Advanced Specialty Education Program in Prosthodontics
Program Length and Duration
36-month program begins July 1 each year leading to Certificate and a Masters of Dental Science degree.
Our objective is to create an environment for learning that will enable each resident to face the challenges of the future and emerge as a leader in the field of prosthodontics. We seek to provide a learning experience that includes state of the art skills and knowledge with the analytical ability to secure success in the future.
Graduates of UConn Prosthodontics Residency Program are expected to be adept at managing sophisticated esthetic and functional dental rehabilitations that utilize in-depth knowledge of classic and contemporary prosthodontics and competency in the surgical placement of dental implants. They should be knowledgeable in dental materials and advances in new technologies.
An additional objective is to enable residents to complete all clinical cases required to challenge the American Board of Prosthodontics examination.
This is a combined program of fixed, removable, and implant prosthodontics that is designed to provide the student with clinical skills and competency necessary for the specialized practice of prosthodontics and/or for a career in teaching and research. Use of dental implants is emphasized. Residents have the opportunity to treat a variety of intraoral maxillofacial patient needs. All residents are qualified and expected to obtain certification by the American Board of Prosthodontics. Participation in mock written and oral examinations is required twice each year. The residency program has an excellent track record of graduates who successfully accomplish board certification.
Residents must perform a publishable research project, accomplish laboratory procedures and give formal presentations on various topics. Treatment planning is emphasized and residents are required to present their patients' treatment plans and progress during seminars. Residents are strongly encouraged to discuss each patient's treatment plan with various members of the faculty and consultants to obtain a variety of ideas and opinions.
The clinical portion of the residency comprises about 80 percent of the scheduled curriculum. A desirable pool of patients ensures residents the opportunity for a wide range of clinical experiences. Most patient treatments include use of dental implants.
Residents perform implant surgeries twice per week and at the time of graduation, residents are expected to attain competency and independence in surgical placement of dental implants.
The didactic portion of the program includes interdepartmental courses in anatomy, histology, pathology, applied pharmacology, epidemiology, biostatistics and dental materials.
The interdepartmental clinical program includes clinical faculty seminars, treatment planning seminars and implant conferences. Principles of evidence based dentistry are applied in treatment planning and execution. World-renown clinicians frequently visit the UConn Prosthodontics Residency Program to lecture to the residents.
During intra-department didactic sessions a variety of opinions by faculty and consultants are encouraged to expose students to controversy and encourage critical thinking. Our aim is to provide a positive learning environment, camaraderie, and mutual respect between students and faculty.
Stipend and Tuition
For U.S. citizens who are graduates of U.S. and Canadian dental schools, the current annual stipend is $24,000 for first year and $25,000 for second and third year of residency.
For foreign nationals and foreign graduates, the current annual stipend is $13,000 for each year of residency.
For the certificate component, clinic usage fee is $13,000 per year for all graduates (U.S., Canadian and international graduates)
For the Master of Dental Science component, tuition is charged per credit hour. The total fees for the Masters of Dental Science are approximately $10,000 to $15,000 for U.S. citizens and $20,000 for international students (total for all three years).
Residents are required to purchase five semi-adjustable articulators, an SLR digital camera, and surgical loupes with headlights.
- For more information, see the Resident Salaries, Stipends, Fees and Tuition page and the Financial Aid and Budget page.
- Students are required to provide their own laptop computer.
|Prosthodontics/Dental Materials Full-time Faculty|
John R. Agar, D.D.S., M.A.
Avinash Bidra, D.D.S., M.S., F.A.C.P.
Martin A. Freilich, D.D.S.
Thomas D. Taylor, D.D.S., M.S.D.
|Courses Required for Master of Dental Sciences Degree (Additional Courses Available)|
Advanced Oral Histology
Functional Oral Anatomy
Evidence Based Dentistry
Biomaterials for Dental
Epidemiology of Oral
Diseases: Interpreting the
Dentists graduated from accredited U.S. and Canada or other international dental schools who possess equivalent educational background and standing are eligible for admission to the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics. Foreign graduates must show evidence of clinical experience beyond dental school. Application materials are reviewed and candidates with the highest qualifications are selected for an interview based on the following criteria: dental and pre-professional education transcripts, class standing, personal and career goals, experiences beyond predoctoral education, evidence of scholarly activity, and letters of recommendation from two prosthodontists. No candidates are admitted to the program without a personal interview. Non-discriminatory policies are followed in selecting the applicants.
The application deadline is August 15 of the year preceding July 1 matriculation.
All applicants must complete the mandatory Application for Admission to Post Graduate Certificate and Master of Dental Science Program application form.
The current application fee is $75 and payable to UConn Health.
PASS is not required but applicants may use PASS if it is convenient for them. The supplemental UConn application form is mandatory.
Transcripts from all undergraduate and dental schools attended with class standing in dental school. Transcripts from any supplemental degrees should also be included.
Three letters of recommendation with at least two from prosthodontists. These letters should be in a sealed and signed envelope and either mailed directly or can be sent as part of the application package.
Yes. However foreign graduates must show evidence of clinical experience beyond dental school.
Current annual stipend is $24,000 for the first year and $25,000 for second and third years. Health insurance is provided to applicants who are U.S. citizens.
Current annual stipend for all foreign nationals on F1 visa is $13,000 per year. Foreign nationals must purchase their own health insurance.
TOEFL exam is required by international applicants. The minimum score to apply is 90 on the internet-based test.
The GRE is not required, but if already taken, please include the official or notarized copy.
NBDE is not required to apply, but is preferable for foreign candidates to have passed both Part 1 and Part 2 of NBDE.
- Completed application form (PDF). A statement of purpose describing interest in prosthodontics must be included as part of this application.
- An application fee of $75 made payable to the UConn Health Center.
- A Curriculum Vitae (CV).
- 2” x 2” photograph.
- Official transcripts from all undergraduate, dental school and any additional institutions. These official transcripts can be mailed directly or included in the same application package but contained in a sealed envelope.
- Official or notarized copies of NBDE.
- Official or notarized copies of TOEFL. Use TOEFL destination code 3931.
- Three letters of recommendation, with at least two from prosthodontists.
Department of Reconstructive Sciences
Division of Prosthodontics
263 Farmington Avenue, 20M009
Farmington, CT 06030-1615
Dr. Avinash Bidra: email@example.com
Ms. Kathleen Thomas: firstname.lastname@example.org