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Goals & Objectives

  • The UTSD Graduate Prosthodontic Program is currently accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA) and will continue to meet or exceed all ADA standards and competency requirements for Advanced Dental Education in Prosthodontics.
  • Program improvements are based on outcome assessment of all phases of resident training, including academic, clinical, research and presentations. Outcomes are measured by:
    1. Written examinations in all phases of prosthodontics (all residents must pass all examinations).
    2. Clinical proficiency examinations in complete denture therapy, tooth preparation and occlusion (all residents must pass all clinical proficiency examinations).
    3. The American College of Prosthodontists' current Mock Board Examination (all residents must answer at least 50% of the questions correctly).
    4. Faculty grading of all resident presentations.
    5. Each faculty member evaluates each resident after the fall and spring semesters.
    6. Residents are evaluated by attending faculty during their rotations at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.
    7. Faculty evaluate resident participation in all literature review sessions
  • Priority is placed on recruiting candidates who have graduated from ADA-accredited dental schools.
  • All program applicants must provide the following with their application package: TOEFL, GRE and National Board Scores. Graduates from non-ADA accredited schools must also complete this schools' one-year preceptorship in prosthodontics to apply for the program. Completion of the preceptorship does not guarantee admission to the Graduate Prosthodontic Program.
  • All residents participate in undergraduate student teaching (in prosthodontics and occlusion).
  • All residents meet all research deadlines.
  • All residents review the Glossary of Prosthodontic Terms and improve their use of terminology.
  • All residents are encouraged to challenge the American Board of Prosthodontics.
  • A state-of-the-art clinic and resident laboratory will be built specifically for the Graduate Prosthodontic Program as part of the new School of Dentistry Building now being planned