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Curriculum

The Dual Certificate Program in Prosthodontics and Periodontics is a full time, minimum of 67-months program starting at the third week of June. The program is divided in four sections: didactic, clinical, research, and laboratory. The curriculum includes biomedical courses provided by the University of Rochester, Periodontal and Prosthodontic specific courses, as well as additional optional courses from the Warner School of Education and the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business.

The structure of the curriculum is designed in a way that the resident of this combined program can start with the Periodontal curriculum first and then transition to the Prosthodontic curriculum or vice versa.

The curriculum has been designed for a period of 67 months. This estimated time is based on the current CODA requirements, which states it is mandatory for a specialty program in Periodontology and Prosthodontics to last at least  33 months and 34 months, respectively.

Didactic

Since a significant number of courses overlap between these two specialties at EIOH, these duplicate requirements can be eliminated, advanced standing used, and time in the combined program optimized to reflect greater exposure to clinical and research activities.

From a periodontal perspective, the coursework emphasizes  biomedical sciences, patient evaluation, etiology and pathogenesis of oral diseases, interdisciplinary treatment planning, surgical and non-surgical periodontal treatment and implant therapy. The coursework also has an emphasis in fixed and removable prosthodontics, occlusion, TMJ dysfunction, maxillofacial prosthetics, cleft palate prostheses, implants, and implantology. After completing all required courses, residents may select, with faculty approval, the courses most appropriate to their needs.

Residents have opportunities to present lectures and participate in combined seminars with other disciplines. Residents who start with the Periodontics curriculum first, will be encouraged to become board certified in Periodontics before graduating from the Dual Certificate program. A similar arrangement, but for the American Board of Prosthodontics, will be implemented for the residents who start with the Prosthodontic curriculum. For a complete list of core courses, prosthodontic courses and master's courses please see the list below.

Clinical

An extensive clinical training on non-surgical treatment of periodontal diseases, surgical approaches including soft tissue grafting, regenerative approaches, advanced surgical techniques, placement and restoration of dental implants, biopsy, diagnosis and treatment of oral lesions, as well as extensive training on Moderate IV conscious sedation will be provided.  By virtue of both extensive study and treatment of patients requiring various types of prostheses, the resident obtains a well-rounded clinical foundation in fixed, removable and implant prosthodontics. Adequate use of digital technology (i.e. intraoral scanners, CBCT, desktop scanners, 3D printers, etc.) is used for the surgical planning, surgical manufacturing as well as fabrication of the definitive prostheses.

Clinical time varies based on year of Dual Certificate residency and also on which Program the resident started first. Usually during the periodontic residency, 2nd and 3rd year residents are in the clinic 6.5-8 sessions per week, while 1st year residents are usually there for 6 sessions per week. During the prosthodontic training, the clinic time is approximately 4.5 days per week with 0.5 days dedicated to research.

Research

Residents who enroll in the Dual Certificate Program will enroll in a Master’s degree in Dental Science. The Master’s topic can be either in the field of Prosthodontics or Periodontics. Residents in the Master’s program will begin fulfilling their degree requirements in the first year. Sufficient research time will be allocated for the residents’ Master’s projects as well as other scientific writing assignments. Specifically, these residents will be required to co-author at least two publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Learn more about EIOH Master's Degree programs.

Laboratory

Dual Program residents are required to participate in laboratory activities (5%) for their patients’ care. The multiple digital equipment in our department (milling machines, desktop scanners, 3D printers, etc.) have significantly increased the digital workflow and significantly reduced the conventional laboratory procedures. Residents become competent in the CAD-CAM technology including designing and milling of prosthodontic restorations.

