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2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Dec 04, 2023
2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Periodontics Certificate

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The residency in periodontics is a three-year certificate program. Each resident is exposed to all periodontal diagnostics and therapies and is expected to be competent in all phases of clinical periodontal care. All residents are encouraged to participate in the American Academy of Periodontology board certification process, and to graduate as board-certified periodontist. A master’s degree option is available to residents in the Department of Periodontics. Three residents are accepted annually for the three-year program.

Residents in the Periodontics Residency Program may elect to pursue a master of dental science degree (MDS) alongside their certificate. Eligible residents who elect this option must pass the Master of Dental Science Entrance Examination and enroll in the tract with the Pitt Registrar’s Office. Please talk with the dental residency program administrator for details.   

All residents must be graduates of an accredited U.S. or Canadian dental school. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.

Applications to the residency program are accepted through the ADEA Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) or the self-managed application through the Office of Residency Education (412-648-8406).  Applications are due before August 1 of each year.

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The advanced specialty education program in periodontics 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


The Periodontic Program, a three-year program that prepares specialists in all facets of periodontology. The program provides residents with the skills and knowledge needed to master clinical periodontics. The curriculum incorporates the scientific and biological background needed to critically evaluate current and future therapies in the clinical practice of periodontics. Successful completion of the program enables graduates to participate in the board examination of the American Board of Periodontology. The certificate program requires a minimum of 18 credits and the degree option requires a minimum of 24 credits.

The resident will become thoroughly familiar with the periodontal literature and will participate in broad clinical experiences in examination, diagnosis, and all accepted modes of periodontal therapy, including regenerative modalities, dental implants, intravenous sedation, and hospital dentistry. The program sets the stage for lifelong learning and provides residents with the training necessary to meet the present and future challenges of periodontal practice.

Following are the specific conferences in periodontics:

  • Advanced Periodontal Concepts
  • Dental and Periodontal Research
  • Hospital Periodontics
  • Implant Dentistry
  • Interdisciplinary Conferences
  • Periodontal Literature Review
  • Periodontics and Occlusion
  • Periodontics Journal Club
  • Periodontics Treatment Plan
  • Principles of Periodontal Education
  • Scientific Basis for Clinical Therapy

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