Postdoctoral Programs

The department has two options for advanced educational programs:

  • Postdoctoral Program in Pediatric Dentistry
    • Option for MS in Clinical Dentistry
  • MS in Oral Biology


Purpose of Program

This course of study is designed to provide an educational background and developmental atmosphere necessary for training the future clinical and academic leaders in Pediatric Dentistry. Advanced education in Pediatric Dentistry provides the student with an in-depth understanding of, and clinical expertise in the practice of dentistry for children and people with developmental disabilities. Pediatric dentistry is a specialty of an age group rather than a specific technique; therefore, an extensive knowledge concerning normal growth and development, behavior management, and all phases of dentistry in healthy and compromised patients is required. The programs in Pediatric Dentistry prepare the student for a career in community practice and/or academics.

Each program may be tailored to fulfill the needs and interests of each student and satisfy the qualifications for certification by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Two programs are available including:

  1. Certification Program. This program is designed to allow an individualized training experience which will propel graduates into leadership roles as clinicians. Successful completion of this program leads to a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry.
  2. Certification/Degree Program. This comprehensive program is designed to allow an individualized training experience which will propel graduates into leadership roles either as clinicians or academicians. Successful completion of this program leads to a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and a Master's of Science Degree.

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Both programs involve the development of expertise in providing total patient care for pediatric patients involves extensive clinical experiences in behavior management, outpatient sedation, medical management, dental trauma, and comprehensive treatment of malocclusions. A four-week anesthesia training with pediatric anesthesiologists at The Children's Hospital is accomplished the first year. Students also participate in weekly pediatric dentistry seminars, oncology rounds, orthodontic clinical sessions, and pediatric medicine grand rounds. Patient care includes involvement in special clinics for the Hemophilia Team, Cleft Lip and Palate Team, and Craniofacial Genetics Program (GC-CODED). The availability of a large clinic population allows all students to benefit from direct clinical experience and patient care in all fields.

During the first year, each student selects either a clinical or basic science research problem with the assistance of the program director and Pediatric Dentistry faculty. Extensive clinical research opportunities exist which will benefit future practitioners in their educational and clinical skills. Didactic and clinical training continue during the second year while the student prepares a research protocol and selects a preceptor for his/her research project. A strong clinical component of the second year allows the student to achieve excellence in the areas of hospital dentistry and rendering patient care with the aid of general anesthesia and outpatient conscious sedation. The third year is spent completing the research project for those choosing the master’s degree tract and developing an acceptable thesis, while continuing to maintain a continuity of patient care in the clinical setting. The development of advanced clinical skills is accomplished during this third year through the treatment of complex restorative and behavioral cases, in addition to long-term comprehensive treatment of malocclusions and medically compromised individuals.

Curriculum

  • Handicapped Dentistry
  • Interceptive Orthodontics
  • Medically Compromised Dentistry
  • Cariology
  • Scientific Method in Biomedical Research
  • General Anesthesia
  • Biostatistics/Epidemiology
  • Oral Microbiology and Immunology
  • Research
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Pharmacology
  • Head and Neck Anatomy
  • Special Topics in Pediatric Dentistry
  • Human Genetics
  • Fundamentals of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Literature Review

General Information

Stipends for individuals U.S. citizens/permanent residents that graduated from an ADA accredited U.S. dental school participating in the Postgraduate Program are available and typically range from $25,725 to $32,060. Funds vary from year to year and anyone interested in these programs should make individual inquiries concerning stipend availability for a particular year.

Tuition/fees to The University of Alabama School of Dentistry is approximately $10,265.00 per academic year. These tuition/fees are subject to increase. Prevailing fees for the Graduate School will also be paid by the student. At time of enrollment, students must present certification of vaccination for, or immunity to, Hepatitis B. In addition, each student must obtain and maintain acceptable health hospitalization insurance as well as professional liability insurance.

Additional expenses to students range upward from $2,000.00. This may include costs for books, instruments, photography equipment, computer, professional liability insurance, student health fees, parking, supplies, expenses related to research activities and thesis preparation, etc.

Each student is expected to be on duty from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday of each week. In addition, students will be expected to attend meetings, seminars, etc., which do not fall within the hours listed above. All students in the advanced programs will have night, weekend, and holiday "on call" duties for patient emergencies. "On call" duties are divided among the first and second year residents. Third year residents are generally free of this responsibility.

Participation in the Postdoctoral Pediatric Dental Program requires concentrated full-time effort on the student's part. Consequently, each student should plan his or her other obligations accordingly.

All students are allowed 15-20 time-off days per year depending on their training status of certificate or Masters Program. Students receive 7 holidays (New Year's, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day Martin Luther King's Birthday, and Memorial Day) each year.

Pediatric Dentistry Postdoctoral Program

Program Director:
Dr. Janice G. Jackson
205.934.7016

Length of Program: 2 (Certificate) or 3 (MS) years

Match Participant: Yes

Pass Participant: Yes

Certificate Awarded: Yes

Degree Awarded: Optional, M.S. in Clinical Dentistry

Stipend Available: Yes (US Citizen/Perm. Residents with US Dental Degree)

Tuition/fees: Approximately $10,265.00 per year

International Students Accepted: Yes

Application Deadline: October 15

Program Start Date: July 1

Application Materials Required: The fee when applying through PASS is $25, photo, and undergraduate transcripts should be sent to the UAB Post-grad Admissions Office. Direct application fee is $50. If international applicant, TOEFL score no more than 2 years old is required also. Checks should be made payable to UAB.