PROGRAM DIRECTOR:    Takashi Komabayashi, DDS, M Dent Sc, PhD
                                      Associate Professor
                                      
Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics

GENERAL INFORMATION:

The Department of Endodontics at West Virginia University offers a 34 month advanced education Master of Science program.  It is designed to qualify dentists for careers in endodontic clinical practice, teaching and research.

A stipend plus tuition waiver will be provided for graduate students in Endodontics at the end of the second year for the Summer Session and Fall/Spring Semesters.  Special fees are not covered by the tuition waiver, you must pay these each semester.

Inquires concerning this program should be directed to the Office of Dental Admissions.  Applicants approved for admission to the program will be notified soon after interviews are completed.


This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.  For details about faculty, publications and alumni information, please visit the Department website at http://dentistry.hsc.wvu.edu/

PROGRAM GOALS: 

  • Provide the education and training necessary for graduate dentists to practice in the specialty of Endodontics.
  • Provide the basis for a specialist in Endodontics to achieve Board Certification in Endodontics.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THE ENDODONTICS PROGRAM:

  1. Must have passed the National Dental Board Examination-Part 1 and Part 2.
  2. Must have earned a DMD or DDS degree, or equivalent.
  3. Must be proficient in the English language or report a recent ToEFL score (foreign applicants). 
  4. Must be a graduate from an accredited US or Canadian Dental School.
  5. Must display evidence of scholastic and clinical achievement that would indicate the applicant’s ability to progress in a program of this nature.  Generally, a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 is required.
  6. Must apply to the program through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) www.adea.org/pass and have all application materials submitted by August 1.   Please see the HOW TO APPLY section for more detailed information. 
  7. Become familiar with the West Virginia University School of Dentistry’s policy and procedure for Bloodborne Pathogens and Infectious Diseases.    
  8. Must consent to and pass a criminal background investigation prior to final acceptance.
  9. Must submit documentation of immunizations, including rubella, rubeola, mumps, hepatitis B, tetanus, meningococcal, meningitis, varicella and polio and provide evidence of a negative PPD test performed within the previous 12 monts.  A positive PPD test result must be accompanied by an appropriate chest x-ray report and follow-up treatment plan.
  10. Must meet certain Federal and University standards regarding the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).  To comply with these standards, all individuals admitted to the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and dental graduate programs must successfully complete the Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research (BRCR) online course offered by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).  The BRCR course must be completed no later than 30 days after beginning your first semester in the education program.  Failure to satisfy this requirement within the specified period of time will impact your enrollment.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE ENDODONTIC PROGRAM OF THE SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY: 

  1. Fulfillment of University requirements for graduate study.
  2. Thirty-four months (three academic years and three summer sessions) of consecutive full-time advanced study and clinical training at the School of Dentistry.
  3. Complete an approved master’s thesis based on original research completed during the course of study in an area related to Endodontics.
  4. Must satisfactorily pass a final oral examination.
  5. Must complete all didactic and clinical work in the required curriculum.
  6. Must have demonstrated satisfactory clinical competency in Endodontics.
  7. Completion of a minimum of 68 credit hours, including 39 hours of endodontic courses, a minimum of 14 hours of selected basic sciences subjects, 7 hours teaching practicum and a research/thesis (8 hours).
  8. Achievement of a 3.0 GPA or an overall competence in the student’s field.  A minimum grade of “B” must be earned in all work attempted in the master’s program.  A grade of “C” or below in two courses will require a faculty review of the student’s progress.  A third “C” or below will result in suspension from the program.

PROGRAM CURRICULUM: 

The curriculum includes courses in Endodontics, allied dental sciences and advanced courses in basic sciences.  It has been designed to conform to the educational recommendations of the Council of Endodontic Education of the American Association of Endodontists, the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and the requirements of the Health Sciences Center Graduate Programs Office of West Virginia University.

 

GRADUATE COURSES:


Advanced Oral Surgery (DENT 600):  Advanced study of therapeutics, hospital protocol, and surgical aspects of oral surgery involving lectures, seminars, demonstrations, and clinical applications.
 

Advanced Topics:  Biomedical Sciences Module Series (691A):  The Biomedical Sciences Module series has been designed as an online course for students enrolled in the advanced education programs in the WVU School of Dentistry.  Four modules are planned.  They include pharmacology, physiology/biochemistry, anatomy/histology/embryology, and microbiology/immunology/genetics.

