International Non-US trained Dentists are eligible to apply for the International Pediatric Dentistry Certificate.

The intent of this program is to provide an intensive 36-month program of study to International dentists who desire to enhance their knowledge in the field of Pediatric Dentistry. The educational content of this program is same to the one offered to US/US trained Dentists. However, this International graduate program requires a Master of Science Degree.

Curriculum

The program will include lectures, seminars, patient care and research. Emphasis will be placed on providing a strong foundation in the areas of clinical, theoretical and research aspects of Pediatric Dentistry.

View Didactic Courses (pdf).

Admission

Applicants who possess a foreign D.M.D./D.D.S./B.D.S. or equivalent or are not US Citizen are eligible to apply (i.e., are not eligible for the stipend program). Documentation of official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and GRE or ADA National Board Part 1 are required. Furthermore, candidates that do not speak English as first language will be required to provide documentation of having passed TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Applicants must comply with all UAB international student requirements including, but not limited to, an affidavit from their financial sponsor; bank statement from sponsor’s financial institution, and applicable visa. Students are required to carry health insurance, furnish proof of health insurance and present certification of vaccination for, or immunity to, Hepatitis B. Students are not eligible for financial aid. Up to two applicants will be notified of acceptance in the program by January of each year through the AAPD Matching Program. The program begins July 1 but there is a mandatory orientation which begins the last week in June.

Length of Program

The International Certificate Program extends over a period of three years and leads to a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. In addition, the student is required to complete a 30 credit hour master’s degree in Clinical Dentistry through the Graduate School, of which, 12 hours will be transferred to the Graduate School from the School of Dentistry. In addition to completing didactic courses, students admitted to the Graduate School are required to complete a thesis based on original research. On successful completion of the requirements of the program and defense of a thesis, the candidate will be awarded a Master's Degree in Clinical Dentistry as well as a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry.

Tuition & Fees

For this certificate (non-degree) program, there will be tuition/program fee of $60,000 per year which will include dental school tuition and fees. In addition, students will be charged applicable Graduate School tuition and fees. There are some scholarship funds available for the graduate program which may be applied for but not guaranteed. Dental school and graduate school tuition and all program fees are subject to change annually. The Department of Pediatric Dentistry will provide a scholarship not to exceed $5,000 per year to support tuition/fees.

Each student will be required to purchase a laptop computer that can be encrypted to secure confidential student and patient information, instruments, camera, books, and other supplies as specified by the department. The total costs of these items could amount to approximately $5,000.

Upon notification of acceptance a deposit of $15,000 must be remitted by Cashier's Check. This is not refundable under any circumstances but is applied against the tuition charges at the time of matriculation.

This program must be completed in a 3 year period of time. Students needing additional time to complete the program will be required to register, pay all applicable SOD certificate program and/or Graduate School tuition and all applicable fees.

Required Application Materials

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

Additional Information

Program Director:
Dr. Janice G. Jackson
(205) 934-7016

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

Match Participant: Yes

Pass Participant: Yes

Certificate Awarded: Yes

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

Stipend Available: None

Tuition/fees: $60,000 / per year

International Students Accepted: Yes

Application Deadline: September 15th

Program Start Date: July 1st

Completion Rate: 100%

Non-US trained Dentists are eligible to apply for the International Orthodontic Program.

The educational content of this 36-month orthodontic program is identical to the one offered to US-trained Dentists. Enrollment to the graduate program leading to a Master of Science Degree, however, is mandatory for those applicants accepted to the International program.

Curriculum

The program includes lectures, seminars, patient care and research. Emphasis is placed on providing a strong foundation in the areas of clinical, theoretical and research aspects of orthodontics. (See list of courses in previous section-Didactic courses, seminars and assignments).

Admission

International Orthodontic Program applicants should This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly through the School of Dentistry. The admission process for students into the international program is as follows:

  1. Applicants must possess a D.M.D./D.D.S. or equivalent and should have successfully completed an accredited dental program in a country other than the United States or Canada.
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended are required. Furthermore, candidates will be required to provide documentation of having passed TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
  3. Applicants must comply with all UAB international student requirements including, but not limited to, an affidavit from their financial sponsor; bank statement from sponsor’s financial institution, and applicable visa. Students are required to carry health insurance, furnish proof of health insurance and present certification of vaccination for, or immunity to, Hepatitis B. Students are not eligible for financial aid.
  4. International applicants must have passed the NBDE part 1 exam before acceptance into the international Orthodontic program.
  5. In addition, each applicant must successfully complete a mini-residency of 2 months
    1. During this time, mini-residents carry out procedures to ensure competencies equivalent to those of a US dental school graduate. Procedures include:
    • Study of the textbook, “Introduction to Orthodontics”
    • A 43 question exam (41 MCQ and 2 written) based on the textbook
    • Wire-bending skills taught and tested
    • Diagnostics (pouring study models, taking pictures, lab work, etc.) conducted and skills assessed
    • Communication skills
    1. Mini-residents attend faculty lectures during which time faculty can get to know them.
    2. Each mini-resident is assigned to a resident mentor who will give valuable feedback back to the department.
  1. Applications to the International Program must be made by August
  2. Candidates for the International Program will need to attend an interview of the Department Admissions Committee.
  3. Final selections of the International residents are made by the Department Admissions Committee.
  4. Successful applicants will be informed of the selection decision in January of the year of the program. All programs will begin on 1st of July in the same year.

Length of Program

The International Orthodontic Program extends over a period of three (3) years. In addition to training leading to a Certificate in Orthodontics, the student is required to complete a 30 credit hour master’s degree through the Graduate School, of which, 12 hours will be transferred to the Graduate School from the School of Dentistry. In addition to completing didactic courses, students admitted to the Graduate School are required to complete a thesis based on original research. On successful completion of the requirements of the program and defense of a thesis, the candidate will be awarded a Master of Science Degree in Dentistry.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees for the International Orthodontic Program is $60,000 per year. In addition, students will be charged applicable Graduate School tuition and fees. Graduate school tuition and all program fees are subject to change annually. The Dental School certificate tuition/program fee is subject to change for incoming students only and is fixed for the duration of the program once admitted. The Department of Orthodontics will provide a scholarship not to exceed $5,000 per year to support tuition/fees.

Each student will be required to purchase a laptop computer that can be encrypted to secure confidential student and patient information, instruments, camera, books, an articulator, and other supplies as specified by the department. The total costs of these items could amount to approximately $15,000.

Upon notification of acceptance a deposit of $35,000 must be remitted by Cashier's Check. This is not refundable under any circumstances but is applied against the tuition charges at the time of matriculation.

This program must be completed in a 3-year period of time. Students needing additional time to complete the program will be required to register, pay all applicable program fees as well as Graduate School tuition and fees.

Pediatric Dentistry

Application Deadline

September 15

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 helps provide 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 are designed to prepare students 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:

  • 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.
  • 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 in Dentistry.

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 ranging from $12,000 to $26,000, depending upon availability of funds, for U.S. Citizens/permanent residents enrolled in the Postgraduate Program who graduated from an ADA accredited U.S. dental school. The stipends are subject to external funding and vary from year to year. Interested students should contact the Program Director for more information on availability of stipends.

Tuition/fees to The University of Alabama School of Dentistry is approximately $10,983.00 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 10-15 time-off days per year depending on their training status of certificate or Master's 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.

Required Application Materials

The fee, when applying through PASS, is $25 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.

Additional Information

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 $10,983.00 per year

International Students Accepted: Yes

Application Deadline: September 15th

Program Start Date: July 1st

Completion Rate: 100%

Pediatric Dentistry Department
All Departments

Endodontics

Application Deadline

August 1
(rolling applications)

The Mission/Role of the Advanced Dental Education (ADE) Program in Endodontics is to optimize the well-being and oral health of people through excellence in our program of education, research and service. This mission is consistent with the mission of the School of Dentistry and impacts the people of our state and region. National and international communities are affected by program graduates who teach, perform research, and practice endodontics.

Program Goals Include:

  • To assure that residents who are completing the Advanced Dental Education Program in Endodontics are clinically competent.
  • To graduate individuals whose knowledge is evidence based.
  • To produce graduates who can critically evaluate and apply evidence based knowledge and who are capable of generating and disseminating new knowledge in basic and clinical sciences pertaining to endodontics.
  • To graduate compassionate individuals with a strong sense of professionalism and social sensitivity.

