Your browser is unsupported

We recommend using the latest version of IE11, Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

Advanced Periodontics and Implantology Fellowship Program

three dentists working on patient


This Advanced Periodontics and Implantology Fellowship Program is designed for non-US trained dentists. The purpose of this program is to provide in-depth didactic and clinical exposure of  advanced periodontics and dental implants to internationally trained dentists. 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.


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 Dental 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 dental implant procedures.

This program aligns itself with several of the core missions of the University of Illinois Chicago 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. This includes participation in:

Didactic courses:

  • Advanced Periodontal Therapy
  • 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

Clinical exposures:

  • Regenerative and resective surgery for the treatment of periodontitis
  • Periodontal plastic surgery to correct acquired mucogingival (recession) defects
  • Functional and esthetic crown lengthening surgery
  • Advanced imaging and treatment planning for dental implants
  • Site development for dental implant placement (hard and soft tissue grafting)
  • Dental implant placement (conventional and computer guided) of single and multiple fixtures, including “All-on-Four” type procedures
  • Temporization of dental implants
  • Surgical treatment of peri-implantitis
  • Sedation dentistry

Preclinical hands-on experiences:

  • Periodontal surgery utilizing porcine heads and/or typodont models
  • Dental implant placement utilizing porcine heads and/or typodont models


In addition to the program fee, students are responsible for housing, food, and medical/dental insurance fees as well as 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.


$6,000/1 month

$18,000/three months

$35,000/six months

$50,000/nine months

$65,000/twelve months

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.


An application can be downloaded on the link below. 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
  4. Copy of current dental license in the state or country of their residence
  5. Copy of your dental degree/diploma
  6. Copy of transcripts

After the application materials have been reviewed by the selection committee, a Zoom interview 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.

Contact Heading link

Michael L. Schmerman, DDS
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology and Dental Implant Surgery
Interim Department Head
Co-Director Advanced Program in Periodontics
Clinical Associate Professor

Department of Periodontics
College of Dentistry
University of Illinois Chicago
801 S. Paulina Street – Room 458
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 996-7238

Apply Now Heading link

Interested in applying for our Periodontics Externship Program?

Please download our application form, and email to Dr. Michael Schmerman (