The department’s mission is to excel in teaching, patient care, and research in the field of Periodontology. Through teaching, research and service with integrity, fairness, cooperation and respect, the Department of Periodontology seeks to achieve continuous improvement and excellence in the specialty of Periodontology.
The overall goals of the program are to allow the residents to attain skills representative of a clinician proficient in theoretical and practical aspects of periodontics. The residents should also acquire both teaching basic and clinical research experience.
Graduates of this program should be able to:
- Understand principles of biomedical sciences and relate the information to the practice of Periodontology and Oral Implantology.
- Diagnose, treat, and maintain patients with advanced periodontal and peri-implant diseases and conditions and/or in need of rehabilitation with dental implants utilizing current concepts in the etiology, pathogenesis, patient management, prevention and maintenance, as well as understand the systemic implications of periodontal and peri-implant diseases.
- Perform site preparation for dental implants and place implants in edentulous and partially edentulous jaws of patients and develop a program of dental reconstruction and maintenance.
- Critically evaluate pertinent literature.
- Contribute to available knowledge in the field of dentistry by means of a research project which includes a defended thesis and a submitted manuscript for publication.
- Communicate effectively with dental colleagues and other health professionals.
- Supervise treatment procedures by dental students.
- Achieve a clinical and didactic competency required by the American Board of Periodontology in addition, to become a Diplomate of this organization.
- Develop an appreciation for lifelong learning.