Interim Program Director: Mira Ghaly, DMD, MS
Assistant Professor
Program administrative support contact: Antionette Richardson-Smith
Department phone: (706) 723-4305
Department fax: (706)  723-0215
Program length: 36 months
No. of residents accepted: 3 - 4/yr
PASS participant: Yes
MATCH participant: Yes
Accreditation status: The program in periodontics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/en/coda. The Commission on Dental Accreditation has accredited the program in periodontics. However, accreditation of the program does not in itself constitute recognition of any dental specialty status.
Beginning date: July 1 each year
National Boards: Applicants must have successfully passed the INBDE - Integrated National Boards Examination or both NBDE Parts 1 and 2 of the National Board Dental Examination by the program application deadline.

Admission Requirements:

Dentists graduated from accredited United States and Canadian or other international dental schools that possess equivalent educational background and standing are eligible for admission to the Advanced Education Program in Periodontics.

We only consider candidates who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents.

All applicants must apply through the PASS program. Qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews following the deadline, and candidates are encouraged to submit application materials prior to the deadline as the review process of completed applications will begin at that time. Application materials are reviewed and candidates with the highest qualifications are selected for an interview based on the following criteria: dental and pre-professional education transcripts, class standing, National Dental Board Examination results, personal and career goals, experiences beyond the dental student program education, evidence of scholarly activity, and letters of recommendation. Applicants born outside the United States and whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language, the Internet-based version of TOEFL (iBT TOEFL). Minimum scores are 100, and 26 in the speaking component. Candidates for admission should possess academic credentials placing them in the upper 1/3 of their class and should demonstrate a definite interest in periodontics. Additional experience beyond dental school including internships, residencies, private practice, military service or graduate studies will strengthen the applicant’s credentials. A personal site visit and interview is usually required for acceptance into the program.

See the Augusta University Catalog for more information.

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The Certificate Program

The Advanced Education Program in Periodontics is a course of study leading to the award of a Certificate in Periodontics. The program provides a comprehensive course of study in clinical and didactic periodontics, satisfying the requirements for eligibility for the American Board of Periodontology.

The program provides the residents with evidence based biological, scientific and clinical information and experiences to diagnose and treat all forms of periodontal disease at a proficient level. The resident becomes thoroughly familiar with the periodontal literature and receives broad clinical experiences in examination, prognosis determination, and all accepted modes of periodontal therapy. Residents are encouraged to continue learning experiences after completion of the program by means of the critical review of the literature, active participation in continuing education, leadership in organized dentistry and clinical research. Hospital dentistry and a varied patient population are achieved through Augusta University Medical Center and an affiliation with the Veterans Administration Medical Center Outpatient Dental Clinic.

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Tuition, Stipends, Equipment and Benefits

Program Fees: Program fees may be assessed for the cost of specialty related certifications in IV Sedation, Head and Neck Anatomy, AAP In-Service Exam, and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS). These courses are offered exclusively to Augusta University residents at a reduced cost. Residents wishing to enroll in the Master of Science in Oral Biology degree program must pay tuition for courses taken through the College of Graduate Studies. References should be made to the current Augusta University Catalog for specific information regarding Graduate School tuition and fees.

The stipend is approximately $9,400-$13,300 per year for each resident dependent on the PGY level. Augusta, Georgia is a beautiful city with a low cost of living, making Augusta University an ideal location for residency training from a financial standpoint. Residents are encouraged to attend the national AAP meetings and the department will support the resident for some of the expenses incurred from attending.

Periodontic residents are required to furnish their own digital camera and accessories for intra-oral photography, and purchase reference books. Photographic equipment costs are approximately $2,000.00, and books for under $500.00. The clinic has up-to-date equipment for periodontic and dental implant surgical procedures and monitoring equipment for IV sedation. All other supplies and equipment associated with the clinical program are provided by the institution.

The Dental College of Georgia provides malpractice insurance coverage for residents while providing patient care at Augusta University. This insurance does not cover any outside dental practice. Periodontic residents are eligible to participate in the Student Health Insurance Plan program at Augusta University.

Residents are entitled to Augusta University employee holidays, though assignments for emergency coverage must be maintained. Residents may be entitled to up to 12 days annual leave, up to10 days of professional leave, up to 5 days of education leave, at the discretion of the Program Director. 12 days of medical leave are also granted to residents as outlined in the Dental College of Georgia Leave Policy for Dental Residents.

The Facilities:
The periodontic residents treat patients in the Periodontics Surgery Clinic located in the Dental College of Georgia.  In the Periodontics Surgery Clinic each resident is assigned an operatory equipped with handpieces and an ultrasonic scaler. The clinic is equipped with state of the art digital periapical and bitewing radiographic capture and has access to panographic and Cone-beam CT Scanning technologies for implant surgery. All radiographic images are captured and stored electronically using MiPACS software. Clinical records, scheduling and billing are all managed electronically with AxiUm dental management software. Residents share office space in the clinic with each study carousel equipped with a computer that is connected to the institutional network for e-mail, library services and internet access.


The Curriculum

The Periodontic Postdoctoral Program curriculum has four components:  (1) Periodontics Specialty Courses, (2) Basic Science Core Courses (Oral Biology courses),  (3) Clinical Core Courses, and (4) Interdisciplinary Courses. The curriculum is listed in the Augusta University Course Catalog.  

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The Master's Degree Program

The Graduate School offers a Master of Science in Oral Biology degree which may be taken in conjunction with the certificate curriculum.  This joint program gives the student more extensive experience in research and basic science education and requires an in-depth original research project leading to a defended thesis.  Tuition is charged on a per hour basis for the graduate courses taken.  The applicant must be accepted by the Graduate School and the Department of Oral Biology.  Application to the graduate program is made after acceptance to the certificate program. 

A  PhD. in Oral Biology may also be pursued concurrently with specialty training.

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