At UAB Periodontology, our Advanced Dental Education (ADE) Program in Periodontology aims to produce clinically proficient, scientifically-oriented, patient-centered periodontists. Graduates should be able to continue as life-long learners and practitioners 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.

Primary Objectives of this program include:

     Achieving competency and proficiency in all aspects of advanced periodontal care and dental implant therapy
     Gaining comprehensive knowledge of scientific evidence through research and evidence-based practice
     Working with interdisciplinary teams to best treat patients with periodontal diseases

Program Director: 
Dr. Mia Geisinger


Residents may choose to combine the certificate program with a Master’s in Science 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 ADE program the student earns a certificate of specialization in periodontics and a Master's degree in Clinical Dentistry.


Our residents work in the Graduate Periodontal Clinic, a state-of-the-art clinical facility with 5 surgical suites and 12 treatment rooms. We have dedicated front desk staff, 3 skilled dental assistants, and 2 experienced dental hygienists. Digital x-ray facilities located in each operatory and a 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 specialties to deliver high-level clinical care in a patient-centered environment.

What can I expect to learn during residency?

Residents who complete a program at UAB will meet all standards for training outlined in the Accreditation Standards of the Commission on Dental Accreditation for Advanced Education in Periodontics.

At UAB, our resident experience goes well beyond the requirements for accreditation. 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 colleagues. 

How are students selected for a residency at UAB?

We strive to create a collaborative working environment and look for residents who strive for 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 2018 application cycle (for residency class of 2022). 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 Match website (hyperlink).
  • Application deadline is August 1, 2018 (for UAB Perio class of 2022). 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 uploaded to ADEA PASS (all colleges, dental school). If you have attended a non-U.S. college/university, it is required that all international transcripts be evaluated by either ECE or WES foreign credentialing services.
  • 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. 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 only accept checks, money orders, or cashier’s checks. The check must be in U.S. Dollars and must be issued by an American bank. Please make the check out to “University of Alabama at Birmingham” or “UAB” and send the check to the following address:  Ms. Susie Moorer, 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 (, or our office associate Ms. Angela Lee ( They can be reached at telephone 205.934.4984.


What are the costs associated with a residency at UAB?

  • Current tuition and fees for the 2018-2019 academic year are $12,574. Tuition and other expenses of the Graduate School are listed in the Graduate School bulletin and are in addition to the School of Dentistry tuition/fees.
  • Books and supplies may also be required.  Clinical cases must be fully documented, including photographs. Photographic equipment likely will cost $2000 or more and should be obtained after specifications are received before arrival to the program.
  • 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 $130. Students are required to be certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and must pay for these courses.
  • Students are encouraged to join appropriate professional organizations and student membership in the American Academy of Periodontology is required. Current cost is $127; these fees vary yearly.
  • Limited financial support may be available. All financial support is contingent on annual appropriations from the school, state, and federal sources and may vary in availability and amounts.
  • In the fully operational certificate/degree program, residents who have completed a CODA accredited program are anticipated to equally share available funded VA positions. Currently, the VA stipend support for each resident is approximately $6,000. The availability of VA stipends depends on governmental budgeting and clinical productivity by residents.
  • 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.