Endodontics Certificate

Overview

The Advanced Education Program in Endodontics is a 26-month Certificate program of intensive study, research and clinical activity designed to meet the formal requirements for eligibility to take the certifying examination of the American Board of Endodontics. Following admission to the Certificate Program, students have the option to apply for the M.S. in Dental Science Program. Prior to the student's graduation, dental research results are expected to be formally written in publishable format and submitted for publication in a refereed scientific journal and a variety of 10 clinical cases must be submitted in the American Board of Endodontics format. 

 

Admissions Requirements

  • ADEA PASS application
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended. This includes trade schools, community colleges and universities.
  • Official evaluation of dental school transcripts for all international applicants
  • National Board Part 1 exam scores for all applicants
  • GRE exam scores for all international applicants
  • TOEFL exam scores for all international applicants
  • GPA/Class Rank
  • Three professional evaluations, submitted to PASS
  • Institution evaluation, submitted to PASS
  • $50.00 application fee

Degree Requirements

Students must complete all course work with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, complete a research project and complete a portfolio of ten treatment cases to be submitted to the American Board of Endodontics.

The M.S. in Dental Science degree will be awarded to students who successfully complete the certificate and the required courses in the Graduate School.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCredit Hours
ENDO 5015Dental Photography 0.5
ENDO 5073Literature Review 1 5
ENDO 5080Case Presentations 1 4.5
ENDO 6075Current Literature Review 1.5
DIAG 5050Fundamentals of Dental Radiography 1
ENDO 5010Clinical Endodontics 1 2.5
ENDO 5017Clinical Seminar 1 2
PATH 5035Oral Pathology 2
PERI 5052Surgical Anatomy 1
PROS 5050Dental Implantology 1
ENDO 5020Introduction to Advanced Endodontics 1 2.5
INTD 5013Perio/Pros/Endo/Orth Interdisciplinary Course 1 1 1
MSDS 5020Dental Biomed Core 1 1 4
MSDS 5121Biostatistics 1 1
MSDS 5090Grad Research Methodology 1 2
Spring
ENDO 5011Clinical Endodontics 1 3
ENDO 5018Clinical Seminar 1 2
ENDO 5071Supervised Teaching 1
ENDO 5075Literature Review 1 4
ENDO 5082Case Presentations 1 4
ENDO 5052Endodontic Surgical Anatomy 1 1.5
ENDO 6077Current Literature Review 1 1
INTD 5013Perio/Pros/Endo/Orth Interdisciplinary Course 1 1 1
MSDS 5021Dental Biomed Core 2 1 1
 Total Credit Hours: 50.0
Second Year
FallCredit Hours
ENDO 6010Clinical Endodontics 2 6
ENDO 6073Literature Review 2 5
ENDO 6075Current Literature Review 1.5
ENDO 6083Case Presentations 2 1
INTD 6019Pharmacotherapeutics 1
ENDO 6084Case Presentations 2 4
INTD 6014Perio/Pros/Endo/Orth Interdisciplinary Course 2 1 1
Spring
ENDO 6012Clinical Endodontics 2 5
ENDO 6071Supervised Teaching 1
ENDO 6077Current Literature Review 1
ENDO 6060Pulp Biology and Pain Pharmacology 1.5
ENDO 6078Literature Review 4
ENDO 6085Case Presentations 2 4
INTD 6014Perio/Pros/Endo/Orth Interdisciplinary Course 2 1 1
 Total Credit Hours: 37.0
Third Year
FallCredit Hours
ENDO 6013Clinical Endodontics 3 1 0.5
ENDO 6080Focused Regendo Research 1 4
 Total Credit Hours: 4.5
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This course is shared with the certificate and the M.S. Dental Science.

Objectives/Program Outcomes

Goals

Consistent with the Health Science Center mission and with the Standards for Advanced Specialty Education Programs in Endodontics, the program goals are to provide each student with an excellent, individualized educational experience in four areas:  1)  biomedical sciences, 2) clinical sciences, 3) teaching, 4) research and to ultimately prepare each student to achieve certification by the American Board of Endodontics.

