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Association Of Foreign-trained Dentists, Itdaoc Organised Protest At Dundas Square

“Thousands of immigrant dentists are prevented from working as dentists in Canada in a reasonable and timely manner by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada”, says Dr. Luca Salvador, president of the Internationally Trained Dentists Association of Canada.
“The process can take 3-5 years to complete, it can cost over $100000, and only between 2-20% of applicants complete the process” says Dr. Salvador
“We are willing to demonstrate our competence through examinations.” says Dr. Salvador. “However, we have issues with the lack of examination seats; the unfair assessment methods used; the complete lack of transparency and unwillingness of the dental board to communicate with us.”
“We have proposed simple, no-cost solutions that would ease this process for internationally trained dentists, but until now, they are unwilling to even hear us out””
He indicated that immigrant dentists all over Canada are suffering from problems in taking required tests given by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada.
For example: “The most recent examples of issues that internationally trained dentists face are the registration for the May ACJ exam, which was at full capacity within one minute of the registration opening; and the recent release of results for the newly-launched NDECC, which had an all-time low pass rate of 14%” says Dr. Salvador
Also it is our understanding that according to the Canadian Occupational Projection system, there will be a shortage of 6000 dentists in Canada by 2028 (25% of all dentists).
“This is very unfair both to immigrant dentists, who are eager and ready to work, and to the public. One in five Canadians do not have access to a dentist,” said Dr. Salvador. “If this issue is not resolved now, we could be looking at an oral healthcare crisis not unlike the general health crisis we find ourselves in now”
Signed, Dr. Luca Salvador,
president of the Internationally Trained Dentists Association of Canada.
Email:luca.salvador@itdaoc.ca
Phone: 647-401-5822

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