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Live Demonstration of Microsurgery:
The Center Director, Dr. Syngcuk Kim, demonstrates optimal positioning of the patient, the surgeon, and the assistant(s). Usage of various microsurgical instruments during an actual surgery and the concepts and principles discussed in the lectures are illustrated.


This intensive two-day, 16 CDE-credit course offers hands-on training and a demonstration of live surgery. Participants will learn all microscope adjustments, optimal operating positions, usage of ultrasonic instruments for isthmus and retropreparations, retrofilling of canals and advanced microsurgical techniques, as well as handling of new retrofilling materials, such as MTA and Bioceramics.


Day 1

Time Event
8:30 AM-12:00 PM Lectures
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch
1:00-2:30 PM Lectures
2:00-4:30 PM Hands-On

Day 2

Time Event
8:00 AM-12:00 PM Live Surgery
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch
1:00-5:00 PM Hands-On

March 11-12, 2024  **This course date is FULL
April 8-9, 2024  **This course date is FULL
September 23-24, 2024  
October 28-29, 2024  

General Course Fee $3,000
US Faculty Course Fee $2,000
Resident Course Fee $1,500

($300 cancellation fee)

Attendees of the HANDS-ON: Endodontic Microsurgery Training may receive up to the following hours of CE credits:

Date Credit Hours
Day 1 8 lecture hours
Day 2 2 lecture hours, 6 hands-on hours
Total=16 credit hours

Continuing education credits may not apply toward license renewal in all states. It is the responsibility of each participant to verify the requirements of his/her state licensing board. Please check with your state licensing board to ensure that a particular course will meet your continuing education requirements.

Penn Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.  ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

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As Penn Dental Medicine is a health care center, masking is required for all while inside the school. Either a disposable or cloth mask is acceptable; KN95 masks are optional. Mask use while outdoors on campus is not required for those who are fully vaccinated.


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How PennOpen Pass Campus works:
  1. Before arriving on campus, please access this website, Penn OpenPass,
    https://openpass.dental.upenn.edu/, by mobile device or computer. You may use the verbal attestation process if you do not have a mobile device, computer, or access to a computer printer.
  2. Answer a few questions about your COVID-19 symptoms, exposure, and if you have tested positive recently.
  3. If you are cleared, you will receive a Green PennOpen Pass on your device or computer. If you are not cleared, please stay home. Contact your primary care provider. Do not plan to come to campus until cleared by your provider.
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For more information:
Office of Continuing Dental Education
Penn Dental Medicine


Concise training exercises are designed to familiarize participants with working comfortably under the surgical operating microscope and to introduce the latest microsurgical techniques and instruments. Topics covered in the Lectures include:
The microsurgery triad: illumination; magnification; instruments

  • Case selection criteria
  • Microsurgical instruments and their effective use
  • Ultrasonic retropreparation with surgical tips
  • The importance of managing and treating isthmuses
  • A “best” retrofilling material; SuperEBA or MTA or Bioceramcis?
  • Advanced microsurgery concepts: molar surgery without fear
  • Management of sinus perforation and mental foramen
  • Effective hemostatic techniques
  • Improved suturing materials
  • Guided bone regeneration techniques
  • Cooperation of the microsurgical team
  • Alternative to apical surgery: tooth replantation technique

Hands-On Training

Stage 1: The Microscope – Microscope focus, parfocal, and position exercises. Prepared extracted human teeth are used for apex and isthmus identification, retropreparation and retrofilling techniques with MTA and Bioceramics-.

Stage 2: Microsurgery – Simulating the private practice setting, participants practice osteotomy, apicoectomy, ultrasonic retropreparation and retrofilling on dental mannequins. 

Live Demonstration of Microsurgery: The Center Director, Dr. Syngcuk Kim, demonstrates optimal positioning of the patient, the surgeon, and the assistant(s). Usage of various microsurgical instruments during an actual surgery and the concepts and principles discussed in the lectures are illustrated. Participants observe the microsurgery on a TV monitor in the conference room in real time and are encouraged to interact with the surgical team during the procedure via the two-way audio system.

Stage 3: Mannequin Microsurgery Practice – To build confidence and efficiency, participants practice complete microsurgical techniques on anterior, bicuspid and posterior teeth on dental mannequins under the microscope.

To register


All courses are held at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. The School reserves the right to cancel or postpone a course due to unforeseen circumstances.

Additional Programs

Microendodontic Training
Penn Endodontic Global Symposia


Dr. Meetu R. Kohli
Program Director – CE & International Program
Phone: 215-898-4617
Fax: 215-573-2148
E-mail: PDMPennEndo@pobox.upenn.edu