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Dental Resident Draws on Military Background to Treat Complex Cases

September 15, 2021
by University of Toronto


As a dentist in the Canadian Armed Forces, Jesse Barker had to think on his feet – a skill that’s coming in handy during graduate dental training in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry.

“The skills you learn in military basic training help you so much as a student,” says Barker, a first-year student in the faculty’s prosthodontics graduate specialty program. “As a dental student and member of the military, you have to take care of yourself, be diligent, focused and organized, and have good habits and values.”

Barker joined the military in his second year of a doctor of dental medicine (DMD) degree at the University of Saskatchewan after a military recruiter visited his class.

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