeons with intravenous sedation cases in the clinic. There may be other opportunities to further your experience in anesthesia "after hours" should you wish to pursue this option.

Our program in dentistry for persons with disabilities is very active and will provide you with a rich and rewarding experience in all respects, including comprehensive care under general anesthesia. We are the only hospital with a major clinical oral pathology and oral medicine university teaching program in which all residents participate. We are developing a clinical implant program for the residents and an enhanced program in periodontal surgical care for medically compromised individuals. All of these clinical activities will be a challenge. We do not offer experience in pediatric dentistry except when in Moose Factory, or in orthodontics.

Occasionally, it may appear as if significant demands are being made on your time, however, that is what this program is all about. You will have many opportunities to participate in interesting patient care situations which can occur at any time as we are a 24 / 7 program. You will interact with graduate students and residents in various medical and dental specialties.


Co-Directors of Program:

Drs. Mary-Ellen Cascone and Dr. Maria Colaiacovo


HDR Affiliated Dentists/Oral Surgeons:

  • Dr. Amir Azarpazhooh, Endodontist
  • Dr. B. Baig, Prosthodontist
  • Dr. I. Barzilay, Prosthodontist
  • Dr. M. Caminiti, Oral Surgeon
  • Dr. L. David, Oral Surgeon
  • Dr. J. Davis, Oral Surgeon
  • Dr. M. Goldberg, Periodontist
  • Dr. E. Grodecki, Oral Surgeon
  • Dr. E. Habsha, Prosthodontist
  • Dr. K. Lee, Oral Surgeon
  • Dr. A. Moncarz, Endodontist
  • Dr. D. Powell, Prosthodontist
  • Dr. E. Reinish, Oral Surgeon
  • Dr. B. Rittenberg, Oral Surgeon
  • Dr. S. Strauss, Oral Surgeon
  • Dr. J. Zarb, Prosthodontist