Philadelphia — Penn Dental Medicine is adding to the depth of its graduate dental education programs with the launch of a new advanced specialty education program in prosthodontics. The program was awarded initial accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation on February 2, 2017, and is now accepting applications for its first class of residents to begin in July 2017. The application deadline is April 20, 2017.
This is the first prosthodontics program in the nation to begin after the revised accreditation standards were instituted that recognize digital dentistry and surgical implant placement as integral parts of the specialty of prosthodontics.
“Prosthodontics has evolved like no other in the last decade with the rapid advancement of dental digital technology,” says Dr. Markus Blatz, Professor and Chair of the Department of Preventive & Restorative Sciences. “Our goal has been to design a program to be the embodiment of the future of prosthodontics with full digital workflow integration. As founding director, Dr. Evanthia Anadioti has done a tremendous job of bringing that vision to life through the curriculum development.”
Program Director Dr. Anadioti, a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, says the curriculum is designed “to create the next generation of leaders in our specialty.”
“It feels like Penn was waiting for the right time to start an advanced prosthodontics program,” adds Dr. Anadioti. “And the best time for prosthodontics is now. “
While maintaining a strong foundation in classic prosthodontics, the program’s curriculum focuses extensively on digital dentistry, including intraoral scanning, laboratory and chairside milling, digital smile design and digital planning, dental microscopy, and surgical placement and restoration of dental implants. The addition of this program will also allow the School to expand its clinical services to patients who are severely compromised and in need of comprehensive prosthetic and maxillofacial prosthetic treatment.
“This is great addition to our graduate education programs,” says Morton Amsterdam Dean Denis Kinane. “I believe it promises to prepare our prosthodontic residents not only to exceed the standards of today, but also to lead the changes of tomorrow.”
The 36-month-long residency, which will accept four students per class, leads to a Certificate in Prosthodontics combined with a Master of Science in Oral Biology degree. Successful completion of the program will satisfy the formal training requirement for eligibility for the American Board of Prosthodontics certification examination.
Questions on the application process can be directed to the Graduate Dental Education Programs at PDMGradDentalEdu@pobox.upenn.edu or 215-898-5792. Applications for this first class beginning in July 2017 are made directly to Penn Dental Medicine; beginning in the next application cycle, applications will be through Postdoctoral Application Support Service with the American Dental Education Association.
With the addition of this new prosthodontic residency, Penn Dental Medicine now offers study options in nine dental specialties through its division of graduate dental education, along with a Doctor of Science in Dentistry and Master of Science in Oral Biology.