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Graduate Program in Endodontics

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General Information

Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that is concerned with the morphology, physiology and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues. Its study and practice encompass the basic clinical sciences including biology of the normal pulp; the etiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries of the pulp; and associated periradicular conditions.

The Scope of Endodontics

The scope of Endodontics includes, but is not limited to, the differential diagnosis and treatment of oral pain of pulpal and/or periradicular origin; vital pulp capping and pulpotomy, nonsurgical treatment of root canal systems with or without periradicular pathosis of pulpal origin and the obturation of these root canal systems; selective surgical removal of pathologic tissues resulting from pulpal pathosis; repair procedures related to such surgical removal of pathologic tissues; intentional replantation and replantation of avulsed teeth; surgical removal of tooth structure, such as root-end resection, hemisection, bicuspidization and rood resection; root-end filling; endodontic implants; bleaching of discolored dentin and enamel; retreatment of teeth previously treated endodontically; and treatment procedures related to coronal restorations by means of post and/or cores involving the root canal space.

It is our belief that the development of scientific attitudes, of inquiring minds, and of professional curiosity, is every bit as important as the development of technical skill and craftsmanship. Put differently, we are dedicated to the task of producing not only a competent endodontic specialist, but a professional person-professional in every sense of the word.

History

The University of Detroit began its educational work in 1877 and was incorporated as the Detroit College in 1881. In 1911, it was reorganized and became the University of Detroit. In 1990, it consolidated with Mercy College and was given its present name, the University of Detroit Mercy. The School of Dentistry was established in 1932.

The Postgraduate Endodontic Program began in 1959 as a part-time program, with the first graduate in 1961. The first full-time student graduated in 1966, receiving a Certificate in Endodontics. The first Master of Science degree was awarded in 1984. Our graduates are among the leading clinicians, researchers and educators in the United States and Canada.

In 2007, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry Advanced Education Program in Endodontics was granted the accreditation status of "approval without reporting requirements" by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

In January, 2008 the dental school moved from its Outer Drive Campus location to a new clinical facility on the Corktown campus of the University in the downtown section of the City of Detroit. Included in this facility is a 2000 square foot graduate Endodontic Clinic containing nine operatories, a surgical suite and conference room equipped with state-of-the-art technology such as operating microscopes and digital radiography.

Our program meets the educational requirements for certification:

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    Introduction

    The program is designed to satisfy in 24 (total) months the educational requirements for certification of eligibility for limitation of practice in endodontics, and examination by the American Board of Endodontics.

    It conforms with the Guidelines for Advanced Study in Endodontics prepared by the American Board of Endodontics, the Education Committee of the American Association of Endodontists, and the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association.

    The incoming class enters July 1st every year.

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    Development of skills and procedures

    Beyond the skills of a competent dentist, the student is expected to develop those skills and procedures consistent with the role of a specialist in endodontics. These include:

    • the ability to diagnose and treat all manifestations of pulpal and periapical disease in the context of sound health care and comprehensive dental therapy.
    • competency in all aspects of endodontic care: vital pulp therapy, non-surgical endodontic therapy, emergency care and surgical endodontic therapy—apicoectomy, root-end filling, root amputation and curettage.
    • thorough familiarity with the evidence basis of past and current literature pertaining to endodontics and understanding of research methods, so that future literature will form the basis for rational modification of concepts.

    In addition, students are expected to demonstrate the ability to define an endodontically related research problem, develop a research protocol, carry out the research and prepare a presentation of the project. Students also participate in undergraduate laboratory and clinical practice teaching.

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    Certification

    A certificate in Endodontics and the degree of Master of Science will be granted by the University upon the satisfactory completion of all required courses and the research project.

    Required courses include:

    • Preclinical Endodontic
    • Head and Neck Anatomy
    • Oral Pathology
    • Endodontology
    • Research Methodology/Biostatistics
    • Microbiology-Immunology
    • Research Design and Analysis
    • Pulp Biology
    • Advanced Endodontics
    • Endodontic Surgery
    • Endodontic Literature Review
    • Endodontic Case Review
    • Current Literature Review
    • Clinical Endodontics

    It is possible for our graduate students to practice outside of the graduate program while enrolled. However, this activity must not compromise the educational experience and the fulfillment of responsibilities to the patients and the Department of Endodontics.

