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 postdoctoral 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.