The goals of the pre-doctoral curriculum in periodontics are to give students an understanding of the fundamental principles of periodontics, knowledge of the range of procedures performed by periodontists, an appreciation of the importance of periodontal therapy in the context of comprehensive dental treatment, and the training necessary to provide patients with basic periodontal care.
Dental students are formally introduced to periodontics in the 2nd year with the “Principles of Periodontics” course. This course covers the: (i) normal anatomy of the periodontium, (ii) classification and epidemiology of periodontal diseases, (iii) the etiology and pathogenesis of periodontal diseases, (iv) methods of periodontal diagnosis, (v) prognosis and treatment planning, (vi) various treatment modalities, (vii) evaluation of treatment outcomes, and (viii) basic concepts in implantology. A pre-clinical workshop in periodontics is given to 2nd year students to prepare them for clinical work in the 3rd and 4th years. In addition to providing patients with basic periodontal therapy, 3rd and 4th year students observe and assist post-doctoral residents conducting periodontal and implant surgery. Finally, all 4th year dental students have the experience of performing at least one periodontal surgery before graduation.
Those students who have a particular interest in periodontics may get more extensive exposure to the field via the “area of concentration” program. The Area of Concentration program in periodontics and implantology has a didactic and clinical component. In the 3rd year, students participate in small group seminars dealing with a wide range of topics. In the 4th year, students get the experience of treating advanced periodontitis cases and may have the opportunity to perform surgical placement of an implant fixture.
Program Director: Dr. Dana Wolf
The postdoctoral program prepares the licensed dentist to practice the specialty of periodontics, either in private practice or in academia. The program, which is thirty-six months in duration, consists of courses in the theory and practice of periodontics, as well as additional classes in the biological and medical sciences. Two parallel tracks are available: a primarily clinical track that leads to a Certificate in Periodontics, and a track that includes a substantial research component that leads to a Masters of Science degree in Periodontics. Both tracks meet the educational requirements of the American Academy of Periodontology and the American Dental Association.
Program Director: Dr. James B. Fine