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University of Colorado Denver

University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine

Periodontics Program

Introduction to the Program

The Postgraduate Periodontics Program begins July 1st of each year and is of 36 months duration. Upon successful completion of the program the resident is awarded a Certificate in Periodontics and is eligible to take the American Board of Periodontology examination. A Master of Science in Dentistry degree is a requirement of the program, and residents are prepared to defend a Master’s Thesis.

The program is planned to be multifaceted and to utilize the extensive facilities and outstanding personnel of the University of Colorado to provide:

  • A strong foundation in the basic sciences, including surgical anatomy, cell biology, biochemistry, immunology, research methodology, and others.
  • Clinical science courses that include occlusion, oral medicine, oral pathology, dental implantology, interdisciplinary treatment planning, and others.
  • An extensive review of the periodontal literature to provide the basis for understanding current philosophies of therapy and to establish a scientific basis for formulating comprehensive treatment plans.
  • Exposure to a wide range of periodontal diagnoses requiring a variety of therapeutic procedures. Residents are encouraged to utilize a variety of materials and clinical techniques as long as there is evidenced-based research to support their clinical decision-making.
  • Research opportunities in either basic science or clinical areas to enable the resident to accomplish a meaningful original research project.
  • Some experience in a hospital environment at University Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus, to support conscious sedation training.
  • Teaching experience in both the classroom and clinic to communicate those principles and skills acquired during training.


Over the 36 months of the Program, residents' time is apportioned in the following manner:

  • Clinical – 62%
  • Didactic - 34%
  • Research – 3%
  • Teaching – 1%

Requirements for Graduation

  • Maintain a "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) overall Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Successful completion of all required courses or their appropriate substitutes
  • Attendance at all classes and clinics assigned
  • Successful completion of exams
  • Demonstrate clinical proficiency in Periodontics
  • Be a Student Member of the American Academy of Periodontology
  • Be a Student Member of the American Dental Association

New periodontal patients are welcome.

We are accepting new patients and we welcome you to the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine’s Postdoctoral Periodontics Program. Please call us at (303) 724-7009.

Mission and Goals 

Mission and Goals

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Admission Procedures 

Admission Procedures

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Contact Information 

Contact Information

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