Available Residency Programs

Our Advanced Dental Education Program in Endodontics offers the residents a broad-based clinical and didactic experience that prepares them for the study and practice of endodontics in an academic or practice setting. We offer customizable programs including a 2-year certificate and a Master's degree program as well as other advanced education.

We strive to create a collaborative working environment and look for residents who are seeking the highest levels of excellence in clinical and didactic learning environments.

  1. Two-year Endodontics Certificate Program: This program provides didactic and clinical training designed to prepare the resident for the professional practice of clinical endodontics and to meet the eligibility requirements of the American Board of Endodontics certification examination.
  2. Master of Science/Certificate Program: The certificate program is a two year experiential learning program and the Master’s degree program includes all of the requirements of the certificate plus meets other requirements of the Graduate School. The Master’s degree program may take longer than two years to complete.

Residency - Clinical Experience

Our endodontic clinic serves the needs of a large and diverse population. As residents progress through their clinical training they have the opportunity to treat and interact with a vast number of patients who present with a wide range of endodontic problems. These problems often require complex diagnoses, treatment plans, referrals and various consultations.

Residents will provide treatment in a clinic that is equipped with the latest technology which includes microscopes, digital radiography units and a Cone Beam CT (CBCT) which allows the clinician to view three dimensional images of potentially challenging diagnostic and treatment conditions. The clinic also provides the residents with a private seminar room. Each resident’s treatment room has a fully equipped operatory and workstation which allows them to explore a variety of endodontic and surgical techniques.

Didactic Education

A major portion of the didactic education occurs during the first year of the program. The courses consist of interdepartmental and intradepartmental didactics. The Endodontics Seminar courses focus on extensive reading and analysis of current and historical literature in endodontics as well as clinical case presentations.

Research Experience

Research is an important part of professionalism. A resident should be able to communicate verbally and in writing regarding discoveries made in daily clinical practice. Residents become familiar with elements of case reports and research findings as communicated through the dental literature. Research funding is available from a department endowed support fund provided by former residents and friends. Other funding is available from the American Association of Endodontists Foundation. Meta-analyses and systematic literature reviews are generally not considered adequate for resident research projects. More extensive research is needed for the Master’s program.

Resident research projects begin with a proper literature review. This ensures that the project has not been done and acquaints the resident with all germane data. The department has a form for such proposals. Completion of this form basically gives the resident the material needed to write the Introduction and Material & Methods sections of his or her paper. The UAB Lister Hill Medical Library is a valuable resource in this respect.

Before beginning a project appropriate approvals from the human studies oversight committee or animal study committee must be obtained. Approval is required even for extracted tooth projects.

The resident research project must be compiled in a format suitable for publication to an appropriate journal. Such format should become second nature from the large volume of classic and contemporary literature that forms the base for learning at the graduate level.

Courses

PG 585. Historical Endodontic Seminar and Current Endodontic Seminar - Advanced Endodontic Seminar I

July - December
SDB 401A
Y1 and Y2

Review of Historical and current Endodontic topics and their clinical implications

Course Director: Dr. Clanton

PG 546. Biochemistry of Connective Tissue & Bone

August - December
SDB 601
Y1

To introduce basic aspects of biochemistry and function of connective tissue proteins

Course Director: Dr. Javed

PG 710. Advanced Oral Pathology

July - August
SDB 301A
Y1 and Y2 (offered in odd years)

Current review of Oral Pathology

Course Director: Dr. Tilashalski

PG 527. Surgical Implants in Dentistry

August - November
SDB 601
Y1 and Y2 (offered in odd years)

An overview of the basic, applied and clinical science aspects of surgical implants in dentistry

Course Director: Dr. Givans

PG 588. Practice Management/Case Review Seminar

Year Round
SDB 401A
Y1 and Y2

Weekly review of residents cases with constructive criticism

Course Director: Dr. Clanton

PG 501. Head & Neck Anatomy

August – November
SDB 301A
Y1

To enhance the student’s knowledge of the anatomical structures of head and neck and their clinical implications

Course Director: Dr. Vlachos

PG 589. Conscious Sedation

July - August
SDB 301A
Y1

An overview of conscious sedation history, law, pharmacology, anesthesia, conscious sedation techniques and emergency medicine

Course Director: Dr. Louis

PG 511. Physical Diagnosis

July - September
SDB 301A
Y1

Introduction to history taking, physical diagnosis and systems review

Course Director: Dr. Somsak

PG 586. Advanced Endodontic Seminar II

January - June
SDB 401A
Y1 and Y2

Review of Historical and current Endodontic topics and their clinical implications

Course Director: Dr. Clanton

PG 525. Design & Analysis in Clinical Dental Research

January - April
SDB 809
Y1

Interpret the medical or dental literature from a quantitative perspective

Course Director: Dr. Litaker

PG 569. Oral Microbiology and Immunology

April - June
SDB 301A
Y1

To introduce current concepts of oral disease

Course Director: Dr. Fujihashi & Dr. Wu

PG 753. Multidisciplinary Seminars

January – May
SDB 501
Y1

Interaction with and learning from other disciplines

Course Director: Dr. Vlachos

PG 609. Multidisciplinary Seminars II

January – May
SDB 501
Y2

Interaction with and learning from other disciplines

Course Director: Dr. Vlachos

PG 610. Endodontics Research Seminar

The resident will be able to write and publish a paper supported by Endodontic Resident's Research. Support is provided by the faculty at the UAB School of Dentistry and the medical center.

PG 502. Pharmacology & Therapeutics for Dentistry

January - April
SDB 501
Y1 and Y2

To provide a foundation for approaching the dental care of a pharmacologically complex patient. To provide the tools to reduce risk and therefore control the liability related to the use of medications in the dental practice. To provide guidelines for the continual evaluation of medication used in dentistry.

Course Director: Dr. John Galdo & Dr. Amjad Javed

PG 798. Clinical Endodontics

Prepares the resident in the clinical skills required for the practice of Endodontics, including non-surgical root canal treatment, retreatment of failing previously treated cases, surgical endodontics, vital pulp therapy, and regenerative endodontics.

Course offerings subject to change


Application Process

Application process for:

Certificate in Endodontics:

  • Review the application requirements which are listed on the ADEA PASS PROGRAM SEARCH ENGINE.
  • Complete the application for the UAB Department of Endodontics on the ADEA Pass registration portal by August 1, during the year preceding matriculation.
  • Pay the $50 Postdoctoral Processing Fee for Endodontics online.
  • NOTE: All complete applications that are received by August 1 will be reviewed. In order for an application to be complete, the preceding items must be received prior to August 1 of the year preceding matriculation. Interviews usually begin in mid-June and continue on a rolling basis. Selections will be made after the deadline date.

M.S. Degree in Endodontics with Certificate:

  • For the M.S. degree, you must be accepted into the UAB Graduate School, as well as meet the application requirements which are listed on the ADEA PASS PROGRAM SEARCH ENGINE.
  • Apply to the UAB Graduate School and complete all the requirements needed for the UAB Graduate School. (Please contact the UAB Graduate School with any questions regarding their application process.)
  • Complete the application for the UAB Department of Endodontics on the ADEA Pass registration portal by August 1 of the year preceding matriculation.
  • Pay the $50 Postdoctoral Processing Fee for Endodontics online.
  • NOTE: All complete applications that are received by August 1 will be reviewed. In order for an application to be complete, the preceding items must be received prior to August 1 of the year preceding matriculation. Interviews usually begin in mid-June and continue on a rolling basis. Selections will be made after the deadline date. Acceptance into the M.S. degree program requires being admitted into the Graduate School.

After offers are made to the applicants to enter the residency program, the selected applicants will need to pay a $250 Acceptance Deposit Fee for the Postdoctoral Program in Endodontics.

If you have questions regarding the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. David Clanton at (205) 975-8604, or our administrative associate Ms. Wynde Winter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (205) 934-5373.

Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Cost of the Endodontic Residency Program: $15,000 (subject to change)

For the M.S. program there will be additional cost due to the extended length of the program and cost associated with the UAB Graduate School.

Financing Success

A small stipend is available for some 2nd year residents (subject to change). For other questions about financing your education you may contact the UAB Office of Student Financial Aid/One Stop Student Services at (205) 934-4300.

100% of our recent graduates successfully completed the certificate program and immediately began working as endodontist in private practices of clinical endodontics.