Objectives

The objectives of the program are to provide instruction and/or clinical experience in the following areas:

  1.  Biomedical sciences
    1. Anatomy and histology, including embryology
    2. Microbiology, infection and immunology
    3. Oral medicine and pathology
    4. Biochemistry and physiology
    5. Pharmacology
  2. Clinical sciences
    1. Patient evaluation and management, including emergencies
    2. Endodontic radiology, diagnosis and treatment plans
    3. Pain and infection, including pharmacologic management
    4. Nonsurgical and surgical endodontic procedures
    5. Restoration of endodontically treated teeth
    6. Evaluation of endodontic therapy
    7. Practice management
  3. Teaching endodontics
    1. Presentations in lectures, seminars and table clinic
    2. Preclinical instruction of undergraduate students
    3. Clinical instruction of undergraduate students
  4. Research
    1. Statistics, research design and methodology
    2. Investigation and evaluation of the literature
    3. Written and oral presentation of research results

The curriculum of instruction and experience in biomedical and clinical sciences is well balanced with teaching and research experience. The ultimate objective of the program is to develop students who are well prepared for candidacy for certification by the American Board of Endodontics and for continued career progress in clinical practice or academic achievement.

Program Policies

Probation and Dismissal

An advanced education student may be placed on academic probation for reasons of substandard performance in didactic, clinical, behavioral or professional/ethical areas.  A student whose overall grade point average falls below B (3.0) or who receives a final grade of D, F or U for any course during any one grading period will be considered for a recommendation of academic probation by the departmental Residency Oversight Committee of the appropriate program. A recommendation for probation will be made to the Advanced Education Committee’s (AEC) Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee, which is comprised of the Program Directors of all the Advanced Education Programs in the School of Dentistry and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Only the Program Directors will be voting members of this Subcommittee; the Associate Dean for Student Affairs will serve in an ex officio capacity as a non-voting member.  In addition, the departmental Residency Oversight Committee may recommend to the AEC’s Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee that a student be placed on academic probation for clinical, behavioral or professional/ethical performance that does not meet the standards of the program. The AEC’s Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee will formally place the student on academic probation upon majority vote of the members.

A student placed on academic probation will be given written notification by the Chair of the Advanced Education Committee of such status. This notification will serve as an official warning to the student that her or his didactic, clinical, behavioral and/or professional/ethical performance is below standard and continuation in the postgraduate program is in jeopardy.  The student will be allowed an opportunity to correct the substandard performance that led to academic probation status over a probationary time period determined by the departmental Residency Oversight Committee. At subsequent monthly AEC meetings, the Program Director of the affected residency will report to the AEC on the status of the probated student’s progress. Upon the student’s successful correction of performance deficiencies, he or she will be removed from academic probation.  A student will remain on probation for as long as her or his cumulative GPA is below 3.0. While on probation, a student must maintain a B average in those courses for which he or she is registered or be considered for dismissal recommendation by the departmental Residency Oversight Committee. A recommendation to remove the student from academic probation will be made by the departmental Residency Oversight Committee to the AEC’s Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee, which will remove academic probation status upon majority vote on the members.

If the substandard performance that led to academic probation is not corrected, the student will be subject to dismissal from the program.  A recommendation for dismissal will be made by the departmental Residency Oversight Committee to the AEC’s Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee. The AEC’s Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee will consider the recommendation for dismissal and will formally dismiss the student from the program upon majority vote of the members.  A student will be subject to dismissal actions without a probationary period if he or she receives a final grade of D or F for 4 (four) or more credit hours of required course work during a single grading period.

During academic probation and dismissal actions, the student may address the AEC Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee in writing or may request permission to appear before the Subcommittee to present her or his views. The Advanced Education Committee will transmit recommendations for dismissal through the Associate Dean for Student Affairs to the Dean. Students may appeal academic dismissal to the School of Dentistry Dean. 

DIAG 5050. Fundamentals of Dental Radiography. 1 Credit Hour.

This lecture course reviews the basics of diagnostic radiography and introduces the latest techniques. Review includes sessions on exposure factors, projection techniques, film processing, and radiation protection. The major extraoral technique stressed in the course is panoramic radiography, including normal anatomy, technique errors, and interpretation. Skull projections are reviewed and basic principles and indications of special techniques such as xeroradiography, CT, nuclear medicine, and others are presented as time allows.

