Advanced Education Programs

Advanced Education Handbook



Mission Statement
The Implant Prosthodontics Fellowship Program at LSUSD aims to provide an in-depth understanding of implant prosthodontic techniques and the science behind them. Through high-quality interdisciplinary patient care backed by the best available evidence and LSUSD's ongoing legacy of academic excellence, it is our goal to graduate proficient fellows that will become leaders and innovators in the fields of dental implantology and implant prosthodontics.

Description of the Program
The Implant Prosthodontics Fellowship Program at LSUSD consists of twelve months of didactic and clinical training, beginning on July 1st of each year. Fellows undergo intensive clinical training in both fixed and removable implant prosthodontics, with an emphasis on aesthetic concepts and considerations. In conjunction with this training, Fellows must become familiar with classic and contemporary peer-reviewed literature pertaining to dental implantology, implant prosthodontics, biomaterials and implant aesthetics. Fellows will also have the opportunity to engage in research activities that could culminate in contributions to peer-reviewed dental journals. Upon satisfactory completion of didactic and clinical requirements, Fellows receive a Certificate of Completion in Implant Prosthodontics and Aesthetic Dentistry.

Requirements for Admission

  • Successful completion of an ADA-accredited program in Dentistry and/or an ADA-accredited post-graduate program.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or have the legal right to work in the U.S. through Optional Practical Training (OPT).
  • Documented clinical experience in implant dentistry.

Required Application Materials

  • Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Letters of Reference
  • A recent digital photograph
  • Proof of successful completion of and ADA-accredited program in Dentistry and/or and ADA-accredited post-graduate program. Proof of enrollment in the final year of any of the aforementioned programs is conditionally accepted, and final admission into the Fellowship Program will only be granted upon successful completion of said program(s)
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status. Proof of OPT eligibility is also accepted
  • A letter of intent describing the applicant's motivations for pursuing a Fellowship in Implant Prosthodontics at LSUSD.

Application materials should be submitted electronically to Dr. Abdallah Awada at aawada@lsuhsc.edu or through the ADEA PASS Platform.

Application Deadline
The deadline for submission of applications for Fellows enrolling in July 2016 is November 16th, 2015. Interviews are held in early December.

Selection Process
Complete applications submitted before the application deadline are reviewed by the Director of the Implant Prosthodontics Fellowship Program and a panel of faculty members from the Department of Prosthodontics. After preliminary selections are made, selected candidates are called for personal interviews. These interviews include one-on-one and group meetings with the faculty members of the Department of Prosthodontics, as well as a tour of the facilities at LSUSD. Personal interviews, prior experience and achievements in implant dentistry, involvement in research activities, and reference letters are all taken into consideration when making the final selections. Final acceptance to the Implant Prosthodontics Fellowship Program will be granted by the Dean of the School of Dentistry and the LSUSD Advanced Education Committee.

Program Length
The twelve-month fellowship program begins on July 1st of each year.

Fellows operate under the supervision of the Director of the Implant Prosthodontics Fellowship Program. A team of full- and part-time prosthodontics faculty participates in the didactic and clinical training of the Fellows. The Fellowship Director reports on the Fellows' progress and outcomes to the Chairman of the Department of Prosthodontics. When needed, other specialty departments may provide instructional support to the Fellows as part of the interdisciplinary treatment approach adopted by the Department of Prosthodontics at LSUSD.

Academic Performance
Being part of an Advanced Education program at LSUSD, Fellows' academic performance will ultimately fall under the umbrella of the LSUSD Advanced Education Committee. The Advanced Education Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures will apply to all Fellows at LSUSD. All incoming Fellows must attend the Advanced Education Orientation and Axium software training. This requirement is waived for graduates of an LSUSD Advanced Education program.

Fellows enrolled in the Implant Prosthodontics Fellowship Program receive an annual stipend of $45,000.00. The amount of this stipend may change as financial support from private dental implant companies varies. Medical and life insurance policies are also available to the Fellows. It is the intention of the Fellowship Director and the Chairman of the Department of Prosthodontics to financially support the Fellows for one trip to a major dental meeting in a given year. This policy is flexible and depends on available funds and the Fellows' clinical performance.

Leave Policy and Outside Employment
Fellows receive ten personal leave days in one academic year. An additional five days of leave are granted strictly for the purpose of attending approved professional dental meetings. Fellows may also take a specified number of leave days a year for LSU-sponsored continuing education courses. The Advanced Education Outside Employment Policy will apply to all Fellows at LSUSD.

Fellows adhere to the holiday schedule published by the LSUHSC Chancellor's Office for the LSUSD faculty and staff.

Laboratory Space
Each Fellow is assigned bench and locker space in the Post-Graduate Prosthodontics Laboratory, located on the 3rd floor of the clinic building. As is required of the Prosthodontic Residents, Fellows are expected to maintain their laboratory space, and all common areas and equipment in clean and working order at all times.

Clinic Space
Each Fellow is assigned an operatory in the Postgraduate Prosthodontics Clinic, located in the B and C bays of the 4th floor of the clinic building. The same requirements of cleanliness and equipment care apply in the clinic.

Teaching Activities
Fellows are required to participate in teaching activities administered by the Department of Prosthodontics at LSUSD for approximately 8-12 hours per week. These include undergraduate didactic, pre-clinical and clinical prosthodontic courses.

Clinical Requirements
Fellows are expected to complete the planned treatment on their assigned patients. A minimum of $50,000.00 in yearly clinical production is expected from the Fellows. Modification of these expected goals is at the discretion of the Fellowship Director and the Chairman of the Department of Prosthodontics.

Required Equipment

  • DSLR camera with macro lens and flash, for the documentation of clinical cases
  • Laptop computer (PC or Mac) with presentation software (e.g. Powerpoint, Keynote) and photo-editing software (e.g. Lightroom, Aperture)
  • High- and low-speed dental handpieces for use in the clinic
  • Dental loupes with a minimum magnification of 2.5x
  • Electric laboratory motor

Appointments and Emergencies
Fellows are partly supported by an Administrative Assistant from the Department of Prosthodontics for the purposes of answering patients' calls and managing appointments. Each fellow is expected and required to handle his/her own emergencies. When taking leave days, Fellows must coordinate with the Fellowship Director to secure a replacement in case of emergency.

Submit application materials and other questions via email to Jonathan Esquivel, DDS, Fellowship coordinator, jesqu1@lsuhsc.edu.

Jonathan Esquivel, DDS
Assistant Professor
Director, Implant Prosthodontics Fellowship Program
Department of Prosthodontics
LSUHSC School of Dentistry
1100 Florida Ave. Box 222
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 941-8283

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