Endodontics Department
All Departments

General Practice Residency (GPR) & Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD)

Application Deadlines

AEGD - September 1
GPR-UH - September 1
AEGD-VA - October 1

Although each program has a separate accreditation by the American Dental Association, its six residents are functionally integrated into a single general dental residency. The program focuses on ensuring competence in providing advanced comprehensive care to the dental patient who has complex medical diagnoses and/or special needs. The General Dental Residency also provides dental care for UAB Hospital inpatients and interacts with multiple hospital medical departments that are seeking dental consultation. The main clinical activity for the combined program occurs in the Hospital Dental Clinic in the UAB Hospital. This program also takes responsibility for most of the oral medicine components of the D.M.D. curriculum.

AEGD Program Information

Program Director:
Dr. James Pignataro
(205) 934-2559

Length of Program: 1 year/2nd year option available on competitive basis

Match Participant: No

Pass Participant: Yes

Certificate Awarded: Yes

Degree Awarded: No

Stipend Available: Yes

Tuition/fees: None

International Students Accepted: Canada Only

Application Deadline: September 1

Program Start Date: July 1 (mandatory orientation 1 week prior to start date)

Application Materials Required:

  • Applicants must apply through PASS only. Direct applications through the Dental School are not accepted. 2 x 2 Photograph, Dean's Letter, 2 Letters of Recommendation, Dental School Transcripts.

Application Fee: $25 through PASS

GPR University Hospital Program Information

Program Director:
Dr. James Pignataro
(205) 934-2559

Length of Program: 1 year/2nd year option available on competitive basis

Match Participant: No

Pass Participant: Yes

Certificate Awarded: Yes, (2) 1 - hospital, 1 - dental school

Degree Awarded: No

Stipend Available: Yes

Tuition/fees: None

International Students Accepted: Canada Only

Application Deadline: September 1

Program Start Date: July 1 (mandatory 1 week prior to start date)

Application Materials Required:

  • Applicants must apply through PASS only. Direct applications through the Dental School are not accepted. 2 x 2 Photograph, Dean's Letter, 2 Letters of Recommendation, Dental School Transcripts.

Application Fee: $25 through PASS

Combined AEGD & GPR Prospectus

General Practice Residency (GPR) and Advanced Education
in General Dentistry (AEGD) Programs

Co-Sponsored by the University of Alabama School of Dentistry and
The University of Alabama Hospital
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama

The General Practice Residency (GPR) and the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) merged in July of 2000 to form a single program known as the General Dental Residency (GDR). This is a two-track program with a GPR track with four 4 residents and an AEGD track with 2 residents. Both programs share clinical facilities, have the same auxiliary staff, utilize the same attending faculty and share didactic lectures. All 6 GDR residents rotate in OMFS for 6 weeks divided into two three-week rotations; Emergency Medicine for 2 weeks; 2 weeks in Otolaryngology; 1 week in Radiation/Oncology and have a 1 week elective rotation in a medical or dental specialty. The 4 GPR track residents rotate in Anesthesia for 2 weeks and the AEGD track residents rotate in Pediatric Dentistry for 2 weeks. We believe this merger emphasizes the strengths of both programs – comprehensive general dentistry on patients with complex medical histories. A second year in either program is offered each year for one resident. At the successful completion of the GDR program each resident will receive either a GPR certificate or an AEGD certificate depending upon the track selected.

Purpose

The General Dental Residency (GDR) Program is a postdoctoral educational program designed to provide essential skills, attitudes, and abilities related to the contemporary practice of advanced general dentistry, with emphasis on total patient care. The program provides the recent graduate the opportunity to augment his/her knowledge of oral disease and his/her diagnostic and therapeutic skills in dentistry. Treatment of oral disease in the medically complex patient and/or hospitalized patient is emphasized. A private practice environment is maintained throughout the program to assist the recent dental school graduate in the transition from academics to “real world dentistry”.

Goals and Objectives

The formal goals and objectives are:

  1. Act as primary care provider for individuals and groups of patients. Provide emergency and multidisciplinary comprehensive health care; providing patient focused care that is coordinated by the general practitioner and directing health promotion and disease prevention.
  2. Plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients including those with special needs.
  3. Manage the delivery of oral health care by applying concepts of patient practice management and quality improvement that are responsive to a dynamic health care environment.
  4. Function effectively and efficiently in the hospital and other health care environments and personnel.
  5. Apply scientific principles to learning and oral health care. This includes using critical thinking evidence or outcomes-based clinical decision-making and technology-based information retrieval systems.
  6. To utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient centered care, adaptability and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice.
  7. Understand the health needs of communities and engage in community service.

Specific Program Objectives

  1. Operative dentistry: Restore intra and extra coronal defects in primary and permanent teeth, including endodontically treated teeth, with a range of materials and methods.
  2. Replacement of teeth: Treat the partially edentulous patient with fixed, removable and/or implant supported prostheses; treat the completely edentulous patient with removable and/or implant supported prostheses.
  3. Periodontal therapy: Phase I Periodontal treatment from diagnosis to reevaluation in mild to moderate periodontal disease using non-surgical and surgical methods and evaluating the results of periodontal treatment. Manage advanced periodontal disease and periodontal maintenance.
  4. Endodontic therapy: Diagnose and treat pain of pulpal origin by performing non-surgical endodontic therapy in the primary and permanent dentition.
  5. Oral surgery: Perform non-surgical and surgical extractions. Function efficiently in an operating room environment.
  6. Dental emergencies: Evaluate and treat patients with dental emergencies, including post-operative complications from dental treatment, pain, infection and/or trauma.
  7. Pain and anxiety control: Provide control of pain and anxiety in the conscious adult and pediatric dental patient through the use of behavior management techniques and pharmacological techniques (local anesthesia, oral/nitrous oxide anxiolysis).
  8. Medical emergencies: Recognize, diagnose and provide initial treatment for medical emergencies that may occur in the dental office.
  9. Oral mucosal diseases: Diagnose and manage common oral medicine and oral pathologic conditions.
  10. Temporomandibular disorders, orofacial pain and occlusal disorders: Diagnose and manage temporomandibular disorders, orofacial pain and occlusal disorders.
  11. Ethics: Apply the principles of ethical reasoning, ethical decision making and professional responsibility as they pertain to patient care, and practice management.
  12. Practice management: Apply the principles of practice management to everyday dental practice.

Residency Program

The GDR Program co-sponsored by the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Dentistry and the UAB Hospital consists of 12 months of advanced dental education in clinical dentistry and is conducted primarily within a hospital environment. An optional second GPR or AEGD year is available on a competitive basis. This latter position is generally limited to one position per year and is dependent upon qualifications.

PG1 (1st Year) Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: Act as a Primary Health Care Provider at a level more advanced than a GPR/AEGD Level 1 resident.

Provide multidisciplinary comprehensive dental care to a wide variety of patients by pursuing training in advanced dental clinical fields of interest including but not limited to:

  • Implant Dentistry
  • Prosthodontics

Goal 2: Obtain more advanced didactic training in both medicine and dentistry.

They will be offered graduate level courses in the following areas:

  • Surgical Implants in Dentistry
  • Postgraduate Oral Pathology
  • Advanced Treatment Planning

Goal 3: Complete medical/dental rotations not offered to Level 1 residents.

These may include:

  • Postdoctoral Periodontology
  • Postdoctoral Endodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Internal Medicine

Goal 4: The Level 2 resident will assume more administrative responsibility in the administration of a GPR/AEGD residency.

Goal 5: The Level 2 resident will gain experience in the academics of dentistry.

These experiences will include:

  • Lecturing to predoctoral dental students in Dental Therapeutics.
  • Lecturing to predoctoral dental students in Medical Emergencies.
  • Covering predoctoral dental students in the Comprehensive Care Clinic.

Note: In pursuing these objectives the Level 2 (PG2) resident will not repeat Level 1 (PG1) rotations and academic courses. It is anticipated the Level 2 resident will spend 15% more time delivering clinical dental care. Each Level 2 resident in conjunction with the program director will tailor this Level 2 year to his/her interests.

Program Dates

The program begins July 1st and concludes June 30th. In general, entering residents are required to report approximately the 20th of June for UAB Hospital orientation and help in patient transition (date to be provided after acceptance to the program).

