Observational Externship

Description

The graduate periodontics observational externship is a non-credited externship program* within the University of Washington, Department of Periodontics. This program is designed to allow the participant to develop an in-depth appreciation and understanding of an advanced periodontics curriculum. The extern will participate in academic courses, review of the scientific literature, and intense observation of many different clinical procedures within the graduate periodontics clinic.

While this program does not involve the direct hands-on treatment of patients, the extern will have the opportunity of observing our broad spectrum of periodontal and implant related surgical procedures. They will also have the opportunity to interact with the other graduate programs that we interrelate with closely, including our graduate prosthodontics, endodontics, orthodontics and pediatric programs. University of Washington has world renowned faculty in both clinical and research arenas within each facet of dentistry.

Clinical procedures performed daily within the graduate periodontal clinic include periodontal osseous surgery, muco-gingival and esthetic soft tissue grafting, pre-prosthetic or site development procedures (e.g. onlay grafting, ridge expansions, ridge preservation, and sinus grafting), implant placement and therapy, and advanced diagnosis and treatment planning. Implant diagnostic (imaging) procedures including the procurement and reading of CBVT digital scans as well as guided implant surgical cases are also common. With each case, there is interaction with multiple team members including general dentists, dental or graduate students, or staff faculty from various departments (Orthodontic, OMFS, Pediatrics and Prosthodontics).

*Please be aware that we are unable to obtain or sponsor Visas for international applicants at this time. The applicant will be responsible for obtaining their own Visa. However, if you have an academic appointment at an educational institution that can sponsor you, our Visiting Scholars Program with a focus on the Graduate Periodontics program may be a more appropriate selection.

Fee Structure

(Fees are subject to change without notice)

One week: $2,000

Four weeks: $5,000

One Quarter: $12,500

One Year (4 Qtrs) $40,000

Schedule of Classes

Sample Schedule (schedule subject to change without notice)

Autumn MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
AM PERIO 578
Implant/
Current Literature
PERIO 585
Therapy Seminar
8:00-9:00
ORTHO 582
Adult Ortho Seminar
PERIO 582
Treatment Planning Seminar
8:00–8:50
PERIO 586
Recall Seminar
8:00-9:00
PERIO 660
GRAD CLINIC
9:30-12:00
PERIO 660
GRAD CLINIC
9:30-12:00
PERIO 660
GRAD CLINIC
9:30-12:00
PERIO 660
GRAD CLINIC
9:30-12:00
PERIO 660
GRAD CLINIC
9:30-12:00
PM PERIO 660
GRAD CLINIC
1:30-5:00
PERIO 577
Literature Review
1:00–3:00
PERIO 660
GRAD CLINIC
1:30-5:00
PERIO 600
Research
PERIO 660
GRAD CLINIC
1:30-5:00
PERIO 585B
Selective Topics
3:00–4:00
PERIO 585B
Director’s Seminar
4:00–5:00

 

Course Descriptions

These courses are approved in the School of Dentistry and are requirements in the Graduate Periodontics Program. They represent the type of courses offered in the Graduate Periodontics Observational Externship (subject to change depending on academic calendar).

ORTHO 582 Adult Orthodontics Seminar
Seminar for orthodontics, periodontics, and prosthodontics graduate students in comprehensive, integrated diagnosis and treatment planning of the dental problems of the adult patient. Offered: AWSpS.

PERIO 567 Oral Medicine Case Studies
Weekly seminar discussing series of oral and perioral conditions. Discussion of history taking, differential diagnoses, relevant tests, therapeutic approaches, and outcomes. Offered: AWSp.

PERIO 577 Review of Literature
Concise review of the scientific periodontal literature with specific focus on studies of periodontal diagnosis, wound healing, periodontal regeneration, microbiology, and implant procedures. Offered: AWSpS.

PERIO 578 Implant Literature Review
Reviews several topics related to dental implantology such as: history of dental implants, osseointegration, properties of materials, bone healing, bone augmentation procedures, success rates, pathogenesis of implant failures, and aesthetics in implantology. Discusses the relationship between surgical and restorative treatment phases. CR/NC only. Offered: AWSp.

PERIO 582 Periodontic Treatment Planning Seminar
Weekly seminar involved with the presentation, discussion, and tentative solution of moderate to complex problems in diagnosis and treatment. Offered: AWSpS.

PERIO 585 Periodontal Therapy Seminar
Weekly seminar utilizing the case review method and dealing with the treatment of moderate to advanced periodontal disease. Offered: AWSpS.

PERIO 586 Longitudinal Evaluation of Periodontal Therapy
Close examination of case progress from initial therapy to most recent maintenance visits to determine efficacy of method, demands upon patient, and temporal effect of therapy and survival.. Offered: AWSp.

PERIO 600 Independent Study or Research
Prerequisite: permission of graduate program adviser.

PERIO 660 Clinical Periodontics
Clinical experience in diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease

PERIO 665 Clinical Practice Teaching
Supervised experience in teaching clinical periodontics to undergraduate dental students.

Application and Selection Process

A letter of interest or email correspondence from the applicant (see below) is required in order to initiate the application process. Upon receipt of the letter of interest, application materials will be sent to the applicant by the department. The Director of the Graduate Periodontics Program and/or the selection ad hoc committee will review the letters of interest. The observational externship can be customized (i.e. length/scope of the externship) based on the goals of the attendee.

Applicants will be selected based on program availability. This externship is currently designed and intended for admission of no more than 1-2 externs at a given time. Applicants need to have a current dental license in the state or country of their residence. A proof of active licensure needs to be provided with the application. If the proof is in a foreign language, a translated and certified copy must be submitted with the initial application.

This is an elective non-credit program with no formal language proficiency requirement; however, the externship applicant should have an extensive working knowledge of English. After application materials have been received and reviewed, a phone interview with the Program Director, or designated selection committee member, will be required before admittance in order to assess language proficiency. The interview will confirm the dates of attendance requested by the applicant, and will clarify the applicant’s goals and expectations for the observational externship during their visit to the University of Washington.

All application materials must be submitted to:

University of Washington
Department of Periodontics
ATTN: Meghan Guillen
1959 NE Pacific Street, D580
Box 357444
Seattle, WA 98195-7444
email: mguillen@uw.edu

Once application has been received, the Department of Periodontics will send the applicant a formal approval or denial letter for the Observational Externship.