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    Accreditation

    The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

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    Research Project

    Introduction

    One of the requirements for the successful completion of the endodontic program in the Graduate Department of Endodontics at the University of Detroit Mercy is that you initiate, conduct, complete and present an original research project, including a written article for submission to a professional journal. The basis for the requirement stems from the conviction that a research experience can, perhaps better than any other learning experience, develop and/or refine habits of critical thinking and reading. It is difficult to imagine a more appropriate goal for education at any level.

    The Research Project

    The research topic must be one that can be formulated in terms of a research hypothesis and one that is amenable to systematic and scientific investigation, including statistical evaluation of the data. Also, the project should be one that can be completed during your two year program. All research topics must be approved by the Director of Research and the Research Committee at the outset

    Project Advisor and Review Committee

    In carrying out your research project there are several people who will be available to you for advice and assistance. These include the Director of Research, your Department Chairman, your Project Advisor, your Review Committee, and members of the faculty.

    The Project Advisor generally will be a faculty member of this institution or some affiliated institution, and is the person with whom you will work most closely in terms of advice and guidance throughout the project. In most instances you may select the individual who will serve as your Project Advisor.

    Your Review Committee will usually consist of a minimum of three persons: the Director of graduate endodontics, Project Advisor, and the Director of Research. Additional qualified persons may be asked to serve on the Review Committee by any of the persons previously mentioned, or by yourself. Such a request need only be relayed to the Director of Research, who will make the necessary arrangements.

    Hearings

    At least two "research hearings" will be held. A "preliminary hearing" will be held soon after you have established your research design. It is at this time that any questions, confusions or apprehensions concerning the research, either on the part of the Review Committee or yourself, should be fully aired.

    The "final hearing" will be held after you have completed your research project and after each member of your Review Committee has received a typewritten copy of the final version of your research report. If, for any reason, either you or any member of your Review Committee should wish to convene the Committee for an additional hearing, such requests simply may be relayed to the Director of Research who will make the appropriate arrangements. The recommendations of the Committee are given to the student immediately following the hearing, who is then responsible for implementing these recommendations.

    The Research Paper

    The University of Detroit Mercy Department of Endodontics no longer requires the traditional thesis as the written report of your research. In place of the thesis, the Department requires that the written report take the form of an article in suitable form for submission to a professional journal.

    Journal Submission

    The journal to which you submit your research may be of your own choosing. If you select a target journal at the outset of your research project, the format and style of the written report will adhere to that employed by that particular journal. If you do not have a particular journal in mind as you begin your research, the written report will simply follow the format utilized by most professional journals in reporting research results, that is:

    • Introduction,
    • Review of the Literature,
    • Methods and Materials,
    • Results, Discussion,
    • Summary and Conclusions,
    • and References.

    The Director of Research and your Project Advisor will work closely with you during this phase of your project.

    Timelines

    By the completion of course DEN 590 (Basic Research Methods), each resident will have developed a written research proposal. The proposal will include the problem statement, purpose and background literature review. During this semester, the project advisor and review committee will be determined and provide appropriate input.

    By the completion of the course DEN 591 (Biostatistics), each resident will have developed the written research protocol. The protocol will include the introduction, purpose, methods and materials, and statistic analysis in the format of the referred journal to which the article will be submitted. The research protocol will then be reviewed/approved by the review committee.

    It is anticipated that the experimentation and data collection will be conducted during the summer between the first and second years. By the completion of the second year Fall Term, all data will be collected, analyzed and the written article developed.

    The project will be presented multiple times during the final semester and the written manuscript submitted for publication.

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    Endodontics Application and Admission Policies

    The program is currently limited to three students entering in each year. It is preferable that applicants rank in the top 25% of their graduating class and have had a minimum of one year of private practice experience or its equivalent (general practice residency, military service, etc.)

    Applicants must plan to attend the program on a full-time basis.

