Postgraduate Endodontics

The structure of the postdoctoral program in Endodontics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of Rutgers School of Dental Medicine is based on guidelines recommended by the American Association of Endodontists and approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.


  1. Select well-qualified applicants who are interested in Advanced Education in Endodontics.

  2. Train postdoctoral students to become highly skilled and biologically oriented diagnosticians and clinicians who will practice, teach and/or carry out research in the areas related to disease and therapy of the dental pulp and periapicular tissues, and the associated areas of oral disease.

  3. Recruit board certified or board eligible faculty members who have a strong interest or established track record in research to enrich the scope of the program.

The program consists of four major components: didactic, clinical, research and teaching.

Didactic Instruction

Twenty-three percent of the program is allocated to didactic instruction, which includes the Core Curriculum (Foundation of Oral Biology and Advance Biomedical Science for Dentistry), Biology of the Dental Pulp, Biological Aspects of Endodontics, Inflammation and Wound Healing, Selected Topics in Endodontics, Current Literature Review in Endontology, and Textbook Reviews. Faculty members from other institutions as well as private practioners are invited to the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine as guest lecturers.

Clinical Instruction

Sixty percent of the program is devoted to clinical instruction which includes Advanced Clinical Endodontics, Surgical Endodontics, Operating Room Endodontics, Emergency Endodontic Clinical Procedures and Clinical Case Review Seminar. Residents are taught the most advanced treatment techniques in both conventional and surgical Endodontics.


Research comprises ten percent of the program. All residents must complete a research project and prepare a manuscript suitable for publication to meet the graduation requirement. Research opportunities are available at the dental school.


Teaching comprises seven percent of the program. Residents teach in the predoctoral endodontic laboratory course and in the predoctoral endodontic clinics.

The length of the program is two full calendar years (24 months) for a certificate. The program does not offer a part-time residency. All residents pay tuition according to the rules and regulations of the Advanced Specialty Dental Education Programs of Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.

The postgraduate program in Endodontics at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine is well organized and designed to accomplish the objectives of the four major components of the program. It has full accreditation status from the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

Minimum Admissions Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the Postgraduate Endodontic Program at RBHS - Rutgers School of Dental Medicine must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Graduation from a United States or Canadian Dental School or a Dental School that provides equivalent curriculum content and clinical experience.

  2. Successful completion of Part I of the National Dental Board at the time of application and Part II by the time of matriculation.

  3. Demonstrated English reading, writing and speaking proficiency and a minimum score of 630 on the TOFEL examination.

  4. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or equivalent, or a cumulative ranking in the top 50% of the applicant's dental school graduating class.

  5. Interview with the Program Director.

  6. Three letters of recommendation, one of which should be from an endodontic faculty member or endodontist familiar with your previous clinical and/or didactic endodontic accomplishments.

The deadline for submissions of applications will be August 1 for the class that matriculates the following summer. Specific questions with regard to the admission requirements or any other aspect of the Postgraduate Program in Endodontics at RSDM should be addressed to the Program Director:

Craig Hirschberg, DDS
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Department of Endodontics
110 Bergen Street, Room C-790
Newark, NJ 07101-1709

Telephone - 973/972-4690 or 973-972-1928
Fax - 973/972-0328
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Craig Hirschberg, DDS
Director, Endodontic Postgraduate Program

Dr. Jaime Ball
Dr. Melinda Blume
Dr. Noah Chivian
Dr. Paul Falcon
Dr. Gerald Fishelberg
Dr. Marc Gimbel
Dr. Vivian Graham
Dr. Craig Hirschberg
Dr. Steven Lustbader
Dr. Marianella Natera
Dr. Joseph Rinaggio
Dr. Marc Schachman

Endodontic Residents

Residents (Class of 2015)
Dr. Ferdous Ali
Dr. Saman Delgoei
Dr. Carla Falcon
Dr. Rita Lu
Dr. Kayla Tavares

Residents (Class of 2016)
Dr. Farnoosh Abbasi
Dr. Raven Drummond
Dr. Philippe Duquette
Dr. Charles Ullman
Dr. Kimberly Newton

Residents (Class of 2017)
Dr. Hossein Moosavi
Dr. Lauren D’Elia
Dr. Alex Fitzhugh
Dr. Rattanjit Kamboj
Dr. Priya Singh

Application for Admissions

The deadline date for submission of applications is August 1st.

Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be directed to:

Ms. Brenda Brower
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Office of Admissions
110 Bergen Street, Room B-829
Newark, NJ 07103
(973) 972-3636