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

Prospective postdoctoral students seeking admissions for the entering 2017 class will be able to submit an application in April of this year. Please revisit us then for further instructions.

Applicants must have a DDS/DMD or equivalent dental degree (LDS, BDS, etc.).  In addition to your application, you must submit the following:

  • Official National Board scores from the National Board of Dental Examiners (US and Canadian applicants only).  Applicants shall have passed the National Board Part I, and if possible, Part II.
  • Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores are required for those applicants whose native language is not English.
  • 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.

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

Please send all supporting documentation to:

Sahng Gyoon Kim, DDS, MS
Program Director
Division of Endodontics
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
630 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
Tel: (212) 305-6736

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