Certificate of Professional Achievement in Implantology – International Implant Program

International Implant Program

This program is designed to provide dentists who have graduated from accredited international dental schools with the highest level of knowledge and skill related to the placement and restoration of dental implants.  Dentists will learn the biologic and clinical principles that are the basis of the discipline. This program provides a rich educational experience that will allow trainees to assume a leadership role within their clinical community. 

Practitioners are academically trained via basic and advanced didactic lectures, seminars, and literature review sessions (classic and current articles). All topics pertinent to surgical and prosthetic dental implantology are covered; e.g. diagnosis and treatment planning; surgical protocols (implant placement, sinus grafting, guided bone regeneration, soft tissue grafting; prosthetic protocols (implant and abutment level procedures, screw vs. cement retained, prosthesis design (fixed vs. overdentures); and aftercare.  Clinical procedures include all of the aforementioned protocols performed on patients under the supervision of experienced specialists on the faculty of the College of Dental Medicine of Columbia University.  Research projects, academic presentations and publication opportunities are part of the Fellowship experience.

The program is a two year full time program beginning in July of the first year and continuing until the end of June of the second year.  Courses and clinic responsibilities continue during the summer after the first year of study.

Upon completion of the program, a Certificate of Professional Achievement from Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine is awarded.

**Please note that this program is currently on hold.  Applications for 2016 are currently not being accepted.  Please monitor this website periodically for updates.**

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the program, applicants must:

  • Have a dental degree from an accredited international academic institution and a minimum of 1 year post-dental degree experience, another dental specialty degree, or have completed  a military dental service experience in their country;
  • Be licensed to practice dentistry in their country;
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency (TOEFL).

In addition to the online application, applicants must submit the following:

  • Application fee of $125
  • Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores.  Please have these scores sent to Institution Code: 2094.
  • A Dean’s letter of recommendation
  • Three letters of recommendation from other dental school faculty
  • Official undergraduate college transcripts
  • Official dental school transcripts
  • Official proof of current licensure in their country
  • Course-by-course evaluation of dental degree records from Educational Credentials Evaluators (ECE) is required from non-US/non-Canadian applicants.



Please review the FAQ link on this page. If you still have questions, please address them to cdm-pgadmissions@columbia.edu

Director of Implant Education: Dennis P. Tarnow, DDS
Email: dpt2111@cumc.columbia.edu

Director of International Implant Program & Director of Implant Center: Daewon Haam, DDS, MS
Email: dh2408@cumc.columbia.edu

College of Dental Medicine
630 West 168th Street
P&S Box 20
New York, NY 10032
Tel: 212-342-3008
Fax: 212-305-9313