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Graduate Program in Endodontics

Endontics Acacdemics

Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that is concerned with the morphology, physiology and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues.  Its study and practice encompass the basic clinical sciences including biology of the normal pulp; the etiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries of the pulp; and associated periradicular conditions.

It is our belief that the development of scientific attitudes, of inquiring minds, and of professional curiosity, is every bit as important as the development of technical skill and craftsmanship.  Put differently, we are dedicated to the task of producing not only a competent endodontic specialist, but a professional person-professional in every sense of the word.

The Scope of Endontics

The scope of Endodontics includes, but is not limited to, the differential diagnosis and treatment of oral pain of pulpal and/or periradicular origin; vital pulp capping and pulpotomy, nonsurgical treatment of root canal systems with or without periradicular pathosis of pulpal origin and the obturation of these root canal systems; selective surgical removal of pathologic tissues resulting from pulpal pathosis; repair procedures related to such surgical removal of pathologic tissues; intentional replantation and replantation of avulsed teeth; surgical removal of tooth structure, such as root-end resection, hemisection, bicuspidization and rood resection; root-end filling; endodontic implants; bleaching of discolored dentin and enamel; retreatment of teeth previously treated endodontically; and treatment procedures related to coronal restorations by means of post and/or cores involving the root canal space.

Our program meets the educational requirements for certification

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    Intro

    The program is designed to satisfy in 24 (total) months the educational requirements for certification of eligibility for limitation of practice in endodontics, and examination by the American Board of Endodontics. 

    It conforms with the Guidelines for Advanced Study in Endodontics prepared by the American Board of Endodontics, the Education Committee of the American Association of Endodontists, and the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association.  

    The incoming class enters July 1st every year.

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    Development of skills and procedures

    Beyond the skills of a competent dentist, the student is expected to develop those skills and procedures consistent with the role of a specialist in endodontics.  These include:

    • the ability to diagnose and treat all manifestations of pulpal and periapical disease in the context of sound health care and comprehensive dental therapy.
    •  competency in all aspects of endodontic care: vital pulp therapy, non-surgical endodontic therapy, emergency care and surgical endodontic therapy—apicoectomy, root-end filling, root amputation and curettage.
    • thorough familiarity with the evidence basis of past and current literature pertaining to endodontics and understanding of research methods, so that future literature will form the basis for rational modification of concepts.

    In addition, students are expected to demonstrate the ability to define an endodontically related research problem, develop a research protocol, carry out the research and prepare a presentation of the project.  Students also participate in undergraduate laboratory and clinical practice teaching.

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    Certification

    A certificate in Endodontics and the degree of Master of Science will be granted by the University upon the satisfactory completion of all required courses and the research project.

    Required courses include:

    • Preclinical Endodontic
    • Head and Neck Anatomy
    • Oral Pathology
    • Endodontology
    • Research Methodology/Biostatistics
    • Microbiology-Immunology
    • Research Design and Analysis
    • Pulp Biology
    • Advanced Endodontics
    • Endodontic Surgery
    • Endodontic Literature Review
    • Endodontic Case Review
    • Current Literature Review
    • Clinical Endodontics

    It is possible for our graduate students to practice outside of the graduate program while enrolled.  However, this activity must not compromise the educational experience and the fulfillment of responsibilities to the patients and the Department of Endodontics.

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    Accreditation

    The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

Endontic Post Graduate Curriculum

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    First Year

    Endodontics SUMMER TERM First Year

    Course No.

    Course Title

    Course Director

    Cr. Hr.

    DOD 5200

    Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

    C. Sordyl

    0 (Pass/Fail)

    DEN 5010

    Head & Neck Anatomy

    M. Ahmad

    2

    DEN 5060

    Preclinical Endodontics

    J. Braud

    4

    TOTALS

    6

    Endodontics FALL TERM First Year

    Course No.

    Course Title

    Course Director

    Cr. Hr.

    DEN 5110

    Endodontology

    S. Paurazas

    DEF

    DEN 5140

    Microbiology & Immunology I

    M. Elftman 

    2

    DEN 5150

    Clinical Endodontics

    J. Braud

    DEF

    DEN 5170

    Oral Pathology

    J. Ojha 

    3

    DEN 5210

    Endodontic Case Review

    J. Braud

    DEF

    DEN 5220

    Pulp Biology

    S. Paurazas

    DEF

    DEN 5240

    Endodontic Literature Review

    J. Braud

    DEF

    DEN 5250

    Current Literature Seminar

    S. Paurazas

    2

    DEN 5670

    Advanced Endodontics

    J. Braud

    2.5

    DEN 5910

    Basic Research Methodology

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    TOTALS

    10.5

    Endodontics WINTER TERM First Year

    Course No.

    Course Title

    Course Director

    Cr. Hr.

    DEN 5111

    Ethics & Professional Responsibility

    P. Zarkowski

    1

    DEN 5110

    Endodontology

    S. Paurazas

    4

    DEN 5150

    Clinical Endodontics

    J. Braud

    8

    DEN 5210

    Endodontic Case Review

    J. Braud 

    4

    DEN 5220

    Pulp Biology

    S. Paurazas

    4

    DEN 5240

    Endodontic Literature Review

    J. Braud

    DEF

    DEN 5260

    Current Literature Seminar

    S. Paurazas

    2

    DEN 5680

    Advanced Endodontics

    J. Braud

    2.5

    DEN 5690

    Endodontic Surgery

    J. Braud

    2

    DEN 5750

    Microbiology & Immunology II

    E. Krukonis

    2

    DEN 5860

    Practice Teaching

    J. Braud

    DEF

    DEN 5900

    Basic Research Methods Biostatistics

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    TOTALS

    34.5

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    Second Year

    Endodontics SUMMER TERM Second Year

    Course No.

