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About the Program

Eastman Institute for Oral Health at a Glance

Program Details


  • Residents enrolled in the two-year dental residency program are required to complete and present a research project. Residents will develop the criticaResdient in AEGD programl scientific thought process, an important component of patient case management.
  • Areas available for resident research include most basic-science subjects and clinical investigation of dental materials, prosthodontics, oral surgery, operative dentistry, radiology, cariology, periodontology and orthodontics. Facilities for clinical and basic-science research are available to all residents.

Other Educational Opportunities

  • The research program at the University of Rochester includes a master of science (major in dental science) and master of public health degree program. The Ph.D. program is in one of the basic biomedical sciences. Fellowships supported by the National Institute of Dental Research are available to those who plan a career in research and teaching.
  • Programs leading to either an M.S. or Ph.D. degree are usually integrated with one of the clinical training programs, although they may also be taken separately. The master of science, with a major in dental science, requires 30 credit hours of course work and research, and the submission of a suitable thesis reporting on the results of an original investigation. Program requirements include one or more basic science graduate courses in subjects relevant to the proposed research, courses in appropriate areas of dental science, and participation in dental research seminars.
  • The doctor of philosophy degree program can be pursued independently at the University or in a combined program with advanced training in a clinical dental specialty. The latter program is designed to train clinician scientists for an academic and research career. The Ph.D. can be received in the university departments of anatomy, biochemistry, biology, microbiology and immunology, genetics, pharmacology, physiology, or radiation biology.
  • A National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Dental Research provides stipends to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are in the combined specialty/Ph.D. degree program.
  • Advanced Faculty Development Program. The major objective of this program is to provide advanced training in General Dentistry, teaching and research for dental graduates interested in an academic career. The program is a minimum of four years. Successful completion of the Advanced Faculty Development Program will result in a certificate evidencing completion of the two-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Program, a one-year Clinical Fellowship in General Dentistry (practicum), Master of Science degree in education or public health from the University of Rochester, and at least two years part-time teaching experience at EIOH. In addition, a certificate showing completion of the American Board of General Dentistry, or Fellowship in General Dentistry from the Academy of General Dentistry will be awarded.

    In addition to the course requirements for all the above programs, the enrolled residents will be required to complete leadership courses, educational courses, institutional administration courses/rotation. The curriculum for the Advanced Faculty Training Program is designed to offer a comprehensive education for dentists/faculty with aspiration to pursue an academic career. Upon completion of the program, the graduate should be well prepared to immediately enter a leadership role at any academic dental institution worldwide. For more information and application, visit here.