The Advanced Education Program in Periodontics is a 36-month graduate program leading to a master of science degree. Currently, four students are accepted per year. The experience is structured as a comprehensive didactic and clinical program.
Didactically, each student receives a broad education in basic sciences, as well as those pertaining specifically to periodontics. Seminar sessions reviewing all the 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 expands throughout the three years and includes 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. A research project is mandatory as a requirement for the master's degree.
Upon completion of the program students will be eligible to take the examination given by the American Board of Periodontology to achieve diplomat status. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students receive a certificate in periodontics and a master of science degree from UT School of Dentistry.