Academic Divisions

Predoctoral Periodontics Program

The predoctoral (dental student) program in Periodontology at Ohio State has many educational facets, including didactic courses, clinical experiences, surgical assists, board reviews, competency exams, a periodontal rotation and an elective course.

Lecture Course:

The didactic courses introduce students to:

  • periodontal anatomy
  • periodontal examination
  • periodontal pathology
  • periodontal diagnosis
  • evidence-based periodontal treatment
  • periodontal surgery

Clinical Experiences

  • Students gain clinical experiences by working with periodontal faculty, postdoctoral and dental hygienists.
  • Students are exposed to an interdisciplinary approach to dental treatment when they see patients in the comprehensive care clinic and in the graduate (postdoctoral) periodontal clinic

Clinical Requirements

  • The philosophy for clinical requirements is to place an emphasis on periodontal evaluation, diagnosis and re-evaluation because general dentists frequently must make crucial decisions on referring patients to periodontal specialists (periodontists)
  • Dental students are also required to assist during periodontal surgery, which provides first hand experiences on the specialty of periodontics.

Competency Examinations

  • Near the end of their third year, students must complete a manikin-based competency exam on periodontal measurements and instrumentation.
  • During their fourth year, there is patient based competency exam on periodontal examination, a mock regional clinical board exam and a comprehensive written exam, which prepare them for the periodontal portions of clinical and National Board Exams. Students are also given board review sessions.

Periodontal Rotation

  • In their fourth year, students also attend a periodontal rotation
    • emphasis on periodontal topics relevant to practicing general dentists.
    • Students also attend a postdoctoral student case presentation.

Periodontal Surgery Elective

  • A periodontal surgery elective for interested 4th year dental students is offered on a competitive basis.
  • The course includes:
    • seminars on periodontal surgical procedures
    • a laboratory exercise allows
  • participating students may perform certain surgical procedures on patients