Students in the postdoctoral Endodontic Program practice on patients in the clinic for 24 months.

Postdoctoral Program — Graduate Specialty Program in Endodontology

 

Graduate Program Director: Maobin Yang, DMD, MDS, PhD(link sends e-mail)
Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics

The Department of Endodontology, the first of its kind at a United States dental school, prepares qualified dentists for specialty practice, teaching, and research in endodontics through an advanced education program leading to a Postgraduate Certificate in Endodontology.  The program is fully accredited and received three commendations at the last visit from the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The program also fulfills the educational requirements for specialty board certification by the American Board of Endodontics.

The full-time program* encompasses clinical and didactic instruction presented over a 24-month period.  Students matriculate at the beginning of September of each year and must remain in continuous residence for the entire program period.  Program facilities include modern clinic operatories each with its own operating microscope and x-ray unit, a surgical suit equipped with an advanced microscope and digital equipment that can allow the recording and live broadcast of surgery. One small field cone beam CT, a well-equipped seminar room, and graduate student study cubicle/office space, on-line computers, and access to operational research laboratories. Each student is assigned to their own operatory, working station, computer, and locked cabinet.

At present, five individuals are selected per year for full-time matriculation into the graduate specialty program in Endodontology. The program does accept students straight out of dental school, however, preference in admission is given to academically-accomplished applicants with previous clinical practice experience, prior research accomplishment, and/or graduates of general residencies (GPR) or advanced general dentistry (AEGD) programs.

Graduate endodontic students receive a major part of their didactic training during the first year and are instructed in diagnostic and therapeutic techniques in clinical endodontics as a part of their patient care activities.  The didactic component of the program consists of multiple seminar courses that involve extensive reading and analysis of the primary scientific literature in endodontics, and a series of basic biomedical science courses jointly taken with graduate students from other clinical specialty programs. Clinical activities comprise approximately 50% of the program, with clinical proficiency attained in all phases of endodontic therapy. The program also places a heavy emphasis on Endodontic Board Certification.  The pass rate of our graduates has been amongst the highest in the country.  Training and experience is provided in all acceptable treatment modalities in clinical endodontics, including use of various types of endodontic instrumentation, non-surgical obturation techniques (lateral condensation, chloropercha, warm gutta-percha, and apexification), and endodontic surgery (apicoectomy, periapical curettage, guided tissue/bone regeneration, retrograde seals, and reimplantation procedures). A vast, highly diverse patient pool in the Philadelphia metropolitan area with a wide range of endodontic treatment needs is available to the program.  Special clinical emphasis is placed on endodontic emergency care, endodontic re-treatment, and contemporary management of complex and/or refractory endodontic lesions. Collaborative educational activities take place with other endodontic specialty programs and faculty in the Philadelphia city area.

A publishable research project is a mandatory part of the program, and teaching experience for postgraduate endodontic students is offered by supervising predoctoral dental students in the endodontic technique laboratory, and in the clinical program at the School of Dentistry. A research thesis-based Master of Science in Oral Biology degree program is available through the Temple University Graduate School to qualified individuals, and may be taken an extra 12 months in addition to the 24-month postgraduate certificate program.

The program also offers a one year teaching position for one post-doctoral student at the completion of the 2 year endodontic certificate program.  This is a salaried position involving the supervision of the emergency endodontic clinic.  An additional certificate is awarded for this position.

 

 

* Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom.  The University has adopted a policy on Student and Faculty Academic Rights and Responsibilities (Policy #03.70.02) which can be accessed through the following link:  http://policies.temple.edu/getdoc.asp?policy_no=03.70.02

 

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https://bursar.temple.edu/tuition-and-fees/tuition-rates

 

Philosophy of the Advanced Education Program in Endodontology

An advanced program of study, designed to qualify specialists in Endodontics, should provide a background of understanding of the biological sciences, as well as of the behavioral and social sciences. The purposes of such a program are to prepare an individual to practice, to teach or to engage in research and to meet the requirements of a certifying board. The program will afford instruction in basic biological sciences such as biochemistry, pharmacology, immunology, pathology, microbiology, genetics and others. In addition, some insight will be afforded into motivation and behavioral patterns, the reactions of patients to dentists and the dentist's own reactions to patients.

The philosophy of such a program is intended to prepare them for independent decision-making. The students are asked to prepare reports, search the literature and discuss topics in seminars. There is less emphasis on formal lectures and more emphasis on group discussion.