    Deadline

    Applications must be completed and filed with the Department of Endodontics by August 15th of the year prior to the year of anticipated entry into the program.

    Application Fee

    The completed application must be accompanied by a $75.00 application fee. This fee is non-refundable and may not be credited to tuition fees should the applicant be accepted into the program. Applications will not be considered until all records and fees have been received.

    Apply

    Applicants may apply directly to the University of Detroit Mercy, School of Dentistry, Endodontic Department, or through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). The specific University of Detroit Mercy application fee and photograph are not processed through PASS.

    The Detroit Mercy is committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all regardless of age, sex, race, creed, national or ethic origin handicap, weight and sexual preference.

    Applicants must be graduates from institutions in the United States or Canada accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation, or a foreign dental school of equivalent educational background and standing as determined by the admissions committee.

    Criteria used to evaluate program applicants include: dental school grade point average, class rank, National Board scores, research, publications, experience since graduating from dental school, letters of recommendation, and motivation for endodontics.

    Applicants who are deemed acceptable by the Graduate Endodontic Admissions Committee are appointed for a personal interview.

    Deposit upon acceptance

    Upon written notification of acceptance into the program, the applicant must send a deposit fee of $1500.00 within ten days or he/she automatically loses his/her reserved place. This deposit fee is applied to the first term tuition and is non-refundable should the applicant withdraw his/her acceptance at a later date. 

    Reapplication

    Applicants who are not successful in obtaining a training position may subsequently reactivate their application for the following year consideration. A reapplication letter of instruction must be accompanied by a $75.00 reapplication fee. Applicants are encouraged to update their application material to reflect the most current and accurate information. Completed application packets will be retained for one year following each review.

    Application

    Send Application to:

    Department of Endodontics
    Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
    2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
    Detroit, MI 48208-2576

    Click to download a copy of the application.

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    Endodontics Program Fees and Expenses

    The following chart shows the estimated cost of two years of study leading to the MS Degree and Certificate in Endodontics at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry.

    *All Post-Graduate Students must have Health Insurance Coverage or must enroll in the university plan provided through Aetna Health Insurance Policy; for the Waive/Enroll process go to: www.aetnastudenthealth.com.  Fees are subject to change without notice. It is anticipated that the costs of tuition and books will increase commensurate with inflation, budget needs, or similar affecting factors. Current costs are available upon request.

    First Year - 2017-2018 (Estimated)

    Tuition $74,834.00
    Books, Fees, Insurance and Instrument Rental $6,000.00
    Dental IT Fee $300.00
    Equipment Replacement Fee $200.00
    TOTAL $81,334.00

    Second Year - 2018-2019 (Estimated)

    Tuition $77,834.00
    Books, Fees, Insurance and Instrument Rental $6,000.00
    Dental IT Fee $300.00
    Equipment Replacement Fee $200.00
    TOTAL $84,334.00
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    Endontic Post Graduate Curriculum

    ENDODONTIC POST GRADUATE CURRICULUM

    Two year curriculum July 1st to June 30th of second year.                                                         7/17

     

    Endodontics SUMMER TERM First Year

    New Course No.

     

    Course Title

    Course Director

    Cr. Hr.

    DBS 5010

    Head & Neck Anatomy

    M. Ahmad

    2

    DEN 5060

    Preclinical Endodontics

    S. Paurazas/M. Askar

    4

    TOTALS

    6

     

    Endodontics FALL TERM First Year 

    New Course No.

     

    Course Title

    Course Director

    Cr. Hr.

    DEN 5110

    Endodontology

    S. Paurazas

    DEF

    DBS 5140

    Microbiology & Immunology I

    E. Krukonis 

    2

    DEN 5150

    Clinical Endodontics

    M. Askar/S. Paurazas

    DEF

    DBS 5170

    Oral Pathology

    J. Ojha 

    3

    DEN 5210

    Endodontic Case Review

    M. Askar/ S. Paurazas

    DEF

    DEN 5220

    Pulp Biology

    S. Paurazas

    DEF

    DEN 5240

    Endodontic Literature Review

    S. Paurazas/M. Askar

    DEF

    DEN 5250

    Current Literature Seminar

    S. Paurazas

    2

    DEN 5670

    Advanced Endodontics

    S. Paurazas/M. Hoen

    2.5

    DOD 5910

    Basic Research Methodology

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    TOTALS

    10.5

     

    Endodontics WINTER TERM First Year

    New Co No.