Assignments

  1. University Hospital Dental Clinic (GPR/AEGD) | 35 Weeks
    Residents spend approximately 35 weeks at the University Hospital Dental Clinic (UHDC) where the majority of time is spent providing hands-on patient treatment. The 35 weeks are spread out during the entire year to assure continuity of care. During this time residents gain a wide variety of experiences by providing complex dental treatment for both hospitalized and ambulatory patients. The concept of comprehensive care is stressed, with an emphasis on considering the "whole" patient. Opportunities exist for providing comprehensive dental care, including fixed and removable prosthodontics (implant restoration), rotary endodontics, periodontics (implant placement), oral surgery, and advanced esthetic operative dentistry. Residents also gain extensive experience in evaluating hospital patients and providing dental consultations.
  2. Oral Surgery (GPR/AEGD) | 6 Weeks
    During the 6-7 week oral surgery rotation, residents perform numerous outpatient oral surgery procedures at the Oral Surgery Clinic located in the School of Dentistry. Routine and complex exodontia, pre-prosthetic surgery, and conscious sedation techniques are emphasized. During two weeks the residents will participate in the care of hospitalized oral surgery patients. The three-week rotations are scheduled evenly throughout the year to allow for comprehensive care of restorative patients.
  3. Anesthesia (GPR only) | 2 Weeks
    During this rotation, residents actively participate in the care of surgery patients via assignment to the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Alabama Hospital. Residents receive experience in physical evaluation of the pre-anesthetic patient, starting and maintaining intravenous lines, oral and nasal intubation, monitoring vital signs, maintaining optimum airways, utilizing various equipment/instrumentation for monitoring the anesthetized patient, and patient recovery.
  4. Emergency Room (GPR/AEGD) | 2 Weeks
    During this two-week rotation, residents actively participate in the care of patients presenting to University Highlands Hospital Emergency Room and Walk-in-Clinic. Highlands University Hospital ER serves as a trauma center; thus residents are exposed to a wide variety of emergency medical situations, from sprained ankles to major trauma. The GDR residents are often assigned to an Emergency Medicine physician to maximize their rotation.
  5. Pediatric Dentistry (AEGD and GPR) | 1 or 3 Weeks
    The AEGD residents spend three weeks at Children's Hospital Dental Clinic and the School of Dentistry Pediatric Dentistry Clinic. The GPR Residents spend one week at Children's and the SOD Pediatric Clinic. During this time they perform both comprehensive and emergency treatment for pediatric dental inpatients and outpatients. Emphasis is placed upon prevention of oral disease in the child and adolescent, management of dental emergencies, treatment of the phobic or disruptive patient via behavioral management, oral and inhalation sedation, or general anesthesia.
  6. Otolaryngology (GPR/AEGD) | 2 Weeks
    This two-week rotation is spent on service with division of Otolaryngology. The GDR resident will be primarily assigned to the head and neck cancer team. They will follow patients undergoing multidisciplinary management for head and neck cancer. Time will be spent in radiation oncology and medical oncology.
  7. Radiation Oncology/Tumor Board | 1 week
    This one-week objective will be spent in the UAB Hospital Department of Radiation Oncology. This is an optional rotation. The on-call Resident shall attend the weekly Tumor Board.
  8. Elective Rotation (AEGD/GPR) | 1 Week
    This one-week rotation is completed in the second half of the year. Options include all of the specialty areas of dentistry, hospital departments or medical specialties and subspecialties. The resident is assigned to this area full or part time for the one-week session. The elective must be approved at least one month prior to the scheduled rotation by both the GDR Program Director and a person responsible for the resident’s supervision during the elective. This rotation is usually taken during the last three months of the residency year.
Didactics

Formal postgraduate courses taken with other post-graduate dental students include Physical Diagnosis, Conscious Sedation, and Dental Management of the Medically Complex Patient. A portion of most Thursday mornings is set aside for resident seminars that range from formal lectures to treatment planning sessions. At these sessions other issues are discussed relating to the clinic practice (scheduling, emergencies, etc.). All GDR residents, including those on rotation, are required to attend these sessions. Space permitting, continuing education courses offered by the School of Dentistry are available for a minimal fee to postgraduate students. Approximately 30 courses are offered each year at UAB.

Research

Although not required, opportunities for research are available for the interested resident. Time is limited, but several motivated residents have successfully participated in a variety of research endeavors. The program director can provide additional information.

Optional PGY-2 (Second Year) Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: To prepare residents to provide comprehensive general dentistry services at a level beyond that achieved as a Level 1 GPR/AEGD resident.

  • Objective 1 - To provide advanced didactic instruction in areas related to advanced general dentistry including, but not limited to: multidisciplinary comprehensive oral health care.
  • Objective 2 - To act as primary provider for individuals and groups of patients providing emergency and multidisciplinary comprehensive oral health care; providing patient focused care that is coordinated by the general practitioner; directing health promotion and disease prevention activities and using advanced dental treatment modalities.
  • Objective 3 - To provide sufficient number and variety of clinical opportunities, including patients with special needs, for increased skills in the treatment of comprehensive general dentistry patients at a level higher than a level 1 GPR/AEGD resident.

Goal 2: To improve the resident’s ability to treat a wide variety of patients with complex medical histories and special needs.

  • Objective 1 - To provide advanced didactic training in the dental treatment modifications necessary for medically, mentally, and physically challenged patients.
  • Objective 2 - To provide a sufficient number and variety of clinical opportunities for developing increased skills and confidence in treating individuals requiring special care at a level beyond PGY-I residents.

Goal 3: To apply scientific principles to learning and oral health care. To use the principles of critical thinking, evidence of outcomes-based clinical decision making and evidence-based decision information retrieval systems.

Goal 4: To utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient centered care, adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice by acting as mentor for Level 1 residents.

Goal 5: To understand and participate in the oral health needs of communities and engage in community service.

Goal 6: To provide more advance clinical care than Level 1 residents in the following areas:

  • Placement of dental implants
  • Restoration of dental implants
  • Advanced OS surgical procedures

Facilities

University Hospital Dental Clinic
The University Hospital Dental Clinic is a 13-chair dental facility located in the UAB Hospital. Each operatory is appropriately equipped. Digital radiography is available throughout the clinic. There are three front-office staff, four dental assistants and one hygienist assigned to the GDR clinic full-time. Inpatient and outpatient needs are readily served by the clinic's convenient location. Convenient parking for patients is available.

University Hospital
The University of Alabama Hospital is a major teaching and service facility with a capacity of over 900 beds and educates 900+ medical/dental residents. This well-respected tertiary care hospital serves patients regionally, nationally, and internationally. It is particularly well known for clinical care and research relating to cardiac surgery, cancer therapy, organ transplantation, and rheumatology. The University Hospital is consistently ranked as one of the best health science center hospitals in the United States.

Children's Hospital of Alabama
Children's Hospital is a 190-bed tertiary care facility providing care to an extensive population of pediatric patients from the southeast region. A new and expanded Children's Hospital Dental Clinic was recently opened. A full spectrum of services is provided for medically compromised and healthy pediatric patients.

Call
Residents participate in after-hours call throughout the year. They are on pager call while assigned as the consult resident. They triage patients of record and generally respond via telephone. Residents are required to live within 30 minutes of UAB Hospital in case they are needed for emergency management. The most common emergencies seen in the Emergency Room are stabilization of avulsed and partially avulsed teeth.

Application Process

Selection of the residents is based on the following criteria:

  • Class standing, GPA and National Boards Part I.
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Applicant essay.
  • Interview

The GDR Admissions Committee is comprised of two full-time faculty, one part-time faculty and a current GDR resident. Applicants must be a graduate of a fully accredited North American Dental school. Successful completion of the National Boards Part 1 is required. Alabama state licensure is not required for admission. All application forms must be received by September 1 of every year.

UAB Equal Opportunity

As an institution of higher education and in the spirit of its policies of equal employment opportunity, UAB hereby reaffirms its policy of equal educational opportunity. All applicants for admission will be considered without regard to an applicant’s race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, natural origin, disability unrelated to program performance, disabled veteran status, or Vietnam-era veteran status.

PASS Application

Participation in the PASS application program is mandatory for all applicants. PASS applications should be complete by September 1 of every year. Late applications will not be reviewed. Application materials can be obtained from your dental school or by writing:

PASS
655 K Street N.W., Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 20001
Telephone: (202) 289-7201
Financial Information

Stipend

Each resident of the General Dental Residency Program receives stipend support as determined yearly by the administration of the University Hospital. The stipend compares favorably with those of other programs. Specific information is available from the program director. The current stipend is approximately $47,500 a year plus benefits (free parking and cafeteria discount). UAB provides disability insurance and offers a reduced rate for medical insurance utilizing Viva UAB.

