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Program Chair: Sidney H. Stein, DMD, PhD.
Program Director Orthodontics: Terry Trojan, DDS, MS
Program Director Pediatric Dentistry: Martin Donaldson, DDS
Program Director Periodontics: Marty S. Green, DDS, MS
Program Director Prosthodontics: David R. Cagna, DMD, MS

The College of Dentistry of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has established a Master of Dental Science program under the auspices of the College of Graduate Health Sciences. The purpose of the program is to provide a contemporary research experience in the areas of orally related sciences to dentists enrolled in the clinical specialty programs of the College of Dentistry. The course and research requirements of the Master's of Dental Science provide individuals with both a traditional and contemporary knowledge of the role of research in the clinical management of orofacial abnormalities and diseases. The goal of the program is to train dental specialists to pursue several career possibilities, including specialty practice, research, or teaching, with the increased knowledge of the interrelationship among clinical dentistry, basic science, and research.

The Master of Dental Science degree is offered in five areas of concentration. The degree is awarded upon completion of the requirements of the advanced education programs in endodontics, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontology, and prosthodontics. The general policies, procedures, and requirements of the College of Dentistry clinical training programs apply to Master of Dental Science students as well.

For more information, contact the program director of the advanced education program (Endodontics, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontology, or Prosthodontics) at 901-448-6200 or write to the Office of Admissions, College of Dentistry, University of Tennessee, Memphis, 875 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38163. Fax: 901-448-7104.

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Orthodontics
Director: Terry Trojan, DDS, MS

The graduate program in orthodontics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center begins each August and continues for 33 consecutive months with graduation in May. Not more than four students are selected for matriculation each year. This program provides intensive instruction and training in the biological and clinical sciences related to orthodontics. The course of instruction is designed to satisfy all requirements for eligibility for licensure as a specialist, the specialty board in orthodontics, and the Master of Dental Science degree. Students admitted to the program are expected to demonstrate clinical proficiency in orthodontics and complete a thesis that is based on original research, demonstrates individual thought, and is of substantive literary and scientific merit. The program, fully accredited by the American Dental Association, is well rounded and provides balanced training in clinical orthodontics, the basic sciences, and research.

Fall and Spring Courses

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Pediatric Dentistry
Director: Martin Donaldson, DDS

For students who successfully complete the 24-month clinical program in pediatric dentistry and are interested in additional research training, a third year of full-time study (12 months) is available leading to a Master of Dental Science degree. The degree is awarded by the College of Graduate Health Sciences on completion of an original research project together with a written thesis. Although the student will maintain clinical skills through active patient care during this time, the third year of study emphasizes gaining experience in research methodologies and interdisciplinary research activities. Students wishing to pursue the Master of Dental Science degree must inform the department chair at the beginning of the second year of postdoctoral studies.

Fall and Spring Courses

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Periodontics
Director: Marty S. Green, DDS, MS

Consistent with the expanding scope and knowledge in periodontics and the accreditation requirements of the American Academy of Periodontology and American Dental Association, the course of study leading to a certificate of proficiency in periodontics and a Master of Dental Science degree extends over 36 months. The curriculum has been designed to relate basic science principles to the practice of periodontics. The program emphasizes clinical application, with significant didactic and research activity maintained over the 36 months. The research areas available for study include the broad expanse of both clinical and basic science approaches to improving the understanding of periodontal pathobiology. In general, clinical certification is not awarded until the student has fulfilled the requirements of the College of Graduate Health Sciences for the Master of Dental Science degree. Two students are accepted each year for admission and matriculation in July. Stipend support is available.

Fall and Spring Courses

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Prosthodontics
Director: David R. Cagna, DMD, MS

The Advanced Prosthodontic Program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center begins each July and extends for 36 consecutive months with graduation in June. The program is well rounded and provides balanced instruction in clinical prosthodontics, laboratory technology, basic sciences, and research. Upon completion, a Certificate of Proficiency in prosthodontics and a Master of Dental Science degree are awarded. The program complies with standards established by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and qualifies students for examination by the American Board of Prosthodontics. The curriculum is consistent with the expanding scope of knowledge in prosthodontics as determined by the American College of Prosthodontists and the American Dental Association. In accordance with mandates set forth by the American Dental Association in the Accreditation Standards for Advanced Specialty Education Programs in Prosthodontics, all students are involved in original, independent research. This research displays a high level of scholarship and contributes to the existing fund of professional knowledge. Strong mentorship and state-of-the-art scientific resources are readily available in the Department of Restorative Dentistry’s clinical research facility, the College of Dentistry’s dental research center and dental materials core facilities, and the University’s College of Health Science Engineering. A Master of Dental Science degree is awarded by the College of Graduate Health Sciences upon fulfillment of all program requirements, completion of research, production and acceptance of a thesis, and successful public defense of the independent research effort. At present, one student is accepted into the Advanced Prosthodontics Program each year. A stipend is granted to each student in the program, commensurate with level of training and funding availability.

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Revised 9 July 2007

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