June 2018

I have studied biomineralization and osteopontin for almost 30 years now, a protein present in bones and teeth, but also almost everywhere in the body with an important role in our natural tissues and organs During this time, there was a small startup biotech company in Montreal working on bone disease that was headed by […]


Bahar Madani, DMD Class of 2018 “I had braces for 3 years and I hated it for most of the time that I had them. But the day that I got them removed, I was at my orthodontist’s office and they had put up the picture of the day I got my braces) on the […]

February 2018

“Years ago, during my OMFS residency, I accompanied Dr Bentley, Program Director of OMFS at the time, to Iqaluit Baffin Island for a one-week rotation performing dentoalveolar surgery in this far north community. My first observations were the landscape, the glacial appearance of the terrain, and the fact that we never saw the sun set. […]

January 2018

One day I was correcting papers for a class on Community Oral Health Services. This one reflection paper in particular left me very surprised and hit home in a profound way. In it, the dental student expressed his frustration about his patient not showing up for his appointment. When calling him back, the patient apologised, explained his reasons for being late, and expressed his willingness to come in again. However, the student believed that the patient was lying and careless, because he was stumbling at every word while speaking on the phone…. Continue reading.


At the beginning of my academic career in Brazil, a female student came to my office to talk about how overwhelmed she was feeling. She was struggling with the courses, which were very intensive, and with a personal challenge: she had a high-risk pregnancy. Continue reading.

January 2017

Smiles of McGill DentistryI was working in the ER one evening when one of the housekeepers asked if I would be around for a little while. She came back with a present. She had been back home to Jamaica and brought me back a bottle of rum. I was totally surprised. I knew her casually…. Continue reading.

December 2016

Smiles of McGill DentistryOne afternoon on the bus, I bumped into the mother of a patient from the clinic where I supervise 4th year students. Their family recently immigrated from Korea and her 5 year old daughter doesn’t have medicare coverage yet, so they found their way to the McGill Paediatric Clinic at the MCH, which provides free care for refugees and recent immigrant children. Continue reading.