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The Postdoctoral Certificate in Prosthodontics Program was established in October 1990.  The program consists of a minimum of three consecutive years (36 months) of progressive educational experiences and may lead to a master's degree if candidate fulfills additional requirements.

It is designed to meet the requirements of the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association and the prerequisites for examination and certification by the American Board of Prosthodontics.  The program uses the resources of the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine and is affiliated to the University District Hospital.

The first year provides students the fundamental knowledge related to the treatment of prosthodontics patients.  Residents work with healthy and medically compromised patients and participate in seminars, treatment planning boards, lectures, laboratory experiences, and formal courses in pathology, statistics, research protocols, pharmacology, and gerontology. Most of the second year of the program, is devoted to clinical experiences in the areas of fixed, removable, maxillofacial prosthodontics, temporomandibular joint related disorders, and prosthetic reconstruction with dental implants.  The third year of the program focuses on clinical experiences, teaching and the completion of a research protocol.

Other program activities include interdisciplinary seminars, clinical instruction, lecturing to undergraduate students, journal club, cleft palate and lip team conferences, basic cardiac life support courses, continuing dental education courses, and presentation of a table clinic at the annual meeting of the College of Dental Surgeons of Puerto Rico.  Program length 36 months and a research project with a paper for publication are also required. The resident must pass all courses satisfactorily and have a minimum grade point average of 3.00, as certified by the Registrar.

Program Director

Dr. Enrrique Rodriguez

Faculty members

Dr. Dunia Rodriguez
Dr. Manuel Hernández Duprey
Dr. Jorge Hernández
Dr. Rafael Hernández
Dr. Antonio Chardon
Dr. Gustavo Fahdel
Dr. Nelson Roura
Dr. Fernando Ferrer
Dr. Santos Lebrón


Nilsa Cruz

Dental Assistants

Carmenlina Candelario
Laura Pérez

Third year residents

Alvaro Carpio
Richard Cañizares
Juan Carlos Hernández

Second year residents

Benjamin Geller
Myriel Torres
Pamela Torres

First year residents

Mireya Imitola
Claudia Peraldi
Veronica Rivera


Contact us  

Department phone:

787-758-2525 ext. 2908


Prosthodontic Graduate Program
The Prosthodontics Graduate Program consists of three continuous full time years of academic experience designed to prepare qualified dentists for specialized practice in Prosthodontics. The Program meets the requirements of the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association and the requirements for examination and certification by the American Collage of Prosthodontics.

The Program consists of a series of didactic, clinical and research activities, specifically designed to allow the resident to achieve the competencies necessary to excel in the field of Prosthodontics. Upon completion of the Program requirements, a Certificate or Master’s degree In Dental Sciences and a Certificate in Prosthodontics will be conferred. In those cases in which the student has fulfilled all requirements except the approval of the thesis, a Certificate in Prosthodontics will be granted.

The Program includes in its teaching scope traditional training in Prosthodontics and new treatment modalities such as: complete oral rehabilitations, implant restorations, hospital dentistry, maxillofacial defects, temporomandibular disorders, interdisciplinary treatment with surgery and orthodontic department.

•Treatment planning
•Full mouth rehabilitations
•Fixed detachables
•conventional dentures
•Implant assisted RPD
•Implant placement
•Removable Partial dent.
•Single crowns
•PFM Bridges
•Treatment plan seminar
•Multidiciplinary seminar
•Implant screening
•Board review

A total of one hundred and twenty six (126) credit hours of instruction and supervised activities are distributed in a three-year academic period. This comprises approximately 3,024 contact hours of instruction and approximately 5,520 scheduled hours including formal didactic, clinical and laboratory experiences, case preparation, laboratory work, school administrative requirements. Other related activities like extracurricular professional presentations and participation in continuing education courses.

No. of residents accepted:


Match participant:

Application deadline:


Accreditation status:

Beginning date:

National Boards:

Degree Granted:

Two U.S citizen or U.S permanent resident and one foreigner (fluent in Spanish / English)



October 15

Applicants must have a DMD/DDS from a dental school that is accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA). Foreigner See Admission Requirements.

Approved without recommendations

July 1 each year

Applicants must have successfully passed both Parts I and II of the National Board Dental Examination by the program application date. Foreigner See Admission Requirements.

Masters in Dental Sciences and/or Certificate in Prosthodontics

Selected faculty members of the Graduate Program in Prosthodontics compose an Admissions Committee. The committee reviews all applications and upon thorough analysis of the candidates, they make recommendations for admission to the Deanship for Graduate Dental Education Admission Committee. This Committee forwards these recommendations to the Dean of the School of Dental Medicine. Three students are admitted (2 national residents and 1 international) each year to the Program. Students must report to the Program Director the first working day of July to start their Orthodontic training. Minimum Admission Requirements:

