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James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine


Department of Stomatology: Division of Periodontics

Post-Doctoral Periodontics

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Dr. Joe W. Krayer
Director, Post-Doctoral Periodontics
College of Dental Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina
173 Ashley Avenue, Room 119 BSB
MSC 507
Charleston, South Carolina 29425

Program Overview

The Post-Doctoral program in Periodontics is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Education and the United States Department of Education.  The objective of this program is to develop specialists with a sound academic and clinical background on which to base clinical treatment, research and teaching.  Emphasis is placed on training clinicians who are competent in all aspects of  Periodontology and preparing them for the certification process of the American Board of Periodontology.

The clinical component of this program includes:

  • Ample exposure to periodontal examination procedures
  • Nonsurgical periodontal therapy
  • Surgical periodontal therapy including esthetic periodontal surgery
  • Guided tissue regeneration
  • Osseous grafting
  • Implant placement
  • Preparation of sites for implant placement including extraction of teeth, socket preservation techniques, sinus augmentation and block grafting
  • Hospital anesthesia
  • IV sedation
  • Supportive periodontal therapy
  • On-Call duty commitment is one week every six weeks

Candidates will complete either the MSD (Master of Science in Dentistry- College of Dental Medicine) or the MS (Master of Science- College of Graduate Studies).  The MS is generally for those candidates with a strong interest in research and the basic sciences.   The curriculum is flexible enough to accommodate candidates interested in either track.  Both degrees require completion of a research project, a Thesis and defense of that Thesis.  The didactic component of the program includes treatment planning seminars and literature review seminars one half day each per week in addition to formal lecture courses.

The Masters degree program is completed simultaneously with the clinical Certificate program and there is no option for a Certificate only program.  The Masters degree and Certificate program is a minimum of 35 months in length.  The time required to complete that combination may be more than 35 months depending on the research project and Thesis defense.  A PhD program is also available for those interested and qualified.  The time to complete a PhD and clinical Certificate is usually significantly more than 35 months.

New students begin the Post-Doctoral program July 1, and there is no option for part-time attendance.  A copy of the Bloodborne and Infectious Disease policies are available to the applicant upon request.

Applications may be submitted at any time before the application deadline of August 1 of the year preceding the anticipated start of your program. For example, the application deadline is August 1, 2016, to begin the program July 1, 2017.  Application as early as possible is strongly recommended.  We do not participate in a matching process.  We adhere to the Periodontal Resident Recruitment Guidelines developed by the American Academy of Periodontology and adopted by the majority of university based post-doctoral Periodontics programs.  We invite qualified applicants for personal interviews and extend offers to our future Residents in accord with the Guidelines.  These Guidelines may be accessed at  We encourage applicants to use the PASS system that may be reached at though our own application is still required.  If you use PASS you do not need to send us your transcripts as these will be available in the PASS system.  If you choose to pursue the MS or PhD options have your GRE scores sent directly to Dr. Krayer.  Please read our application for directions.