COMPREHENSIVE DENTISTRY

Prosthodontics Residency Program

Overview

The Department of Comprehensive Dentistry offers a comprehensive three-year, advanced education program in prosthodontics. Progressive clinical, laboratory, and didactic experience in fixed, removable, maxillofacial and implant prosthodontics, as well as interrelations with other medical and dental specialties are emphasized. Biomedical sciences relevant to the practice of prosthodontics are integrated into the curriculum which correlates biological, behavioral, and clinical disciplines. The biomedical sciences are incorporated into the comprehensive postdoctoral clinical experience, culminating in the award of a Certificate in Prosthodontics and the opportunity to receive a Master of Science degree.

The Postdoctoral Prosthodontics Program actively recruits applicants who will strive for both clinical and academic excellence and who seek a balanced program covering patient care, education, and research. Applicants must be team players, enthusiastic contributors to an atmosphere of clinical and intellectual exchange, and driven by the desire to excel.

The Postdoctoral Prosthodontics Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School is fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

The goal of the Postdoctoral Prosthodontic Program is to provide progressive clinical, laboratory, and didactic experience in fixed, removable, maxillofacial and implant prosthodontics and to prepare the resident to skillfully practice the clinical art and science of prosthodontics in a specialty practice. An additional goal of our program is to prepare the resident to successfully complete the certification examination of The American Board of Prosthodontics. Interrelations with other medical and dental specialties are emphasized. All prosthodontic residents are under the direct supervision and guidance of the Director and Assistant Director of the residency program. According to the Dental School Graduate School brochure, the Certificate program is 35 months in duration, while the Master of Science program requires 36 months in residence.
  
Located on more than 100 acres in the heart of the South Texas Medical Center, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has approximately 2,700 students enrolled in the Health Science Center's five schools - the School of Allied Health Sciences, the Dental School, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Medical School, and the School of Nursing.

The Health Science Center has nearly 2 million square feet of education, research, treatment and administrative facilities. The University employs some 4,300 persons with a total annual budget if approximately $300 million.

State-of-the-art equipment, a faculty with expertise in all of the dental disciplines as well as the basic sciences, and an outpatient clinic which records more than 75,000 patient visits a year contribute to the superior advanced dental education programs at the UTHSCSA Dental School. Almost 500,000 square feet in the Dental School building provides ample space for clinical cubicles, specialty suites, research laboratories, departmental offices, conference areas, and classrooms. In addition, the facilities of the Health Science Center, including its outstanding library, lecture halls, and computer support and learning resources services, are at the disposal of students and faculty. Interaction with ongoing basic science research in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, access to multidisciplinary laboratories, and rotations and clinical experiences in patient care facilities affiliated with the Health Science Center add depth to the curriculum of each program.

The faculty of the Dental School, which was founded in 1970, are drawn from across the nation. Many are board certified and recognized internationally as authorities in their field. They are the authors and editors of textbooks, leaders of national and international dental organizations, and researchers who continuously contribute to the literature and the body of knowledge in current dental sciences.

The Graduate Prosthodontic Program enjoys state-of-the-art facilities as well. A 16 operatory graduate clinic is conveniently co-located with the Graduate Prosthodontic dental laboratories, a 4 laboratory suite affording the resident the opportunity to gain optimal laboratory expertise. The Graduate Prosthodontic Program employs 2 full time laboratory technicians as well as 2 one-half time laboratory technicians who support the educational and clinical productivity needs of the residents. The state-of-the-art Prosthodontic Conference Room supports the academic and seminar needs of the postdoctoral students. This totally digital conference room, including digital cameras, digital projection, and teleconferencing capabilities, greatly aids the resident's education.

Application and Admissions

All Prosthodontic Residents will have the professional and financial opportunity to serve as Teaching Assistants. These Teaching Assistantships will enable graduate students to be eligible to pay tuition at the Texas resident rates regardless of the resident's state of legal residence. Tuition for graduate programs is based on the number of semester hour credits per semester and therefore will vary from year-to-year and from semester-to-semester.

