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Program Overview

Mo Kwan Kang, M.S., Ph.D., D.D.S.
Program Director

The Section of Endodontics offers preceptorship training in endodontics to foreign- and domestic-trained dentists. This program will provide the most current training in the knowledge, techniques, and skills of clinical endodontics. The program consists of didactic training including literature reviews and treatment planning conferences, laboratory technique exercises, and clinical training with direct patient contact under faculty supervision.

Endodontics Preceptorship Program


Didactic Training: Participants will be exposed to several layers of didactic training in endodontics including seminars on selected topics of importance, guest lectures, and the annual distinguished lecture series. Seminars on various topics include issues with root resorption, endodontic surgeries, retreatments, periradicular pathology, pulpal inflammation, implants, patient management, etc. Participants are also engaged in a weekly review of endodontic literature that covers all aspects of non-surgical and surgical endodontics. Additionally, treatment planning conferences are offered on a weekly basis to discuss clinical cases of interest.

Technical Training: Participants will be assigned a space in the clinic to perform simulation cases on extracted teeth under faculty supervision. The clinic facility is equipped with surgical microscopes, X-ray machines, electric motors, vertical obturation systems, ultrasonic instruments, etc. Participants will perform root canal therapy on extracted teeth mounted on a typodont. Each case will be guided and evaluated by faculty.

Clinical Training: Clinical cases will be performed in the endodontic clinic fully equipped for contemporary endodontic techniques as described above. Participants will be introduced to the latest technology in endodontics by utilizing the full spectrum of rotary root canal instrumentation, new canal irrigation systems, vertical obturation technique, and the operating microscope. Each case will be evaluated by the attending faculty and may be discussed in the treatment planning conferences. Clinical training requires enrollment in the Endodontics ACTP, starting in the summer quarter.

A certificate of attendance is awarded upon successful completion of the program. This certificate is not the same as the postgraduate program certificate awarded to full-time postgraduate students in specialty training as a qualification for recognition by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Length of Program: Preceptorships are limited to two consecutive quarters.  Applicants applying for three or more quarters should apply for the Endodontics Advanced Clinical Training Program.

Number of Positions: Two quarterly preceptor observers (4 annual ACT enrollees)

Fees: $6,450 per quarter (fees are subject to change)*

Certificate Fee: one-time payment of $200

*Fees are due two weeks before the start of the academic quarter.