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

Program Description

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

Upon completion of the twelve months of training, the resident 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 an accredited
prosthodontic residency and the requirements of qualification for examination for certification by the American Board of Prosthodontics. Successful completion of the program leads to a Certificate of Proficiency 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 resident position.

Tuition Costs, Fees, Instruments and Stipends

  1. The program is supported by the University of Alabama Hospitals Resident Program.
  2. The resident is appointed to University Hospital house staff and is paid a stipend by the University of Alabama Hospitals Resident Program at third or fourth year resident level. Accordingly, this program is coordinated through the House Staff Office, and carries with it the rules and regulations established by that office. A manual is furnished to each resident.
  3. The resident is required to provide professional liability insurance, health insurance, and must be capable of meeting financial responsibilities while in residence. Liability and health insurance are purchased from the University.
  4. The resident is not required to furnish instruments or supplies, but is encouraged to supply any particular personal instruments that are helpful in performing tasks. The resident 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 students must present certification of vaccination for (or immunity to) Hepatitis B.
  7. Foreign residents may not receive a stipend if he/she is financially supported by their government.

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 University Hospital Dental Clinic located in the Russell Wing of University Hospital. The resident will participate in activities at the various related departmental clinics or wards.

Continuing Education
The Schools of Medicine and Dentistry offer a variety of Continuing Education courses. The resident 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 University of Alabama School of
Dentistry is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education. This entitles full or partial remission of tuition for continuing education at member schools.
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.


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.


  1. The Maxillofacial Prosthetics Treatment and Training Center is part of the University of Alabama Hospital Dental Clinic and is located at the Russell Wing of University Hospital. 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 adjacent to the operatories...
  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.
  3. The Maxillofacial Center has access to a completely equipped materials research laboratory affiliated with the Department of Prosthodontics and Biomaterials.

Application Procedure

All programs follow the identical application procedure and 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


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.

Advanced Educational Program in Maxillofacial Prosthetics Staff

Dr. Keith Kinderknecht
Maxillofacial Prosthetics
Advanced Prosthodontics
Department of Prosthodontics

Dr. Ruth Aponte
Maxillofacial Prosthetics
Department of Prosthodontics

Julius “Chris” Seidenfaden, C.D.T.
Maxillofacial Prosthetics
Department of Prosthodontics
Faculty of affiliated dental and medical services participate in ongoing clinical and didactic instruction.