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Applicants wishing to undertake the National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE) must fulfill one of the following criteria:
I. having completed or being, at the time of taking the Examination, in the final year of a dental specialty training program which, during the course of the candidate's enrollment, was accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) or an accreditation body with which CDAC has a reciprocal accreditation agreement; or
II. having completed or being, at the time of taking the examination, enrolled in a Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program (DSATP) for internationally trained dental specialists which, during the course of the candidate’s enrollment in the DSATP, was a part of a specialty training program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada or an accreditation body with which CDAC has a reciprocal accreditation agreement, and having approval from the Program Director or the Dean, in the form of a letter, stating that the applicant is prepared academically to sit the examination.
Candidates who are unsuccessful in either component of the NDSE are eligible to re-sit the Examination provided that they submit a completed application before the posted deadline.
If Component II is failed three times, candidates will be required to re-sit Component I before re-taking Component II again.
If more than five years have passed following the successful completion of Component I, a candidate’s knowledge shall not be considered current. The candidate will therefore be required to successfully re-challenge Component I before being eligible to challenge Component II again.
In such a case, the candidate must complete an application to challenge both components prior to the application deadline. An application is considered to be complete when the Admissions Department has received:
The online application;
Payment for all prescribed fees; and,
The supporting documentation that would satisfy the eligibility requirements at the time of application to re-challenge the Examination.
A candidate’s eligibility, following the approval of his/her application, is considered valid for one examination cycle and only for the year in which it is granted.
Previously-completed specialty examinations will not result in an exemption from any component of the NDSE.
Dental Sciences Eligibility
1. Candidates must have a dental degree (DDS or equivalent) in addition to a minimum of two consecutive years of advanced training culminating in an M.Sc. or Ph.D. university degree acceptable to the College. In exceptional circumstances, candidates with a dental degree and completion of post-doctoral training of at least two consecutive years may also be deemed eligible at the discretion of the College.
2. Candidates must not hold a previously earned Membership or Fellowship diploma of the College.
3. Candidates must not hold a licence to practise in a recognized specialty. In special circumstances, however, a candidate holding such a licence may be deemed eligible provided that substantial written proof is provided of their contribution to a field of Dental Science as evidenced by their peers.
4. Candidates must show devoted attention and proven competence in a non-specialty clinical discipline or other field of interest, either in the basic sciences or applied therapeutics, and demonstrate a link with clinical dentistry. This should be documented in the form of at least five papers or reviews with the applicant being senior author in at least three of them.
5. The candidate’s credentials will be reviewed by the Credentials Committee of the Council of The Royal College of Dentists of Canada. To facilitate this review, the candidate must provide a two page narrative on his/her contribution to the general field of study. Because of the broad scope of the Dental Sciences field, the Chair of the Credentials Committee may, at his/her discretion, consult with the Chief Examiner and Examiner-in-Chief when questions of eligibility arise.
6. The candidate should have appropriate teaching experience and/or hold a position in a dental or medical school or community college and may be engaged in research activity.
Oral Medicine Eligibility
The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CoDA) does not recognize Oral Medicine as a dental specialty in the United States. Therefore, there are no Oral Medicine programs in the United States that would be recognized as accredited dental specialty training programs under the reciprocal agreement between CDAC and CoDA.