Postgraduate Prosthodontics

Program Goals

  1. To educate dentists to become competent specialists in prosthodontics.
  2. To prepare students to contribute to and pursue the broad body of basic and applied knowledge related to oral and systemic health.
  3. To prepare students for examination by the American Board of Prosthodontics.
  4. To encourage students to disseminate information after graduation about the skills involved with the specialty of prosthodontics.

General Information

The Dental Specialty Center is the newest clinic at RSDM and is home to the Postgraduate Prosthodontics program.

The center, built with a total cost of $13 million, features leading-edge treatment based on a collaborative design that houses four specialties fostering a team approach to treatment.

The 24,000-square-foot center includes 80 new dental operatories and seven surgical suites for teaching advanced surgical implantology, periodontal surgery, endodontic surgery, prosthodontics and maxillofacial prosthetics.

Other features at the center include digital radiography, electronic health records system, and cutting-edge classroom technology.

The 36-month postgraduate program in prosthodontics was begun in 1978 to provide postdoctoral education for dentists wishing to prepare for specialized practice. Clinical expertise is strongly emphasized and the program prepares the student for successful attainment of Board Certification.

The program offers a Certificate in Prosthodontics and an optional Master of Dental Science degree.

Selection Criteria

All applicants must have earned a DMD/DDS degree from a United States or Canadian dental school or a foreign dental degree such as a BDS.  All applicants must pass Part I of the National Board examinations with a grade above 75%.  Passage of Part II is not a requirement but adds favorable support to the applicant.  Licensure in the United States is required if eligible.  Foreign applicants must also attain a respectable score on the TOEFL examination and be eligible to obtain foreign student status.  Preferential consideration will be given to applicants with high academic accomplishments and other significant awards as noted in curriculum vitae, e.g., advanced degrees, publications, research activities to name a few.  Final acceptance will be made by the prosthodontic faculty interview committee following the interview and skill assessment process.

Financial Arrangements

The Prosthodontics Postgraduate Program has financial obligations consistent with the annual tuition rate of all University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey graduate programs.

Program Requirements

The Prosthodontics Postgraduate Program at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Rutgers School of Dental Medicine is a complex prosthodontic program encompassing all the prosthodontic disciplines to include Fixed Prosthodontics, Removable Partial Dentures, Complete Dentures, Maxillofacial Prosthetics, and Implant Therapy, both in the didactic and clinical curriculum.  The guidelines set for clinical accomplishments are as follows:

Fixed Prosthodontics

200 units

Complete Denture Prosthodontics

30 units

Removable Partial Dentures

15 units

Implants Restored

150 fixtures

Maxillofacial Prosthetics

5 cases


These guidelines include 3 full mouth rehabilitations, use of attachments, and all ancillary prosthetic procedures.  Students are required to use various clinical techniques and demonstrate competency in most laboratory procedures.

Didactic requirements include pre and post testing, preparation of three (3) lectures, and an original research project and report.  Students are also required to present a table clinic, poster presentation or an original paper at major prosthodontic meetings.  Successful completion of the program may require an extension beyond 36 months to fulfill clinical requirements.  Teaching experience during the program is required and determined by the faculty as the postgraduate students demonstrate proficiency and confidence and is limited to one-half (1/2) day per week, during the third-year of postgraduate training.  Participation in the American Board of Prosthodontics (Part I) is mandatory and all 3 board cases must be completed during the program and presented in a Mock Oral Board.  Mock Board written examination will be administered each year.

Interview For Applicants

All prospective applicants are interviewed in addition to Assessment of Treatment Planning Knowledge of Clinical Cases and Psychomotor skills.  All expenses incurred during this interview process will be the responsibility of the applicant.

Time-Off

Refer to the Attendance Policies for Postgraduate Students here.


