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What issues concern Canadian dental students?

Mr. Saif Matti, President of the Federation of Canadian Dentistry Student Associations (FCDSA) came on the CDA Oasis Good News Show to talk about the Federation, the main issues that concern Canadian dental students today, and how the group looks forward to working closely with associations and education-related institutions in a collegial manner in the year ahead. The conversation lasted 12 minutes and you can watch it by clicking on https://vimeo.com/575479189.

Saif tells us that FCDSA is a federation of dental student organizations representing all of Canada’s ten dental schools. Communication is a top priority for the leadership, as it seeks to understand the matters of concern to students and articulate them to organizations like the National Dental Examining Board (NDEB), the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry (ACFD), and the Canadian Dental Association. A case in point is that FCDSA listened carefully to student concerns recently when NDEB results were released, and it articulated those concerns to NDEB and other organizations.

His main message to students and to the organizations it deals with is ‘FCDSA is here, ready to listen and ready to talk.’  You can learn more about FCDSA at http://fcdsa.ca/.

Saif has been drawn towards leadership positions since high school, where he found great pleasure in advocating for his student colleagues. At Schulich Dentistry, where he is entering his fourth year, he helped found ‘DEBI’ (Dental Entrepreneurship, Business and Innovation) an organization where dental students share learning about matters relating to dentistry which are not on the dental school curriculum. He is clearly an impressive young gentleman, who is a great asset to our profession.

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