Advanced Graduate Education Program in Endodontics

Program director: Robert R. White, DMD

The Advanced Graduate Program in Endodontics is a three-year program leading to an MMSc degree in oral biology and a certificate in endodontics. A DMSc degree (four years) is an option for those who wish to enter academics or research.

The purpose of the program is to develop competent endodontists with an extensive background in the biological sciences, research methodology, and teaching. This broad-based education in endodontics and related phases of graduate education provides the student with a thorough preparation for careers in specialty clinical practice, research, and academics. The program is also designed to satisfy the guidelines for and encourage certification by the American Board of Endodontics. Click here for the academic year 2013–2014 Program Directory.

Clinical Experience and Course Work

Approximately 40 percent of the program involves clinical experience, which students gain through the treatment of patients at the Harvard Dental Center at HSDM. Students work under the direct supervision of either full- or part-time endodontics instructors. Expectations focus on quality and diversity of experience, which must include 200 to 225 nonsurgical procedures, 20 to 30 surgical procedures, and at least 50 recalls.

Didactic courses given by the department, HSDM, and affiliated institutions make up 30 percent of the program. Department seminars include Interdepartmental Treatment Planning, Current and Classic Literature Reviews, and Intradepartmental Case Presentations.

Research and Teaching

All advanced graduate students engage in research as an integral part of their training at HSDM. Research activities are conducted with Harvard faculty mentors at HSDM or affiliated institutions, including Children’s Hospital Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Forsyth Institute.

During the second and third years, each advanced graduate student gains teaching experience through clinical, lecture, and laboratory teaching assignments in the predoctoral endodontics curriculum.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Occupational Employment Statistics
Standard Occupational Classification: 29.1029.00

Regulations of the US Department of Education (DOE) require institutions of higher education to disclose program cost, median loan debt, on-time completion rate, and (as available) graduate job placement information about nondegree certificate programs that prepare students for “gainful employment,” as a condition of receiving federal student aid under Title IV of the Higher Education Act. Pursuant to those regulations, HSDM makes the following disclosures.

Costs for duration of program (based on 2011-12 actual costs)
Tuition and fees: $176,003
Books and supplies: $450
Room and board: $67,272 (total figure for three years, assuming on-time completion of the program, based on amounts budgeted for room and board by HSDM Office of Financial Aid)

Because fewer than 10 students have been enrolled in this program in applicable years, DOE excuses HSDM from disclosing (and urges that HSDM should not disclose) median loan debt amounts and on-time completion rate information, in order to protect student privacy. See Gainful Employment FAQ.

Institutions must disclose job placement information only if they collect such information about graduates for another reason (for example, for accreditation purposes). HSDM does not collect job placement information and so does not disclose it here.