Periodontal Externships for Dental Students

These programs are ideal for students considering a career in periodontics.

Periodontal externships are available to dental students at institutions throughout the United States. These externships vary in length from two weeks to several months and many cost little or nothing to the student. Their purpose is to expose dental students to advanced study in periodontics as well as postdoctoral students and faculty. These programs are ideal for helping students determine if they would like to pursue a career in periodontology. Select a school on the menu below to find out more its externship programs.

If you would like the AAP to help you find a periodontics mentor, please contact Shana Berezin at shana@perio.org or 312-573-3246.

Schools that offer externship programs:

Alabama

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Department Chair: Dr. Nico Geurs
Duration of externship: Thoughout the academic year
Structure: Participation in the post graduate clinical and didactic programs.
Deadline to apply: None
Number of externships available: 5
Cost of program: Travel and per diem

Contact: Dr. Philip Vassilopoulos
      1919 7th Avenue South, SDB 412
Birmingham, AL 35233
Email: pvass@uab.edu

California

Loma Linda University

Department Chair: Dr. Craig Ririe
Duration of externship: Year round - 1 quarter to 4 quarters
Structure: Trainees attend didactic courses, literature seminars, and interdisciplinary treatment-planning sessions but do not treat patients. In the Graduate Periodontics Clinic the activity of externs is limited to clinical assistance and observation of faculty, fellows, and students enrolled in the three-year degree training program.
Deadline to apply: One quarter before planned program starts
Number of externships available: 1-2 each quarter
Cost of Program: $10770 + fees per quarter

Contact: Jeffrey M. Henkin DDS, MS, FICD
      Department of Periodontics
Advanced Education in Periodontics
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
24860 Taylor Street
Loma Linda, CA 92354
Phone: 909-558-4610
Fax: 909-558-4801
Email: yjimenez@llu.edu

Florida

University of Florida

Department Chair: Dr. Ikramuddin Aukhil
Duration of externship: May through August. Duration variable
Structure: The program provides externs exposure to both didactic and clinical portions of the Graduate Periodontics Program at the University of Florida, at the Center for Advanced Periodontology and Implant Dentistry. The clinical program includes exposure to oral implantology, bone regeneration techniques, soft tissue augmentation, and periodontal surgery. Time may also be available to spend in the clinical and basic science research components of our department.
Deadline to apply: None
Number of externships available each year: 20
Cost of program: : Free of charge. Student is responsible for travel expenses.
Requirements: Please request application form. This program is limited to dental students only.
Website: http://admissions.dental.ufl.edu/advanced-graduate-programs/programs-application-process/periodontic

Contact: Dr. Peter Lloyd Harrison
Director, Externship Program in Periodontology
Director, Predoctoral Program in Periodontology
      Periodontics Department
1395 Center Dr. Rm D10-6J
Gainesville, FL 32610-0434
352-273-8360
Email: PHarrison@dental.ufl.edu

Illinois

Southern Illinois University

Department Chair: Dr. Dwight E McLeod
Duration of externship: novalue
Structure: Informal opportunities exist for undergraduate and graduate students. Students should contact the University for specific information.

Contact: Dr. Dwight McLeod
      Predoc Director and Chair, Department of Periodontics
Phone: 618-474-7023
Email: dmcleod@siue.edu

Kentucky

University of Kentucky

Department Chair: Dr. Mohanad Al-Sabbagh
Duration of externship: Variable, year-round
Structure: Clinical observation; didactic exposure, depending on availability
Deadline to apply: None
Number of externships available: 1-3
Cost of program: On case basis

Contact: Mohanad Al-Sabbagh, DDS, MS
      Chief, Division of Periodontology
Program Director, Graduate Periodontology
800 Rose Street
Lexington, KY 40536
Phone: 859-257-3003
Fax: 859-257-1847
Email: malsa2@email.uky.edu

University of Louisville

Department Chair: Dr. Henry Greenwell
Duration of externship: 1 Week. Summer, Fall, or Spring
Structure: Dental school based. Clinical observation. Didactic exposure, depending on availability
Deadline to apply: By arrangement with each student
Number of externships available: 6-10
Cost of program: Housing and meals

Contact: Dr. Henry Greenwell
      Professor and Chairman, Director of Graduate Periodontics
Phone: 502-852-6928
Fax: 502-852-1317
Email: henry.greenwell@louisville.edu

