Advanced Dental Education and Residency Program in Periodontics

The residency in periodontics is a three-year certificate program. Each resident is exposed to all periodontal diagnostics and therapies and is expected to be competent in all phases of clinical periodontal care. All residents are encouraged to participate in the American Academy of Periodontology board certification process, and to graduate as board-certified periodontist. A master's degree option is available to residents in the Department of Periodontics. Three residents are accepted annually for the three-year program.

Residents in the department are encouraged to pursue research projects and have contributed to national and international meetings for organizations in their specialty. Several are enrolled in the master's degree program in public health, or the master's degree in dental science.

All residents must be graduates of an accredited U.S. or Canadian dental school. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.


Applications to the residency program are accepted through the ADEA Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) and Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (MATCH).  The department maintains a yearly cut-off date of August 1.

Stipend Information

Each resident receives an annual stipend of $25,000. All residents are responsible to pay program costs, which include tuition, instruments, university fees, departmental professional fees, books, and supplies.

Read more about School of Dental Medicine residency programs at the University of Pittsburgh.


The advanced specialty education program in periodontics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653, or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611. The Commission's web address is