Our department teaches a number of courses for dental students. Additionally, our department hosts a number of residents for a three-year residency program.
Our professors teach course for fourth, fifth and sixth year dental students. These courses include both theoretical and clinical work. The entire staff takes part in training the residents.
The Residency Program
The department accepts six residents every other year. The residency program is three years long, with two years in the clinic, 6 months for research and six months doing rotation. The way the program is set up means that the department hosts 12 residents for a year (1st and 3rd year residents) and six residents the year after (2nd year residents).
The department has pored a lot of resources and time into this residency program, and the program boasts a high standard of training, similar to programs in the US. The program tuition fee is about $6000 a year. The residents work in the clinic for 2 1/2 days a week. Additionally, they teach for 1/2 a day and participate in seminars and case study presentations for a full day.
The residency program aims to train the next generation of endodontists in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of dental tissue pulp and any ensuing complications. The resident will be familiar with all related literature and will be able to recognize which treat method he should apply in each situation. The resident will learn how to initate and plan scientific research and will participate in seminars given to dentists and dental students.
The resident must meet all the requirements stated in the guidebook for residents
The resident must have at least two years of experience working as a dentist
The resident must meet with the selection committee. If s/he passes the inital selection process, the resident will meet with an external body for the next stage. Finally, if the candidate has passed the first two stages, s/he will be invited in for an interview.
The endodontics residency program include 1,500 hours during the first two year of the program. During these two years, the resident will be working in the Department of Endodontics with their main activities being clinical work under direct supervision of an endodontist, participation in seminars, teaching endodontics to dental students. The third year involves rotations in different wards (see below).
At the end of the resident's second year, s/he is eligible to take phase I (the written section) of the specialization exam. The second phase of this exam includes the presentation of various case studies and an oral exam. This section can be taken before the end of the resident's third year or afterwards, but no later than fours after completion. The theoretical section takes place once a year and only afterwards is a resident eligible to take the final section.
There are lectures and seminars all day on Tuesdays. The seminars include theoretical material, medical literature and select articles. There are also case study presentations. The seminars are taught by the department staff and second year residents.
Clinical work is conducted in the Department of Endodontics under direct supervision of an endodontist. The department has five units equipped with microscopes and other state-of-the-art devices which can be used (and are encouraged to be used) by our residents. The residents work four days a week, every week (except for the annual two week vacation). At the end of the first year, the residents must take a final exam. The residents must be able to perform every type of endodontic treatment. Detailed clinical requirements will be handed out at the beginning of the program.
During the third year of the program the resident will have rotations in basic sciences for half a year and will spend three months in a recognized oral and maxillofacial surgery department and three months in an additional department.