The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine has the unique honor of being the birthplace of modern endodontics with Dr. Louis Grossman, the father of modern endodontics, having established the Penn Dental Medicine endodontic program.
The endodontic residency program is designed to provide postgraduate students with advanced training in endodontics, and upon its successful completion, students are eligible for the specialty Board of Endodontics.
The highly respected research environment at Penn Dental Medicine and throughout the University of Pennsylvania provides a valuable opportunity for students applying to residency programs to combine their specialty training with advanced research and academic opportunities. To that end, Penn Dental Medicine offers a Master of Science in Oral Biology (MSOB) and a Doctor of Science in Dentistry (DScD) that can be earned concurrent with a specialty certificate, preparing students to successfully enter the field of academic dentistry while also becoming skilled clinicians in specialty care. Through the MSOB and DScD programs, students are encouraged to pursue their individual research interests with projects that can span the diverse disciplines and research labs within Penn Dental Medicine’s basic and clinical sciences and across the University.
Students in the residency program are exposed to the many facets of modern clinical endodontics with an emphasis on the utilization of the microscope in all types of procedures, including emergency treatment, complex conservative treatment, microsurgery, pediatric endodontics, and the treatment of traumatic injuries to teeth. All residents must conduct and prepare an independent research project for presentation at the Annual Session of the American Association of Endodontists and for publication.
In addition to the core basic science courses required for all postgraduate students, the endodontic department arranges further basic science courses related to the specialty. Clinical seminars, planned reading seminars, and an extensive guest lecture series are also part of the educational experience.
Academic Track: MSOB and certificate (3 years), DScD and certificate (5 years)
Clinical Certificate Track: certificate only (2 years)
Number of residents accepted: 8 per year
The program has a strong clinical component – approximately 50 percent of the time is spent in the clinic, affording a broad-based clinical experience in conventional and surgical endodontic treatment. Residents work in their operatories, equipped with an operating microscope all the latest instruments and materials necessary to practice modern endodontics. Highly skilled members of the endodontic community staff the program. Under their supervision, residents develop advanced nonsurgical and surgical endodontic skills; use a variety of techniques and technologies, including the surgical operating microscope; and develop a unique endodontic treatment philosophy.
Interim Chair and Associate Professor of Endodontics
Director, Postdoctoral Endodontics Program
Louis I. Grossman Professor
Department of Endodontics
Associate Dean for Global Affairs &
Associate Dean for Advanced Dental Education