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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
MUSC James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine

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Contact:
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: levitanm@musc.edu (**preferred communication)
Phone: 843-792-3516
FAX:   843-792-6433

Program Overview For Class Commencing June 13, 2016

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
  • evidence-based dentistry and clinical application
  • 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
  • combined endodontic-periodontic therapy and osseous grafts
  • nitrous oxide and oral sedation antianxiolysis
  • medically compromised patient therapy
  • vital pulp therapy
  • pulp regeneration therapy
  • pediatric therapy
  • post space preparation, and post with core buildup procedures
  • recall assessment
  • digital radiography including CBCT
  • 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 duration and is the only track available.  New students are expected to begin their program on June 13, 2016 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 international 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 former 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 a WES or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators, www.ece.org) course evaluation report.  Applicants are required to demonstrate oral and written proficiency in English (TOEFL or IELTS exam results).  The MUSC institutional code is 5407.  In addition, a one year US post-dental educational experience (fellowship / preceptorship) 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, 2015 through the application deadline of August 14, 2015 for matriculation into the program beginning June 13, 2016.  Applications and supporting data must be complete for consideration.   Early submission is strongly recommended as applications are evaluated when complete.  Qualified applicants are invited for interview at MUSC.  Please contact Dr. Levitan by email (preferred format for all communications) with any questions.

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

Fees, Tuition, Program Costs and Personal Living Expenses:

Summary of Yearly Financial Obligation: (Approximately US $90,000.00)
All MUSC fees, tuition and program costs are approximately US $65,000 per year.  This does not include personal living expenses that are estimated to be US $25,000 per year.

US Applicants:

One time Nonrefundable Acceptance Fee (US $1,000.00)

  • 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.  The acceptance fee is deducted from the first year’s program costs.

One time M.S.D. Supplemental Application / Processing Fee (US $580.00)

  • Prior to registration, MUSC requires submission of a Supplemental Application and fee of US $95.00 for the M.S.D. program.
  • Prior to enrollment, the Office of Enrollment Management requires submission of an Applicant Response Form and processing fee (US $485.00).

Annual Expenses (Approximately US $65,000.00)

  • MUSC has an informatics and technology (IT) assessment of US $9,025.00 per year.  
  • Tuition:  MUSC tuition for the M.S.D. program is US $4,313.00 per year. 
  • Program Costs
      o   Postdoctoral endodontic program costs are US $50,000.00 per year billed in equal installments biannually (July 1st and January 1st).
      o   A surgical operating microscope and all other necessary patient related equipment, instruments and supplies are provided by the program costs.
      o   Expenses for periodic designated professional meetings and CE courses are also included in the program costs.

Residents can expect total annual costs to approximate US $90,000.00 per year.
Financial aid is available for enrolled US Applicants to cover all fees, assessments, tuition, program costs and personal living expenses.  Following registration, a MUSC Web site link may be accessed to complete application for federally subsidized funding.

International Applicants:

In addition to the US Applicant fees, tuition and program costs, there is an International Assessment billed for each academic year.  For more information, please contact Dr. Marc Levitan, Director.


** All fees, tuition, program costs and personal living expenses are current as of June, 2014 and subject to change.                                                                                                                                 

         Revised: 12 FEB 2015