The Department of Cariology and Restorative Dentistry offers a 24 to 36-month postdoctoral training program that is designed to fulfill the certification requirements of the American Board of Operative Dentistry. A Master of Science Degree (M.Sc.) and a Certificate in Operative Dentistry is awarded upon completion of the required core didactic courses and clinical competency program and a research project, including successful defense of a thesis. The program has been developed consistent with the objectives set forth in the ADEA (formerly AADS) Curriculum Guidelines for Postdoctoral Operative Dentistry (J Dent Educ 1993; 57: 832-836).
The Postdoctoral Operative Dentistry Program provides each graduate student an opportunity to enhance their knowledge in three main areas: research, clinical training and teaching. Participants pursue highly intensive clinical training while simultaneously following a rigorous academic curriculum which is research oriented. The following content outline embraces the essential components of the postgraduate program:
- A Research Sciences Component
Research activities will extend the entire length of the program. Extensive research activities will begin with fundamental courses (biostatistics, research design and analysis, protocol writing, literature search engine, etc) followed by a requirement for writing a research report, publication of a paper and writing a formal thesis (and its defense before an examining committee). Students also will be exposed to preparation of abstracts of research papers, clinic tables and be encouraged to present their research project at scientific or educational meetings, as appropriate. The objective is to integrate more extensive research into the postgraduate education in preparation for an academic career in Operative Dentistry.
- A Clinical Component
Program will be designed to offer comprehensive training in all aspects of esthetic and contemporary restorative dentistry. The curriculum includes topics such as treatment planning and smile design, ceramic veneers, ceramic posterior restorations, esthetic and metal ceramics, all ceramic systems, computer-generated ceramic restorations, composite (direct and indirect restorations), contemporary esthetic materials, periodontal esthetics, and esthetic considerations in implants. Operative Dentistry will be closely integrated with other post-graduate programs at College of Dental Medicine such as Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Orthodontics and Endodontics. Students will be presented with a broad range of clinical procedures rather than any single method of treatment, preparing graduates to manage a diversity of cases and use varying treatment modalities with special emphasis on Esthetic Dentistry. Patients will be selected according to students’ abilities. Students will be closely associated with faculty in all phases of clinical work to gain maximum experience. In addition, clinical seminars, case presentation and round table discussions will be offered throughout the entire program.
- A Teaching Component
The program will provide graduate students the opportunity to gain experience in teaching. Students will be exposed to teaching experiences by participating in the undergraduate program. Opportunities to lecture, supervise preclinical and clinical activities, and prepare didactic material will be offered to students with the objective of helping to develop students’ skills and experiences needed in an academic career. A senior faculty will assist, guide and evaluate the graduate student in preparation for a future academic career in Operative Dentistry.