Louisiana

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Department Chair: Dr. Gerald H. Evans
Duration of externship: One week, year round; flexible scheduling to fit students' needs
Structure: Program allows observation in clinic including surgical procedures, participation in seminars (Literature Review, Case Presentation, Journal Club). Students will shadow the periodontics residents while attending the program.
Deadline to apply: By arrangement with each student interested
Number of externships available: 5
Cost of program: Student is responsible for travel, meals, and housing
Requirements: Photograph, letter of recommendation from Dean, Class standing, application form

Contact: A. Palaiologou DDS., MS
      Assistant Professor and Postgraduate Program Director
Department of Periodontics LSUHSC - School of Dentistry
Phone: 504-941 8272
Fax: 504-941 8279
Email: apalai@lsuhsc.edu

Maryland

University of Maryland

Department Chair: Dr. Mark Reynolds
Duration of externship: 1-2 weeks during the summer session (June - August). Due to summer schedules, late July and August generally afford students the greatest chance to observe program activities.
Structure: Program permits students the opportunity to "shadow" residents during 1-2 weeks of normally scheduled didactic and clinical activities. For example, students are permitted to attend seminars such as current literature, treatment planning, surgical techniques, as well as observe direct patient care, including periodontal and implant surgeries.
Deadline to apply: April 15th
Number of externships available: 1-5
Requirements: Candidates must provide a letter from their institution documenting acceptable academic standing and assurance that they will be covered by liability and medical insurance while participating in the externship program.

Contact: Sandra S. Ringgold
      Academic Program Specialist
650 W. Baltimore St., Room 4222
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-706-7153
Fax: 410-706-7201
Email: sringgold@umaryland.edu

Massachusetts

Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Department Chair: Dr. Roland Baron, DDS, PhD
Duration of externship: October 1-June 30
Structure: 7-14 day site visit and interaction with students and faculty. Externs are welcome to sit in on classes, observe in the clinic, and take part in much of the day-to-day activities.
Deadline to apply: Minimum of 12 weeks prior to intended start date.
Number of externships available: 10
Cost of Program: $0

Contact: Harvard School of Dental Medicine
      188 Longwood Avenue, REB 309
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-432-1452
Email: omii@hsdm.harvard.edu

Michigan

University of Detroit Mercy

Department Chair: Dr. James R. Winkler
Duration of externship: 1-2 weeks offered all year
Structure: Clinical observation and assisting in the graduate periodontics clinic and participation in all didactic training including seminars, case presentations, etc.
Deadline to apply: n/a
Number of externships available: n/a
Cost of program: No cost
Requirements: Dental training and letters of recommendation

Contact: Ms. Colleen Kuxhaus
      Program Co-coordinator
Email: kuxhaucd@udmercy.edu

University of Michigan

Department Chair: Dr. William V. Giannobile
Duration of externship: 1 week during Spring-Summer terms
Structure: The program provides externs exposure to both didactic and clinical portions of the Graduate Periodontics Program at the University of Michigan. The clinical program includes techniques in oral implantology, bone augmentation and periodontal surgery. Time will also be available to spend in the clinical and basic science research components in periodontal tissue engineering, biomimetics and chemotherapeutics.
Deadline to apply: May 1
Number of externships available: 10
Cost of program: Free of charge. Student is responsible for travel expenses.
Requirements: Please request application form. This program is limited to dental students only.

Contact: Hsun-Liang (Albert) Chan, DDS, MS
      Clinical Lecturer, Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine
University of Michigan School of Dentistry
1011 N. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Email: hlchan@umich.edu

Minnesota

University of Minnesota

Department Chair: Dr. Bashar Bakdash
Structure: School offers numerous outreach clinical opportunities for its own DDS & DH students in both public & private community settings. In addition, the DDS & DH students spend an average of 5+ half days observing and assisting Periodontology Advanced Education Residents.

Contact: Dr. Bashar Bakdash
      Professor and Director, Division of Periodontology
Phone: 612-625-8684
Fax: 612-626-2652
Email: bakda001@umn.edu

Missouri

Saint Louis University

Department Chair: D. Douglas Miley, DMD, MSD
Duration of externship: Varies, depending on individual needs
Structure: Dental School based - two seperate clinical facilties
Deadline to apply: None
Number of externships available: 1-5
Cost of program: none

Contact: Dr. D Douglas Miley
      Director, Graduate Periodontics
Phone: 314-977-8362
Email: mileydd@slu.edu

New Jersey

Rutgers School of Dental Medicine

Department Chair: Dr. Andrew J. Sullivan

Contact: Ms. Janice Gibbs
      Continuing Dental Education
Phone: 973-972-4639
Fax: 973-972-3884
Email: gibbsj@sdm.rutgers.edu

