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The CAPD/ACDP recognizes that the future national voice of pediatric dentistry in Canada lies within its graduate student population. Whether students are participating in a program within Canada or in the United States, there is one common thread amongst them all - they are linked together and with their active CAPD/ACDP member colleagues through the CAPD/ACDP website.

Students are welcome to submit announcements and/or news that they wish to share on the website about their activities relating to student affairs, meetings or scientific research by contacting the site administrator.


CAPD/ACPD also recognizes the importance of our undergraduate students in Dentistry who have taken an active interest in Paediatric Dentistry. CAPD/ACPD, through the establishment of the Norm Levine Undergraduate Student scholarship, continues to encourage and support the development of these young learners.

This scholarship is available for each of the dental schools in Canada.

Abstract Submission

There are set guidelines that graduate students need to follow in order to attend and/or submit abstracts for the 3M ESPE Graduate Student Research presentations. The following PDF file contains the information necessary for students' participation:

2021 Instructions for Submission of Scientific Abstracts 

Please note that the 2021 deadline for submission of Abstracts is July 27, 2021

Research Presentations 

The annual 3M Oral Care Graduate Student Research Presentations and Awards are a result of the partnership formed between 3M Oral Care and CAPD/ACDP. The money 3M Oral Care generously donated goes to Canadian graduate students in pediatric dentistry who present their research topics at the CAPD/ACDP Annual General Meeting.

Each year, 5 Graduate students will be invited to the Annual meeting to present their research. Invited students are eligible for the 3M Oral Care CAPD/ACDP Graduate Student Award of $1000 which is awarded to the best presenter as determined by a panel of judges. 3M Oral Care also awards a sample of their product line to all graduate student presenters.

In addition to qualifying for the 3M Oral Care Award, CAPD/ACDP will provide each presenter with 
Complimentary registration for the Conference Scientific Sessions.



The 2020 Virtual Presentations took place on Saturday September 26, 2020.

The Result.....


Nashat Cassim, University of Toronto

The Experience and Perceptions of Dental Students in Treating Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Nashat Cassim1, Maria Mylopoulos2, Karen Campbell1, Laura Dempster1

1Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto; 2 Wilson Center for Research in Education, United Health Network (UHN), University of Toronto


Objectives:  Adults with Developmental Disabilities (AWDDs) experience a higher prevalence and severity of dental diseases. This can be attributed partly to barriers to access to care, one of which is the limited training of dentists. The objective of this study is to investigate the perceptions of dental student with regards to treating AWDDs, as well as their experience in doing so during their rotation to Mount Sinai Hospital dental clinic.

Methods:  A qualitative approach was used to elucidate the experiences and perceptions of dental students with regards to treating AWDDs. To gain a better understanding of these concepts three groups were interviewed in a semi-structured fashion: experts who extensively work with AWDDs (expert group), students who had no clinical training to treat AWDDs (disconfirming sample), and students who had completed their clinical training to treat AWDDs (confirming sample). Interviews were conducted in-person or via video call in a one-on-one manner. Interviews were transcribed, coded, and analyzed for themes (NC, LD, MM).

Results:  A total of 14 interviews were completed. Experts described their motivations for working with AWDDs (i.e. personal gratification, seeking a challenge, and health advocacy/social responsibility). Disconfirming and confirming samples highlighted the impact of the informal curriculum on forming their expectations of working with AWDDs as well as the increased importance of clinical training compared to didactic in the development of their skills and expectations. Disconfirming and confirming samples identified the challenges of working with AWDDs (i.e. barriers to care, recognizing limitations, inadequate training, and a fear of providing inadequate care). The confirming sample described the rotation as a transformative learning experience that instilled a sense of health advocacy and social responsibility in them. The confirming sample described the development of interpersonal skills, adaptability and efficiency, which were skills the experts felt were important to successfully work with AWDDs. The confirming sample and experts differed on their opinion of the relative importance of the skills they developed, with students placing more importance on technical skills and experts on interpersonal skills.

Conclusions:  This study provides insight into the experience of dental students during their training to treat AWDDs. The alignment between the skills students developed and the skills experts described as important suggests that the clinical training is adequate. The difference in perceived relative importance of skills between the students and experts demonstrates a need to adjust the curriculum to align these perceptions and the possible influence of the hidden curriculum.