Five and a Half-Year Program of Study (including two Certificates and a Master’s)

Dual Certificate Program of Study

  • DEN 400 – Special Care I:   Medical/Dental Interrelationships
  • DEN 401 – Dentistry for Geriatric Patients and for People with Intellectual, Learning, and Developmental Disabilities
  • DEN 406 – Instructional Design
  • DEN 407 – Ethical Guidelines for the Dentist
  • DEN 408 – Scientific Basis for Safe Dental Practice
  • DEN 409 – Orofacial Pain and Headaches
  • DEN 410 – Head and Neck Anatomy
  • DEN 411 – Oral Diseases and Pathologies
  • DEN 412 – Oral Implantology I
  • DEN 413 – Oral Implantology II
  • DEN 416 – Advanced Oral Medicine & Clinical Pathology
  • DEN 417 – Principles of Evidence-Based Dentistry
  • DEN 418 – Oral Microbiology
  • DEN 420 – Biology of the Periodontium
  • DEN 421 – Craniofacial Growth and Development
  • DEN 422 – Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • DEN 423 – Oral Epidemiology I:  Introduction and Principles
  • DEN 424 – Oral Epidemiology II:  Research Design and Analysis
  • DEN 425 – Saliva and Salivary Glands
  • DEN 426 – Fundamentals of Dental Caries
  • DEN 440 – Control of Pain and Anxiety with Anesthesia Techniques
  • DEN 441 – Physical Diagnosis
  • DEN 442 – Basic Concepts in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • DEN 443 – Basic Dental Implantology        
  • Clinical Topics in Periodontology - Advanced Surgery
  • Clinical Topics in Periodontology – Endodontics
  • Clinical Topics in Periodontology – GTR
  • Clinical Topics in Periodontology – Occlusion
  • Clinical Topics in Periodontology – Osseous Surgery
  • Clinical Topics in Periodontology - Porcine Lab
  • Clinical Topics in Periodontology - Root Resection
  • Clinical Topics in Periodontology – Suturing
  • Current Literature Review in Periodontics
  • Current Literature Review in Dental Implantology
  • Dental Radiology
  • Diagnosis, Tx. Planning and Case Presentation Seminar
  • Full Arch Rehabilitation – Zimmer-Biomet course
  • General Anesthesia/IV Sedation Rotation
  • Introduction to Clinical Periodontology
  • Medicine Seminar
  • Oral Pathology Course
  • Patient Management in Hospital Environment
  • Periodontal Histology and Histopathology
  • Periodontics and Dental Implant Surgery Clinic
  • Periodontal Literature Review Course
  • Periodontal Therapy I
  • Periodontal Therapy II
  • Anatomy, Physiology of the Periodontium
  • Epidemiology, Etiology and Pathogenesis of Periodontal Diseases
  • Sinus Cavity in Clinical Periodontology
  • Teaching Experience – General Dentistry
  • Translational & Clinical Science Journal Club
  • Oral Surgery/IV Sedation Rotation
  • Preclinical Fixed Prosthodontics Course
  • Preclinical Removable Prosthodontics Course
  • Implant Related Surgical Concepts to Prosthodontics
  • Fixed Prosthodontics/Occlusion Seminar Series I and II
  • Periodontal and Restorative Interrelationships I and II
  • Fixed Prosthodontics seminar series I and II
  • Removable Partial Dentures Seminar Series
  • Complete Dentures Seminar Series
  • Maxillofacial Prosthetics Seminar Series
  • Biomaterials Seminar Series
  • Dental Ceramics seminars
  • Adhesion and Composites Seminar Series
  • Prosthodontic Treatment Planning
  • Prosthodontic Case Presentation
  • Interdisciplinary Periodontics-Prosthodontics treatment Seminars
  • Implant Prosthodontics Seminar Series
  • Periodontics – Prosthodontics Implant Case Presentation
  • Periodontics – Prosthodontics Implant Seminars
  • Interdisciplinary Periodontics-Prosthodontics treatment Senior Case Presentations
  • Current Literature Review in Dental Implantology
  • Implant Case Presentations Series
  • OMFS-Prostho-Perio Diagnosis, Treatment Planning and Case Presentation Seminar
  • Orthodontic-Prosthodontic-Periodontic Seminar
  • Introduction to Dental Implantology
  • Implant Related Prosthodontic Considerations Course
  • Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Emerging Science and Digital Technology
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Intraoral Photography
  • Practice Management Course
  • Oral Pathology Course
  • Geriatric considerations in prosthodontic care
  • Evidence-Based Decision Making
  • Diagnostic Radiology and Imaging
  • Rotations to Private Practices
  • Research Project
  • Research Seminars
  • Scientific writing
  • Research methodology
  • Public speaking
  • Referral, patient treatment and prosthodontic care