The objective of the Pre-doctoral periodontal program is to ensure that students are capable of diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. Students are also prepared to work closely with post-doctoral perio residents when the severity of the case suggests dual management. The core didactic curriculum consists of the following:
- 6 introductory clinical workshops (2nd year)
- Perio I lecture series (24 lectures) (2nd year)
- 4 Surgical workshops (3rd year)
- Perio II lecture series (27 lectures) 3rd year
- Clinical rotation in postdoctoral periodontal clinic (3rd & 4th year)
The clinical pre-doctoral program emphasizes:
- Diagnostic data collection
- Usage of electronic patient record
- Interpretation of digital dental images
- Preventive dentistry counseling
- Scaling & root planing (manual & ultrasonic)
- Occlusal adjustment of night guard therapy
- Phase I evaluation skills and development of phase II surgical treatment plans where needed.
Students are encouraged to perform surgeries with faculty and Post-graduate students giving them an opportunity to have more interaction with the specialist.