This Advanced Periodontics and Implantology Fellowship Program is a non-accredited continuing education program designed for non-US trained dentists. The purpose of this program will be to allow internationally trained dentists develop an in-depth appreciation and understanding of an advanced periodontics curriculum. This fellowship program offers an individualized professional development program for dentists and dental specialists who are interested in advancing their knowledge in Periodontics and Oral Implantology. Individuals participating in this program will have the opportunity to attend periodontal seminars and lectures, observe periodontal faculty members and/or residents in a clinical setting and participate in research-related activities. This program will also serve as an opportunity for the non-US trained dentist to become familiar with the specialty, determine their level of interest for future formal residency training, demonstrate their interest in advanced training, and demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of periodontal and implant procedures. Upon successful completion of the fellowship, fellows will have a potential advantage when applying for residency programs.
The mission of this fellowship program is to provide interested non-US trained dental professionals exposure to the US dental education healthcare system and provide opportunities for advancing their knowledge and clinical experience in Periodontics and Implantology. This program will educate the non-US trained dentist to become familiar with the specialty, determine their level of interest for future formal residency training, demonstrate their interest in advanced training, and demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of periodontal and implant procedures.
This program aligns itself with several of the core missions of the University of Illinois College of Dentistry: educating oral health professionals and scholars who excel in a complex, multicultural and technologically challenging world, discovering and translating new knowledge at the boundaries of science, social systems and related technologies for the benefit of individuals, families and communities, and providing oral and health education & clinical services of the highest quality with an emphasis on enhancing health equity and social justice for individuals and communities.
Fellows will follow the same clinic and experience a full range of clinical procedures performed in our advanced graduate residency clinics. These procedures include:
- Regenerative and resective surgery for the treatment of periodontitis
- Periodontal plastic surgery to correct acquired mucogingival defects
- Crown lengthening surgery
- Site development for implant placement (including guided bone generation and autogenous block grafts)
- Implant surgery (conventional and computer guided)
Didactic courses are offered on the following:
- Periodontal Treatment Planning/Therapy Seminar
- Periodontal Literature Seminar
- Basic Implantology
- Anesthesia and Pain Control
- Implant Diagnosis and Treatment Seminar
- Advanced Craniofacial Anatomy
- Advanced Oral Sciences
- Radiology for the Dental Specialist
Participants will also participate in preclinical hands-on experiences in implant surgery and periodontal surgery utilizing porcine heads and models.
PROGRAM FEE AND OTHER EXPENSES
In addition to the program fee, students are responsible for housing, food, and medical/dental insurance fees as well as for visa, travel and personal expenses. Neither the College of Dentistry nor the Department of Periodontics will assist participants with travel or living expenses. For visa purposes, students must be able to show that they can meet the minimum support requirements for themselves and their dependents.
After notification of acceptance into the program, fifty percent (50%) of the non-refundable tuition rate is required within seven (7) days. The remaining balance is due on the first day of observation. Checks should be made payable to UIC Department of Periodontics.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
An application can be downloaded online in the Department of Periodontics webpage or alternatively requested from Dr. Kevin Luan, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). This is an elective program with no formal language proficiency requirement; however, applicants must have a working knowledge of English.
Together with the application, applicants are required to submit the following:
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Statement of Purpose
3. Two (2) letters of recommendation as described in the application form
4. Copy of current dental license in the state or country of their residence
6. Copy of your dental degree/diploma
7. Copy of transcripts
After the application materials have been reviewed by the selection committee, a phone interview with the Program Director will be required before admittance. Students will not be allowed in the program until all documents have been received and verified.
We regret that not all applicants can be accepted into the program.