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Prosthodontics PROGRAM

Welcome to the University of Puerto Rico Advance Education Program in Prosthodontics website. I encourage you to explore our offerings. Here you will find our program’s mission and vision, the program overview and the admission requirements. Our training program aims to have graduates who are dynamic and enthusiastic toward this challenging field of Prosthetic dentistry. We have the privilege of counting with faculty who are committed to develop well rounded professionals while providing quality care to our patients with state of the art prosthodontic techniques and knowledge.

Mission

Academic and clinical training of excellence of Puerto Rican and International Prosthodontists, within the comprehensive context that involves this dental discipline in the field of health.  The purpose of the University of Puerto Rico, School of Dental Medicine, Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics is to provide clinical, laboratory and didactic training, closely supervised, at the post-doctoral level in fixed, removable, and implant prosthodontics. The residents also obtain experience in surgical implant placement, maxillofacial prosthetics and temporomandibular dysfunction treatment.

The residency program will work closely together with the other post-doctoral dental specialty education programs at the School of Dental Medicine. The residents will learn an interdisciplinary approach to providing dental care. 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 prosthodontic theories and techniques.

We work towards assisting in the development of competent professionals pursuing this profession while exercising critical thinking, continuous self-learning and bioethical sensitivity within an interdisciplinary framework.  This includes the field of research, while responding to the needs of their patients, and by offering the best possible service, following the contemporary standards of care.

Vision

Our goal is to remain as one of the leaders of Advance Education Program in Prosthodontics, with international reach and prestige, serving as an avant-garde model of academic excellence, both in research and service for our country and the Hispanic population of North America, Europe and Latin America.

Program Overview

The Advance Education Program in Prosthodontics was established on July, 1990.  Our program consists of three (3) consecutive years of progressive educational experiences. It is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association (ADA).  The program also meets the requirements for examination and certification by the American Board of Prosthodontics (ABP) and is approved by the Commission on Higher Education of Puerto Rico. As an academic clinical training program we are sponsored by the University of Puerto Rico, School of Dentistry.  We are also affiliated to the University District Hospital. The program admits three (3) residents per year.  During the years of training, residents are enrolled in the School of Dental Medicine of the University of Puerto Rico, which entails tuition fees. Stipends are granted for USA citizens and lawful permanent residents of the United States of America.  Foreign candidates are welcome to apply.

The Advance Education Program in Prosthodontics at the University of Puerto Rico aims to provide the best possible training and education in the full scope of Prosthodontics, consisting but not limited to, the following areas of our specialty:

  • Complete Dentures
  • Removable Partial Dentures
  • Fixed Partial Dentures
  • Implant Supported Prosthodontics
  • Implant Retained Prosthodontics
  • Esthetic Dentistry
  • Implant Surgery
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder treatment

Curriculum

FIRST YEAR  
FIRST SEMESTER SECOND SEMESTER
Course Credits Course Credits
Complete Dentures Seminar I 2 Removable Partial Dentures Seminar II 2
Removable Partial Dentures Seminar I 2 Fixed Partial Dentures Seminar II 2
Fixed Partial Dentures Seminar I 2 Dental Implants Seminar II 2
Maxillofacial  Prosthetic Seminar I 2 Postgraduate Prosthodontics Clinic II 9
Biomedical Sciences Seminar I 2 Occlusion Seminar II 2
Dental Implants Seminar I 2 Treatment Planning & Therapy Seminar II 2
Postgraduate Prosthodontics Clinic I 9 Advance Oral Biology Core Course II 0
Occlusion Seminar I 2    
Introduction to Prosthodontics Laboratory Procedure I 2    
Treatment Planning & Therapy Seminar I 2    
Advance Oral Biology Core Course I 5    
FIRST TRIMESTER SECOND TRIMESTER
Research Methods Statistical Analysis Applied to the Dental Resident 5 Research Methods Statistical Analysis Applied to the Dental Resident 0
THIRD TRIMESTER
Introduction to Research Planning 2
   

FIRST YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER SECOND SEMESTER
Course Credits Course Credits
Complete Dentures Seminar I 2 Removable Partial Dentures Seminar II 2
Removable Partial Dentures Seminar I 2 Fixed Partial Dentures Seminar II 2
Fixed Partial Dentures Seminar I 2 Dental Implants Seminar II 2
Maxillofacial  Prosthetic Seminar I 2 Postgraduate Prosthodontics Clinic II 9
Biomedical Sciences Seminar I 2 Occlusion Seminar II 2
Dental Implants Seminar I 2 Treatment Planning & Therapy Seminar II 2
Postgraduate Prosthodontics Clinic I 9 Advance Oral Biology Core Course II 0
Occlusion Seminar I 2
Introduction to Prosthodontics Laboratory Procedure I 2
Treatment Planning & Therapy Seminar I 2
Advance Oral Biology Core Course I 5
FIRST TRIMESTER SECOND TRIMESTER
Research Methods Statistical Analysis

Applied to the Dental Resident

5 Research Methods Statistical Analysis Applied to the Dental Resident 0
THIRD TRIMESTER
Introduction to Research Planning 2

 

SECOND YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER SECOND SEMESTER
Course Credits Course Credits
Fixed Partial Dentures Seminar III 2 Fixed Partial Dentures Seminar IV 2
Postgraduate Prosthodontics Clinic III 9 Postgraduate Prosthodontics Clinic IV 9
Treatment Planning & Therapy Seminar III 2 Treatment Planning & Therapy Seminar IV 2
THIRD TRIMESTER
Geriatric Dentistry 2

 

THIRD YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER    
Course Credits Course Credits
Postgraduate Prosthodontics Clinic V 9 Postgraduate Prosthodontics Clinic VI 9
Treatment Planning & Therapy Seminar V 2 Treatment Planning & Therapy Seminar VI 2
Research Project I 2 Research Project II 2
Thesis 0 Thesis 0

 

Admission Requirements

  1. The candidate must possess a DMD, DDS degree, or the equivalent from a recognized school or college of dentistry.
  2. Applicants must have a minimum dental general grade index of 3.0
  3. Candidates must be bilingual (English and Spanish):
  4. Local applicants (USA & PR): NBDE I & II and ADAT
  5. Foreign applicants: NBDE I and NBDE II are not required and ADAT
  6. Candidates must submit an application through the Post Doctoral Application Support System (PASS) in addition to the application form provided by the office of Post Graduate Program of the School of Dentistry. Information is available at: org
  7. A completed application should be received not later than September 15 for admission to the program starting July 1stof next year.

Transfer Applicants

  1. Transfer Applicants will be evaluated individually. Only those candidates from accredited advanced education programs in prosthodontics will be considered. Application will only be considered if a position is available.
Exchange students:

    – Residents from other accredited program may participate, provided there are formal agreements with the concerned universities or programs.

Accreditation Status

  1. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. On February, 2013 program underwent its last accreditation process.  The CODA accredited the “program without reporting requirements” until February, 2020.

Contact Us

Associated Dean for Graduate Programs
Francheska Labrador
francheska.labrador@upr.edu
(787)758-2525 x. 1121
Prosthodontics Graduate Program
Mónica M. Marengo Arce
monica.marengo@upr.edu
(787)758-2525 x. 2908
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