University of Toronto

University of Toronto

Dr. Susanne Perschbacher


The graduate program in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, established in 1965, stresses the importance of the design and analysis of imaging examinations as they pertain to the interpretation of abnormalities of the craniofacial region. The program provides extensive experience in intra- and extra-oral radiography, sialography, multi-detector and cone beam computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging through patient contact in the Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Special Procedures Clinic in the Faculty of Dentistry or in one of the associated teaching hospitals. Through formal didactic courses and seminars, the program emphasizes the impact that pathologic processes play in the appearances of diseases depicted on radiologic images. Radiology rounds conducted with medical radiology residents highlight the use of advanced imaging in the interpretation of abnormalities of the head and neck. Radiation biology and physics, biostatistics and epidemiology, disorders of the temporomandibular joints and experience in undergraduate teaching are also integral components of the program.

An M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree is also completed as part of the program, and this involves the identification of a basic or clinical science, or educational research topic identified by the student as an area of interest. The research project is further refined in collaboration with a faculty member, and the work is examined in the form of a written thesis and oral defense. A course-based M.Sc. is also available. Exceptionally qualified candidates who have completed an M.Sc. degree may be considered for the Ph.D. degree.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada and the Commission on Dental Accreditation (through a reciprocal agreement) which permits students and graduates to challenge the certifying examinations administered by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in their final year of study, and the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology in year 2 (Part 1) and year 3 (Part 2).

The program accepts individuals with a D.D.S./D.M.D. degree or their equivalent, with a final dental school year grade point average of 3.30 (out of 4) or above. The program does not require a prospective student to have completed any National Dental Examining Board of Canada examination. Short-listed candidates will be invited for a personal interview at the Faculty in the late fall.

The application deadline is September 1 of each year for enrollment August 1 of the following year.

For further information, please consult our website ( or contact:

Professor Ernest Lam
Director, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Graduate Program
Faculty of Dentistry, the University of Toronto
124 Edward Street
Toronto, ON M5G 1G6

416.979.4932 ext. 4385 (Voice)
416.979.4936 (Voice)