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Foreign-Trained Dentists in Limbo as Board Questions Degrees

October 22, 2018
by Stu Mills, CBC News

Some foreign-trained dentists on the cusp of becoming certified to practise in Canada say they’ve been thrust into limbo — and in many cases, deep into debt — after the profession’s Ottawa-based examination board determined their credentials from an Indian university no longer pass muster.

In July, the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB)​ contacted applicants who graduated from Magadh University in Bodhgaya, India, to inform them that they could no longer continue taking the certification exams.

“After a thorough review and investigation, the NDEB has determined that it can no longer verify credentials from Magadh University because there is not sufficient reliable information about the authenticity and validity of the documents,” the board’s Jennifer Sponchia wrote.

Some applicants received the news as they were studying for the exams, while others had already passed them and were waiting to be certified.

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