Observership in Periodontology Program

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The Observership in Periodontology Program

Program Description
"The observership in periodontology program" is a program for dentists interested in the specialty of periodontology. It provides exposure to didactic and clinical periodontal and implant surgery procedures at a major North American academic institution to better acquaint the observer with the specialty and help decide whether to pursue a formal residency in the discipline.

The observership follows the exact schedule of the periodontics graduate program, and observers attend all classes/seminars that Periodontology Graduate Students attend. The only difference is that observers’ clinical activities are limited to assisting and observing, while Periodontology Graduate Students provide direct care to patients. The observers will also be provided with a self-study curriculum of journal articles to enhance their understanding of the specialty beyond that of an average general dentist.

The Observership in Periodontology program is considered a dental continuing education course, and a tuition fee is required to attend. Observers do not receive graduate school credit but will receive a certificate of attendance upon completion of the program.

Length of Program
The periodontics observership is a fixed-duration program in increments of 3 months (three, six, nine, or 12 months). Three months is the absolute shortest period for which applications are considered. An observership of at least six months may also be combined with research activities for interested and qualified individuals.

Benefits to the Foreign Trained Dentists
The periodontology observership program offers many benefits to foreign-trained dentists including:
- Exposure to North American dental clinical practices.
- Exposure to advanced periodontal and implant surgery procedures at a major academic institution.
- Help in making the decision whether or not to pursue a formal residency in the discipline.
- Provide opportunities for post-dental school continuing dental education.
- Provide opportunities to practice and perfect English language skills.
- Exposure to city life in the metropolitan area of Edmonton, and acquaintance with the Canadian way of life.

If this educational opportunity is of interest to you and you have any other questions, please contact Dr. Khaled Altabtbaei at


Medical Examination 
valid immigration medical exam is required as you will observe clinical components where patients may be present. You must undergo an upfront medical exam before you submit your visitor visa or eTA application to IRCC. Visitor visa applicants must include a copy of the “Information Sheet '' from the panel physician with their visa application. To complete an upfront immigration medical exam, foreign nationals must see a doctor on the list of panel physicians that can be accessed here:
VISA to Entry Application Information

To Determine whether you need to apply for a Visitor Visa or an eTA, you should visit the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website here:

  • For the question: What do you plan to do in Canada? > Choose Study and then choose "I’m eligible to study without a permit"