Moonlighting

For all first-year residents, the residency is to be a full-time endeavor. After hours practice of dentistry will not be permitted. The second-year resident may moonlight on a very limited basis with the written permission of the program director. The second-year resident must be licensed in the State of Alabama.

Deposit

Individuals accepted for matriculation in the GDR program will be requested to forward a $250.00 deposit. This deposit will be refunded upon entering the program.

Health Policies

All newly-appointed residents must undergo a hospital sponsored pre-employment physical examination. All newly appointed residents will be TB tested at no cost by Employee Health with in the first month of arrival. All newly-appointed residents are also screened for immunization of hepatitis-B and childhood diseases as part of the physical.

Disclaimer

The contents of this prospectus represent the most current information available at the time of publication. It is possible that changes may be made with respect to this information without prior notice. Thus, the provisions of this prospectus are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the school and the student.

Additional Information

For information concerning application status, or requests for application materials, or additional information about the University Hospital General Practice Residency and Advanced Education in General Dentistry Programs please contact:

Dr. James R. Pignataro, Jr.
Assistant Professor and Director, General Dental Residency Program
University of Alabama School of Dentistry
SDB 39
1720 2nd Ave S.
Birmingham, AL 35294-0007
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Telephone: (205) 934-1021
FAX: (205) 975-6519

 

Restorative Sciences Department
All Departments

Prosthodontics

Application Deadline

September 1

The Advanced Education in Prosthodontics residency provides fifteen residents specialty training in the study of prosthodontics, occlusion, implants and clinical applications of biomaterials with emphasis on detection, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of complex restorative therapies. The clinical activities are located on the fourth floor of the school with additional laboratory space on the third floor.

Overview

Thank you for visiting our web site, and for your interest in prosthodontics! This is one of the fastest growing specialties in dentistry, and one of the most rewarding.

The goal of this program is to train prosthodontists who will be able to effectively rehabilitate patients who present with severely compromised oral conditions. Clinical treatment of patients is exemplified by excellence in three areas: planning, precision, and performance. Residents should exemplify these qualities by the end of the residency program. The primary goals of the didactic program are to provide a literature base of the best available evidence from which to make sound clinical decisions, to train residents in the use and evaluation of literature to solve clinical problems, and to present a foundation of sound prosthodontic principles on which the resident can build in future years. The primary goals of the clinical program are to supply a breadth of experiences for residents to develop the clinical skills necessary for effective patient treatment in all aspects of prosthodontics.

While laboratory procedures are a necessary part of any prosthodontic program, the program utilizes lab support within the school as well as commercial dental labs to meet the needs of our patients. The latest digital workflows are constantly being utilized and improved and the residents are active in planning and designing restorations and implant position as well as radiographic and surgical guides. All of our residents design, assist, and place implants, and many with an interest in this area develop considerable surgical experience.

Our program is clinically oriented, and we are fortunate to have an extensive patient base and demand for prosthodontic services. Because of this, we are able to offer multiple clinical experiences in oral rehabilitation, esthetic dentistry, implant reconstructions, surgical implant placement, and removable and fixed prosthodontics. We also interface with the Maxillofacial Prosthetics program helping patients with cancer, trauma and craniofacial anomalies.

We look forward to reviewing your application and meeting you at UAB.

Dr. Keith Kinderknecht, Program Director
UAB Graduate Prosthodontics
1919 7th Ave South
Birmingham, Alabama 35294
Phone: (205) 934-0126
Fax: (205) 975-4747
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Facilities

The AEP program employs a modern 13 chair clinical area which is shared with the Maxillofacial Prosthetics program. The clinical area is specifically oriented to fixed, removable and implant prosthodontics. There is an associated laboratory with work and storage space assigned to each resident.

Our clinical area is currently under renovation to accommodate the latest in digital dentistry to support advanced prosthodontic treatment. Updated images will be posted soon.

Applications

Please see the prospectus for specific admissions requirements for the Advanced Education in Prosthodontics program. For questions regarding the admissions process or status of your application, please contact our School’s Admissions Office:

Admissions Office, Graduate Programs
Ms. Susie Moorer
UAB School of Dentistry
Phone: (205) 934-5470

The application deadline for our program is September 1.

As part of a national effort to make the application process less time consuming for the applicant, this Prosthodontics program is a participant in the PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service) central application service sponsored by the American Dental Education Association. More information is available here.

Application materials can usually be obtained from your dental school or by writing:

PASS
Suite 600
1625 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036-2212
Telephone: (202) 332-8795

Admission to any program is a complicated equation, involving dental training, recommendation letters, grades, personal statements, interviews, and other such items. Our AEP program receives many applications which are reviewed by the program director and invite selected applicants to visit the school in the early fall for a formal interview. The AEP program participates in the MATCH process and notification of acceptance through MATCH is typically by mid-November. We accept foreign applicants as about half of our residents were trained outside the US. Specific information regarding applications and procedures can be found on the UAB Dentistry web site.

We are pleased to have visitors at UAB, and we invite you to come and see our clinic in person. However, please call or email to let us know when you are coming. It is helpful to have your PASS application on file before the time of your visit. A number of 3rd year dental students visit our program and we look forward to this early opportunity to meet prospective applicants.

Prospective students should fly in Birmingham International Airport (BHM, 20 minutes from school by hotel shuttle). The Hilton Birmingham at UAB hotel gives discounted rates, so mention this when booking a room.

Prospectus

Advanced Education in Prosthodontics Program
University of Alabama School of Dentistry
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Advanced Education in Prosthodontics

The advanced program in Prosthodontics is designed to meet the needs of the graduate dentist seeking preparation for the specialty of prosthodontics. In order to meet these needs, the program includes instruction in fixed, removable and implant prosthodontics and dental occlusion as well as exposure to maxillofacial prosthetics. Selected basic science courses and research opportunities are included to augment a well-founded background for the practice of prosthodontics, research or teaching. Additionally, our program offers a solid program in the surgical placement of dental implants and associated procedures.

Types of Programs Available

The program in prosthodontics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [CODA], a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. Upon successful completion of study, the candidate will be “educationally qualified” and receive a Certificate in Prosthodontics. All graduates of the program will be eligible for examination by the American Board of Prosthodontics to be “Board Certified” in the specialty of Prosthodontics

An additional optional choice includes a graduate course of study leading to a Master of Science in Dentistry degree. This program is available through the UAB Graduates School and requires the approval of the AEP program director in order to enroll.

Description of Programs

The Post Graduate Program: AEP

This is a three-year Advanced Education in Prosthodontics certificate program designed for those who wish to become qualified to practice the specialty of prosthodontics and to eligible for board certification. The curriculum includes core courses in fixed, removable, and implant prosthodontics; dental occlusion and articulation; applied basic sciences, and dental biomaterials. The residents participate in departmental seminars, treatment planning seminars, patient treatment presentations, review of the literature, and applications of the related sciences.

Emphasis is placed on patient care. Clinical training is in the broad field of prosthodontics, covering accepted prosthetic procedures. All students will experience patient management in complete dentures, fixed and removable partial prosthodontics, implant prosthodontics, and temporomandibular disorders.

The Graduate Program Option: Master’s Degree

In order to earn the optional Master of Science degree in Dentistry, the candidate must fulfill the requirements of the Graduate School of the University and those of the School of Dentistry. Additionally, approval of the Program Director is mandatory.

This program is designed for those who wish to prepare themselves thoroughly for prosthodontic practice, research and scholarship. It is in addition to the AEP Program and requires that the candidate must design and conduct an original research project and successfully complete a written thesis dissertation and an oral examination.

Admission to the UAB Graduate School is provisional. This status remains in effect until the student has been in the AEP program for one academic year and has demonstrated potential competence by completing nine semester hours of clinical and six hours of basic science study. The candidate should anticipate 36 months or more for completion of the program.

Specific Qualifications for Admission to the AEP Program

Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited US or Canadian school of dentistry. All foreign trained applicants are evaluated by the program director and/or the AEP program selection committee.

All applicants must complete a PASS application and register with the MATCH program. Selection for this program is based on scholarship (particularly at the professional school level), motivation, aptitude, character, experience, and a sincere desire to participate in the program. The prescribed PASS application and supporting documents must be on file before consideration can be given to an applicant.

Interviews are by invitation after review of the application. Applicants who are strong candidates will be invited for personal interviews prior to final selection. Foreign applicants must document their abilities in the English language by presentation of an acceptable score on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination and usually can be considered only if they are able to financially support themselves and possess the appropriate US Visa – see UAB International Office.

