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FAQs

Have a question about VCU's Department of Periodontics graduate program? Scan through our list of the most frequently asked questions.

What are the periodontics graduate program goals?

  1. To provide an academic environment for inquiry in which expertise and knowledge in basic sciences and clinical periodontics can be achieved
  2. To provide a sound background in medicine as it applies to the periodontal patient
  3. To provide a sound background in oral pathology
  4. To be able to interpret, critique and apply periodontal and associated literature
  5. To develop sound diagnostic, clinical, nonsurgical and surgical skills
  6. To provide didactic instruction and clinical training in the area of dental implants
  7. To provide methods of pain and anxiety control, including ADA certification in intravenous conscious sedation
  8. To provide an environment for the interpretation and implementation of research
  9. To enable successful completion of the American Board of Periodontology certification
  10. To develop sound lifelong didactic and clinical learning skills
  11. To provide specialists in periodontics for community health care, professional service and dental education

What are the periodontics graduate program objectives?

  1. To be exposed to the basic sciences and be able to apply concepts to clinical periodontics
  2. To be able to critically critique and interpret the old and new literature
  3. To have an understanding of oral pathology and medicine as it applies to management of the periodontal patient
  4. To have residents exposed to and become proficient in multiple nonsurgical and surgical treatment modalities
  5. To become competent in the treatment planning, site preparation, surgical placement and maintenance of dental implants
  6. To obtain competency and certification in enteral and parenteral conscious sedation
  7. To complete research, M.S.D. and prepare a paper for presentation and publication
  8. To prepare the student to successfully complete Part I and II of the American Board of Periodontology
  9. To develop communication and presentation skills and lifelong learners

What must be completed for a successful graduation?

  1. All program requirements for a Specialty Certificate in Periodontics
  2. All requirements for a Master of Science in Dentistry
  3. All requirements for conscious sedation as defined by the American Dental Association

Do residents need a temporary resident’s license?

All residents are required to hold a Virginia temporary resident’s license. Requirements for licensure are:

  1. Received D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree from a dental program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association
  2. Successfully completed Part I of the National Dental Board at time of application and Part II by time of matriculation

How are residents supervised?

Residents fall under the direct supervision of the department’s graduate program director. Residents are taught by full- and part-time board-certified periodontists. All faculty members are recognized as leaders and authorities in the field of periodontics.

What are the surroundings and facilities like within the department?

The periodontics graduate program is located in the heart of downtown Richmond on the university’s MCV Campus. The graduate periodontal clinic is located in the 55,000-square-foot W. Baxter Perkinson, Jr. building, the newest of three dental structures on the MCV Campus.

The periodontal clinic is a state-of-the-art clinic consisting of 10 surgical operatories and nine general-use, hygiene and undergraduate operatories. Surgical operatories are equipped for four-hand dentistry, digital X-rays, patient monitoring and sedation, and with clinical computer monitors for patient education and documentation. One surgical suite is equipped with audiovisual capabilities for surgical demonstrations and recording. The clinic also has sterilization/storage, cone beam CT capabilities and a conference room.

Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Dentistry
Department of Periodontics
Wood Memorial Building
521 North 11th Street
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0566
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