Chairman and Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry
Steven M. Morgano, D.M.D., Tufts University
General Practice Residency, Philadelphia General Hospital
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Prosthodontics, Hines Veteran Affairs Medical Center
Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics

Director, Postgraduate Prosthodontics Program
Louis DiPede, D.M.D. FACP, UMDNJ-NJ Dental School
Certificate, Advanced Education in General Dentistry, UMDNJ-NJ Dental School
Certificate in Prosthodontics, University of California at Los Angeles
Fellowship Maxillofacial Prosthetics/Dental Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Diplomate of American Board of Prosthodontics
Fellow International College of Dentists
Fellow North Eastern Gnathological Society
Fellow American College of Prosthodontists

Faculty
Marc Appelbaum, D.D.S., NY University College of Dentistry
Certificate in Prosthodontics, SUNY at Buffalo
Fellow Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics

Andrew Brafman, D.M.D., New Jersey College of Dentistry
Certificate in Prosthodontics, Fairleigh Dickinson University, School of Dentistry

Joseph DiFazio, D.M.D., UMDNJ-NJ Dental School
Certificate General Prosthodontics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Certificate Maxillofacial Prosthetics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Robert J. Flinton, D.D.S., SUNY at Buffalo
M.S., George Washington University
Certificate in Prosthodontics National Naval Dental Center, Bethesda, MD
Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
Fellow American College of Prosthodontists
Fellow American College of Dentists
Fellow International College of Dentists
Fellow Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontists
Fellow Academy of Osseointegration

Scott D. Ganz, D.M.D., UMDNJ-NJ Dental School
Certificate in Maxillofacial Prosthetics - University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor
Institute and the University of Texas Dental Branch
Fellow American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics
Diplomate, International Congress of Oral Implantologists

Shankar Iyer, D.D.S., M.D.S., New York University
M.D.S., Bombay, India
B.D.S., Annamalai University, India

Mohamed Kamel, BDS, DMD, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Certificate in Prosthodontics
Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics

Ival G. McDermott, D.D.S., Baltimore College of Dental Surgery University
of Maryland School of Dentistry
Certificate in Prosthodontics, Memorial Hospital, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Certificate in Maxillofacial Prosthodontics, Memorial Hospital, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Carlos Moglianesi, D.M.D, UMDNJ-NJ Dental School
Certificate in Prosthodontics, West Los Angeles Medical Center
Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics

Jack Piermatti, D.M.D., Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry
Certificate, General Practice Residency Program, St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center
Certificate in Implantology Maxi-Course Program, NYU-College of Dentistry
Certificate in Prosthodontics, UMDNJ-NJ Dental School
Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
Diplomate, American Board of Oral Implantology
Fellow American College of Prosthodontists
Fellow American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Fellow Academy of General Dentistry
Master American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics

Asha Samant D.M.D., UMDNJ-NJ Dental School
B.D.S., The Panjab Government Dental College, Panjab University, Amritsar, India
M.D.S., The Panjab Government Dental College, Panjab University, Amritsar, India
Certificate in Prosthodontics - New York University
Fellowship International College of Dentistry

Saul Weiner, D.D.S., Temple University Dental School
Certificate in Prosthodontics, Temple University Dental School
Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics
Fellow Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontists

Hoda Yousef, D.M.D., M.S., UMDNJ-NJ Dental School
Certificate in Prosthodontics, UMDNJ-NJ Dental School


CURRICULUM

The curriculum, both clinical and didactic, encompasses five (5) days per week from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. Occasionally, guest speakers, evening seminars or society meetings will be held in the evening. Most laboratory procedures are accomplished after the close of clinic or when vacancies occur in the clinic schedule.  Students are expected to manage clinical schedule to permit adequate time for research and lecture preparation.  Postgraduates are required to participate in Part I of the American Board of Prosthodontics and complete all three-cases required for ACP Board certification.

Upon completion of the program the graduate student will be:

  • Proficient in diagnosis, treatment planning, treatment sequencing of complex prosthodontic restorations - fixed, removable, complete dentures, implant dentistry
  • Competent in the treatment of and rehabilitation of the maxillofacial prosthetic patients
  • Proficient in the selection and use of various precision and semi-precision attachments
  • Proficient in full mouth rehabilitation
  • Proficient in advanced clinical procedures to include impression techniques, occlusal schemes, restoration of implants
  • Competent in a wide variety of laboratory procedures.