Individuals accepted for advanced education programs at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry and who are eligible to obtain State of Alabama dental licensure are encouraged to do so because of matters related to professional liability and third party pay patients.

Participation in advanced dental education programs is considered to require concentrated full-time effort on the resident's part. Consequently, each resident should plan his or her other obligations and responsibilities accordingly.

The program begins July 1st. Applications should be filed through PASS and candidate selection is managed by MATCH as defined elsewhere in this website.

Fees, Stipends and Insurance

Tuition/fees for the certificate (non-degree) program is approximately $15,000.00 per academic year or $45,000 for the 3-year program. This does not include a UAB compatible laptop computer, a clinical camera, clinical magnification glasses and textbooks.

A overall estimate of expenses ranges from $57,000 - $60,000 for the 3 year program with a greater expense in the first year for items mentioned above. This does not include living expenses, food, clothing etc.

There are several opportunities available for financial support:

  • The AEP Program does not have a “stipend” program or funds.
  • There are no funds directly under the control of the program director for this purpose.
  • The UAB School of Dentistry Department of Restorative Sciences currently employs second- and third-year AEP residents who teach in the pre-doctoral program for pre-clinical [PCD] and clinical dentistry [DMD] respectively Compensation from this activity is approximately $6,000 -$6,500 per year or around $12,000 total. This activity is based on available department funds on a year to year basis and may or may not be available for any year of residency.
  • Career candidates from the Armed Forces, Veterans Affairs and Public Health Service are eligible for acceptance.
  • Applications may be submitted for residency stipends from other various foundations, associations or governments which support advanced dental education for U.S. or foreign students.

The student is required to have or to acquire health insurance (available from the University), and the student must be capable of meeting financial responsibilities while in residence. Before registration all students must present verification of vaccination for (or immunity to) Hepatitis B and other diseases.

Professional liability insurance is required of all students and faculty of this institution. It is available through the UAB Medical Malpractice Liability Trust Fund at the time of matriculation.

General Information – AEP Program

Program Orientation

The advanced education in prosthodontics program is primarily clinic oriented. Emphasis is on patient examination with history and record accumulation to formulate an adequate diagnosis, sound treatment planning and utilization of modern instrumentation and technology to successfully treat the patient. Residents will be instructed in the utilization of several implant systems. Dental Implantology includes all aspects including the surgical placement of dental implants. Seminars and clinical instruction are related to theory and practice of the various concepts and instrumentation of gnathology, to the understanding and utilization of materials science, and utilization of the library and laboratory resources for expansion of knowledge and skills in prosthodontics.

Clinical Activity

The primary clinical activity is within the graduate prosthodontic clinic. The student is assigned patients selected by the appropriate department faculty to give increasingly more challenging treatment concepts. Also, specific treatment problems are assigned to demonstrate a particular concept. During the course of residency training, the resident may be assigned for rotation through the Maxillofacial Prosthetics Clinic and may be assigned for specific teaching responsibilities with the undergraduate programs in the School of Dentistry. Residents in the graduate prosthodontic program have the opportunity to surgically place implants.

Interdepartmental Relationships

There is a close liaison between the clinical departments in the School of Dentistry. All residents participate in interdisciplinary consultation and/or patient management. Particularly close relations exist among the various advanced education programs.

Continuing Education

The University of Alabama School of Dentistry offers an extensive range of Continuing Education courses. Prosthodontic residents are required to attend those primarily related to fixed, removable and implant prosthodontics and are encouraged to attend others which may be of interest or value. Tuition costs for continuing education courses may be provided by the Department of Restorative Sciences.

Service Responsibilities

The clinical activities are based on treatment of patients admitted to the School of Dentistry or affiliated hospitals and clinics of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Residents in the advanced education programs are expected to perform ethical, supervised and approved treatment for only those patients assigned to them by the appropriate faculty.

Restrictions
  • Students are specifically forbidden by the Program Director to perform services for any patient not assigned by the faculty.
  • Unauthorized absences from program assignments will not be permitted.

These measures are intended to protect the student from interference with a projected, planned program of graduate or postgraduate study.

Disclaimer

The contents of this prospectus represent the most current information available at the time of publication. It is possible that changes may be made with respect to this information without prior notice. Thus, the provisions of this prospectus are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the school and the student.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Program Director:
Keith Kinderknecht DMD, FACP
(205) 934-0126

Length of Program: 3 years

Match Participant: Yes

PASS Participant: Yes

Certificate Awarded: Yes

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

Stipend Available: No
Teaching – 2nd/3rd year – if department funds available

Tuition/fees: Approximately $15,000.00 per year

International Students Accepted: Yes

Application Deadline: September 1

Program Start Date: July 1

Application Materials Required:

  • PASS Application completed, Dean's Letter, 2 Letters of Recommendation, Dental School Transcripts. Financial Statement (if international applicant) and TOEFL Score (if international applicant).

Application Fee: $25 - applying through PASS

 

Restorative Sciences Department
All Departments

Maxillofacial Prosthetics

Application Deadline

October 1

This program offers intra-oral, extra-oral and facial reconstruction including prosthetic noses, eyes, and ears to one or two residents each year who have completed a CODA-approved advanced education in prosthodontics program. The program is housed on the fourth floor of the school and it is a valued service to the UAB health enterprise.

Overview

The American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics provides a description of the sub-specialty:

Maxillofacial Prosthetics is a subspecialty of Prosthodontics that involves rehabilitation of patients with defects or disabilities that were present when born or developed due to disease or trauma. Prostheses are often needed to replace missing areas of bone or tissue and restore oral functions such as swallowing, speech, and chewing. In other instances, a prosthesis for the face or body may be indicated for cosmetic and psychosocial reasons. Prosthetic devices may also be created to position or shield facial structures during radiation therapy. Patients that typically desire prosthetic care are those that have been in an accident, have had surgical removal of diseased tissues, or have a neuromuscular disorder from ALS or a stroke. Children can also be born without full development of ears, teeth, or palate and need specialized care. Maxillofacial Prosthodontists are accustomed to working cooperatively with ENTs, oral surgeons, general and specialty dentists, plastic surgeons, neurologists, radiation oncologists, speech pathologists, anaplastologists and various ancillary personnel. The overall goal of all maxillofacial prosthetic treatment is to improve the quality of life.

Applicants for this program should have completed or are in their final year of completion of an Advanced Education in Prosthodontics program. Examples of prostheses fabricated by maxillofacial prosthodontists can include extra-oral prosthetics replacing the eye, ear, nose, and other facial structures. Somatic prosthesis may be made to replace a body part such as a finger, while radiation shields are fabricated to protect structures during radiation therapy. Intraoral prosthetics may include surgical, interim, and definitive obturators that cover missing parts of the palate to help mastication, swallowing, and speech. Prosthetics to move the soft palate or to replace a portion of the mandible can also be constructed.

Prospectus

University of Alabama School of Dentistry
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Advanced Specialty Program
Advanced Education in Maxillofacial Prosthetics Prospectus

The Advanced Education in Maxillofacial Prosthetics fellowship program is designed to provide comprehensive training and experience in the clinical management of patients requiring prosthetic treatment of orofacial defects.

The program is primarily clinically oriented, utilizing a team, or multidisciplinary concept, and is hospital based through its affiliation with the Dental Service of the University of Alabama Hospitals.

Didactic training consists of participation in conferences, seminars, and special lectures of Departments of Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Prosthodontics and Biomaterials, Speech and Hearing and the Dental Oncology Service of the Department of Pathology as they relate to diagnosis, treatment planning and treatment of orofacial defects. If more than five years have elapsed since the completion of the candidate's previous specialty training, selected review courses in basic sciences related to prosthodontics may be assigned, at the discretion of the program director. (It is the responsibility of the applicant, to provide to the UAB School of Dentistry Admissions Office, the necessary paper work asked for in the application and prospectus.)

Clinical training is accomplished through a comprehensive, practical, and direct approach to patient management.

  1. The Fellow will attend oncology conferences and participate in diagnostic information exchange.
  2. The Fellow will participate in activities of the Departments of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Surgery, in seminars, ward rounds and patient treatment where it involves maxillofacial defects.
  3. The Fellow will be assigned specific rotations in those departments participating in maxillofacial treatment.
  4. The Fellow will receive instruction in, and be expected to perform, laboratory procedures necessary to fabricate the various prosthetic appliances utilized in patient treatment.
  5. The Fellow may participate in on-going departmental research or can initiate an original research project.

