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James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine

Postgraduate Endodontics

Advanced Postdoctoral Education Program in Endodontics
Division of Endodontics - Department of Oral Rehabilitation

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Dr. Marc Levitan
Director, Postdoctoral Endodontic Program
MUSC College of Dental Medicine
Room 539 Basic Science Building
173 Ashley Avenue, MSC 507
Charleston, South Carolina  29425-5070
E-Mail: (**preferred communication)
Phone: 843-792-3516
FAX:   843-792-6433

Program Overview For Class Commencing June 15 2015

The advanced postdoctoral education program in endodontics was granted “approval without reporting requirements” by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation, effective August 31, 2012.

The objective of this postdoctoral endodontic program is to develop specialists with a sound academic background on which to base clinical treatment, research and teaching. As many as three postdoctoral students are accepted for matriculation each year.

Clinical Components of the Program include:

  • diagnostic examination and testing procedures
  • interdisciplinary treatment planning
  • odontogenic and nonodontogenic differential diagnosis
  • emergency and pain management
  • trauma management
  • bleaching therapy
  • surgical operating microscope magnification
  • initial and retreatment nonsurgical therapy
  • surgical therapy
  • supportive periodontal therapy and osseous grafts
  • combined endodontic-periodontic therapy
  • nitrous oxide and oral sedation antianxiolysis
  • medically compromised patient therapy
  • vital pulp therapy
  • revascularization/regeneration therapy
  • pediatric therapy
  • post space preparation, and post with core buildup procedures
  • recall assessment
  • case preparation per American Board of Endodontics format

Didactic Components of the Program include:

Treatment planning and case review, classic literature and current literature review each occur weekly in seminar format. Additionally, endodontic lecture presentations are presented weekly on a variety of special topics.
Emphasis is placed on training clinicians who are competent in all aspects of endodontics, so that they will be eligible for certification by the American Board of Endodontics. Candidates will also be required to complete an M.S.D. (Master of Science in Dentistry - College of Dental Medicine) program with an additional curriculum of core courses in the biomedical sciences. The curriculum is flexible enough to accommodate candidates desiring private practice as well as those interested in academics and research.

The M.S.D. program is completed simultaneously with the clinical Certificate program, and there is no option for a Certificate only program. The combined M.S.D. and Certificate program is twenty-six (26) months in duration and is the only track available. New students are expected to begin their program on June 15, 2015 and no provision is made for other than full time participation in the postdoctoral endodontic program.

A research project culminating in defense of a thesis is mandatory; and preparation of a manuscript suitable for publication in a peer reviewed journal is strongly recommended. Copies of the MUSC clinic and student policies are available to the applicant upon request. The postdoctoral endodontic student will be on emergency call every sixth week. All students are required to provide their own laptop or tablet, with only contemporary models being acceptable.

Admission Criteria for the Postdoctoral Endodontic Program:

Applicants must have earned a dental degree from an accredited US or foreign dental school. Official transcripts are required directly from the dental school and must include the applicant’s class rank. Transcripts should also be requested from all undergraduate and graduate colleges or universities attended and sent directly to MUSC.
At least three (3) letters of recommendation should be requested. One of these letters must be submitted by an endodontic faculty member from the applicant’s dental school. All letters should be sent directly to MUSC, with a business card attached to the recommendation and the sealed outside flap of the envelope signed by the sender.

US Applicants: National Dental Board Examination (NDBE) Parts I and II scores are required from graduates of US dental schools applying to the program and must be sent directly to MUSC from the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE). For applicants who are in their final year of dental school, the NDBE Part II scores must be sent directly to MUSC as soon as they become available.

International Applicants: National Dental Board Examination (NDBE) Parts I and II scores are required from graduates of international schools applying to the program and must be sent directly to MUSC from the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE). All international transcripts must be accompanied by an Educational Credential Evaluators (E.C.E.) course evaluation report ( Applicants are also required to demonstrate oral and written proficiency in English (TOEFL or IELTS). The MUSC institutional code is 5407. In addition, a one year US post-dental educational experience is required.

It is the policy of the Medical University of South Carolina not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, national origin or sex in its admissions, employment and other educational activities and programs.

The application and all supporting data are to be sent to the contact address listed in the beginning of this document. Once received, the application and all associated documents become the property of MUSC and cannot be returned. Applications may be submitted beginning June 01, 2014 through the application deadline of August 15, 2014 for matriculation into the program beginning June 15, 2015. It is strongly recommended to submit applications as early as possible. Applications and supporting data must be complete for consideration. Qualified applicants are invited for interview at MUSC. Please contact Dr. Levitan by e-mail (preferred format for all communications) with any questions.

The MUSC postdoctoral endodontic program does not participate with ADEA PASS or match programs.

Fees, Tuition and Budgeted Costs of Program:**

US Applicants:

Fees: Following interview, applicants offered a position in the College of Dental Medicine postdoctoral endodontic program are required to submit a letter of intent and nonrefundable acceptance fee of US $1,000.00. Following enrollment this fee is applied to the first year’s budgeted costs.

Prior to enrollment, MUSC requires a fee to complete a separate Application (US $95.00), and an Applicant Response Form and Matriculation fee (US $485.00) through the Office of Enrollment Management.
Tuition: MUSC tuition for the M.S.D. program is US $4,313.00 per year. There is an additional informatics and technology (IT) assessment of US $9,025.00 per year.

Budgeted Costs: Postdoctoral endodontic program budgeted costs will not exceed US $50,000.00 per year. A surgical operating microscope and all other necessary patient related equipment, instruments and supplies are provided by the program with the exception of certain resource textbooks. Budgeted costs also include registration, transportation, hotel accommodations (shared room) and food ($32 per diem) to attend certain professional meetings and/or specific continuing education programs. MUSC sponsored continuing education courses may be attended without charge.

Financial aid is available for enrolled US Applicants. Following registration, an MUSC web site link may be accessed to complete the application for federally subsidized funding.

International Applicants:

In addition to the US Applicant fees, tuition and budgeted costs, there is an International Assessment billed for each academic year.

** MUSC fees and tuition are subject to change.                                       Revised: 25 JUN 2014