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Postdoctoral Program Description

The Advanced Education Program in Periodontics at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry is a 36-month program that provides training in four areas: didactic, clinical, research and teaching. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and provides advanced clinical specialty training in periodontology at the graduate level, which fulfills requirements for eligibility to the American Board of Periodontology. The program accepts only highly qualified students. All students must participate in research leading to a Master's degree. The Certificate in Periodontics is awarded upon completion of all program requirements and only after all Master's degree requirements have been completed.

In addition, a combined certificate/Ph.D. program is available to highly qualified individuals anticipating a full-time career in academic teaching and research.
The training program commences annually in July and is a minimum of three years in duration. Original research leading to submission and defense of an approved thesis or dissertation is a general requirement for a graduate degree which is coupled with award of the clinical certificate denoting completion of advanced clinical specialty training.

The program of study for the clinical component of specialty training consists of didactic courses and seminars, clinical management of patients with periodontal disorders, and teaching experiences. Core courses consist of periodontal anatomy, oral pathology, clinical periodontal conferences (case reviews including diagnosis, treatment planning and therapy), and periodontal literature reviews. Interdisciplinary courses and seminars also are conducted in oral histology, biostatistics, analgesia and conscious sedation, orofacial pain management, endodontic-periodontic, prosthetic-periodontic relationships, implantology, and practice management. The clinical training focuses on the diagnosis and therapy of diseases and conditions affecting the tooth-supporting tissues, and on implant surgery. The clinical experiences of students include the full spectrum of periodontal treatment modalities: conventional non-surgical and surgical periodontal therapy, periodontal plastic surgery, soft and hard tissue regenerative procedures, advanced surgical techniques (guided bone regeneration, block grafts, sinus augmentation), and implant surgery.

Comprehensive periodontal health care is performed in the advanced education clinics at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Students are provided the opportunity to integrate periodontal therapy with other clinical disciplines, to practice conscious sedation measures for pain control, to include inhalation analgesia and intravenous sedation, and also to manage emergencies, thereby experiencing complete management in the oral health needs of their assigned patients.

Experiences in clinical and didactic teaching are provided through opportunities to participate in pre-doctoral didactic and clinical courses in Periodontology at the College of Dentistry.

Qualified residents may be offered a stipend and partial tuition waiver. These grants are annually renewable depending on availability of funds and on positive teaching outcomes as reviewed annually by the Division Chair and Program Director. It is renewable to a maximum of three years for combined program candidates.

Additional details about The Ohio State University program are available from the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) website. The AAP webpage for The Ohio State University program provides current information on curriculum, requirements, stipends, etc., and can be accessed at:

Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to visit the program prior to the application deadline. A visit will allow prospective applicants to meet and interact with current residents and faculty, and to obtain firsthand knowledge about the attributes of the program. Such a visit may be informal and last from one to a few days, or it may be formal (see externship section) and last up to two weeks. Visits, whether formal or informal, must be prearranged by contacting the Program Director.