In the UAB Department of Periodontology, our goal for entry level general practitioners is to demonstrate the ability to perform comprehensive periodontal evaluations to collect an array of diagnostic data and use those data to assess, diagnose, develop a periodontal treatment plan and properly manage a range of periodontal cases. Didactic courses begin in the D1 year where the fundamentals of periodontal diseases are discussed with emphasis on the diagnosis, etiology, and disease progression of periodontal diseases. This foundation is built upon in the D2 periodontology course, which exposes predoctoral students to complex cases and advanced periodontal treatment techniques. Students then put their periodontal knowledge into practice in the D3 and D4 Clinical Periodontology course, integrating periodontal treatment into the Comprehensive Care of patients and demonstrating their longitudinal management of periodontal diseases in periodontal portfolios and Case Management high stakes assessments. The practical performance of these clinical skills is reinforced in Periodontology D3 which focuses on controversies in periodontology and emerging periodontal research and technology. Predoctoral students may also participate in a periodontal selective that allows interested and motivated students to receive small group and hands-on preclinical instruction in periodontology in their D3 year and then progress to surgical treatment of the periodontal needs of their assigned patients within vertical teams of postdoctoral residents.
Periodontology D1 provides foundational knowledge in periodontal diagnosis, etiology, disease progression and treatment and culminates in a comprehensive treatment planning assessment.
Periodontology D2 exposes predoctoral students to advanced periodontal evaluations and techniques and enables them to discuss treatment planning options with their patients with the full breadth of available treatment technologies.
Periodontology D3 focuses on emerging periodontal technologies and cutting edge current concepts in periodontal care. Lectures are interactive and student generated topics are incorporated into the syllabus based upon student survey response.
Clinical Periodontology D3 allows an initial clinical exposure to periodontal cases and aims to expose predoctoral students to varying periodontal case types. Clinical competencies in Examination, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning, Health Promotion, and Scaling and Root Planing are minimal expectation. Predoctoral students in Clinical Periodontology D3 compile a portfolio of managed cases in varying case types and assess their overall case management of these cases.
Clinical Periodontology D4 focuses on the clinical longitudinal management of periodontal disease. This course culminates in a Case Management presentation and write up as well as a Case Management competency examination where predoctoral students demonstrate their ability to manage a complex periodontal case through Phase I therapy and into either Phase II or maintenance treatment.
The Department of Periodontology allows a select group of applicants to complete advanced didactic, preclinical and clinical coursework in periodontology. Throughout the D3 year, motivated and interested students can meet to receive higher-level small group experiences outside of clinic hours. Once these students enter their D4 year, they are integrated into the postdoctoral resident vertical teams and can perform surgeries that they have treatment planned for their patients with resident and faculty oversight.
Predoctoral Periodontal Program Director: Mia L. Geisinger, DDS, MS
Predoctoral Periodontal Clinic Director, Alvin (Red) Stevens, DMD, MEd