EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
Certificate and Masters' Degree: Periodontics

The Advanced Education Program in Periodontics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is a 36 month educational experience leading to a Certificate in Periodontics and Masters Degree in Biomedical Science. Three U.S. dental degreed students are accepted annually through the Postdoctoral Dental School Matching Program. A stipend is offered. An additional highly qualified student who is foreign trained is accepted through an Educational Grant. Training is directed to future Board Certification by the American Board of Periodontology. Board Certified instructors oversee training in three major areas: academics, research, and clinical periodontics.

The academic program places emphasis on the biological sciences which are critical to a well- founded rationale for the delivery of periodontal therapy. A thorough knowledge of the periodontal literature, both classic and current, is stressed. A variety of courses in surgical anatomy, bone and connective tissue biology, oral pathology, histopathology, technological assessment, and the biomedical sciences prepare the student to render efficient and comprehensive dental care. Interdisciplinary seminars are offered and students are encouraged to coordinate dental care with other specialties. Academic proficiency is tested through Case Presentations, Oral Literature Examinations, and Mock Board Presentations. An extensive and comprehensive course in Practice Management helps prepare the student for a successful career in periodontics.

Every student performs and completes a research project under the supervision of a mentor and an advisory committee. The research areas range from basic science projects to human clinical trials. A successful thesis defense culminates in a Masters Degree awarded by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Every student is expected to produce a manuscript suitable for publication as part of the research experience.

The clinical aspects of the program are designed to provide the student with a wide and diversified range of experience. Independent thought is highly encouraged. Students are expected to be proficient in all facets of periodontal nonsurgical and surgical therapy. Emphasis is placed on all types of regenerative, osseous, and mucogingival surgery. All students develop proficiency with the placement of endosseous dental implants. Titanium threaded, titanium plasma sprayed, and hydroxyapatite coated cylinders are some of the dental implant systems taught. All students participate in a pain control and conscious sedation program. Students additionally become certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

CURRICULUM

First Year

Summer Term Credit
Clinical Periodontics 1 1.0
Literature Seminar 1.0
Pain Control & Sedation 4.0
Periodontics Lecture Series 1.0
Research Methodology 1 1.5

Fall Term Credit
Biostatistics 1.0
Case Presentation 1.0
Clinical Periodontics I 1.0
Current Literature Seminar 1.0
Dental Biomedical Core Course 4.0
Endosseous Dental Implants 1.5
Literature Seminar 3.0
Oral Pathology 2.0
Periodontics Lecture Series 3.0
Periodontics/Prosthodontics Seminar I 1.0
Research 2.0
Surgical Anatomy 1.0

Spring Term Credit
Bone & CT Biology 0.5
Case Presentation 1.0
Clinical Periodontics I 1.0
Current Literature Seminar 1.0
Dental Biomedical Core Course 1.0
Literature Seminar 3.0
Mock Boards 0.5
New Technologies Seminar 1.0
Occlusion 1.0
Oral Histopathology 1.0
Pathobiology of Periodontics 2.0
Periodontics Lecture Series 3.0
Periodontics/Prosthodontics Seminar I 1.0
Research 2.0

Second Year

Summer Term Credit
Anesthesia Rotation 3.0
Clinical Periodontics II 2.5
Literature Seminar 1.0
Periodontics Lecture Series 1.0
Research 1.0

Fall Term Credit
Case Presentation 1.0
Clinical Pathology Conference 1.0
Clinical Periodontics II 2.0
Current Literature Seminar 1.0
Dental Pharmacology 1.5
Emergency Care Seminar 1.0
Literature Seminar 3.0
Periodontal Practice Management 1.5
Periodontics Lecture Series 3.0
Periodontics/Prosthodontics Seminar II 1.0
Research 2.0
Supervised Teaching 2.0
TM Disorders: Diagnosis/Treatment 1.0

Spring Term Credit
Case Presentation 1 0
Clinical Nutrition Seminar 0.5
Clinical Pathology Conference 1 0
Clinical Periodontics II 2.0
Current Literature Seminar 1.0
Emergency Care Seminar 0.5
Literature Seminar 3 0
Mock Board Exams 0.5
Periodontal Practice Management 1.5
Periodontics Lecture Series 3.0
Periodontics/Prosthodontics Seminar II 1 0
Research 2.0
Supervised Teaching 2.0
Surgical Oral Pathology 1.0
TM Disorders: Diagnosis/Treatment 0.5

Third Year

Summer Term Credit
Clinical Periodontics III 3.0
Literature Seminar 1.0
Periodontic Lecture Series 1.0
Research 2 0

Fall Term Credit
Case Presentation 1.0
Clinical Periodontics III 2.0
Current Literature Seminar 1 0
Literature Seminar 3.0
Periodontal Practice Management 1.5
Periodontics Lecture Series 3.0
Periodontics/Prosthodontics Seminar III 1.0
Research 2.0
Supervised Teaching 2.0

Spring Term Credit
Case Presentation 1.5
Clinical Periodontics III 2.0
Current Literature Seminar 1.0
Literature Seminar 3.0
Mock Boards 0.5
Periodontal Practice Management 1.5
Periodontics Lecture Series 3.0
Periodontics/Prosthodontics Seminar III 1.0
Research 2.0
Thesis 4.0

Total credit hours for Master of Science Degree: 142.0