    Course Title

    Course Director

    Cr. Hr.

    DEN 5240

    Endodontic Literature Review

    J. Braud

    4

    DEN 5160

    Clinical Endodontics

    J. Braud

    DEF

    DEN 5230

    Endodontic Case Review

    J. Braud

    DEF

    DEN 5860

    Practice Teaching

    J. Braud

    DEF

    DEN 5960

    Endodontic Research

    J. Braud

    DEF

    TOTALS

    4

    Endodontics FALL TERM Second Year

    Course No.

    Course Title

    Course Director

    Cr. Hr.

    DEN 5160

    Clinical Endodontics 

    J. Braud 

    6

    DEN 5230

    Endodontic Case Review

    J. Braud

    3

    DEN 5290

    Endodontic Literature Review

    J. Braud

    DEF

    DEN 5300

    Current Literature Seminar

    S. Paurazas

    2

    DEN 5860

    Practice Teaching

    J. Braud

    2

    DEN 5960

    Endodontic Research

    J. Braud

    DEF

    TOTALS

    13

    Endodontics WINTER TERM Second Year

    Course No.

    Course Title

    Course Director

    Cr. Hr.

    DEN 5190

    Clinical Endodontics

    J. Braud

    4

    DEN 5270

    Endodontic Case Review

    J. Braud

    2

    DEN 5290

    Endodontic Literature Review

    J. Braud

    4

    DEN 5310

    Current Literature Seminar

    S. Paurazas

    2

    DEN 5870

    Practice Teaching

    J. Braud

    3

    DEN 5960

    Endodontic Research 

    J. Braud

    10

    TOTALS

    25

    Endodontics SUMMER TERM  until June 30th
    Course No. Course Title Course Director Cr. Hr.
    DEN 5290 Endodontic Literature Review J. Braud 4
    TOTALS 4
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    Course Descriptions

    DEN 5010
    Head and Neck Anatomy
    This course consists of head and neck dissection with emphasis on structures and functions relating to dentistry in general and endodontics specifically.

    DEN 5060
    Preclinical Endodontics
    This course introduces the entering graduate students to the major topical areas in clinical endodontics prior to beginning patient care.

    DEN 5110 
    Endodontology
    Specific areas of clinical pharmacology, internal medicine and infectious diseases that may have a direct relationship to clinical treatment of the endodontic patient are discussed. (Two terms) 

    DEN 5140, 5750
    Microbiology and Immunology
    Current concepts of clinical microbiology, immunology, virology and antimicrobial chemotherapy are considered in their application to maxillofacial infections.

    DEN 5150
    Endodontic Clinic
    The clinical delivery of comprehensive endodontic therapy to patients with various types of pulpal/periapical conditions. (Two terms)

    DEN 5160, 5190 
    Endodontic Clinic
    These courses are a continuation of DEN 5150.

    DEN 5170
    Oral Pathology
    A study of pathologic conditions affecting the oral and paraoral regions.  Clinical features are correlated to the histologic alterations characteristic of each disease.

    DEN 5210 
    Endodontic Case Review
    This seminar will review and evaluate the success/failure of all patients treated. Treatment records will be analyzed during a detailed discussion of diagnosis and treatment providing a critical evaluation of the clinical result.

    DEN 5230, 5270 
    Endodontic Case Review
    These courses are a continuation of DEN 5210.

    DEN 5220 
    Pulp Biology
    An in-depth study of the dental pulp in health and disease.  Pulpal reactions to irritants are emphasized along with associated diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. (Two terms)

    DEN 5240 
    Endodontic Literature Review
    This course gives the student an in-depth knowledge of certain previously published articles in the endodontic literature and related fields.

    DEN 5290 
    Endodontic Literature Review
    This course is a continuation of DEN 5240.

    DEN 5250 
    Current Literature Seminar
    Endodontic texts and/or published reports of special conferences related to endodontics are reviewed and discussed.  Current journal articles of interest will also be reviewed.

    DEN 5260, 5300, 5310 
    Current Literature Seminar  
    These courses are a continuation of DEN 5250.

    DEN 5670 
    Advanced Endodontics
    Prepares the student to be able to diagnose, treat and manage patients with diseases of pulpal origin.

    DEN 5680 
    Advanced Endodontics
    A continuation of DEN 5670.

    DEN 5690 
    Endodontic Surgery
    Basic principles of surgical endodontics are presented.  Indications, contraindications and techniques are emphasized.

    DEN 5860 
    Practice Teaching
    This course is designed to expose the student to the methods of teaching undergraduate dental students in the clinic, laboratory and classroom.

    DEN 5870 
    Practice Teaching
    A continuation of DEN 5860.

    DEN 5900, 5910 
    Biostatistics/Basic Research Methods
    Basic principles and techniques of research design and analysis are presented. Introduction to probability theory, sampling theory, criteria of reliability and validity and fundamentals of descriptive and inferential statistics are discussed.  Scales of measurements and applications of parametric and nonparametric tests are introduced. Interpretation and evaluation of current research findings to professional practice is emphasized. (Two terms)

    DEN 5960
    Endodontic Research
    Independent research relating to the research project requirement for the MS degree in endodontics. 
    Phase I consists of the formulation of the research idea, review of appropriate literature and establishing the research design.
    Phase II comprises the collection of the data relating to the research project.
    Phase III involves the analysis and interpretation of the data and the finalization of the article to be submitted to a professional journal. 

    DRD 5000
    Graduate Dental Materials
    This course provides a working understanding of specialty specific dental materials.  Basic material science concepts, terminology,  and critical properties are conveyed.

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