In 2014, a commitment was formed between Addis Ababa University’s (AAU) College of Health Sciences and the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry, culminating in the most recent partnership under the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (TAAAC) umbrella.
The University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry provides its Ethiopian partner school support towards building capacity in oral health care in the region. With only 11 postgraduate specialists and roughly 250 dentists in a country of over 90 million people, the Addis Ababa University School of Dentistry will benefit from advanced training at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. An example of the commitment to helping the school develop postgraduate specialty training programs is in the discipline of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, where AAU has just commenced a specialty training program.
Over month-long rotations in 2016, two contingents advanced student and faculty training with the help of several faculty members and two peer mentors. These contingents supported training in Periodontology, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Preventive and Restorative Dentistry, and became involved in a collaborative international public health research project.
The Faculty of Dentistry hopes to develop more collaborative teaching opportunities during its next rotation in the spring of 2017, and will continue to explore unique opportunities for knowledge exchange.