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Mental Health and Dentistry: Preparing for the One in Five

September 20, 2021
by Rachel Boutet, University of Toronto


As fourth-year DDS students enter their final year on campus, they will be heading to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to complete a clinical rotation. While third-year DDS students are given the option to do a one-week clinical rotation at CAMH, every fourth-year student is required to attend for one day.

“One in five people suffer from mental illness,” says Joel Rosenbloom, assistant professor, teaching stream, at the Faculty who spends two days a week as a staff dentist at CAMH. “That means one in five dental students, one in five patients, and one in five family members or friends. We have to equip our students to deal with this because if we ignore it, we do so at the expense of them and our patients.”

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