The content of these modules focuses on the clinical application of each of the biomedical sciences to dentistry.  Cases will be used to integrate theory and practice.  Students will attend a virtual classroom by viewing online lectures, reading prescribed materials, and interacting with faculty and classmates through an online discussion forum. 

Advanced Topics:  Investigation of advanced topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

Applied Biostatistics for Health
(BIOS 601 & 602):  Statistical models, distributions, probability, random variables, tests of hypotheses, confident intervals, regression, correlation, transformations, F and Chi-square distributions, analysis of variance and multiple comparisons.


Clinical Endodontics (ENDO 688):  Graduate of an accredited dental school and admission to the Advanced Education Program in Endodontics or consent.  Clinical endodontic practice in the areas of: ordinary endodontic cases, complex endodontic cases, hemisection, root amputation, replantation, transplantation, endodontic implantation, vital pulp therapy, apexification, and bleaching.

Endodontic Theory (ENDO 689):  Provides seminar discussions in the topics of:  basic endodontic techniques, advanced endodontic techniques, endodontic literature review, case presentation, and advanced endodontic theory.

Research (ENDO 687 & 697):  Research activities leading to a thesis, problem report, research paper or equivalent scholarly project.

Special Studies in Oral Pathology (PATH 601):  Advanced study of local or systemic disease processes affecting oral structures through seminars. 


Teaching Practicum (ENDO 690):   Supervised practice in college teaching of dentistry. 

ENDODONTICS GRADUATE  CURRICULUM
FIRST YEAR CURRICULUM    
     
SUMMER - 1ST YEAR - JULY 1 CLASS CREDIT HOURS
CLINICAL ENDODONTICS ENDO 688 3
ENDODONTIC THEORY ENDO 689 2
ADVANCED ORAL SURGERY DENT 600 1
TEACHING PRACTICUM ENDO 690 1
SEM CLINICAL PHOTOGRAPHY ORTH 625 1
  TOTAL 8
     
FALL SEMESTER - 1ST YEAR CLASS CREDIT HOURS
CLINICAL ENDODONTICS ENDO 688 4
ENDODONTIC THEORY ENDO 689 2
ADVANCED ORAL SURGERY DENT 600 2
APPLIED BIOSTATISTICS BIOS 601 3
APPLIED BIOSTATISTICS LAB BIOS 602 1
SP STUDIES ORAL PATH PATH 601  2
TEACHING PRACTICUM ENDO 690 1
ADTP: BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES-PCOL DENT 691-A 1
  TOTAL 16
     
SPRING SEMESTER - 1ST YEAR CLASS CREDIT HOURS
CLINICAL ENDODONTICS ENDO 688 4
ENDODONTIC THEORY ENDO 689 2
TEACHING PRACTICUM ENDO 690 2
RESEARCH METHODS DENT 687 1
ADTP:  POST GRADUATE DENTAL MICROBIOLOGY DENT 791-A 3
  TOTAL 12
     
SECOND YEAR CURRICULUM:    
     
SUMMER - 2ND YEAR CLASS CREDIT HOURS
(GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP WAIVER/STIPEND BEGINS - JULY 1)
CLINICAL ENDODONTICS ENDO 688 4
TEACHING PRACTICUM ENDO 690 1
RESEARCH/THESIS ENDO 697 2
ADTP: BIOMED SCIENCES-ANAT DENT 691B 1
  TOTAL  8
     
FALL SEMESTER - 2ND YEAR CLASS CREDIT HOURS
(GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP WAIVER/STIPEND)
CLINICAL ENDODONTICS ENDO 688 4
ENDODONTIC THEORY ENDO 689 2
TEACHING PRACTICUM ENDO 690 1
RESEARCH/THESIS ENDO 697 2
  TOTAL  9
     
SPRING SEMESTER - 2ND YEAR CLASS CREDIT HOURS
(GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP WAIVER/STIPEND)    
CLINICAL ENDODONTICS ENDO 688 4
ENDODONTIC THEORY ENDO 689 2
TEACHING PRACTICUM ENDO 690 1
RESEARCH/THESIS ENDO 697 3
  TOTAL  10
     
SUMMER 1 - 2ND YEAR  CLASS CREDIT HOURS
(GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP WAIVER/STIPEND)
CLINICAL ENDODONTICS ENDO 688 5
RESEARCH/THESIS ENDO 697 1
  TOTAL 6