New York

Columbia University

Department Chair: Dr. Panos Papapanou
Duration of externship: Varies (typically 1 week, but may spend up to 1 month)
Structure: Externs attend classes with current periodontics residents and observe/assist in the postgraduate clinic.
Deadline to apply: None
Number of externships available: Open (no more than 2 externs at one time)
Requirements: Must have written permission from student's dental school.
Website:  dental.columbia.edu/page/us-canadian-externship-program-periodontics-or-endodontics

Contact: Marianne Gass
      Administrative Assistant
Email: mek2191@columbia.edu

SUNY at Buffalo

Department Chair: Dr. Sebastian G. Ciancio
Duration of externship: Arranged
Structure: The Visiting Scholar Program is for applicants interested in an externship or customized continuing education rotation in clinical periodontics, and does not lead to a Certificate of Proficiency or graduate degree. However, a Certificate of Completion is awarded. The Visiting Scholar Program essentially is a custom-designed continuing education program that can be arranged according to the applicant's interests, and is very flexible with regard to time and content (e.g., one month to 1 year). For example, the program may involve clinical periodontal training, seminar or lecture courses on clinical or basic sciences, teaching, research, or various combinations of those components. A DDS/DMD degree or foreign equivalent is required.
Deadline to apply: Open
Number of externships available: 1-2
Cost of program: Varies, depending on length and content of program
Requirements: A preliminary email interview generally is required to determine student interest, program length, costs, and components. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Maddi to arrange program details. .

Contact: Abriham Maddi, B.D.S, Ph.D.
      School of Dental Medicine
University at Buffalo
250 Squire Hall
Email: amaddi@buffalo.edu

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North Carolina

University of North Carolina

Department Chair: Dr. Steven Offenbacher
Duration of externship: Spring, summer, 1 week
Structure: Student becomes part of the department and interacts with all faculty and residents in all activities
Deadline to apply: No deadline; can be arranged by email.
Number of externships available: 1-5
Cost of program: Travel and per diem

Contact: Dr. Antonio Moretti
      Associate Professor and Program Director, Dept. of Periodontology
Phone: 919-537-3727
Fax: 919-537-3732
Email: antonio_moretti@unc.edu

Ohio

Case Western Reserve University

Department Chair: Dr. Nabil F Bissada
Duration of externship: Time is arranged between the student and the Department of Periodontics
Structure: Dental school based, consisting of attending periodontal seminars
and observing graduate students in the graduate periodontal clinic
Deadline to apply: N/A
Number of externships available: 1-5
Cost of Program: No cost

Contact: Dr. Nabil F Bissada
      Phone: 216-368-6752
Fax: 216-368-3204
Email: nxb4@po.cwru.edu

Ohio State University

Department Chair: Dr. Angelo Mariotti
Duration of externship: Individually arranged between student and Program; mostly during Spring and Summer quarters; 1-7 days
Structure: Dental School based. Clinical observation in all Graduate Clinic activities and didactic exposure to all Graduate Periodontics courses and seminars.
Deadline to apply: N/A; can be arranged by email; students are expected to contact program at least 2 weeks prior to anticipated start date
Number of externships available: 5-10
Requirements: Student is required to submit copy of CV and bring proof of required immunizations (more information)
Cost of program: No cost; student is responsible for own travel, lodging, and meals. Travel grants available to qualified students.

Contact: Dr. Dimitris N. Tatakis
      Professor of Periodontology
Phone: 614-292-0371
Fax: 614-292-4612
Email: tatakis.1@osu.edu

Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma

Department Chair: Dr. Eros S. Chaves
Duration of externship: Can be custom-designed from a minimum of 1 month to a maximum of 12 months.
Structure: This non-degree program is for international graduates interested in furthering their education in periodontics. The program involves participation in periodontal graduate program lectures, seminars, research and clinic. Attendance does not guarantee acceptance into the graduate periodontal program.
Deadline to apply: Open
Number of externships available: 2 per year
Requirements: DDS/DMD or equivalent degree, CV, proof of required immunizations, preliminary interview
Cost of program: Varies depending on length of program

Contact: Dr. Eros S. Chaves
      Professor and Chair, Department of Periodontology
Phone: 405-271-6531
Email: eros-chaves@ouhsc.edu

Oregon

Oregon Health & Science University

Department Chair: Dr. James A. Katancik
Duration of externship: Flexible
Structure: Seminar participation, clinic observation, faculty and resident interaction
Deadline to apply: Open
Number of externships available: Flexible
Requirements: Faculty recommendation and class standing
Cost of program: Travel and housing are candidate's expense.

