Information for Prospective Applicants
Purpose and Program Description
The purpose of the Texas A&M College of Dentistry Prosthodontic residency program is to provide progressive clinical, laboratory and didactic training, closely supervised, at the post-graduate level in fixed, removable, maxillofacial and implant prosthodontics.
The interrelation of other medical/dental clinical specialties is also emphasized. The program integrates all facets of the biomedical sciences with a comprehensive clinical experience culminating in the award of a certificate in prosthodontics.
The program is also a classical and contemporary blend that emphasizes the diagnostic process and emerging technology approaches to instrumentation and occlusion. All patients treatments begin with a state of the art ultrasonic axiography evaluation of mandibular function, and most all impression procedures are now fully digital.
Our full featured laboratory is well equipped for most prosthesis design and fabrication, and as a design center for digital workflow transmission to outside laboratories.
Another focus is the programs own “post-doctoral implant placement program” that begins in the first year with an eighteen session didactic course qualifying the resident to place implants during the rest of the program.
The course is taught and implant placement directly supervised by the programs four periodontists, and managed by the prosthodontic program director. For additional information on our program please see our program manual link below.
Our program is three years in length, selects three or four residents each year, and is accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation. Successful completion leads to a specialty certificate and also qualifies the graduate for examination by the American Board of Prosthodontics. A Master of Science in Dentistry is also concurrently pursued, and Ph.D. opportunities are also available in many areas of study.
The flexibility of the program permits the postdoctoral student to progress optimally, developing and building upon his or her background. Thus, within the requirements of the program, the schedule for each student is developed individually to fulfill needs and objectives.
The program goals and objectives are to:
- Produce a graduate who is competent/proficient in all aspects of clinical/laboratory prosthodontics and has the didactical knowledge on which to base treatment.
- Produce a graduate who will have the foundation for scientific inquiry, critical thinking and problem solving.
- Prepare the graduate for successful certification by the American Board of Prosthodontics.
- Prepare and motivate the graduate for a lifetime of scholarly pursuit and active involvement in the specialty and profession.
Criteria of resident selection includes: academic record, research and publication records, extracurricular achievement, honors and awards, class standing, professional experience and additional training, references, and the personal interview. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and TOEFL scores are required for all international applicants. The Advanced Dental Admissions Test (ADAT) and National Board Scores are required for all US applicants in 2018. All students are enrolled in the Masters/Certificate program. As a matter of policy, Texas A&M College of Dentistry accepts individuals into its postdoctoral programs solely on the basis of merit and does not discriminate due to race, color, creed, handicap, national origin, gender or age. Application to the program is always very competitive and forms are available from the College. Applications can also be made through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) of the American Dental Education Association (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Post Doctoral Matching Program for Prosthodontics will be in place for the 2018 cycle. A complete application, received by the program deadline, is required for consideration.
The application deadline is 1 August for the class starting in June of the following year. All applicants must be prepared to appear for a group personal interview in Dallas during August. This occasion has a twofold purpose; faculty members in the program have the opportunity to become better acquainted with the applicant and applicants have the opportunity to become acquainted with various facets of the program to which they are applying. Phone interviews are not acceptable.
Infection Control Policy
The infection and disease control policies of Texas A&M College of Dentistry are in compliance with the American Dental Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Texas State Regulations. For the protection of all our patients, students, and faculty we adhere to infection control procedures know as universal precautions. All dental instruments used for patient care, including handpieces, are heat sterilized after each use.