Students From Diverse Backgrounds Embark on Dentistry, Dental Hygiene Journeys


Shek Hei (“Haynes”) Yuan was conducting an experiment in a CancerCare research lab when he learned from an email that he’d been accepted into dental school.

“I screamed so loud that my colleagues came and banged on my door and said, ‘Hey, are you OK?’” he remembers. “Then I had to wait another five or six hours to call my parents because it was late at night in Hong Kong.”

For Yuan, 28, starting a new journey as a first-year UM dental student caps off a decade of perseverance. Raised in Hong Kong, he came to Canada alone at age 18 as an international student.

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