Endodontic Program

Endodontic Program

Program Director: Dr. Bekir Karabucak, contact

Program Overview

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

Clinical Education

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.

Admissions Process

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

All applications will be reviewed by the Endodontics Admissions Selection Committee. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Decisions to interview applicants will be made by the Endodontics Admissions Section Committee and such decisions will be communicated to applicants directly from the Endodontics Department.

A personal interview is required as part of the selection process. Selected applicants will be invited to interview at Penn Dental Medicine. Approximately 40 applicants are invited to interview. Interview invitations will be sent via email starting late August. Interviews will be conducted at the School beginning late August. Travel and lodging information will be included with the interview invitation. The interview day will consist of interviews with department faculty, a tour of the facilities, and lunch with faculty and other invited candidates.

The Endodontics Program does not participate in the Match Process. Accepted candidates will be notified via telephone call on a rolling basis until the entering class reaches capacity. All admitted candidates are obligated to submit a non-refundable acceptance deposit in the amount of $1,000 within ten business days of acceptance. The Office of Graduate Dental Education will provide assistance to coordinate pre-enrollment activities such as establishing a PennKey for access to the University’s online resources, establishing a university email address, and initiating the visa process for international students.

Program Faculty

Bekir Karabucak

Chair and Associate Professor of Endodontics, Director, Postdoctoral Endodontics Program, Director, Division of Advanced Dental Education

Syngcuk Kim

Louis I. Grossman Professor, Associate Dean for Global Affairs & Continuing Education

Sumin Lee

Assistant Professor of Endodontics

Frank Setzer

Assistant Professor of Endodontics

Ya-Hsin Yu

Instructor

Louay Abrass

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Mohammed Alharbi

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Alan Mitchel Atlas

Clinical Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Endodontics

Seung-Ho Baek

Adjunct Professor

Frederic Barnett

Adjunct Professor

Homayon Berenji

Clinical Associate

Sarah Bukhari

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Rina Campbell

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Prasad Challagulla

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Christel Chehoud

Lecturer

Noah Chivian

Adjunct Professor

Ameir Eltom

Clinical Associate

Spyridon Floratos

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Nadia Gharbi

Clinical Associate

Eudes Gondim

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Garrett Guess

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Hiroshi Ishii

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Yi-Tai Jou

Clinical Associate Professor of Endodontics

Jean Kang

Clinical Assistant Professor of Endodontics

Raed Kasem

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Jessica Kim

Clinical Assistant Professor of Endodontics

Jung Baik Kim

Clinical Assistant Professor of Endodontics

Euiseong Kim

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Sung Kyo Kim

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Anne Koch

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Eunah Koh

Clinical Assistant Professor of Endodontics

Meetu R. Kohli

Clinical Associate Professor of Endodontics

Samuel I. Kratchman

Clinical Associate Professor of Endodontics

Joanna Ku

Clinical Assistant Professor of Endodontics

Lyudmila Kuznetsova

Clinical Assistant Professor of Endodontics

Brian Lee

Clinical Assistant Professor of Endodontics

Kenneth Lee

Clinical Assistant Professor of Endodontics

Michelle Lee

Clinical Associate

Martin Levin

Adjunct Professor

Francesco Maggiore

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Michael Marmo

Clinical Associate Professor

Paula Mendez

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Marlene Oviedo-Marmo

Clinical Assistant Professor of Endodontics

Louis Rossman

Adjunct Professor

Mina Saad

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Chafic Safi

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Kevin Seto

Clinical Associate

Mariam K. Labib-Soliman

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Helmut Walsch

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Ming-Lung Yang

Clinical Assistant Professor of Endodontics

Kaname Yokota

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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