The Advanced Education Program in Periodontics is a graduate program of 36 months' duration leading to a Master of Science Degree. Currently, the department accepts four students per year.
Didactically, each student receives a broad education in basic sciences, as well as areas pertaining specifically to periodontics. Seminar sessions reviewing classical and current literature dealing with periodontics, occlusion and implants are given throughout the program. Courses in clinical research design and biostatistics are also required.
The clinical experience extends throughout the three years, including all aspects of periodontal therapy and implants, covering the range of periodontal procedures and oral regenerative techniques. Students also become proficient in conscious sedation, and a rotation in general anesthesia is included. Special clinical rotations are part of the training to gain experience with special patient populations, and integration with other specialties is promoted.
The completion of a research project is mandatory as a requirement for the master's degree. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a certificate in pediodontics and a Master of Science Degree from the School of Dentistry. They are also eligible to take the American Board of Periodontology examination to achieve diplomate status.