Curriculum - Year One

PROS

8546O

Fund of Prosthodontics

Fall

PROS

8547O

Max Prosthesis Cl&LabI

Fall

PROS

8548O

Adv Prosth Lit Rev I

Fall

PROS

8549O

Interdisciplinary Sem I

Fall

PROS

8550O

Adv Clin Prostho I

Fall

PROS

8551O

Clin Conf Case Planning I

Fall

PROS

8552O

Adv Clin Implant Prosth

Fall

PROS

8553O

Max Prosthetics Didac

Fall

PROS

8554O

Occlusion Didactic

Fall

PROS

8555O

Biomaterials

Fall

PROS

8556O

Max Pros Lit Rev & Sem

Fall

PROS

8557O

Occlusion Lit Review

Fall

PROS

8558O

Implant Literature Rev I

Fall

PROS

8559O

Journal Club I

Fall

PROS

8560O

Com Implant Journal Cl I

Fall

PROS

8561O

Medical Emergencies

Fall

PROS

8591O

Care & Management I

Fall

PROS

8591O

Care & Management II

Spring


PROS

CAD/CAM Technology

Fall/Spring

 

Curriculum - Year Two

PROS

8641O

Adv Med Sciences I

Fall

PROS

8642O

Max Prosthesis Cl&LabII

Fall

PROS

8643O

Adv Prosth Lit Rev II

Fall

PROS

8644O

Interdisciplinary Sem II

Fall

PROS

8645O

Adv Clin Prostho II

Fall

PROS

8646O

Clin Conf Case Planning II

Fall

PROS

8647O

Adv Clin Implant Prostho II

Fall

PROS

8648O

Sci Research Pl&Writing

Fall

PROS

8649O

Occlusion Lit ReviewII

Fall

PROS

8650O

Implant Lit Review II

Fall

PROS

8651O

Journal Club II

Fall

PROS

8652O

Com Implant Journal ClII

Fall

PROS

8653O

Practice Mgt SemII

Fall

PROS

8692O

Care & Management III

Fall

PROS

8692O

Care & Management IV

Spring


PROS

CAD/CAM Technology

Fall/Spring

 

Curriculum - Year Three

PROS

8730O

Adv Med Sciences II

Fall

PROS

8731O

Max Prosthesis Cl&Lab III

Fall

PROS

8732O

Adv Prosth Lit Rev III

Fall

PROS

8733O

Interdisciplinary Sem III

Fall

PROS

8734O

Adv Clin Prostho III

Fall

PROS

8735O

Clin Conf Case Planning III

Fall

PROS

8736O

Adv Clin Implant Prostho III

Fall

PROS

8737O

Teaching & Eval Training

Fall

PROS

8738O

Board Rev & Prep

Fall

PROS

8739O

Research & Lecture Prep

Fall

PROS

8740O

Occlusion Lit Review III

Fall

PROS

8741O

Implant Lit Review III

Fall

PROS

8742O

Journal Club III

Fall

PROS

8743O

Com Implant Journal ClIII

Fall

PROS

8744O

Sleep Disorders

Fall

PROS

8745O

Practice Mgt SemIII

Fall

PROS

8793O

Care & Management VI

Fall

PROS

8793O

Care & Management VI

Spring


PROS

CAD/CAM Technology

Fall/Spring


Application for Admission
All applications are submitted online through Postdoctoral Application Support Service or PASS. This is a centralized application service, which has been designed by the American Dental Education Association for individuals applying to postdoctoral dental education programs. PASS provides participating postdoctoral programs uniform standardized information, eliminating the need for multiple applications. You only submit one application to PASS. Postdoctoral dental programs benefit by receiving uniform information on all candidates. PASS charges a separate application fee in addition to the $50.00 non-refundable application fee charged by the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. The PASS deadline for all materials is October 1st.
Applicants will also need to register with the National Matching Program at https://www.natmatch.com/dentres and provide the Match Number.
In order to be considered, you must hold a DDS/DMD degree (or foreign equivalent) before the start of the program and satisfy all required materials indicated in the PASS application.
Foreign trained dental students or dentists are invited to apply. Official results of all National Board Dental Exams (NBDE) scores need to be forwarded to RSDM. NBDE Part I is required for international students. Official transcripts and course-by-course evaluation by WES or ECE are to be sent directly to the address listed below. Any information concerning class rank should be included.

See PASS Application for all required documents and supplementary materials