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.
- 33 months certificate program begins July 1. (Applicants seeking a concurrent Master of Dental Science degree are preferred).
- An interdepartmental program leading to a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Science is also available. The length of this program varies.
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 the Prosthodontic Residency are expected to be adept at managing sophisticated esthetic and functional dental rehabilitations that utilize in-depth knowledge of classic
prosthodontics and competency in the placement of dental implants. They should be knowledgeable of dental materials and advances in new technologies as they occur.
The program is flexible. If the student desires a career in academic dentistry, research and teaching aspects of the program are emphasized. For the student intent upon a career in
private practice, increased emphasis is placed on patient care and practice management.
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 need. 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.
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 60 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.
The didactic portion of the program includes interdepartmental courses in anatomy, histology, pathology, applied pharmacology, epidemiology, statistics and dental materials. The
interdepartmental clinical program includes clinical faculty seminars, treatment planning seminars and implant conferences.
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
- Stipends are $13,000 annually.
- Certificate - $13,000 per year clinic usage fee.
- Masters of Dental Science and Ph.D. students are charged per credit hour.
- Total fees for the Masters of Dental
Science are approximately $10-15,000 for U.S. citizens and $20,000 for international students (total for all three years).
- Students are required to provide their own laptop computer.
Prosthodontics/Dental Materials Full-time Faculty
- John R. Agar, D.D.S., M.A.
Graduate Program Director
- Martin A. Freilich, D.D.S.
Prosthodontist and Periodontist
- A. Jon Goldberg, Ph.D.
- J. Robert Kelly, D.D.S., M.S., D.Med.Sc.
- Jon C. Meiers, D.M.D., M.S.
- Thomas D. Taylor, D.D.S., M.S.D.
Professor and Head, Department of Reconstructive Sciences
- Patchnee Rungruanganunt, D.D.S., M.S.D.
- Elena Nazarova, D.M.D., Ph.D.
- Ajay Dhingra, M.D.S., M.S.D.
Prosthodontists Part-time Faculty
- Avinash Bidra, D.D.S., M.S., F.A.C.P.
Assistant Program Director
- Jacqueline P. Duncan, D.M.D., M.D.Sc.
Director, Predoctoral Prosthodontics
- Keith J. Ferro, D.M.D.
- Joseph E. Grasso, D.D.S., M.S.
- David Kusovitsky, D.M.D.
- Vernon Y. Kwok, D.M.D.
- Dimitri Perdikis, D.D.S.
- Dennis Sindel, D.D.S.
- Thomas J. Vergo, D.D.S.
Operative Dentistry Faculty
- Sarita Arteaga, D.M.D., M.A.G.D.
- Reza B. Kazemi, D.M.D.
- Jonathan C. Meiers, D.M.D., M.S.
Chair, Division of Operative Dentistry
- David A. Newitter, D.D.S., M.A.
- Aadarsh Gopalakrishna, D.D.S., M.S.
Operative Dentistry Part-time Faculty
- John Gannatti, D.D.S.
- Steven Hall, D.M.D.
- Lauren Consonni, D.M.D., M.P.H.
- Barbara Devine, D.M.D.
- Brian Duchan, D.M.D.
- Randy Greenberg, D.M.D.
- Linda Kronick, D.M.D.
- Gilda Lijedahl-Dee, D.M.D.
- Frederic Macker, D.M.D., M.A.
- Jason Mielcarek, D.M.D.
- Adriana Ryan, D.D.S.
- Warren Zahner, D.M.D.
Graduate/Postgraduate Courses and Faculty
(additional courses available)
- Advanced Oral Histology
Arthur R. Hand, D.D.S.
- Functional Oral Anatomy
Christine Niekrash, D.M.D., M.D.S.
- Principles of Oral Microbiology and Infections
Jason M. Tanzer, D.M.D., Ph.D.
David G. Pendrys, D.D.S., Ph.D.
- Biomaterial for Dental Graduates
J. R. Kelly, D.D.S., M.S., D.M.Sc., and A. Jon Goldberg, Ph.D.
- Epidemiology of Oral Diseases: Interpreting the Literature
David G. Pendrys, D.D.S., Ph.D.
- Scientific Writing
Robert H. Aseltine, Ph.D.
Dentists graduated from accredited United States 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.
Application forms may be requested by telephone, mail, or email.
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.
TOEFL exam is required for only applicants whose dental degree
or transcripts are not in English. No candidates are admitted to the program without a personal interview. Non-discriminatory policies are followed in
selecting the applicants.
Applicants are encouraged to apply before September 1st of the year preceding July 1st matriculation for most favorable consideration. Application deadline is undetermined and early
application is encouraged.
Applicants must complete the program application for the
School of Dental Medicine. Applicants do not
need to apply through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service
Applicant interviews are by invitation.
Application requirements include the following:
- Completed application form (PDF).
- $75 applications fee payable to the University of Connecticut Health Center.
- Transcripts from all undergraduate and dental schools
attended with class standing in dental school.
- Three letters of recommendation; at least one from a prosthodontist.
- A personal interview (by invitation).
For further information, contact:
Department of Reconstructive Sciences
Division of Prosthodontics
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-1615