Upon completion of the twelve months of training, the Fellow will have completed a sufficient number and variety of prosthetic restorations and will have had sufficient opportunities for interdisciplinary responsibilities to be proficient in all phases of maxillofacial prosthetic treatment.

The program in Maxillofacial Prosthetics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. A Master's Program can be obtained. However, while these two programs may begin concurrently, it is expected that the Master's Program will take an additional year to complete.

Type of Program

The program of advanced study is offered to graduate dentists who have completed a CODA accredited Advanced Education in Prosthodontics program and are qualified for examination for certification by the American Board of Prosthodontics. Successful completion of this program leads to a Certificate in Maxillofacial Prosthetics. Applicant interviews are highly recommended and will be required and arranged at the discretion of the program director. All foreign applicants are required to take the TOEFL examination before they can be considered for a fellowship position.

Tuition Costs, Fees, Instruments and Stipends

  1. The program is supported by the University of Alabama Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Program
  2. The Fellow is paid a stipend by the University of Alabama Hospitals GME Program. Accordingly, this program is coordinated through the GME Office, and carries with it the rules and regulations established by that office. A manual is furnished to each resident.
  3. The fellow is required to provide professional liability insurance, health insurance, and must be capable of meeting financial responsibilities while in the program. Liability and health insurance are purchased from the University.
  4. The fellow is not required to furnish instruments or supplies but is encouraged to supply any particular personal instruments that are helpful in performing tasks. The fellow is required to have a camera for intraoral photography.
  5. Uniforms and laundry are provided by the University Hospitals. Meals are not furnished, but adequate and inexpensive in-house cafeteria facilities are available.
  6. Before registration all fellows must present certification of vaccination for (or immunity to) Hepatitis B.
  7. Foreign “Fellows” may not receive a stipend if he/she is financially supported by their government or do not have the appropriate VISA documentation. All foreign “Fellows” must co-ordinate their on-boarding process with the UAB International Office and GME office.

General Information

Program Orientation

The program responsibilities encompass the various clinical programs of the affiliated hospitals and clinics. Participation in advanced dental education programs is considered to require concentrated full-time effort on the student's part. Consequently, each student should plan his or her other responsibilities accordingly.

Clinical Activity

The primary clinical activity is within the UAB School of Dentistry Prosthodontic Clinic, UAB Kirklin Clinic and UAB University Hospital. The fellow will participate in activities at the various related departmental clinics or wards as needed.

Continuing Education

The Schools of Medicine and Dentistry offer a variety of Continuing Education courses. The fellow is required to attend those of particular pertinence and encouraged to attend others which may be of interest. Tuition for Continuing Education courses at the School of Dentistry is waived.

The program begins July 1st. Applications should be filed by the preceding November 15. Applications are reviewed following December 1, with notifications of acceptance or rejection before January 15.

Restriction

Residents are specifically forbidden by the Program Director to perform services for any patient not approved or assigned by the faculty. These measures are intended to protect the resident from interference with a projected, planned program of graduate or postgraduate study.

Facilities
  1. The Maxillofacial Prosthetics Treatment is part of the UAB School of Dentistry Prosthodontic Clinic on the fourth floor. Two fully equipped and modern dental operatories are reserved for the Maxillofacial Prosthetic program and a fully equipped dental prosthetic laboratory oriented to maxillofacial procedures is located on the 3rd floor.
  2. The University Hospitals have outstanding surgical in-patient and out-patient facilities which are utilized in the ongoing programs. These include surgical oncology clinics, the oral and maxillofacial surgery clinic, the ENT clinic and the plastic surgery clinic. The University Hospital also has an outstanding radiation therapy facility and biocommunication laboratories.
Application Procedure

A program-specific application forms may be obtained and should be returned to the Office of the Director of Advanced Dental Education:

Director, Advanced Dental Education
University of Alabama School of Dentistry
SDB Box 92
Birmingham, Alabama 3 5294-0007
FAX: (205) 934-0208

Disclaimer

The contents of this prospectus represent the most current information available at the time of publication. It is possible that changes may be made with respect to this information without prior notice. Thus, the provisions of this prospectus are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the school and the student.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Program Director:
Dr. Keith Kinderknecht, DMD, FACP
Interim Director
(205) 934-0126

Length of Program: 1 year

Match Participant: No

Pass Participant: No

Certificate Awarded: Yes
Optional M.S. in Clinical Dentistry

Degree Awarded: No

Stipend Available: Yes
Foreign fellows may not qualify for Stipend

Tuition/fees: None

International Students Accepted: Yes for graduates of an USA-CDN CODA accredited -Advanced Education in Prosthodontic Program.

Application Deadline: October 1

Program Start Date: July 1

Application Materials Required:

  • Alabama Direct Application, Dean's Letter, 2 Letters of Recommendation, Dental School Transcripts.

Application Fee: $50 Apply directly to the School of Dentistry

 

Restorative Sciences Department
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Periodontology

Application Deadline

August 1

At UAB Periodontology, our Advanced Education Program in Periodontology aims to produce clinically proficient, scientifically oriented, patient centered periodontists. Graduates should be able to continue as life-long learners and leaders in the field of periodontology!

Our program is a CODA-accredited 36-month program designed to provide an individualized educational experience that will propel motivated graduates to leadership positions as clinicians and academicians. All residents graduate with a Certificate in Periodontics after completion of their residency. We also offer combined degree programs, including a Certificate/M.S. program and a Certificate/Ph.D. program.

Clinical Training at UAB

Our residents work in the Graduate Periodontal Clinic, a state-of-the-art clinical facility with five surgical suites and 12 treatment rooms. We have dedicated front desk staff, three skilled dental assistants, and two experienced dental hygienists. Digital x-ray facilities located in each operatory and Panoramic and CBCT radiography housed in the periodontology clinical facility make for a seamless approach to patient care. We also work closely with other dental and medical healthcare providers to deliver high-level clinical care in a patient-centered environment.

What can I expect to learn during residency?

At UAB, our resident experience goes well beyond the requirements for accreditation set by CODA. Our residents work with faculty to learn all aspects of periodontology and deliver care in a patient-centered manner. During their residency, residents become proficient in the treatment planning and management of inflammatory periodontal and peri-implant inflammatory disease, dental implant surgery, regenerative procedures around teeth and in edentulous areas, esthetic and mucogingival procedures, tooth extraction and implant site preparation, conscious sedation techniques, and pre-prosthetic surgery.

Our program focuses on individualized patient needs and providing each patient with a treatment plan that best fits him or her. We focus on interdisciplinary treatment with other dental and healthcare providers and emphasize collaboration with our restorative and other dental and medical colleagues.

Combined Degree Programs

Residents may choose to combine the certificate program with a Master of Science Program and/or a Ph.D.

Master of Science/Certificate Program: This program combines didactic courses, intensive clinical activities, performance of original research and the defense of a thesis resulting from this research. The original research may be in the field of clinical periodontics, including implantology, or basic science related to periodontics. Upon successful completion of all portions of this combined program, the resident will earn a Certificate in Periodontology and a Master of Science degree in Dentistry. Residents elect to seek a Master of Science degree by January 1 of their PGY1 year in training.

Ph.D./Certificate Program: This program allows for an in-depth scientific training while also completing the 36-month clinical training required for a Certificate in Periodontology. The program combines didactic courses, intensive clinical activities, individual mentorship, and original research leading to the publication of at least two (2) scientific first-author manuscripts and a defense of the thesis resulting from this research. The original research will allow the candidate to work closely with a mentor either within the field of periodontology or other basic sciences that relate to periodontal health and/or treatment. Upon successful completion of all portions of the combined program, the resident will earn a Certificate in Periodontology and a Ph.D.


Application Process

Our Advanced Education Program in Periodontics offers the students a broad-based clinical and didactic experience that prepares them for the study and practice of periodontics in an academic or practice setting. We offer customizable programs including a 3-year certificate and a Master's degree program as well as other advanced education.

We strive to create a collaborative working environment and look for residents who are seeking the highest levels of excellence in clinical and didactic learning environments.

Our residency program will participate in Phase I of the MATCH during the Fall 2020 application cycle (for UAB Residency Class of 2024). Applicants must register with the MATCH program. MATCH and ADEA PASS share a registration portal for applicants, so applicants who want to register for the MATCH must go to the ADEA PASS website to complete the MATCH registration process. For more information, go to the ADEA PASS website.

