Applying to a Postdoctoral Periodontal Program
Postdoctoral periodontal programs often require scores from the National Board Exam, a dental degree, letters of recommendation and TOEFL for foreign-trained dental students as well as GRE scores, research experience, hospital residency and GPR.
In order to apply to a postdoctoral periodontal program, you will need scores from the National Board Exam, a dental degree, transcripts, letters of recommendation, portfolio (if required), and – if you are a foreign trained dental student – Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. In addition to these prerequisites, some programs consider Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, research background and other clinical experiences, including Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD), General Practice Residency (GPR) or private practice experience.
The American Academy of Periodontology recommends that programs accept students with class standing in the upper 50 percent; National Board scores about 80 percentile; and, when applicable, GRE scores above 1000. To find the prerequisites of the programs in which you are interested, check the profiles of individual postdoctoral programs.
Length of Programs
Accredited postdoctoral periodontal programs run 30 to 36 months. To find out the length of the programs in which you are interested, check the profiles of individual postdoctoral programs.
Cost of Programs
The cost varies greatly between programs. Some programs pay a yearly stipend while other programs charge tuition. To find out the cost of the programs in which you are interested, check the profiles of individual postdoctoral programs.
The Application Process
If you are interested in applying to a periodontal program, you should investigate and submit your application by the end of your third year of predoctoral study in a four-year dental curriculum. Postdoctoral periodontal programs accept students on an individual basis and do not participate in the MATCH.
Scholarships and Grants
A number of educational awards are available through the AAP Foundation.