  1. The candidate must have a DMD or DDS degree, or its equivalent from a recognized school or college of dentistry accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Foreign graduates must have their diplomas, school transcripts and all other pertinent documents certified as official by the Ministry of Education, or the office concerned, of their country of origin. Or in the U.S. Embassy in those countries where these services are available. Equivalent convalidation into our current 4.0 grade average system is required by a Certified entity.
  2. Foreign candidates (non US citizens) must have an official letter certifying appointment in a dental school or position in government service of their country. They must certify in writing their commitment to return to their country of origin to teach Orthodontics. Legal proof of financial support (affidavit or sworn statement) is required. The University of Puerto Rico does not provide scholarships, stipend or financial aid. Foreign applicants are strongly encouraged to pass the first and second part of the National Dental Boards.
  3. Applicants must have minimum dental general grade point index of 3.0 and be in the upper half of their class.
  4. Applicants must have successfully passed both Parts I and II of the National Board Dental Examination by the program application date.
  5. A personal interview by the Program Director and the Admissions Committee is required for candidates considered for admission.
  6. Candidates must be bilingual in the English and Spanish languages. Foreign applicants must present evidence of passing the TOEFL exam.
  7. Credit by examination is not granted for this program.
  8. Applicants must submit their application through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service.
  9. A completed application form with all required documents must be submitted in duplicate to:  Assistant Deanship for Graduate Dental Education School of Dental Medicine, Medical Sciences Campus University of Puerto Rico G.P.O. Box 365067 San Juan, P.R. 00936-5067

The completed application should be received no later than October 15th, for admission into the program starting on the following July 1st. The candidates will be notified of acceptance or rejection no later than January 31st.

Applicants to the Prosthodontics Graduate Program are subject to evaluation by the acceptance committee on six main aspects:

  1. Academic Performance in Dental School. These criteria will account for 40% of the total weight for admission. The following aspects are taken into consideration:
    1. General dental school grade index
    2. Class standing
    3. Scholastic performance in Dental School (upward or downward trend)
  2. Performance in the National Dental Boards. These criteria will account for 20% of the total weight for admission:
    1. Part I
    2. Part II
  3. Personal attributes. These will carry a 20% weight and are evaluated by means of:
    1. Personal Interview. The evaluator will observe character, competence, ethics, judgment, stability, and ability to communicate both in Spanish and English.
    2. Letters of recommendation from one orthodontist (preferably a faculty member), Chairman of the Prosthodontics Department and Dean of their respective Dental School are required.
    3. Honors received during formal dental school undergraduate or graduate education.
  4. Other professional activities (18 % weight)
    1. Research
    2. Publications
    3. Post-graduate or Graduate Education
    4. Years in Private Practice
    5. Table Clinics
    6. Oral Presentations
    7. Meetings and Seminars attended
  5. Extracurricular activities (2% weight)
    1. National and International Professional Organizations
    2. Community Service
    3. Sports
    4. Hobbies
    5. Military Service


Acceptance to the Program

The total punctuation obtained for each evaluated category will be added and the highest scoring candidates will be granted admission (1 national and 1 international candidate). Those occupying second place will assume alternate positions. The University of Puerto Rico is an equal opportunity institution and all programs and services are unconditionally available to students and employees. Advance placement applications will be evaluated as received according to institutional's guidelines + CODAS guidelines.

Graduation Requirements: The residents must pass all required courses satisfactorily and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 as certified by the registrar. A minimum of 57 patients must have must have been started, diagnosed and treated by the resident. All graduate students must have participated in the Undergraduate Teaching Assistance Program and the submission of a Master’s Thesis is required. The American Board of Orthodontic phase one written exam must be taken and passed before graduation. No part time students are permitted.

Tuition Fees: Tuition is $14,598 for the entire three year program or 5,000 per year. Books, materials and associated equipment costs are approximately $3,500.00 for the entire three-year period. A digital SLR intraoral camera and lap top computer are required.

Financing: Currently, a stipend of approximately $35,000/year is available for local residents (View stipend table), and meritorious students may qualify for student loans and/or grants on a competitive basis.




The Prosthodontics Clinic is located on the first floor of the main building of the School of Dental Medicine, Medical Sciences Campus. The facilities are designed specifically for the Graduate Prosthodontics Program and are adequate to serve the needs of the Program. These are equipped with modern resources. Supporting personnel allow for the efficient operation of the program.

Clinical Facilities

  1. An open bay Clinic including eight (10) fully equipped dental units, with available basic support equipment, and one surgical suit unit.
  2. A student seminar room with audiovisual facilities and equipment. This room provides an adequate setting for didactic courses and seminars, technological support and library facilities for faculty and student/resident exchange of ideas.
  3. A reception area.
  4. Administrative facilities for the Program Director.
  5. A radiographic unit room.
  6. Fully equipped dental laboratory.
  7. Sterilizing Room.
  8. Resource Room.
  9. Scanners, photo printers and CD’s Journals, internet access (wireless internet available) patient education and case presentation cd rom available for each resident.
  10. One full time dental assistants with expanded functions.
  11. One full time secretary.
  12. One full time administrative dental assistant.
  13. Two computer stations for clinical use of students/residents.

Housing Facilities: Information on housing can be obtained at the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at the Medical Sciences Campus telephone number (787) 758-2525 ext. 5209.

Special Six-Month Internship Program (Application Form) Besides the three year- Post Doctoral Program in Prosthodontics, the School of Dental Medicine offers a special program of six months duration, which is not conductive to a degree, certificate or diploma upon completion of the program. A letter of acknowledgement is given to the student. The program seeks to provide interested foreign dentists with basic didactic and clinical experiences related to the latest concepts, diagnostic methods and treatment modalities in the field of Prosthodontics.

Disclaimer: The University of Puerto Rico guarantees equal opportunity for it’s students employees and aspirants to study or work at the institution. The institution also promotes equal opportunity for its academic program, services and working conditions. The University does not exclude from its benefits any person because of reason of age, race, color place of birth, origin or social condition, physical or mental impediments, political ideals or religion.  


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