ENDO 5010. Clinical Endodontics 1. 2.5 Credit Hours.

An extensive clinical experience in the broad spectrum of endodontic practice is offered on the graduate level. Each student has the opportunity to maintain a comprehensive endodontic practice under the supervision of the director and staff of the postdoctoral program in endodontics.

ENDO 5011. Clinical Endodontics 1. 3 Credit Hours.

An extensive clinical experience in the broad spectrum of endodontic practice is offered on the graduate level. Each student has the opportunity to maintain a comprehensive endodontic practice under the supervision of the director and staff of the postdoctoral program in endodontics.

ENDO 5015. Dental Photography. 0.5 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to expose the student to the principles of effective dental photography. Students are given the opportunity to make clinical photographs that are critiqued in class.

ENDO 5017. Clinical Seminar 1. 2 Credit Hours.

These seminars provide the opportunity to discuss matters pertaining to clinical endodontics by exposing the student to a wide variety of clinical cases. The seminars provide information to give students the opportunity to become sophisticated diagnosticians and skillful clinicians. Students are provided the opportunity to achieve these goals through student case presentations, faculty case presentations, topical lectures by faculty, and consultant visits. Prerequisites: ENDO 5018.

ENDO 5018. Clinical Seminar 1. 2 Credit Hours.

These seminars provide the opportunity to discuss matters pertaining to clinical endodontics by exposing the student to a wide variety of clinical cases. The seminars provide information to give students the opportunity to become sophisticated diagnosticians and skillful clinicians. Students are provided the opportunity to achieve these goals through student case presentations, faculty case presentations, topical lectures by faculty, and consultant visits. Prerequisite: ENDO 5017.

ENDO 5020. Introduction to Advanced Endodontics. 2.5 Credit Hours.

This course is a laboratory and lecture review of endodontic concepts and techniques starting at the basic level and progressing to the advanced. Various techniques of access preparation, chemomechanical canal preparation, and obturation will be taught. Students will have an opportunity to prepare and obturate the root canal system using a variety of techniques and materials. Procedures are performed under simulated clinical conditions in a mannequin. Following completion of obturation, students dissect and photograph tooth roots under a dissecting microscope to evaluate the effectiveness of the various canal preparation and obturation techniques.

ENDO 5052. Endodontic Surgical Anatomy. 1.5 Credit Hour.

This course consists of a series of four four-hour seminar sessions devoted to an in-depth discussion of endodontic surgical anatomy, surgical indications and techniques, and wound healing. This is followed by twenty hours of laboratory during which human head and neck prosected specimens are covered to demonstrate pertinent anatomic structures and the students practice actual surgical procedures on anterior, premolar, and molar teeth in cadaver specimens.

ENDO 5071. Supervised Teaching. 1 Credit Hour.

The goal of this course is to teach the student how to be an effective teacher. This course involves the student in teaching a sophomore lecture and laboratory course where dental students receive their initial exposure to endodontics. The student is given the opportunity to be actively involved in laboratory supervision of a small group of sophomore students as they perform specific endodontic procedures on extracted teeth. The student functions as an instructor side by side with endodontic faculty members who observe and critique the student's performance.

ENDO 5073. Literature Review 1. 5 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to familiarize the student with pertinent articles, both topical and current, related to endodontics. The articles, selected from the dental, medical, and basic science literature, are assigned to the student to critically abstract and evaluate for research design, findings, and conclusions.

ENDO 5075. Literature Review 1. 4 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to familiarize the student with pertinent articles, both topical and current, related to endodontics. The articles, selected from the dental, medical, and basic science literature, are assigned to the student to critically abstract and evaluate for research design, findings, and conclusions.

ENDO 5080. Case Presentations 1. 4.5 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to provide faculty evaluation of endodontic cases treated by students. Critical evaluation will be made of the diagnosis, treatment plan, and treatment methodology. Differential diagnosis will be considered along with alternate treatment plans, and treatment methods. Reasons for any complications will be determined, and methods for preventing them will be discussed. The need for post-treatment follow-up examinations will be determined. The positive feedback provided by these courses is intended to increase student confidence and competence.

ENDO 6010. Clinical Endodontics 2. 6 Credit Hours.

