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University of Pittsburgh    
2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  May 25, 2022
2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Endodontics Certificate

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The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine’s Endodontic Residency Program was initiated by Dr. Andrew Michanowicz in May, 1969. This fully accredited two-year program enrolls four students per year.  Residents start their program on July 1 of each year. 

Throughout the years, the Endodontic Residency Program has continuously incorporated the latest innovations in the field.  The use of endodontic microscopy is the standard for each procedure.  Residents are expected to have a working knowledge and experience with different file systems from various companies.  Each resident has their own ultrasonic and advanced irrigation devices.

Research opportunities in several fields are available.  The residents have the opportunity to work with National Institute of Health (NIH) funded researchers.  Projects regarding microCT, bone biology, and craniofacial regeneration are available for resident participation. 

The program helps the residents develop knowledge regarding every aspect of endodontics and prepares them to become members of the American Board of Endodontics. 
On average, residents complete at least 350 cases prior to graduation. Cases include standard root canal therapy, retreatments, endodontic microsurgery, and pulpal regeneration.

Overall, the Endodontic Residency Program prides itself in helping residents develop and master endodontic skills while simultaneously identifying and pursuing avenues of interest in relevant basic science and endodontic technology. 


Applications are processed using ADEA Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS), or the self-managed application. A fee of $50 is charged to those who chose to use the self-managed application. The application deadline is Sept. 2nd of the previous year.  Interviews will be granted on a rolling basis.


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The advanced specialty education program in endodontics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653, or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611. The Commission’s web address is

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