Prosthodontics Postgraduate Program
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 (MDS) degree.
The primary goal for the Postgraduate Program in Prosthodontics in the Department of Restorative Dentistry is to educate dentists to become competent specialists in Prosthodontics. This is continuously assessed through evaluations, surveys, guidelines for clinical accomplishments, mock board examinations, lectures, participation in research or other scholarly activities, and student participation at regional and national meetings. The postgraduate residents in the prosthodontic program are given the opportunity to choose to be involved in the MDS program that is jointly administered by the Department of Restorative Dentistry and the Department of Oral Biology.
|Program Type||Accredited Advanced Education|
|Program Length||36 months|
|Residents Per Class||5|
Cost of Attendance
Mission and Goals
The mission of the Postgraduate Program in Prosthodontics in the Department of Restorative Dentistry is to educate dentists to become competent specialists in Prosthodontics. This is continuously assessed through evaluations, surveys, guidelines for clinical accomplishments, mock board examinations, lectures, participation in research or other scholarly activities, and student participation at regional and national meetings.
- To educate residents to become competent specialists in prosthodontics.
- To prepare residents to contribute to and pursue the broad body of basic and applied knowledge related to oral and systemic health.
- To prepare residents for examination by the American Board of Prosthodontics.
- To encourage residents to disseminate information after graduation about the skills involved with the specialty of prosthodontics.
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 their clinical schedule to permit adequate time for research and lecture preparation. Postgraduate students are required to participate in Part AI of the American Board of Prosthodontics examination and to complete all three-cases required for Board certification.
Upon completion of the program, the graduate student will be:
- Competent in diagnosis, treatment planning, and treatment sequencing of complex prosthodontic restorations
- Competent in the treatment of and rehabilitation of the maxillofacial prosthetic patients
- Competent in the selection and use of various precision and semi-precision attachments
- Competent in complete mouth rehabilitation
- Competent in advanced clinical procedures to include impression techniques, occlusal schemes, and restoration of implants
- Competent in a wide variety of laboratory procedures.
All applications are submitted online through Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). This is a centralized application service, that 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 $95.00 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.
Foreign trained dental students or dentists are invited to apply. Official results of all National Board Dental Exams (NBDE) scores must be forwarded to RSDM. NBDE Part I is required for international students. Official transcripts with course-by-course evaluation by WES or ECE must be sent directly to RSDM. Any information concerning class rank also should be included.
To be considered for admissions, you must hold a DDS/DMD degree from a CODA accredited school (or foreign equivalent such as a BDS) before the start of the program and satisfy all required materials indicated in the PASS application. All applicants who hold a DDS/DMDS degree from a CODA accredited dental school must pass both Part I and II of the National Board examination (NBDE). Licensure in the United States is required if eligible. Foreign applicants must take and score well on the TOEFL examination, and obtain legal foreign student status. Preference will be given to applicants with high academic accomplishments and other significant awards as noted in their curriculum vitae, e.g., advanced degrees, publications, or research activities. An offer of acceptance will be made following the interview and skill assessment process.
Interview for Applicants
Prospective applicants are interviewed. All expenses incurred during this interview process will be the responsibility of the applicant.
The CORE Curriculum is designed to provide a broad foundation in the Biomedical Sciences upon which training in specialized dental disciplines is based. The PGY1 CORE course is Foundations of Oral Biology, which consists of the following modules:
- Professional Ethics
- Clinical Photography
- Research Design and Data Analysis
- Microbiology and Immunology
- Gross Anatomy
- Histology and Pathobiology
The PGY2 CORE course is Advanced Biomedical Science in Dentistry, which consists of the following modules:
- Orofacial Pain
- Oral Medicine & Pathology
- Advanced Dental Therapeutics and Pharmacology
- Embryology and Genetics
- Behavioral and Social Science in Dentistry
These courses are taught in an interdisciplinary format to residents in RSDM’s Advanced Specialty Education programs in Endodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics, as well as residents in the Advanced General Dentistry Education program in Orofacial Pain and students in RSDM’s Master degree programs. This didactic instruction occurs in a weekly two-hour seminar.
The Prosthodontic Postgraduate Program at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine encompasses all prosthodontic disciplines to include Fixed Prosthodontics, Removable Partial Dentures, Complete Dentures, Maxillofacial Prosthetics, and Surgical Implant Therapy, both in the didactic and clinical curriculum.
Participation in the American Board of Prosthodontics examination Part A is mandatory, and all three patient presentations are required for the Board certification examination. A mock board written examination is administered each year, and a mock board patient presentation examination is administered each year.
Residents attend interdisciplinary seminars in Periodontics, Prosthodontics, and Oral Surgery that which provide exposure to more complex patients being treated outside of the department. Many of these patients are treated by residents in conjunction with other departments using an inter-disciplinary approach.
The program requirements include preparation of an annual lecture presentation, and other scholarly activity that may include an original research project and report, table clinic, poster, or oral presentations at local, regional or national prosthodontic meetings. Teaching experience during the second and third year of the program is required and is limited to one-half (1/2) day per week.