Master Teacher Award - Spring 1993
Dr. Ambrose received his dental degree from McGill University in 1950. He has been associated with the College of Dentistry since 1977 and has served two terms as Dean. He has held the rank of Professor in the Department of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry since 1977.
Dr. Ambrose began his teaching career in 1950. During those 43 years, he had a hand in teaching many of the dentists in Canada and he has taught, at one time or another, most of the dentists in Saskatchewan. Dr. Ambrose's area of expertise is operative dentistry. Many of the advances in this field relate to changes in materials used and their method of use. Dr. Ambrose's enthusiasm and love for operative dentistry is recognized by his peers internationally. He has been instrumental in initiating important educational programs such as the Student Table Clinic Night and the Northern Dental Program at the College and has been the catalyst for establishing dental programs in Saskatchewan's Regional Psychiatric Centres. He has held many positions in national organizations dealing with dental education and in July of 1993, the 30,000 members of the Academy of General Dentistry recognized Dr. Ambrose's long-term dedication and outstanding contributions to the art and science of dentistry by presenting him with the AGD Honorary Fellowship Award.
As a teacher, he is absolutely committed and tireless in his pursuit of conveying knowledge - both didactic and clinical - to his students. He is constantly devising new and unique ways of solving problems in dentistry and he eagerly shares these solutions. He has the rare ability to inspire and motivate his students to work not just for him, but for themselves. He has been described as dedicated, enthusiastic, innovative, perceptive and unselfish. Because he has been a lifelong student himself, his colleagues and students have been the recipients of his knowledge and expertise.