Curriculum Overview

Graduate Periodontics Residency Program

‚ÄčOver the course of 36 months, residents' time is allocated in the following manner:

  • Clinical – 62%
  • Didactic - 34%
  • Research – 3%
  • Teaching – 1%

Requirements for Graduation:

  • Maintain a "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) overall Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Successful completion of all required courses or their appropriate substitutes
  • Attendance at all classes and clinics assigned
  • Successful completion of exams
  • Demonstrate clinical proficiency in Periodontics
  • Be a Student Member of the American Academy of Periodontology
  • Be a Student Member of the American Dental Association‚Äč

Mission Statement:

The primary objective of the Graduate Periodontics Residency Program is to produce outstanding clinical periodontists who engage in a broad scope of periodontal procedures and who are capable of engaging in research, teaching and leadership activities. We hope to produce the most well trained clinical periodontists coming out of residency programs in the U.S., so that they can offer the highest quality of care to their patients, provide for their families, and give back to the community and the profession.

This is accomplished by focusing on the following goals and objectives:


Goal 1:

  • Provide comprehensive training that assures resident knowledge and proficiency in periodontics.


  • Demonstrate foundational didactic knowledge and insight in the biomedical sciences.
  • Demonstrate a high level of clinical skill in a comprehensive variety of periodontal and dental implant treatment modalities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of classic and current periodontal and Implant literature; including interpretation, analysis, and critical evaluation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of systemic/medical considerations impacting patient periodontal status and provision of care. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pathogenesis/management of oral mucosal pathoses.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and clinical skills in multidisciplinary patient care (prosthodontic, orthodontics, TMD, endodontics).   
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and clinical skills in methods of adjunctive anxiety and pain control including conscious sedation using intravenous, oral and inhalation routes. Emphasis will be placed on IV sedation.
  • Prepare residents for practice following graduation by introduction to principles of practice management.
  • Demonstrate professional/ethical behavior in all aspects of residency training and patient care.

Goal 2:

  • Provide instructional skills that will enable residents to effectively communicate/transmit knowledge of periodontics and related subjects.


  • Demonstrate knowledge of organizing, leading and presenting lectures, case presentations and seminars.
  • Demonstrate ability to teach clinical periodontal evaluation, diagnosis and therapy to other oral health care providers. 

Goal 3:

  • Prepare residents for specialty board certification.


  • Successfully challenge the AAP In-Service Examination.
  • Successfully evaluate case scenarios using ABP guidelines.
  • Obtain specialty board certification by program graduates.

Goal 4:

  • Create an atmosphere of scientific inquiry and scholarship.


  • Develop an understanding of the scientific method, hypothesis testing and use of evidence-based methodologies. Demonstrate active engagement in research leading to Master of Science of Dentistry degree by the conclusion of residency.
  • Present research findings at local/national levels. Publish in scientific journals.

Goal 5:

  • Maintain rigorous evaluation of the residency program.


  • Evaluation of the residency program by program graduates.
  • Evaluation of faculty effectiveness by residents and Program Director.
  • Provide frequent formal resident feedback.
  • Evaluate goals, objectives and outcomes of the program annually.
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