Hamideh Alai-Towfigh, University of Manitoba

Canadian Dentists’ Views on the First Dental Visit and Early Childhood Oral Health

Hamideh Alai-Towfigh, BSc, DMD, MDent (c), Robert J Schroth, DMD, MSc, PhD

Funding provided by the Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry Endowment Fund


Objectives: Early first dental visits set children on the proper trajectory for a lifetime of optimal oral health. The purpose of this study is to undertake secondary analysis of data obtained from a national survey of Canadian dentists to determine their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors relating to the first dental visit.

Methods: In 2013, the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) undertook a national survey of its members. General and pediatric dentists received an email invitation to complete an electronic survey. This survey questioned dentists about their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors regarding the timing of the first dental visit and early childhood oral health. The survey also collected demographic and practice characteristics of respondents. Statistical analyses included descriptive and bivariate statistics. A p-value ≤ 0.05 was significant. Ethics approval was obtained from the University of Manitoba’s Health Research Ethics Board. The CDA also provided approval for this study.

Results: Overall, 2,504 dentists participated (17.0% response rate), 58.5 % male, 20.6±12.8 years in practice, 96.6 % general dentists, and 49.5% practicing in a metropolitan centre. On average, dentists recommended a first visit by 20.4 ±10.8 months. Only 45.6% recommended a first visit ≤ 12 months of age, while 54.4% recommended over the age of 12 months. The majority of respondents (59.5%) knew the age being recommended for a first dental visit by professional dental organizations. A vast majority (74.2 %) had seen a patient who was less than 12 months of age, but did not typically see a child this young (82.3 %). More than half (55.3 %) of dentists who reported not seeing patients by 12 months of age, referred them to a colleague who was willing to do so. Almost all respondents (94.8%) actively discussed early childhood dental care with their patients and also provided parents with information on how to care for their child’s teeth. Analysis is ongoing and will investigate provider characteristics associated with seeing children by the first birthday milestone.

Conclusions: Our findings reveal that many dentists do not recommend first visits by 12 months of age despite it being the CDA’s position. Data can assist in informing targeted educational campaign on early childhood oral health to dentists. This study will also serve as a baseline for future investigations into changes in dentists’ practice behaviors.

The 2019 Abstracts for the Annual Conference in Ottawa, Ontario may be found at 



Dr. Keith Titley Scholarship

The Dr. Keith Titley Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Training Scholarship

The 2021-2022 Deadline for submission -  October 31, 2021

Dr. Keith Titley was a full Professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto from 1970 to 2008. Keith worked tirelessly as an educator in both undergraduate and graduate training in Pediatric Dentistry.

He was a mentor and a friend to many graduate trainees in Pediatric Dentistry and the products of his work are spread across Canada providing advanced oral health care to children, and education and research in Pediatric Dentistry. He was the supervisor for countless diploma theses in Pediatric Dentistry and the supervisor for as many M.Sc in Pediatric Dentistry theses.

Keith also worked tirelessly first as Chief Examiner and then as the Registrar for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. In doing so he insured the importance of advanced training in the recognized specialty programs of Canada and as such insured an examination process that was fair and equitable for all dental specialties.

Keith has also been a strong supporter and member of the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry/Academie Canadienne de Dentisterie Pediatrique.

In recognition of Dr. Titley’s quiet, yet tireless work in the area of Pediatric Dentistry this scholarship of the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry/Academie Canadienne de Dentisterie Pediatrique has been named in his honour.


Read the full Terms of Reference and Instructions for Application for this scholarship.

Download the Dr. Keith Titley Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Training Scholarship Application Form

(After filling in the form in Microsoft Word, follow the instructions in the Terms of Reference document above.)

Download the Dr. Keith Titley Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Training Scholarship Advisor Statement.

(After your advisor fills in the form in Microsoft Word, follow the instructions in the Terms of Reference document above.)

Past Recipients of the Dr. Keith Titley Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Training Scholarship

 Year  Winners  Runners-Up
 2019 - 2020  Dr. Kimberly Ngai, University of Toronto  Dr. Sheri McKinstry, University of Manitoba
 2018 - 2019  Dr. Tara Kennedy, University of Manitoba  Dr. Cara Yu, University of British Columbia
 2017 - 2018  Dr. Cameron Grant, University of Manitoba  Dr. Don He, University of British Columbia
 2016 - 2017  Dr. Simrit Nijjar, University of Manitoba  No Runner-Up Declared
 2015 - 2016  Dr. Alison Sigal, University of Toronto  Dr. Leena Chohan, University of Toronto
 2014 - 2015  Dr. Andrew Wong, University of British Columbia  Dr. Marie-Lyne Gosselin, University of Toronto
 2013 - 2014  Dr. Basma Dabbagh, University of Toronto  Dr. Trang Nguyen, University of Toronto
 2012 - 2013  No Winner Declared  No Runner-Up Declared
 2011 - 2012  Dr. Tabitha Chng, University of Toronto  Runner-Up Category not yet established
 2010 - 2011  Dr. Michael Park, University of Toronto  Runner-Up Category not yet established
 2009 - 2010  Dr. Evan Zaretsky, University of Toronto  Runner-Up Category not yet established