Keeping abreast of current literature, as well as knowledge of landmark articles from the past literature is necessary for a deep-seated understanding of the field of endodontology. The literature is critically evaluated for research design, findings and conclusions. The scientific method is thus explored and evaluated.

Research is an integral part of the learning process. Students are expected to participate in research activities within the department. Fully equipped, departmental laboratory facilities are available to support basic research in such areas as: biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology and cell biology. Additional research facilities, as well as expertise, is available through collaborative arrangements with departments within Temple University School of Medicine. Clinical research will also be supported and encouraged. A protocol for a proposed investigation must be prepared and presented to a panel of basic scientists. Following such critical evaluation and acceptance of the protocol, the student is encouraged to begin his research project.

Clinical aptitude is encouraged by clinical practice. Students are given basic instructions in techniques; concurrently, they practice endodontics in the clinic. Instruction is based on the philosophy that there should be freedom to explore various techniques. Instructors are always available for consultation. The students are encouraged to try out various techniques and no attempt is made to restrict them to any specific technique.

To expand the horizons of the students, visiting teachers and clinicians are invited to address the students, to participate in panel discussions with them. The students are also encouraged to attend local, state and national meetings and conferences to hear other points of view.

The developing concepts and philosophies of the students are subsequently allowed expression in the second year when the students are asked to lecture, lead group discussions and teach predoctoral dental students.

Relation of the Clinical Training to Other Clinical Disciplines

All the advanced education students are taught the same core curriculum of basic sciences. They make seminar reports to each other and discuss various clinical problems in other disciplines. Due to their close proximity, periodontal students and endodontic students work together and consult each other frequently when combined problems exist.

Seminars with teachers of other disciplines are arranged, e.g. with periodontics, orthodontics, operative dentistry and AEGD.

 

Goals and Objectives of the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Endodontics

Goal 1: To train postdoctoral endodontic residents who possess the knowledge and skills required to diagnose, understand the basis of, and adequately treat, alone or in concert with other dental and medical practitioners, endodontic problems and their related diseases, and to maintain the health of the attachment apparatus.

         Objective 1:  To provide the residents with in-depth knowledge of relevant biomedical sciences as they correlate to the theory and practice of Endodontics.

         Objective 2:  To provide the residents with a sufficient number of diagnostic, nonsurgical, and surgical clinical experiences which will result in stated proficiencies and competencies in the practice of Endodontics.

         Objective 3:  To prepare the residents to effectively treat medically compromised patients

         Objective 4:  To provide the residents with the opportunity to present and discuss their clinical cases with the endodontic faculty and fellow students, as well as with faculty and students in otherdental disciplines.

         Objective 5:  To ensure that the curriculum is constantly evolving with each iteration being an improved version of its predecessor.

Goal 2: To train postdoctoral endodontic residents who possess the knowledge and skills required to critically evaluate and apply current technological developments and research into their clinical practice.

         Objective 6:  To train the resident in the basic principles of research methodology, biostatistics, and data analysis, in order to ensure that students complete a research project.

         Objective 7:  To prepare the resident to critically evaluate the dental literature.

         Objective 8:  To provide the resident with opportunities to work with and evaluate new instruments and techniques.

Goal 3: To prepare postdoctoral endodontic residents for certification by the American Board of Endodontics.

         Objective 9: To provide the resident with the knowledge and skills to successfully complete the board certification process.

         Objective 10:  To provide the resident with the incentive and support to successfully complete the board certification process.

Goal 4:  Create the desire and sense of obligation and responsibility to contribute to the perpetuation and growth of endodontics by mentoring and teaching; and by supporting organized endodontics and other professional organizations.

         Objective 11: To prepare all residents so that they may obtain practice, teaching and/or administrative positions associated with the discipline of endodontics.

         Objective 12: To provide the residents with the training necessary to teach endodontics to dentists and dental students at all levels.

Goal 5: To train postdoctoral endodontic residents to be ethical, sensitive, compassionate and professional endodontists who will have successful careers in clinical service and/or education.

       Objective13: To provide residents with training necessary to serve and advance the specialty of Endodontics.

       Objective14: To provide residents with knowledge regarding professional responsibilities.

 

Admission Information for the Endodontology Program

Preference is given to academically-accomplished applicants with one or more years of clinical practice experience or completion of a General Practice Residency (GPR) or an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program. Preference also is given to applicants with prior research experience/training, scientific publications, and/or prior advanced degrees in basic science/biomedical fields.  However, recent graduates with strong academic credentials are also encouraged to apply.