  1. Application for Admission form for the Graduate Program
  2. Dental School Transcript
  3. TOFEL (minimum score of 550 required) if international applicant
  4. 3 letters of recommendation
  5. A brief curriculum vitae
  6. GRE scores are required for all applicants who graduated from a dental school not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and recommended for all applicants, from dental schools with Pass/Fail grading or schools that do not provide class ranks
  7. Submission deadline: August 15

Mailing address for application, reports, transcripts, recommendations and future correspondence regarding this application:

Nancy Smith
Academic Coordinator
Dept. of Comprehensive Dentistry, MSC 7914
UT Health Science Center
7703 Floyd Curl Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900
Email smithnl@uthscsa.edu

Steve Haney, DDS
Director, Graduate Prosthodontics
Dept. of Comprehensive Dentistry, MSC 7914
UT Health Science Center
7703 Floyd Curl Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900

Phone: (210) 567-6460
Fax: (210) 567-6376

Curriculum in Prosthodontics

The curriculum is designed to meet the formal educational and clinical criteria required for participation in the certification examination of the American Board of Prosthodontics. The foundation of the clinical and didactic education is a strong and diverse curriculum. The faculty have been educated at various institutions throughout the country and bring this diversity and experience to the curriculum developed for the postdoctoral educational experience. The student may successfully complete a three year certificate program only or combine the certificate program with a three year Master of Science program. The basic curriculum for both programs is as follows:

First Year:


Summer Semester

Credit Hours

Clinical Prosthodontics I 2.5
Concepts of Occlusion 1.0
Research I 1.0
Graduate Research Methodology 1.5

. . .


Fall Semester

Credit Hours

Advanced Prosthodontics I 1.0
Clinical Prosthodontics I 1.5
Dental Implantology 1.0
Advanced Implant Prosthodontics 1.5
Supervised Teaching I 2.0
Research I 1.0
Dental Biomedical Core Course 4.0
Perio/Pros/Endo/Ortho Seminar 1 1.0
Biostatistics 1.0
Oral Pathology 2.0
OMFS/Pros Seminar I 0.5
Surgical Anatomy (Take 2nd year if in Perio/Pros) 1.0
Literature Seminar I 1.0

. . .


Spring Semester

Credit Hours

Advanced Prosthodontics I 1.0
Clinical Prosthodontics I 3.0
OMFS/Pros Seminar I 0.5
Literature Seminar 1.0
Supervised Teaching I 2.0
Current Concepts in Endodontics 1.0
Dental Biomedical Core Course 1.0
Perio/Pros/Endo/Ortho Seminar I 1.0
Research I 1.0
Advanced Dental Materials 3.5
Overview of Maxillofacial Prosthetics 0.5

 

Second Year:


Summer Semester

Credit Hours

Clinical Prosthodontics 2 4.0
Research 2 2.0

. . .


Fall Semester

Credit Hours

Advanced Prosthodontics 2 1.0
Clinical Prosthodontics 2 4.5
Literature Seminar 2 1.0
OMFS/Pros Seminar 2 0.5
Research 2 2.0
Supervised Teaching 2 2.0
Perio/Pros/Endo/Ortho Seminar 2 1.0

. . .


Spring Semester

Credit Hours

Advanced Prosthodontics 2 1.0
Clinical Prosthodontics 2 4.5
Geriatric Dentistry 0.5
OMFS/Pros Seminar 2 0.5
Literature Seminar 2 1.0
Research 2 2.0
Supervised Teaching 2 2.0
Perio/Pros/Endo/Ortho Seminar 2 1.0

 

Third Year:


Summer Semester

Credit Hours

Clinical Prosthodontics 3 4.0
Research 3 2.0

. . .


Fall Semester

Credit Hours

Advanced Prosthodontics 3 1.0
Clinical Prosthodontics 3 2.5
Maxillofacial Prosthodontics 1.0
Literature Seminar 3 1.0
OMFS/Pros Seminar 3 0.5
Research 3 2.0
Supervised Teaching 3 2.0
Perio/Pros/Endo/Ortho Seminar 3 1.0

. . .


Spring Semester

Credit Hours

Advanced Prosthodontics 3 1.0
Clinical Prosthodontics 3 3.5
OMFS/Pros Seminar 3 0.5
Supervised Teaching 3 2.0
Thesis (only if in Master’s Degree Program) 4.0
Research 3 (if not in Master’s Degree Program) 2.0
Perio/Pros/Endo/Ortho Seminar 3 1.0
Literature Seminar 3 1.0

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