Advanced Education Program in Endodontics

Endodontics team 2023-2024

About the Program

The purpose of the Stony Brook University Advanced Education Program in Endodontics is to provide clinical and didactic training, closely supervised, at the post-doctoral level in endodontics. Graduates of the program will be clinically competent and highly educated endodontists with an extensive background in the biological sciences, clinical practice, teaching and research. Graduates of the program are trained to critically review the endodontic literature so that they will be able to scientifically evaluate new modes of therapy during their careers. The residency program will work closely together with the other post-doctoral dental specialty education programs at the School of Dental Medicine and the General Practice Residency program. The postdoctoral student/resident will learn an interdisciplinary approach to providing dental care, so upon completion of the program, they will have the necessary background and training to work well with other dental professionals. The program director will strive to ensure that all program faculty members are current with prevailing endodontic theories and techniques.

The program integrates all facets of the biomedical sciences with a comprehensive clinical experience culminating in the award of the certificate in endodontics.

Program Goals

Overall Goal of the Advanced Education Program in Endodontics

To provide progressive clinical and didactic training, closely supervised, at the post-doctoral level in surgical and non-surgical endodontics. The interrelation of other medical/dental clinical specialties is also emphasized.

The Advanced Education Program in Endodontics has the following objectives:

  1. Education of knowledgeable and skilled clinicians in endodontics.
  2. Infusion of an appropriate level of applied basic science knowledge supporting theoretical and clinical endodontics.
  3. Education and qualification of endodontists at the level to be certified by the American Board of Endodontics.
  4. Education of endodontics with research skills and with the ability to evaluate dental research.
  5. Establishing a foundation for further independent study and professional growth.
  6. Maintaining a program environment that is patient-centered, serves the residents/faculty/staff, and contributes to the advancement of knowledge.

The 24-month tuition and fee-based post-doctoral level program in endodontics provides the candidate with clinical proficiency and comprehensive knowledge of the diagnosis, treatment planning, treatment and prognosis of patients with endodontic needs. The curriculum includes didactic and clinical instruction in nonsurgical and surgical endodontics, implant dentistry, geriatrics, and temporomandibular disorders.

The didactic background and the clinical skills of these areas of endodontics are stressed.

Emphasis is placed on the periodontal and prosthodontic integrity of the patient and the supportive therapy of all other disciplines in achieving total patient care. This integration is achieved through interdisciplinary seminars with the other specialties and through coordinated treatment planning.

Additionally, all postdoctoral students are expected to perform a clinical or scientific research project culminating in a presentation of their project at a national meeting and/or publication of the project. It is important for a well-rounded endodontic postdoctoral students to experience all aspects of the specialty including research and teaching as well as the aforementioned clinical skills.

The intensive and systematized library reading assignments and literature review seminars are an important aspect of the curriculum. They are designed to acquaint the postdoctoral student with the principal facets of the endodontic specialty, evidence-based health care, and methods of critically reviewing the dental literature.

All postdoctoral students are encouraged to plan on pursuing certification by the American Board of Endodontics (ABE). To this end, the postdoctoral students will be required to take the written board exam during the spring of PGY2 and prepare at least twenty-five cases using the American Board of Endodontics case portfolio format.

This program follows the guidelines established by the ADA for Advanced Educational Programs in Endodontics and the multidisciplinary scope of the specialty certificate examination of the American Board of Endodontics.

Coursework Requirements

Year I Curriculum

Advanced Endodontic Technique
Biomedical Sciences: Core Courses for Advanced Education Programs
Clinical Endodontics
Dental Anxiety/Phobia
Endodontic/Pediatric Dentistry Trauma Seminar
Endodontic Board Preparation
Endodontic Case Presentation
Endodontic Classic Literature Review
Endodontic Current Literature Review
Endodontic Microbiology Literature Review
Endodontic Treatment Planning Seminar
Ethics and Professionalism in Dental Practice
Geriatrics
Implant Dentistry
Medical Emergencies
Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine
Predoctoral Teaching – Endodontic Technique
Research Design and Biostatistics
Urgent Care Clinic

Year II Curriculum

Clinical Endodontics
Endodontic / Pediatric Dentistry Trauma Seminar
Endodontic Board Preparation
Endodontic Case Presentation
Endodontic Classic Literature Review
Endodontic Current Literature Review
Endodontic Microbiology Literature Review
Endodontic Treatment Planning Seminar
Medical Emergencies
Practice Management
Predoctoral Teaching – Endodontic Technique
Predoctoral Teaching – Introduction to Endodontics
Predoctoral Teaching – GPP Clinic
Urgent Care Clinic

Non-Course Requirements

Research Project

Research Opportunities

Each postdoctoral student shall develop a research protocol and perform a research project related to endodontics. The research may take the form of a clinical/laboratory investigation or literature review. A mentor will be assigned based on the subject of the research. A completed research paper should be in a format acceptable for publication in a refereed journal.

Postdoctoral students are required to research and develop a table clinic on a topic of interest. The presentation is to be made at various national meetings [American Association of Endodontists (AAE), International Association for Dental Research (IADR), American Association for Dental Research (AADR), etc.].

Annually, the School of Dental Medicine holds the Leo Sreebny Research Symposium. All postdoctoral students in the Advanced Education Program in Endodontics will be required to attend this symposium for its entire duration. All second-year postdoctoral students will be required to present a poster at the event. First-year postdoctoral students are encouraged to present a poster as well.

Tuition and Fees

The State University of New York (SUNY) determines the tuition. Information about tuition and fees can be found on our website.

Meet Our Team

Image Dr Thomas MandersProgram Director: Thomas Manders, DDS
Phone: (631) 632-3196 | Email: thomas.manders@stonybrookmedicine.edu

A message from Dr. Manders:


It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Advanced Education Program in Endodontics. Our program takes pride in fostering a collegial and friendly working environment amongst the faculty, residents and the endodontic staff to ensure that an outstanding educational experience is offered to the residents. I graduated from Stony Brook University with a BS in Biology in 1987 and then graduated from Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine with my DDS in 1991. After completing a GPR at Danbury Hospital in 1992, I completed my certificate training in endodontics at Rutgers University (formerly UMDNJ) in 1997.  After almost 20 years of private practice limited to endodontics, I returned to the SDM as a full-time educator in 2016. It has been an honor and a privilege for me to work with my colleagues and our wonderful staff in the residency program and we look forward to training a knowledgeable and well-rounded generation of endodontists.


Faculty:
Jerome Cymerman, DMD
Steven Hill, DMD, MS
Edward Isaac, DDS
Rita O'Dwyer, DDS, MPH, MS
Alexander Sanchez, DDS

 

Application Information

To apply to the advanced education program in endodontics, please submit an application through the ADEA/PASS portal and submit your application fee.

Questions regarding the Advanced Dental Education Program in Endodontics can be directed via email: sdm.endodontics@stonybrookmedicine.edu.