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Academic Programs & Admissions

Graduate Dental Education Programs » Periodontic/ Orthodontic Program

Program Director: Dr. Nipul Tanna, contact

Program Overview

Applicants to this joint program must be accepted by both the Periodontic and Orthodontic admissions committees. It features two tracks:

The Clinical Track (Duration of program: 4 years)

In this track, the first year provides a comprehensive background in periodontics through extensive literature reviews, seminars, and clinical practice. Selected periodontal case are continued into the second year, which focuses on formal training in orthodontics, orthodontic preclinical laboratories, and the beginning of clinical training in several multi-band techniques. The third and fourth years consists primarily of orthodontic seminars, clinical practice of periodontics and orthodontics, and evaluation of post-treatment periodontal cases. Third- and fourth-year students also do limited teaching.

Graduates in this program are fully certified and board eligible in both periodontics and orthodontics. The four-year track will develop skilled clinicians who will be able to practice and teach in a clinical setting.

The Academic Track (Duration of program: 5 years)

The academic track is designed to prepare students for full-time academia as highly-trained clinicians in periodontics, orthodontics, and dental educators. This program is planned in cooperation with a research preceptor and leads to a Master of Science in Oral Biology. The program is planned and balanced by the Departments of Periodontics and Orthodontics and the research preceptor, so students can undertake clinical research while also being competently trained as a clinician.

Students will also have courses in the School of Education and have teaching responsibilities.

Clinical Education

The clinical portion of the program is the same for both tracks. The first year focuses on periodontics with selected periodontal cases continuing into the second year, which includes the beginning of clinical training in several multi-band orthodontic techniques. Students continue to build their clinical skills the third and fourth years, practicing in both periodontics and orthodontics.

All clinical practice takes place in Penn Dental Medicine’s Brainerd F. Swain Orthodontic Clinic and its D. Walter Cohen and Morton Amsterdam Periodontal Clinic.

Admissions Process

Application Deadline: September 1 — See Graduate Dental Education Programs Admissions Requirements and Procedures for detailed information and instructions.

Program Faculty

Program Director

Standing Faculty

Academic Support Staff/Associated Faculty

  • Harold S. Baumgarten, DMD

    Clinical Professor of Periodontics

  • Uri Hangorsky, DDS, MS

    Clinical Professor of Periodontics
    Associate Dean for Student Life

  • Hyeran Helen Jeon, DDS, MSD, DScD

    Department of Orthodontics

  • Ernesto Lee, DMD

    Clinical Professor of Periodontics
    Director, Postdoctoral Periodontal Prosthesis Program

  • Michael Robert Norton, BDS, FDS, RCS(Ed)

    Adjunct Professor
    Departmet of Periodontics

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