Postdoctoral Certificate Program in Endodontics

Postdoctoral Certificate Program in Endodontics

Columbia University offers a certificate program which prepares the student to be a qualified endodontist with a strong background in the biomedical sciences and proficient clinical skills in the specialty of endodontics.  Each year six candidates are accepted to the Certificate Program.  The program, which begins July 1st of each year, is accredited by the American Dental Association and meet the requirements of the American Board of Endodontics.

The certificate program, a 24-months course of study, incorporates advanced courses in biological sciences with clinical applications to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the pulp and periapical tissues.  This program has a research requirement whereby postdoctoral students are expected to either take part in ongoing research within the Division of Endodontics or carry out a freestanding research project. Upon completion of the program, students receive a Certificate in Endodontics.

Approximately 55% of program time is dedicated to clinical training.  Through supervised training students gain experience in all aspects of endodontic therapies, including non-surgical and surgical treatment.  Students also learn to use clinical aids, such as digital radiography, enhanced microscope, and endoscope.

Didactic instruction concentrates on advanced courses in applied biomedical sciences and those courses related to the practice of endodontics. Students take courses in biostatistics, stomatology, oral biology, biology of mineralized tissues, pulp biology, panoramic radiography, and tempormandibular joint disorders. Emphasis is also placed on the concept of life long learning whereby students are educated to become endodontists capable of self directed learning.  For instance, by discovering new information supported by evidence based research studies, students are able to adjust treatment plans and treatment modalities for a particular patient.

Faculty includes part-time faculty with different educational backgrounds who are established practitioners in the Greater New York area.  This diversity of faculty gives students many opportunities to become exposed to different approaches to clinical problems.  As we strongly believe that the best way to learn is to teach, the program includes a teaching component whereby postdoctoral students teach pre-doctoral dental students in the preclinical laboratory and in the clinic.


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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