     

    Course Title

    Course Direct

    Cr. Hr.

    DBS 5750

    Microbiology & Immunology II

    E. Krukonis

    2

    DEN 5110

    Endodontology

    S. Paurazas

    4

    DEN 5150

    Clinical Endodontics

    M. Askar/S. Paurazas

    8

    DEN 5210

    Endodontic Case Review

    M. Askar/S. Paurazas

    4

    DEN 5220

    Pulp Biology

    S. Paurazas

    4

    DEN 5240

    Endodontic Literature Review

    S. Paurazas/M. Askar

    DEF

    DEN 5260

    Current Literature Seminar

    S. Paurazas

    2

    DEN 5680

    Advanced Endodontics

    S. Paurazas/M. Hoen

    2.5

    DEN 5690

    Endodontic Surgery

    M. Askar/A Gartner

    2

    DEN 5860

    Practice Teaching

    J. Braud

    DEF

    DOD 5920

    Basic Research Methods Biostatistics

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    2

    DRD 5000

    Graduate Dental Materials

    R. Pacheco

    1

    DRD 5270

    TMJ Seminar

    A.Deebajah

    .5 (Pass/Fail)

    DSD 5111

    Ethics & Professional Responsibility

    P. Zarkowski

    1

    TOTALS

    32

     

    Endodontics SUMMER TERM Second Year

    New Course No.

     

    Course Title

    Course Director

    Cr. Hr.

    DEN 5160

    Clinical Endodontics

    M. Askar/S. Paurazas

    DEF

    DEN 5230

    Endodontic Case Review

    M. Askar/S. Paurazas

    DEF

    DEN 5240

    Endodontic Literature Review

    S. Paurazas /M. Askar

    4

    DEN 5860

    Practice Teaching

    J. Braud

    DEF

    DEN 5960

    Endodontic Research

    S. Paurazas/ M. Askar

    DEF

    TOTALS

    4

     

    Endodontics FALL TERM Second Year

    New Course No.

     

    Course Title

    Course Director

    Cr. Hr.

    DEN 5160

    Clinical Endodontics 

    M. Askar/S. Paurazas

    6

    DEN 5230

    Endodontic Case Review

    M. Askar/S. Paurazas

    3

    DEN 5290

    Endodontic Literature Review

    S. Paurazas /M. Askar

    DEF

    DEN 5300

    Current Literature Seminar

    S. Paurazas

    2

    DEN 5860

    Practice Teaching

    J. Braud

    2

    DEN 5960

    Endodontic Research

    S. Paurazas /M. Askar

    DEF

    TOTALS

    13

     

    Endodontics WINTER TERM Second Year – Start of Winter Term to June 30th

    New Course No.

     

    Course Title

    Course Director

    Cr. Hr.

    DEN 5190

    Clinical Endodontics

    M. Askar/S. Paurazas

    4

    DEN 5270

    Endodontic Case Review

    M. Askar/S. Paurazas

    2

    DEN 5290

    Endodontic Literature Review

    S. Paurazas /M. Askar

    4

    DEN 5310

    Current Literature Seminar

    S. Paurazas

    2

    DEN 5870

    Practice Teaching

    J. Braud

    3

    DEN 5960

    Endodontic Research 

    S. Paurazas /M. Askar

    DEF

    TOTALS

    15

     

    Endodontics SUMMER TERM Second Year – Start of Summer Term to June 30th

    NewCo No.

     

    Course Title

    Course Director

    Cr. Hr.

    DEN 5960

    Endodontic Research

    S. Paurazas/M. Askar

    10

    TOTALS

    10

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    Course Descriptions

    DBS 5010
    Head and Neck Anatomy
    This course consists of head and neck dissection with emphasis on structures and functions relating to dentistry in general and endodontics specifically.

