Postdoctoral Certificate Program in Endodontics



This two-year program of rigorous didactic and intensive clinical training is designed to prepare a dentist for the independent practice of endodontics and to achieve certification by the American Board of Endodontics.

The didactic program includes core biomedical science courses and intermediate and advanced endodontics courses providing the knowledge base and analytical skills needed by the future endodontist, as well as the life-long learning abilities to continue professional growth throughout his/her career. 

The CDM Endodontic Clinic serves the needs of a large and diverse population. As students progress through their two years of clinical training they have the opportunity to treat a large number of patients who present with a wide range of endodontic problems and require increasingly complex diagnoses, treatment plans, referral schedules and medical consultations.  The clinical faculty, most of whom are successful practitioners in New York City, have received their training from many different universities and bring vast clinical experience to share with their students.

Postdoctoral students participate in predoctoral teaching both to share their knowledge, skills and experience with less advanced students and to further their own training since teaching is an excellent way of learning. The Division of Endodontics is strongly research oriented; research skills and an appreciation and understanding of endodontics research are integral to the curriculum.  All students participate in at least one research project.

First Year

ENDO D9200 Theory and Practice of Endodontics

ENDO D9204 Anatomy and Technique of Endodontics

ENDO D9206 Clinical Practice of Endodontics

ENDO D9210 Review of Endodontic Literature

ENDO D9211 Student Review of Current Literature

ENDO D9214 Pain Seminars

ENDO D9216 Pulp Biology

ENDO D9218 Surgical Endodontics

ENDO D9221 Endodontic Research

ENDO D9231 Comprehensive Endodontic Presentation

DNSC D9900 Research Methodology and Biostatistics

DNSC D9901 Cariology

DNSC D9910 Clinical Stomatology Conference

DNSC D9925 Oral Biology

DNSC D9944 Practice Management Ethics – Jurisprudence

DNSC D9975 Physical Diagnosis

DNSC D9990 Pedagogy of preclinical and clinical teaching


Second Year

ENDO D9200 Theory and Practice of Endodontics

ENDO D9208 Clinical Practice of Endodontics

ENDO D9212 Review of Endodontic Literature

ENDO D9213 Student Review of Current Literature

ENDO D9220 Surgical Endodontics

ENDO D9222 Endodontic Research

ENDO D9232 Comprehensive Endodontic Presentation

ENDO D9235 Legal Aspects of Endodontic Practice

DNSC D9913 Advanced Oral-Max-facial Imaging

DNSC D9916 TMJ Facial Pain

DNSC D9990 Pedagogy of preclinical and clinical teaching


Courses of Instruction - Endodontics

ENDO D9200 Theory and Practice of Endodontics

This course provides theoretical and practical baseline for the student. Guest lecturers will speakon current developments in the field of endodontics or related disciplines.

ENDO D9204 Anatomy and Technique of Endodontics

This course is given as an introduction to the endodontics courses and clinic. It deals with the

anatomy, especially the inner anatomy, of teeth. It is a two-part course, one part is didactic, and

the other practical exercises in extracted teeth. The didactic portion is a review of the literature

regarding dental anatomy and access preparation.

ENDO D9206, D9208 Clinical Practice of Endodontics

This course consists of clinical sessions providing supervised clinical experience in all phases of operative endodontics. Instruction and experience in teaching predoctoral clinical endodontics are included.

ENDO D9210 Review of Endodontic Literature

This course is divided into three parts: classic literature review, current literature review, and textbook reviews. The literature is studied topic by topic.

ENDO D9211, D9213 Student Review of Current Literature

The student is responsible for reading and presenting the assigned articles from the Journal of Endodontics and International Endodontic Journal. When necessary, other journals will also be used. The students must be prepared to discuss any articles scheduled for each seminar and present a written summary and critique of the articles they review in the seminars.

ENDO D9214 Pain Seminars

Endodontists seek to relieve patients from pain. Occasionally, the treatment can cause post-operative pain. In addition, the patient should be given optimal pain relief during procedures. Therefore, it is imperative to provide the postgraduate endodontics students with an in-depth knowledge of endodontically related pain and a deep understanding of pains of other origins.

ENDO D9216 Pulp Biology

The pulp biology seminars are a review of the literature dealing specifically with the dental pulp and the pulp-dentin complex. The seminars involve students’ reading and presenting articles or book chapters, researching topics and presenting these to the class. The seminar series ends with a written examination.

ENDO D9218, D9220 Surgical Endodontics

This course consists of a series of seminars designed to cover the theory of endodontic microsurgery and practical skills regarding microsurgical techniques and clinical sessions to perform endodontic microsurgery.

ENDO D9221, D9222 Endodontic Research

The students are required to be involved in clinical or experimental research projects during the postdoctoral program. The results of their projects will be submitted to American Association of Endodontists (AAE) for presentations to the annual AAE meeting. Manuscripts will be prepared for the publications in the endodontic journals.

ENDO D9231, D9232 Comprehensive Endodontic Presentation

The student delivers evidence-based presentations on a topic assigned by the program director. The presentation is followed by critical review of the literature presented.

ENDO D9235 Legal Aspects of Endodontic Practice

This course teaches the graduating endodontist how to navigate the narrow ethical path between the ADA Code of Ethics, #4C, that states “Patients should be informed of their present oral health status without disparaging comments about prior services”, and the next sentence that states, “When informing patients of the status of their oral health, the dentist should exercise care that his comments are truthful, informed, and justifiable”. These seemingly contradictory tenets will be explored, citing actual malpractice cases that have been adjudicated. 


Admissions Requirements

Must have passed Part 1 and Part 2 National Dental Board Examination to apply

  • DDS or DMD degree or foreign equivalent
  • Advanced Dental Admissions Test (ADAT) is optional for the 2016 cycle
  • For Foreign trained dentists, a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of at least 100 is required.
  • The institution code for Columbia University College of Dental Medicine is 2094. 

How to Apply

Students must apply to the program through the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS), starting May 18, 2016 via the PASS website.  Application deadline is August 1st. 

In addition to your application, you must submit the following:

  • Official dental school transcript and diploma.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, including both pre-professional and professional studies.
  • Course-by-course evaluation of dental degree records from Educational Credentials Evaluators (ECE) is required from non-US/non-Canadian applicants.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including a dean’s letter from the applicant’s dental school.

·         $125 application fee to be submitted by credit card at: PAY HERE


Some applicants will be chosen for admission interviews, which are required before acceptance. 

Please send all supporting documentation to:

Alicia Garcia
Postdoctoral Program Coordinator
(212) 305-5259

Attending this program in New York does not necessarily allow students without a DDS/DMD from an ADA accredited program to practice dentistry in the US.  For more information about licensing issues, please contact the responsible State Department of Education or the American Dental Association

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine does not and will not provide a letter certifying that an international student who has completed this program is qualified for a US DDS.

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