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2010-2011 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog 
2010-2011 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certificate in Prosthodontics

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About the Program

The Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics at Georgia Health Sciences University is a 35-month program leading to a certificate in prosthodontics. It consists of didactic work in the basic sciences, related clinical disciplines and covers all aspects of prosthodontics, including fixed prosthodontics, removable prosthodontics, implant prosthodontics, and maxillofacial prosthetics. Graduates are qualified to take the examination of the American Board of Prosthodontics.

The Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics at Georgia Health Sciences University is fortunate that the program director is committed full time to the program. The program draws upon the talents of board-certified prosthodontists who teach our residents through lectures, laboratories and daily clinical assignments. We also have an excellent working relationship with the U.S. Army’s Prosthodontic Residency Program, located at Fort Gordon, Georgia, only seven miles from the dental school. The related basic sciences and clinical disciplines, such as restorative dentistry, periodontics and endodontics are taught to our residents by equally qualified faculty.

Admission Requirements

Dentists graduated from accredited United States and Canadian or other international dental schools that provide equivalent educational background and standing are eligible for admission to the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics.

Application materials are reviewed and candidates with the highest qualifications are selected for interview based on the following criteria: dental and pre-professional education transcripts, class standing, National Dental Board Examination results, personal and career goals, experiences beyond predoctoral education, evidence of scholarly activity, and letters of recommendation. Applicants born outside the United States and whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Required score on the TOEFL is 550 (written test) or 250 (computer test). No candidates are admitted to the program without a personal interview. Non-discriminatory policies are followed in selecting the applicants.

Program Fee, Stipends, Equipment and Benefits

Program Fee: There is no program fee associated with the certificate program in prosthodontics for Dentists who have graduated from accredited United States or Canadian dental schools. The program fee for candidates with degrees from other dental schools is $18,500 per year. If the resident wishes to enroll in the Master of Science in Oral Biology degree program, he must pay tuition for courses taken through the School of Graduate Studies. References should be made to the current Georgia Health Sciences Catalog for specific information regarding Graduate School tuition and fees.

The foreign trained resident will complete all requirements of the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics, thus meeting all ADA accreditation requirements.

In addition, the foreign trained dentist’s experience as a resident will include:

  1. Participation in the GSHU Maxi-Course in Dental Implants.
  2. Clinical IV sedation training and surgical experience in placing implants. These are valuable adjuncts to the certificate program, and will enable the graduate to address advanced prosthodontics in either academics or private practice from both a restorative and surgical perspective.
  3. Enhance exposure to Esthetic Prosthodontic procedures through offsite visitations, or rotations, involving both observation and active participation treating patients.

Stipends: Stipends are determined annually depending upon availability of funds (if available, only graduates of US and Canadian dental schools are eligible for stipends). Augusta, Georgia is a beautiful city with a low cost of living. This makes it ideal for residency training from a financial standpoint.

Equipment: All supplies and equipment associated with clinical treatment are provided by the institution. The resident must supply certain laboratory equipment (i.e. semiadjustable articulator with facebow, laboratory handpiece, hand waxing and porcelain application and metal working instruments.).

Benefits: The College of Dental Medicine provides malpractice insurance coverage for residents while providing patient care at Georgia Health Sciences University. This insurance does not cover any outside dental practice. Prosthodontics residents are entitled to GHSU employee holidays and 10 days vacation/personal leave per year. Prosthodontic residents are eligible to participate in the Student Healthcare Program at GHSU.

The Facilities

The Prosthodontic Program is housed in Georgia Health Sciences University College of Dental Medicine, in a separate clinic devoted exclusively to our program. In this environment, each resident has his/her own operatory, laboratory space and shares a private office with one fellow resident. Full time dental assistants are assigned to assist the residents in the clinic. We use both in-house laboratory support and selected commercial laboratory support.

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