Since English is the language of instruction at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, adequate proficiency in both verbal and written comprehension and expression of English is a prerequisite for admission to the Certificate in Endodontology program. International Applicants are required to attain Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT® scores equivalent to 100 or higher prior to consideration for admission. The admissions process ensures a fair, unbiased and non-discriminatory selection of candidates.

Admission to the Graduate Specialty Program in Endodontics at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry requires:

1.    A DDS or DMD degree from an accredited dental school, according to the standards of the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Temple University encourages both domestic and foreign applicants. International applicants must be able to verify that their training is equivalent to an ADA accredited school by using one of three foreign academic credentialing services (World Education ServicesEducation Credential Evaluators, or Education International, Inc.)

2.    Evidence of satisfactory completion of the National Board Dental Examination, Parts I and II.

3.    Application to the Endodontic Program is initiated through the American Dental Education Association Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Please check with PASS that your information is received by them as they will only forward completed records to the University for processing.To begin your application through pass, visit http://www.adea.org/DENTAL_EDUCATION_PATHWAYS/PASS/Pages/default.aspx

4.    For application instructions, go to https://portal.passweb.org/

5.    Official transcripts from all colleges, universities and dental schools attended, including GPA and class rank. Applicants must send official transcripts from their study at undergraduate colleges directly to Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, Department of Endodontics.  Please do not send undergraduate college transcripts to PASS as they will not accept them.

6.    A separate application fee of $50 is required when applying to the Endodontics program.  Please make checks payable to:  Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry.

7.    Three letters of recommendation from dental school faculty or supervisors; a minimum of two must be from faculty members who can evaluate your clinical skills.

The application deadline is August 1st

Upon review of all completed applications, the Endodontics Program Admissions Committee will extend invitations for interviews to those applicants being seriously considered for acceptance. Interviewees are required to come to Temple University for a personal interview; however, granting of an interview appointment does not guarantee admission into the program.

The address for the check and transcripts is:

Dr. Maobin Yang
Department of Endodontics
Temple University
Kornberg School of Dentistry
3223 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Email:  gradendo@temple.edu

 

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Graduate Endodontics.

Phone:

215-707-2810

or

215-707-3305

Fax:

215-707-1482

or

215-707-0042

 

Facilities

Constructed in 1989 and fully renovated and newly equipped in 2013, the Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry is housed in one of the newest facilities of any dental school in the country. Large areas of this facility were dedicated specifically for the Postdoctoral Endodontics Program, and remain exclusively used by our Postdoctoral Endodontics Students. The endodontic clinic houses all equipment, instruments and supplies necessary to provide state-of-the-art care to patients. This includes 10 operatories each with its own operating microscope and x-ray unit. One of the operatories is prioritized for endodontic microsurgical procedures, which equipped with an advanced microscope and digital equipment that can allow the recording and live broadcast of surgery. Digital radiography is used throughout the endodontic clinic. One limited field of view Carestream 8100 Cone beam CT is equipped in the graduate endodontic clinic since 2016 and used by graduate endondontic and periodontics residents. There is also a student lounge/office with locker space, a seminar room, a reception area, sterilization/dispensing areas and storage facilities.

 

Financial support by the school has permitted the department to assemble a professional staff of 7 full time faculty members, and 10 part time faculty members who participate in our Advanced Education Program–either as lecturers, course directors and/or clinical instructors. In addition, the financial support committed by the school to our Advanced Education Program has allowed us to bring noted experts in all phases of endodontics, pulp biology, and periapical biology to our school to teach our students. Another example of the school's commitment to this department and our Advanced Education Program, was the construction of a 2,200 sq. ft. of laboratory space for the microbiology research and a 800 sq. ft of laboratory space for the regenerative dentistry research activities of our program. Finally, the continued support of the school has allowed us to fully equip and maintain the clinical facilities that are dedicated to our advanced education program.

 

 

 

 

 

First Year Coursework

Second Year Coursework

Fall Semester

Fall Semester

GEndo 8112. Pulp Biology (2 s.h.) **

GEndo 8112. Pulp Biology (2 s.h.) **

GEndo 8113. Periapical Biology (2 s.h.) **

GEndo 8113. Periapical Biology (2 s.h.) **

GEndo 8114. Biological Basis of Disease (2 s.h.)

