Practice Enhancement Tool (PET)

The Practice Enhancement Tool is an online assessment program that forms an important part of the College’s Quality Assurance Program. It allows dentists to evaluate and assess their practice, knowledge, skill and judgment based on peer-derived standards. The College worked closely with the National Dental Examining Board of Canada and the Wilson Centre in the development of this tool to ensure its validity and integrity. The College continues this work with the Ontario faculties of dentistry.

The assessment consists of 200 multiple choice and case study questions, based on a foundation of knowledge required of all dentists. There are fifteen competency areas of practice:

  • pharmacology
  • oral medicine and pathology
  • radiology
  • caries
  • endodontics
  • periodontics
  • orthodontics
  • prosthodontics
  • oral surgery
  • infection prevention and control
  • jurisprudence and ethics
  • operative and preventive dentistry
  • pediatric dentistry
  • medical emergencies
  • general medicine

For those with a specialty certificate in dental anesthesia, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral medicine, oral pathology, oral radiology, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics or prosthodontics, the assessment will include their particular specialty area, as well as five additional competency areas that are most relevant to their specialty.

Practice Enhancement Consultants

Our Practice Enhancement Consultants can help all members by reviewing and interpreting detailed results of their assessment and, if requested, assist them in developing a continuing education plan to address any weakness identified by the PET.

Whether dentists are preparing for the Practice Enhancement Tool or have completed their online assessment, they are welcome to contact Dr. Greg Anderson and Dr. Brian Feldman.

Practice Enhancement Tool Resources

The assessment is open-book. You can refer to textbooks, journals and many other resources to help you answer the questions.

Our consultants continually review dental literature for relevant information to include as part of our PET resources for dentists. There is no single source of information to assist you with every question, but you may find these resources helpful as you go through the PET.

To access PEAK articles, login to the RCDSO Portal. Click on PEAK in the navigation menu to access the document archive. The articles are listed in alphabetical order.

Review the PET resources.