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Department of Endodontics
875 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901-448-1731
Fax: 901-448-1799

Program Director

Dr. David Clement

The Advanced Specialty Education Program in Endodontics is located in the College of Dentistry’s Winfield C. Dunn building on the University of Tennessee Health Science Center campus in Memphis, Tennessee. Successful completion of the 2 year program leads to a Certificate of Proficiency in Endodontics, awarded by the UTHSC College of Dentistry. Successful completion of the optional 3 year program leads to a Master of Dental Science degree, awarded by the UTHSC College of Graduate Health Sciences.

The program provides advanced instruction and clinical training intended to facilitate the private and/or academic practice of endodontics. To complete the program, residents must demonstrate proficiency in the examination, diagnosis and treatment of pathologies of the dental pulp and the related periodontal tissues. The program complies with standards established by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation and qualifies residents for examination by the American Board of Endodontics. Continuous, full time attendance in the 24-month or 36-month program is required. Those wanting more information on the 36-month Master if Dental Science program are directed to UTHSC College of Dentistry webpage on Postgraduate Dental Education.

Successful admission matriculation into the Advanced Post Graduate Endodontic Program requires that applicants have the following credentials and submitted documentation:

  • Completed the PASS application form
  • Dental school class rank in the upper 50% of their graduating class
  • At least a "B" course work average in dental school, or a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Official copies of test scores for Part 1 and Part 2 of the National Board Dental Exam
  • DDS, DMD or equivalent degree
  • Official final transcripts from dental school and post-dental educational experiences
  • An active state dental license from one of the 50 US states

Dental school class rank is given substantial consideration during the resident application and selection process. Preference is given to graduates of US and Canadian dental schools accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation, though non-domestically trained applicants may also be considered. A resident admitted to full standing in the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Endodontics may be required to remediate specific deficiencies in past training as a condition of admission.

The curriculum is consistent with the expanding scope of knowledge in endodontics as determined by the American Board of Endodontics and the American Dental Association. Clinical applications are emphasized while maintaining didactic and research activities throughout the course of study. Direct patient contact constitutes approximately 60% of resident activity. In-depth instruction and patient treatment involving non-surgical and surgical root canal therapy is an integral component of didactic and clinical activities. Third year endodontic residents will have the opportunity to surgically place dental implants.

Graduate-level courses relating basic science principles to the practice of endodontics are conducted concurrently in anatomy, embryology, histology, oral biology, oral pathology, immunology, microbiology, pharmacology, human growth and development, experimental design, and biostatistics. Review of current and classic literature related to endodontics is accomplished on a weekly basis. Interdisciplinary seminars emphasize the importance of comprehensive dental care in the treatment of complicated oral conditions. Topical and case presentation seminars are also conducted on a regular basis. All residents serve as teaching assistants in the Department of Endodontics.

In accordance with mandates set forth by the American Dental Association in the Accreditation Standards for Advanced Specialty Education Programs in Endodontics, all residents are involved in an original, independent research project. This research must display a high level of scholarship and contribute to the existing fund of professional knowledge. State-of-the-art scientific resources are available in the Department of Endodontics’ clinical research facility, the Department of Bioscience Research and dental materials core facilities. Faculty from these areas provide effective dynamic mentorship to residents in the program.

A Certification in Endodontics is awarded by the College of the Dentistry upon completion of the program requirements, completion of research, presentation of the research results at a national meeting, and preparation of a manuscript for publication. A Master of Dental Science degree is awarded by the UTHSC College of Graduate Health Sciences upon fulfillment of additional program requirements including the production and acceptance of a thesis, and successful public defense of the independent research effort.

Program Fees and Expenses for 2013-14

Tuition $0.00
Stipend $0.00
Clinic Usage Fee (per year) $12,750.00
AAE Resident Membership (per year) $55.00
AAE Annual Session Registration (per year) $200.00
ABE Application and Written Exam (2nd year only) $420.00

Estimated Additional Program Fees for 2013-14

Magnification loupes (1st year only) $800.00
Digital intra-oral clinic camera (1st year only)
(camera body must be compatible with microscope coupler)
$3,000.00
MacBook Pro (1st year only) $3,200.00
Textbooks $1,000.00
Clinic instruments & rotary files $1,000.00
Scrubs (×5 monogrammed) $250.00
Parking (per year) $0.00
Health Insurance (student policy estimate for 2012-13)
proof of insurance required by UTHSC
$1,895.00
Hepatitis shot (1st year only) $253.00
Criminal background check (1st year only) TBD

College of Dentistry Fees

Technology fee $200.00
SGA fee $60.00
Program and service fees $396.00
Student Liability and Malpractice Insurance (per year) $5.00