Our Application deadline is August 1, 2020 (for UAB Perio class of 2024). This is the deadline for all application materials, including those submitted to ADEA PASS.

Interviews for our program will be held August through October. Applicants and programs will submit rank order lists to the MATCH in late October to early November. Final results of the MATCH are released to applicants and programs in late November.

Official Transcripts should be uploaded to ADEA PASS (all colleges, other education, and dental school). If you have attended a non-U.S. college/university, it is required that all international transcripts be evaluated by an official naces.org translation service, including ECE or WES.

At least two Professional Evaluation Forms (Letters of Recommendation) must be included in the PASS application.

Institution Evaluation Form (formerly called the Dean’s Letter) submitted by the Dean’s Office to ADEA PASS. This form will include GPA, Class Rank and National Board Examination results, if applicable.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) scores uploaded to ADEA PASS, for international applicants who did not receive their dental degree training in English. TOEFL test scores taken more than 3 years before application date will not be accepted.

A curriculum vitae (CV) must be submitted to ADEA PASS.

Application Fee of $25.00. We accept checks, money orders, or cashier’s checks, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to pay online. The check must be in U.S. Dollars and must be issued by an American bank. Please make the out to "University of Alabama at Birmingham" or "UAB" and send the check to the following address: Periodontology Admissions, UAB School of Dentistry, Office of Admissions, 1720 2nd Avenue South, SDB 124, Birmingham AL 35294-0007. (Telephone number 205-934-5470.)

If you have questions regarding the application process, please do not hesitate to contact the Program Director, Dr. Mia L. Geisinger (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or our Administrative Supervisor Ms. Elizabeth Bolton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). They can be reached at telephone (205) 934-4984.

Requirements

  • ADEA PASS Application with Transcripts and Professional Evaluation Forms
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Institutional Evaluation and Professional Evaluation Forms
  • ADEA MATCH registration

Tuition & Fees

Our tuition for the Certificate in Periodontology was $13,127 as of 2019-2020 academic year (data subject to change). Tuition and other expenses related to the Graduate School are listed in the Graduate School bulletin and are in addition to the School of Dentistry tuition and fees.

Books and supplies may also be required. Documentation of clinical cases requires high-quality clinical photography and specific photographic equipment will be recommended prior to arrival to the program. The cost of this equipment may vary and the department and faculty will work with residents to select the best fit for their needs.

Other expenses associated with special courses or conferences should be expected. Each student must annually take a national In-Service Examination at a current cost of $135 for American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) Student Members. Students are required to be certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

Students are encouraged to join appropriate professional organizations and Student membership in the AAP is required while enrolled in the program. Current cost is $140; these fees vary yearly.

Students may be eligible for various loans. These might include the Student Loan Fund of the American Academy of Periodontology, American Fund of Dental Education, Minority Student Loan, and loans under the Higher Education Act Loan Program. The application and arrangement of student loans will be the responsibility of the student.

International students can be considered only if they are able to provide affidavits of ability to support themselves financially.

We are committed to allowing our residents to concentrate on their studies and work with you for your financial aid package. Our financial aid office can be contacted here:

Mailing Address
UAB Financial Aid
LHL G20, 1720 2nd Ave. South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0013

Physical Address
1700 University Blvd.
Lister Hill Library, Room G20

Phone: 205-934-8223
Fax: 205-975-6168
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8:00am - 5:00pm (Monday, Thursday, & Friday); 9:30am - 5:00pm (Tuesday)
We are closed to visitors on Wednesdays to focus on processing student files.

Periodontology Department
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Orthodontics

Application Deadline

August 15

The Department of Orthodontics strives for the education of excellent, ethical, compassionate, and versatile practitioners in the art and science of orthodontics.

The advanced education program in Orthodontics extends over a period of 30 months and leads to a Certificate in Orthodontics. This postdoctoral program encompasses the study of basic sciences and other relevant areas by combining laboratory and clinical work with didactic courses. It is designed to meet the standards of the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Education for Advanced Education Programs in Orthodontics and to satisfy the American Board of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics requirements.

While there may be some advantages to applicants having at least one year of postdoctoral education following graduation from dental school, this does not preclude the acceptance of individuals who have graduated from dental school during the year for which they apply for admission.

Certificate with Master of Science Option

Applicants may choose to combine the certificate program with a Master of Science in Dentistry. In addition to providing an opportunity to engage in research, this option also provides a basis for graduates to pursue an academic career if they so desire. In addition to completing the didactic courses offered, each candidate will complete a thesis based on original research. Upon successful completion of requirements of the residency program and defense of a thesis, the candidate will be awarded a Master’s of Science Degree in Dentistry as well as a Certificate in Orthodontics.

Application

The Certificate in Orthodontics Program participates in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS), (i.e., the central application service sponsored by the American Dental Education Association). Interested applicants should apply through PASS. Application materials can be obtained through PASS or by contacting:

PASS

Suite 600
1625 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036-2212
Telephone: (202) 332-8795

Orthodontics Department
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Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Application Deadline

October 15

Our medical educators are devoted to training and mentoring the next generation of oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

Excellence in healthcare begins with the acquisition of knowledge and skillful techniques. This knowledge must be applied with compassion for the patient and their family.

Our six year residency program provides a balance in the amount of patient care, didactic education and research experience to produce the next leaders in the field. The program is designed to meet the certification and requirements of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Robust training for residents is provided in all areas of oral and maxillofacial surgery and includes rotations within different departments in the School of Medicine.

Residency Curriculum


Year One

The program begins on July 1 of each year. The clinical training includes mainly outpatient and minor surgery. The resident is expected to master dentoalveolar surgery and pain control. They work closely with faculty and senior residents in the management of inpatients and outpatients. They take trauma call and are assigned to hospital care. The formal didactic program for the first year includes physical diagnosis, conscious sedation, dentoalveolar surgery, infection control, surgical implants, growth and development, oral pathology, head and neck anatomy and other related courses. A major objective of this year is to successfully complete Step I of the USMLE in June before advancing to the second year.

Years Two and Three

Enrollment in the School of Medicine begins in the second year of the program. The present curriculum as outlined by the School of Medicine includes eight weeks of internal medicine, eight weeks of surgery, eight weeks of obstetrics and gynecology, eight weeks of pediatrics, four weeks of family medicine, four weeks of neurology, four weeks of psychiatry, four weeks of selective/rural medicine, two weeks of special topics, four weeks (each) acting internship in medicine, surgery (critical care) and ambulatory care, twenty weeks of electives and additional requirements as outlined by the School of Medicine. Additionally, offsite rotations are available. Expected academic performance is on par with the other medical students. Following successful completion of this program, the resident is awarded the M.D. degree. Step II of the USMLE is also taken during this period . Following this period, the resident returns to the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for a three month period of advanced oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Year Four

The fourth year of the program involves intensive training in surgery and anesthesia, and the resident is also enrolled in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program. This year fulfills the dual purpose of a year of oral and maxillofacial surgery training and an AMA approved year of post-medical school surgical internship training for medical licensure. The program includes four months of general anesthesia and eight months of general surgery. Rotations include trauma surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, oncologic surgery and surgical intensive care. In addition, the resident must successfully complete Step III of the USMLE during this period.

Year Five

The clinical training includes: inpatient experiences, assisting in the operating rooms, pre and postoperative care of inpatients and outpatients and night call. Pharmacology, microbiology and biochemistry as related to oral and maxillofacial surgery are emphasized during daily teaching rounds and didactic conferences. The resident works closely with the chief resident and provides primary hospital care. Fifth year didactics include implantology, maxillofacial pathology, orthognathic surgery, reconstructive surgery, maxillofacial trauma and cosmetic surgery. The resident must begin a research project in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Year Six

A senior resident may be designated as Chief Resident and is directly responsible for the management of all surgical patients in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The Chief Resident is also responsible for answering consultations from other departments within the dental school and hospitals. In addition, the Chief Resident assigns all major oral and maxillofacial surgical cases to other residents and performs administrative duties as assigned. Time in the program is based on satisfactory performance as determined by the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the School of Medicine and normally encompasses six calendar years. In addition to courses and major cases in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery, the resident must complete a research project in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery.


Our department also offers a D.M.D./M.D. Program option that combines the expertise of our world-class faculty in both our dental and medical schools. With this dual degree, we can prepare you for a variety of careers, such as oral and maxillofacial surgery, research, education, and more.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department
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