Dr. Norman Levine Undergraduate Dental Student Award

Dr. Norm Levine was the first graduate trainee in pediatric dentistry from the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto program in 1960. Norm was Professor and Head of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto from 1976 to 1993. He was an internationally renowned and respected leader in dentistry for Persons with Disabilities.

Demonstrating a steadfast passion for pediatric dentistry, Norm raised its profile and reputation. The “Bear”, as he was known, was a caring and compassionate gentle giant He was awarded the Order of Canada for his commitment to pediatric dentistry and those with special oral health care needs. He instilled that passion in many undergraduate and graduate trainees in pediatric dentistry and many of them, from the very program that he became Professor and Chair of, have relocated across Canada and the world to private practices, hospital departments and academia promoting that same passion for excellence in pediatric dentistry.

It is with great honour and respect that the membership of the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry/ Academie Canadienne de Dentisterie Pediatrique has established The Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry/Academie Canadienne de Dentisterie Pediatrique Dr. Norman Levine Undergraduate Dental Student Award.

There will be one award given annually to each accredited Canadian Faculty of Dentistry for a third or fourth year DDS/DMD student who demonstrates aptitude and passion for the field of pediatric dentistry and/or dentistry for persons with special needs.

The recipient should be nominated by the Undergraduate Pediatric Dentistry director in consultation with the respective faculties’ awards committee. The recipient of this award will receive $200.00.

Accredited Canadian Faculties of Dentistry may contact and invoice the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry/Academie Canadienne de Dentisterie Pediatrique with the nominees name at info@capd-acdp.org once annually within their respective academic awards cycle.

Congratulations to the 2021 Recipients

(as of June 8, 2021)

Daniella Battaglia, University of Manitoba

Yasmine Bouferguène, Université Montréal

Rachel Korman, McGill University

Andréanne Légaré, Université Laval

Brandon Linaksita, Western University

Shaun Monty, University of British Columbia

Catherine Murphy, Dalhousie University

Andrew Scarsellone, University of Toronto

Mireille Szostak, University of Alberta

Chers membres de l’Académie canadienne de dentisterie pédiatrique,

Je tiens à vous remercier pour le prix Norman-Levine, cela me touche énormément. La clientèle pédiatrique est celle qui me passionne depuis toujours. Avant même d’étudier en médecine dentaire, j’ai eu des emplois où j’ai travaillé avec les enfants et j’adorais cela. La dentisterie pédiatrique me permet donc de travailler avec une clientèle que j’apprécie beaucoup et de joindre le domaine si intéressant de la médecine dentaire. Ce prix représente tout le travail et le plaisir que j’ai eu cette année en dentisterie pédiatrique.

Je voudrais aussi remercier Dr Yoon qui m’avait nominé pour ce prix et avec qui j’ai beaucoup appris en clinique avec les enfants.

Avec toute ma gratitude,

Andréanne Légaré

  Andrews Scarsellone, University of Toronto 


Rachel Korman, McGill UniversityBrandon Linaksita, Western UniveristyMireille Szostak, University of Alberta 

Its in our Constitution (4.2.5)

Undergraduate students actively enrolled in an educational program in dentistry accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada or an accreditation body with which the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada has a reciprocal accreditation agreement, are eligible to apply for Undergraduate student membership.

All student members shall be exempt from membership dues, receive copies of all general membership communications and publications without charge.

Also…Undergraduate student members may attend meetings of the Academy after registering and paying all associated fees. For complete details see Section 4.2.5 of the Constitution and By-Laws.


Students looking for information on the National Dental Specialty Exams  (NDSE) may find information at 


The CAPD/ACDP website is also accessible as www.kidsdentalhealth.ca
We may be contacted at info@kidsdentalhealth.ca or info@capd-acdp.org
Le site Web de l’ACDP/CAPD est aussi accessible à partir du site www.santedentairepourenfants.ca.
On peut nous joindre à info@santedentairepourenfants.ca ou à info@capd-acdp.org.