GEndo 8120. Case Presentation and Treatment Planning Seminars (2 s.h.) 

GEndo 8115. Current Clinical Concepts (2 s.h.)

 

GEndo 8120. Case Presentation and Treatment Planning Seminars (2 s.h.) 

GEndo 8122. Dental Traumatology (1.0 s.h.)

GEndo 8130. Current Literature Review (1 s.h.)

GEndo 8130. Current Literature Review (1 s.h.)

GEndo 9185. Emergency Endodontic Clinic (3.0 s.h.)

GEndo 9185. Emergency Endodontic Clinic (3.0 s.h.)

GEndo 9285. Endodontic Clinic (12 s.h.)

GEndo 9285. Endodontic Clinic (12 s.h.)

GEndo. Regenerative Endodontics

 

Oral Biology 8014. Clinical Anatomy of the Head and Neck***

 

Oral Biology 8015. Research Methods and Study Design (1 s.h.)***

 

Oral Biology 8017. Oral Microbiology & Immunology (1 s.h.)***

 

Oral Biology 8018. Biostatistics (1 s.h.)***

 

Oral Biology 8019. Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (1 s.h.)***

 

Spring Semester

Spring Semester

GEndo 8111. Pain Diagnosis and Control (2 s.h.) **

GEndo 8111. Pain Diagnosis and Control (2 s.h.) **

GEndo 8112. Pulp Biology (2 s.h.) **

GEndo 8112. Pulp Biology (2 s.h.) **

GEndo 8113. Periapical Biology (2 s.h.) **

GEndo 8113. Periapical Biology (2 s.h.) **

GEndo 8115. Current Clinical Concepts (2 s.h.)

GEndo 8119. Teaching for Sophomore Preclinical Lab (2 s.h.)

GEndo 8120. Case Presentation and Treatment Planning Seminars (2 s.h.) 

GEndo 8120. Case Presentation and Treatment Planning Seminars (2 s.h.) 

GEndo 8116. Microbiology/Immunology (2 s.h.)

GEndo 9185. Emergency Endodontic Clinic (3.0 s.h.)

GEndo 8117. Systemic Diseases (1.5 s.h.)

GEndo 9285. Endodontic Clinic (12 s.h.)

GEndo 8118. Endodontic Surgery (2.5 s.h.)

 

GEndo 8123. Endodontic Methods and Materials (1.0 s.h.)

 

GEndo 9185. Emergency Endodontic Clinic (3.0 s.h.)

 

GEndo 9285. Endodontic Clinic (12 s.h.)

 

GEndo 8119. Teaching for Sophomore Preclinical Lab (2 s.h.)

 

Oral Biology 8011. Molecular Oral and Craniofacial Biology (1 s.h.)***

 

Oral Biology 8012. Advanced Dental Pharmacology and Therapeutics (1 s.h.)***

 

Oral Biology 8013. Introduction to Evidence-Based Dentistry (1 s.h.)***

 

Oral Biology 8016. Cases in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (1 s.h.)***

 

Oral Biology 8033.  Bioethics and Critical Thinking in Dentistry (1 s.h.)***

 

 

 

Summer Session I

Summer Session I

GEndo 9185. Emergency Endodontic Clinic (3.0 s.h.)

GEndo 9185. Emergency Endodontic Clinic (3.0 s.h.)

GEndo 9285. Endodontic Clinic (12 s.h.)

GEndo 9285. Endodontic Clinic (12 s.h.)

 

 

Summer Session II

Summer Session II

GEndo 9185. Emergency Endodontic Clinic (3.0 s.h.)

GEndo 9185. Emergency Endodontic Clinic (3.0 s.h.)

GEndo 9285. Endodontic Clinic (12 s.h.)

GEndo 9285. Endodontic Clinic (12 s.h.)

 

 

** Course offered alternate years

*** CORE - Mandatory courses for all first year postgraduate students

 

 

The programs in Predoctoral Dental Education (DMD), Advanced Specialty Education in Dental Public Health, Advanced Specialty Education in Endodontics, Advanced Specialty Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Advanced Specialty Education in Periodontics are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and have been given the accreditation status of Approval (without reporting requirements). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312)440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The commission's web address is: http://ada.org/100.aspx. The Commission on Dental Accreditation has accredited the postdoctoral program in Advanced Education in General Dentistry. However, accreditation of the program does not, in itself, constitute recognition of any dental specially status.