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Fellowship Programs in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry

The Fellowship Programs in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine Department of Periodontics and Preventive Dentistry exposes participating fellows to both didactic and clinical portions of the Pitt Graduate Periodontics Program, including participating in hands-on demonstrations and assisting patients’ treatments at the University dental clinics. During the course of the program, fellows will attend the same courses, seminars, case conferences and literature reviews offered in the Advanced Periodontics Residency Program. Fellows also will have the opportunity to actively participate in basic science and clinical research, as well as contribute to ongoing clinical trials developed in the department.

The program provides fellows with the opportunity to:

  • Expand the scope and depth of their knowledge in periodontics and implant dentistry;
  • Learn analytical skills necessary for evaluation of current literature to ensure the capacity for continued, self-directed growth to practice evidence-based dentistry;
  • Improve their abilities and confidence for successful public oral presentations in dental conferences, seminars and study clubs; and
  • Actively participate on basic science (bench top) or clinical research based on ongoing department projects.

Duration of the Fellowship and Application Cycles

Candidates may opt for a 6- or a 12-month program. Transfers from the different programs are permitted, subject to the review of the program directors. Applicants are advised that both programs are a full-time commitment.

Three - five fellows are accepted during each application cycle.

  • Spring: April 1 (July 1 start date)
  • Summer: June 1 (September 1 start date)*
  • Fall: October 1 (January 1 start date)
* This is an alternative cycle and may not be offered every year.
Please feel free to e-mail and inquire at any time if you are interested

Clinical and Research Opportunities for Alumni

The Fellowship Program in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry is a non-degree program which offers opportunities for dentists from dental schools inside and outside of the United States and Canada to refine and enhance their education by expanding their knowledge in periodontics and implant dentistry.

After completion of the program, fellows are eligible to apply for either a degree-granting program or the American Dental Association (ADA) accredited advanced training program in periodontics (residency program).

Tuition and Student Support

If accepted into the program, the tuition for the six-month module is $13,000; and the tuition for the 12-month program is $25,000. A non-refundable deposit of $3,000 is required, payable within 20 days of acceptance into the program. The fellows are responsible for their own living, housing, health insurance and visa expenses related to the program. No funds, scholarships, loans or grants are available for the fellowship program. There is a one-time, non-refundable application fee of $250.

Student Visas

Pitt Dental Medicine Department of Periodontics will sponsor J-1 non degree student visas.

Prospective Students and Detailed Admissions Requirements

DDS/DMD, BDS, or equivalent degree is required of applicants desiring to explore the full scope of the periodontics specialty. International applicants must be eligible for an appropriate visa to enter the United States. 

Applicants must provide the following information:

  • Completed application form (for best results, please select the download option after clicking this link and complete your form on your computer)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Dental school transcripts of predoctoral education (with an English translation if not originally in English)
  • Minimum of two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement (fellow candidates are encouraged to mention on their personal statement which research area they have interest and why)
  • Photograph of themself (2" x 2")

Assessment of English Language Proficiency can be submitted using one of the following:

  • TOEFL IBT (internet Based Test) score of 80.
  • TOEFL  CBT (Computer based test) score of 213
  • DuoLingo score of 105
  • IELTS score of 6.5

Assessment of English Language Proficiency will be waived for the following cases:

  • Applicant is a citizen of a country whose official language is English
  • Applicant graduated from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S.
  • Applicant is not a citizen of a country whose official language is English but has completed a degree program at an institution outside of the U.S. where the language of instruction is English and where the official national language of the country in which the institution is located is English.

An onsite or video conference interview with the fellowship program director and co-director is required.

Dismissal Policy: As an approved advanced educational training program, standing policies and processes for postdoctoral student/resident appeals apply to the fellowship program.

Download an application form >

(for best results, please select the download option after clicking this link and complete your form on your computer)

Completed applications may be printed and sent to:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
Department Of Periodontics and Preventive Dentistry
Salk B100
3501 Terrace St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Documented Employment Opportunities for Graduates of the Program

Upon completion of this program, fellows will receive a certificate which will help them achieve high reputation in areas of academics, research, and scholarship. Employment opportunities include an increased chance to be accepted in a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited graduate program or in the International Advanced Standing Program, which allows qualified, international dentists who graduated from programs not accredited by the CODA to earn a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree and later practice in the United States.

Impact on Students Enrolled in Existing Programs 
All students enrolled in the Fellowship Programs in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry are not enrolled in other existing programs.

Impact on Other University Programs 
Other programs are not competitors for this program given the special emphasis on didactic and clinical portions specific to the periodontal field.

Impact on Staff and Faculty Personnel 
There is no additional impact on staff and faculty personnel to establish this program 

Cancellation Policy
Should the fellowship program be cancelled by the supporting division, enrollees are entitled to a full refund, except for application fees. Should the fellow leave the program at any given time prior completion, no refund is applicable.