An extensive clinical experience in the broad spectrum of endodontic practice is offered on the graduate level. Each student has the opportunity to maintain a comprehensive endodontic practice under the supervision of the director and staff of the postdoctoral program in endodontics.

ENDO 6012. Clinical Endodontics 2. 5 Credit Hours.

An extensive clinical experience in the broad spectrum of endodontic practice is offered on the graduate level. Each student has the opportunity to maintain a comprehensive endodontic practice under the supervision of the director and staff of the postdoctoral program in endodontics.

ENDO 6013. Clinical Endodontics 3. 0.5 Credit Hours.

An extensive clinical experience in the broad spectrum of endodontic practice is offered on the graduate level. Each student has the opportunity to maintain a comprehensive endodontic practice under the supervision of the director and staff of the postdoctoral program in endodontics.

ENDO 6060. Pulp Biology and Pain Pharmacology. 1.5 Credit Hour.

This purpose of this course is to provide the solid foundation knowledge in the biology of dental pulp and periradicular tissues necessary for appropriate clinical decision making in endodontic and restorative diagnosis and treatment, and to ensure that residents are prepared for future change in therapy or understanding new risk factors in disease.

ENDO 6071. Supervised Teaching. 1 Credit Hour.

The goal of this course is to teach the student how to be an effective teacher. This course involves the student in teaching a sophomore lecture and laboratory course where dental students receive their initial exposure to endodontics. The student is given the opportunity to be actively involved in laboratory supervision of a small group of sophomore students as they perform specific endodontic procedures on extracted teeth. The student functions as an instructor side by side with endodontic faculty members who observe and critique the student's performance.

ENDO 6073. Literature Review 2. 5 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to familiarize the student with pertinent articles, both topical and current, related to endodontics. The articles, selected from the dental, medical, and basic science literature, are assigned to the student to critically abstract and evaluate for research design, findings, and conclusions.

ENDO 6075. Current Literature Review. 1.5 Credit Hour.

These courses are designed to familiarize the student with pertinent endodontic literature published during the academic year. Students will be assigned specific articles for review and literature will be critically evaluated in a seminar format.

ENDO 6077. Current Literature Review. 1 Credit Hour.

The goal of this course is for the student to develop a biological understanding and scientific basis for the diagnosis and treatment of various endodontic subjects by a review of current literature articles. Each resident will be assigned specific articles for review. Residents will be required to prepare written abstracts of these articles and orally present them to the class.

ENDO 6078. Literature Review. 4 Credit Hours.

This course is intended to introduce the endodontic resident application manuscripts related to our specialty. The articles are selected according to their impact on clinical and biological considerations pertinent to the understanding of the endodontic practice. Subjects will be broad in scope and will cover the majority of topics and treatment alternatives of classic, relevant and contemporary literature. These manuscripts will be discussed and evaluated, placing emphasis on their strength to already existing endodontic comprehension.

ENDO 6080. Focused Regendo Research. 4 Credit Hours.

This course is intended to provide a focused review on the most relevant scientific evidence on regenerative endodontics. Emphasis will be given on the critical appraisal of existing scientific evidence on stem cell biology and tissue engineering related to regenerative endodontics. The articles are selected according to their impact on clinical and biological considerations pertinent to the understanding of the endodontic practice.

ENDO 6083. Case Presentations 2. 1 Credit Hour.

This course is designed to provide faculty evaluation of endodontic cases treated by students. Critical evaluation will be made of the diagnosis, treatment plan, and treatment methodology. Differential diagnosis will be considered along with alternate treatment plans, and treatment methods. Reasons for any complications will be determined, and methods for preventing them will be discussed. The need for post-treatment follow-up examinations will be determined. The positive feedback provided by these courses is intended to increase student confidence and competence.

ENDO 6084. Case Presentations 2. 4 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to provide faculty evaluation of endodontic cases treated by students. Critical evaluation will be made of the diagnosis, treatment plan, and treatment methodology. Differential diagnosis will be considered along with alternate treatment plans, and treatment methods. Reasons for any complications will be determined, and methods for preventing them will be discussed. The need for post-treatment follow-up examinations will be determined. The positive feedback provided by these courses is intended to increase student confidence and competence.