Contact: Dr. James A. Katancik
      Email: katancik@ohsu.edu

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Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

Department Chair: Dr. Joseph P. Fiorellini
Duration of externship: Varies, depending on individual needs
Structure: Dental school based
Number of externships available: 1-5

Contact: Dr. Joseph P. Fiorellini
      Robert Schattner Center School of Dental Medicine
Department of Periodontics
240 South 40th Street
Philadelphia PA 19104-6030
Phone: 215-898-3268
Fax: 215-573-3939
Email: jpf@dental.upenn.edu

South Carolina

Medical Unversity of South Carolina

Department Chair: Dr. Robert G. Gellin, DMD, MHS
Duration of externship: Year round, typically 1 week
Structure: Program offers students the opportunity to interact with residents, faculty and staff during 1 week of normally scheduled didactic and clinical activities. Students may attend seminars such as current literature, treatment planning, surgical techniques, as well as observe direct patient care, including periodontal and implant surgeries.
Deadline to apply: None
Number of externships available: Unlimited
Cost of Program: None
Requirements: Candidates must provide a letter from their institution documenting acceptable academic standing and assurance that they will be covered by liability and medical insurance while participating in the externship program.
Cost of program: None

Contact: Joe W. Krayer, DDS, MS
     

Associate Professor
Director, Post-Doctoral Periodontics
Division of Periodontic
Medical University of South Carolina
College of Dental Medicine
173 Ashley Avenue
119  BSB  MSC 507
Charleston, SC 29425
Phone: 843-792-7612
Fax: 843-792-7809
Email: krayer@musc.edu

Tennessee

University of Tennessee

Department Chair: Paul S. Bland
Duration of externship: Flexible
Structure: Students will attend seminars, journal review, case conference, and assist within the post-graduate clinic. In addition students will have the opportunity to explore the research opportunities available to periodontal residents.
Deadline to apply: Flexible
Number of externships available: 3
Cost of program: Housing - variable
Requirements: dental school transcript, one letter of support, curriculum vitae, Part I National Board scores, proof of clinic liability insurance (letter from Dean of Clinic Director)

Contact: Dr. Swati Y. Rawal
      Department of Periodontology Interim Program Director
Postgraduate Periodontics College of Dentistry
University of Tennessee
875 Union Avenue
Memphis TN 38163

Texas

Baylor College of Dentistry

Department Chair: Dr. Jeffrey A. Rossmann, DDS, MS
Duration of externship: Last week July/1st week of August
Structure: 2 week rotation with an assigned 3rd year perio resident. Visit 2 local perio offices.
Deadline to apply: April 1
Number of externships available: 4
Requirements: Preference given to Baylor dental students.

Contact: Debbie Roberts
      Administrative Assitant
Baylor College of Dentistry, Dept of Perio
3302 Gaston Ave.
Dallas, TX 75246
Phone: 214-828-8140
Fax: 214-874-4563
Email: droberts@bcd.tamhsc.edu

University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio

Department Chair: Dr. David L Cochran
Duration of externship: Generally July through April (minimum of 3 days, maximum of 5 days)
Structure: Dental school based. Students attend some classes and observe in the graduate clinic. Students with insurance coverage can assist
Deadline to apply: None
Requirements: We only accept students in their 3rd or 4th year of dental school.

Contact: Shirley Kraft
      Phone: 210-567-3589
Email: krafts@uthscsa.edu

University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston

Department Chair: Dr. James Katancik
Duration of externship: No set dates; arrangements made for each applicant; one-two week duration
Structure: Attendee will participate in all periodontal seminars and assist in clinic.
Deadline to apply: One month prior to date of externship
Number of externships available: Variable
Cost of program: No cost
Requirements: Letter from dental school stating coverage of Malpractice insurance.

Contact: Robin Weltman
      Program Director Department of Periodontics
6516 MD Anderson Blvd., Room 309
Houston, Texas 77030
Phone: 713-500-4382
Fax: 713-500-4393
Email: Robin.L.Weltman@uth.tmc.edu

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Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University

Department Chair: Dr. Harvey Schenkein
Duration of externship: One or two week sessions end of July through August
Structure: Course content will include working directly with periodontal faculty and residents. Students will participate in resident seminars and attend periodontal lectures. Some reading and library work will be required. As part of the experience, students will have the opportunity to spend time in a private periodontal office.
Deadline to apply: May 10
Number of externships available: Usually not more than 2
Cost of program: No application or tuition fees. Participants are responsible for their own transportation, lodging and living expenses.
Requirements: Formal application, personal statement and 2 letters of recommendation are required.

Contact: Faye Miles
      VCU School of Dentistry
Department of Periodontics
Box 980566
Richmond, VA 23298
Phone: 804-828-4867
Email: ftmiles@vcu.edu

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