MS and Graduate Certificate

Program Information

Program/Department Chair: Winthrop Carter, DDS

Program length: 36 Months

Admit by cohort: Yes

Authorized Award(s): Periodontics Certificate (CIP Code: 51.2807)

Minimum number graded credit hours: 134 units

Minimum acceptable GPA: 3.0 PA

Program Purpose Statement 

The primary mission of the OHSU School of Dentistry Advanced Specialty Education Program In Periodontics is to train dentists to become proficient licensed professional entry level periodontists proficient at improving the periodontal and overall oral health of diverse patients and communities. The Advanced Specialty Education Program in Periodontics also produces new scientific evidence aimed at improving health and the practice of periodontics.

The Advanced Specialty Education Program in Periodontics seeks to exceed standards set forth by regulatory agencies such as the Commission on Dental Accreditation, Occupational Health and Safety Administration, the OHSU Compliance Committee, and the Oregon State Department of Health. OHSU strives to incorporate into its Advanced Specialty Education Program in Periodontics, the core professional values and codes of ethics of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Periodontology, and the University. By fully participating in all activities within the mission of the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Periodontics, periodontal residents develop proficiencies in clinical practice and patient advocacy, teaching, research, and community service. 

Student Learning Outcomes Statements 

All of our students/residents enrolled in the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Periodontics will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad based knowledge of dental literature, research, and products as it relates to Periodontics.
  2. Diagnose and differentiate periodontal diseases and conditions, and demonstrate in-depth knowledge of periodontal disease progression.
  3. Develop and prepare patient physical profiles that will determine appropriate treatment for medically compromised patients through patient medical history interview, appropriate physical examination, laboratory tests, and medical consultations.
  4. Develop, establish, and execute a comprehensive periodontal treatment plan for periodontally involved patients.
  5. Manage medical emergencies occurring during patient treatment. 
  6. Provide non-surgical; resective, new attachment, regenerative, and soft tissue surgery of the periodontium; implant and all implant associated related surgical procedures within the scopy of the specialty of periodontics.
  7. Execute a research project based on in-depth knowledge of scientific literature, experimental design, and statistical tools.
  8. Apply pedagogical methods in the didactic and clinical instruction of predoctoral dental students.