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Advanced Education -- Periodontics

The Periodontics program begins July 1 of each year and is of thirty-six month duration. Upon completion of the program, the student will be awarded a Certificate in Periodontics and a Master of Science in Dentistry Degree with eligibility to take the American Board of Periodontology examination. The program is multifaceted and uses facilities and faculty to provide:

(1) A strong foundation in the basic sciences, including surgical anatomy, cell biology, biochemistry, immunology, and others.

(2) Clinical science courses that include occlusion, oral medicine, oral pathology, and minor orthodontics tooth movement, and several multidisciplinary courses, such as periodontics-prosthetics, periodontics-endodontics, dental implantology, etc.

(3) An extensive review of the periodontal literature to provide the basis for understanding current philosophies of therapy and to establish a biologic basis for formulating comprehensive treatment plans

(4) Exposure to a wide range of periodontal problems requiring a variety of therapeutic procedures. Students are encouraged to work with several full- and part-time faculty members to gain experience in all periodontal techniques available, including lasers and microsurgery. Of the 5 full-time and 6 part-time faculty members in the department, 10 are diplomates of the American Board of Periodontology.

(5) Research opportunities are available in either basic science or clinical areas to enable the student to accomplish a meaningful original research project.

(6) Training and experience with IV sedation is also provided and all graduates are eligible to obtain their IV sedation certification.

(7) Teaching experience in both the classroom and clinic to communicate to their peers the principles and skills acquired during training. In addition, faculty input into these various areas is supplemented by several guest lecturers during the year.

On average, three applicants are accepted annually. Candidates should possess competitive academic credentials, and should have demonstrated a definite interest in periodontics. All applicants must have passed the National Dental Board Exams.  In addition, international applicants must provide a minimum 100 TOEFL scores. Additional experience beyond dental school (internship or residency, military service, private practice, graduate school, etc.), strengthens the applicant's credentials. A personal site visit/interview is required for the benefit of both the applicant and the faculty.

Advanced Education in Periodontics Curriculum and Credit Hours

Key Information

Program Director Pooja Maney, BDS, MPH, PhD
Length of Program 3 years
Matching Participant Yes
PASS Participant Yes
Certificate Awarded Yes
Degree Awarded Master of Science in Dentistry
Fees Yes
International Students Accepted Yes
PASS Application Deadline August 1
Program Start Date July 1
Program End Date June 30
Application Materials Required PASS applications only: http://programpages.passweb.org/search
Additional Application Materials to be Sent to LSUSD LSU processing fee, 2"x2" photograph, TOEFL, and CV should be sent  directly to the LSUSD Office of Advanced Education. Copies sent to LSUSD can be used  for interviews, but if accepted into the program, the program will require you to provide the official documents.
LSU Processing Fee $50, check or money order payable to LSUHSC School of Dentistry

Contact the LSUHSC School of  Dentistry
Office of Advanced Education
Sandra Andrieu, PhD
Director, Office of Advanced Education
c/o Delores Bradford, Administrative Assistant
LSUHSC School of Dentistry
1100 Florida Avenue
New Orleans, LA  70119
tel. 504-941-8113; fax 504-941-8180 
E-mail: ds-AdvancedEducation@lsuhsc.edu

LSU School of Dentistry Department of Periodontics

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