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Graser Prosthodontic Fellowship

This one-year fellowship is for those applicants wishing to expand their implant surgical training and/or pursue an academic career within dentistry or the Prosthodontic specialty. The fellowship begins each July 1st and ends the following June 30th.


  • Educate the Fellow to practice implant dentistry.
  • Train the Fellow on surgical techniques for implant placement and related surgical procedures.
  • Educate the Fellow to develop teaching and learning skills in pursuance of a faculty career in a University Dental School or Postgraduate Program.

Educational Goals

Upon completion of the program the fellow will be able to:

  • Diagnose and plan treatment for edentulous and partially edentulous patients.
  • Fabricate imaging and surgical stents
  • Interpret imaging studies and use them in the treatment plan
  • Evaluate patients for implant surgery
  • Comprehensively treat patients
  • Understand the basic background and current trends in implant dentistry
  • Perform implant surgery and additional surgical procedures related to implant dentistry
  • Pursue an academic career or faculty position


  • Candidate must be a graduate from an institution accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, or have an equivalent to the D.D.S. or D.M.D degree, if a graduate of a foreign institution.
  • Candidate must have earned a Certificate of Specialty or Masters or Post-doctoral education in Prosthodontics.
  • Candidate must possess standards of integrity, motivation, industry, resourcefulness and basic knowledge.
  • Candidates are selected based on their experience in clinical, academic, administrative, and/or clinical research work in Prosthodontics or a related specialty. 

The selection committee consists of dentistry faculty and is chaired by the Director and Program Chair of the Prosthodontics division, Dr. Carlo Ercoli.

The Graser Fellowship provides a stipend to eligible candidates.Dr. Gerald Graser

Gerald N. Graser, D.D.S., M.S. began his residency in 1970 within Eastman Dental and became a faculty member in 1975.  He is past president of the Academy of Osseointegration, Academy of Prosthodontics and the American Prosthodontic Society. Graser retired from program director of the Division of Prosthodontics in 2001 and stepped down as chair of the division in 2006. He continues to teach part-time as professor of dentistry at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Eastman's prosthodontic laboratory was renovated and dedicated to Dr. Graser in 2001. 

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