A year after settling into its new facility, the McGill University Faculty of Dentistry (McGill FOD) couldn’t be happier with its major move. Located in an upscale office tower in the heart of Montreal, Quebec, adjacent to the main entrance of McGill’s downtown campus,
the state-of-the-art facility brings together preclinical and clinical training, oral health research, as well as the administrative operations of McGill FOD, all of which were previously spread across campus and a city hospital.
“The challenge was to anticipate the needs of our students and patients for the next 20 years. I believe that in creating this new facility, the Faculty is meeting this challenge and will have a greater impact on our students’ training and the community than ever before,”
says Jeffrey Myers, D.D.S., Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs. The move profoundly affected the synergy among units, and has created new interdisciplinary partnerships and research opportunities.
Spread over three floors, the 48,000 square foot space was designed in a joint effort by two architectural firms, with considerable input from faculty and staff. The most impressive space is the second floor, which comprises 8,200 square feet of ergonomically designed open operatories. Glass partitions allow natural light
to flood into the deepest parts of the clinic, while crisp white walls and floors, broken only by colorful chairs, add to the ultra-modern feel. This large space easily accommodates 43 dental chairs, each equipped with a computer workstation, while maintaining a sense of privacy and intimacy for each
operatory. The adjacent 3,300 square foot simulation laboratory is equipped with the latest high-tech simulation and teaching equipment. “Our simulators are as close to the real thing as you can get. Most clinical conditions a student could find themselves in can be replicated right in this room,” says Dr.
Patients enter the clinic through the first floor where they are welcomed to a bright, spacious reception area with a striking donor wall made of wood with red and white lettering. Beyond the reception are 13 enclosed operatories shared by Oral Surgery, Oral Diagnosis,
Oral Facial Pain, and Emergency Clinics, plus a clinical research facility. There is also a radiology suite with the latest imaging technology.
The facility houses new classrooms, one of which is designed for active learning. With live streaming capabilities from both the simulation laboratory and a surgical operatory completely outfitted with four cameras to record and broadcast procedures, this classroom encourages
collaborative learning for both students and professionals participating in the Faculty’s continuing education courses. The incorporation of audio-visual equipment into the operatory allows students, residents and other learners to have an up-close view of procedures in real time, and two-way communication
with the dentists or surgeons in the operatory.
“Learners learn best through active participation and discussion so we wanted to be able to do much more of this for both our students and our continuing education program,” says Paul J. Allison, B.D.S., FDSRCS, Ph.D., Dean of McGill FOD.
The $18.3 million project, for which the Faculty is still fundraising, will allow for more comprehensive and advanced dental care, and also opens up a world of new possibilities for teaching and research.
Published on December 9, 2015.