ENDO 6085. Case Presentations 2. 4 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to provide faculty evaluation of endodontic cases treated by students. Critical evaluation will be made of the diagnosis, treatment plan, and treatment methodology. Differential diagnosis will be considered along with alternate treatment plans, and treatment methods. Reasons for any complications will be determined, and methods for preventing them will be discussed. The need for post-treatment follow-up examinations will be determined. The positive feedback provided by these courses is intended to increase student confidence and competence.

INTD 5013. Perio/Pros/Endo/Orth Interdisciplinary Course 1. 1 Credit Hour.

A seminar that brings together the residents and graduate staff from the periodontic, prosthodontic,endodontic and orthodontic postdoctoral programs to share clinically relevant multidisciplinary information. Patient diagnostic evaluations and treatment plans are evaluated in an interactive environment. Selected topics involving new advancements are presented and discussed.

INTD 6014. Perio/Pros/Endo/Orth Interdisciplinary Course 2. 1 Credit Hour.

This seminar brings together the residents and graduate staff from the periodontic, prosthodontic, endodontic and orthodontic postdoctoral programs to share clinically relevant multidisciplinary information. Patient diagnostic evaluations and treatment plans are evaluated in an interactive environment. Selected topics involving new advancements are presented and discussed.

INTD 6019. Pharmacotherapeutics. 1 Credit Hour.

This course is designed to review general principles of pharmacology; current and accepted pharmacotherapy for the medical management of pain, infection, and selected systemic diseases; and associated adverse drug events. It is based on the top 200 drugs dispensed by U.S. community pharmacies for the prevention, diagnosis, and/or treatment of disease with special reference to dentistry.

INTD 7091. Independent Studies. 1-9 Credit Hours.

Students will have the opportunity to use this course to study for the National Board, Part II examination, according to their own need. This course also will serve as a framework for a student returning from a leave of absence or from other protracted time away from classes or clinic. At the conclusion of the course, the enrolled student must demonstrate knowledge and/or skills and/or values consistent with the expectations for entering the level of course study from which the student left. An individualized course of study will be developed once the student is enrolled.

MSDS 5020. Dental Biomed Core 1. 4 Credit Hours.

The Biomedical Core Course will provide a multidisciplinary approach to basic science instruction as it relates to the clinical practice of dentistry. Both basic science and clinical science faculty will participate to provide a sound base of material required by each program. Individual programs will supplement the Biomedical Core Course in the basic science areas particular to that discipline. This combination of core instruction with individual supplementation should provide the advanced education student the appropriate background in biomedical science.

MSDS 5021. Dental Biomed Core 2. 1 Credit Hour.

This course is a continuation of MSDS 5020 Dental Biomedical Core Course 1.

MSDS 5090. Grad Research Methodology. 2 Credit Hours.

This course is an introduction to methods and techniques used in dental research. Topics will include basic assumptions and concepts of scientific research, selecting research topics, specifying objectives and hypotheses, literature reviews, and experimental design.

MSDS 5121. Biostatistics. 1 Credit Hour.

This course is designed to prepare the advanced education dentist with the knowledge of common statistical methods in order to critically evaluate the literature and to perform necessary analyses in support of their own research projects, particularly those directed at the completion of the Certificate from the Dental School and/or the Master of Science degree from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

PATH 5035. Oral Pathology. 2 Credit Hours.

Clinicopathologic correlations, differential diagnosis, and therapeutic rationale are emphasized. The integration of history, physical findings, and clinical laboratory data with pertinent radiographic findings, clinical presentations, and anatomic pathology will be emphasized.

PERI 5052. Surgical Anatomy. 1 Credit Hour.

This course emphasizes the learning of the head and neck anatomy that is related directly to surgical procedures performed by periodontists and endodontists and the practice of prosthodontic dentistry. Anatomic structures related to implant placement receive special emphasis. Surgical complications related to anatomy are described. A prosection on human cadavers is presented with a strong emphasis on surgical anatomy.

PROS 5050. Dental Implantology. 1 Credit Hour.

This course offers graduate level students an introduction to the basics of the osseointegrated implant surgical and prosthetic technique. Lectures on advanced concepts of osseointegration therapy related to several implant systems are included.