    DEN 5060
    Preclinical Endodontics
    This course introduces the entering graduate students to the major topical areas in clinical endodontics prior to beginning patient care.

    DEN 5110
    Endodontology
    Specific areas of clinical pharmacology, internal medicine and infectious diseases that may have a direct relationship to clinical treatment of the endodontic patient are discussed. (Two terms)

    DBS 5140, 5750
    Microbiology and Immunology
    Current concepts of clinical microbiology, immunology, virology and antimicrobial chemotherapy are considered in their application to maxillofacial infections.

    DEN 5150
    Endodontic Clinic
    The clinical delivery of comprehensive endodontic therapy to patients with various types of pulpal/periapical conditions. (Two terms)

    DEN 5160, 5190
    Endodontic Clinic
    These courses are a continuation of DEN 5150.

    DBS 5170
    Oral Pathology
    A study of pathologic conditions affecting the oral and paraoral regions. Clinical features are correlated to the histologic alterations characteristic of each disease.

    DEN 5210
    Endodontic Case Review
    This seminar will review and evaluate the success/failure of all patients treated. Treatment records will be analyzed during a detailed discussion of diagnosis and treatment providing a critical evaluation of the clinical result.

    DEN 5230, 5270
    Endodontic Case Review
    These courses are a continuation of DEN 5210.

    DEN 5220
    Pulp Biology
    An in-depth study of the dental pulp in health and disease. Pulpal reactions to irritants are emphasized along with associated diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. (Two terms)

    DEN 5240
    Endodontic Literature Review
    This course gives the student an in-depth knowledge of certain previously published articles in the endodontic literature and related fields.

    DEN 5290
    Endodontic Literature Review
    This course is a continuation of DEN 5240.

    DEN 5250
    Current Literature Seminar
    Endodontic texts and/or published reports of special conferences related to endodontics are reviewed and discussed. Current journal articles of interest will also be reviewed.

    DEN 5260, 5300, 5310
    Current Literature Seminar
    These courses are a continuation of DEN 5250.

    DEN 5670
    Advanced Endodontics
    Prepares the student to be able to diagnose, treat and manage patients with diseases of pulpal origin.

    DEN 5680
    Advanced Endodontics
    A continuation of DEN 5670.

    DEN 5690
    Endodontic Surgery
    Basic principles of surgical endodontics are presented. Indications, contraindications and techniques are emphasized.

    DEN 5860
    Practice Teaching
    This course is designed to expose the student to the methods of teaching undergraduate dental students in the clinic, laboratory and classroom.

    DEN 5870
    Practice Teaching
    A continuation of DEN 5860.

    DEN 5960
    Endodontic Research
    Independent research relating to the research project requirement for the MS degree in endodontics.
    Phase I consists of the formulation of the research idea, review of appropriate literature and establishing the research design.
    Phase II comprises the collection of the data relating to the research project.
    Phase III involves the analysis and interpretation of the data and the finalization of the article to be submitted to a professional journal.

    DOD 5920
    Biostatistics/Basic Research Methods
    Basic principles and techniques of research design and analysis are presented. Introduction to probability theory, sampling theory, criteria of reliability and validity and fundamentals of descriptive and inferential statistics are discussed. Scales of measurements and applications of parametric and nonparametric tests are introduced. Interpretation and evaluation of current research findings to professional practice is emphasized. (Two terms)

    DRD 5000

    Graduate Dental Materials
    This course provides a working understanding of specialty specific dental materials. Basic material science concepts, terminology, and critical properties are conveyed.

    DSD 5111

    Ethics & Professional Responsibility

    The course will include presentations, discussion and online modules to provide information to the participants. The course utilizes ethical codes, regulatory law and ethical theories, recognized central values and professional obligations to enhance the foundational principles presented. Cases will be presented throughout the course to encourage discussion and analysis. Students are expected to identify an ethical dilemma and apply a decision making model for the analysis and resolution of the dilemma. Students are required to present their dilemma to student colleagues and lead an ethical rounds discussion about the case, applicable ethical and legal principles and an appropriate ethics.

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