Curriculum


Graduate Periodontics Curriculum for a three year MSD/Certificate Program 
Indiana University School of Dentistry 

First Year Summer Session

R955   Advanced Oral Biology  -  2.5 Credit hours - Dr. Richard Gregory, Dr. Dominique Galli, Co-Directors
This course is a core course taken by all graduate students regardless of specialty.  It is an overview of the tissue and cells of the periodontium, extra cellular matrix regulatory molecules and transmembrane signaling.  It also covers the composition of oral hard structures and the role of saliva in health and disease, the general characteristics and causative agents of the major infectious diseases important in dentistry and the basics of the immune response.  Also covered is how disease agents may be spread in the dental office and how to prevent this spread as well as the basics of prevention of oral diseases and the role of nutrition in health and disease.

G948   Advanced Radiology  -  2.0 Credit hours  -  Dr. Ted Parks, Director,
This course is a core course taken by all graduate students regardless of specialty.  It introduces the students to the basic principles of imaging techniques including image intensification, extra oral plain film imaging (panoramic, tomographic, etc.) digital imaging using charged-coupled devices (solid state detectors) and imaging (MRI).  The application of these modalities to maxillofacial problems such as pre-surgical implant assessment and evaluation of the temporomandibular joint is also taught.

R949   Advanced Head & Neck Anatomy  -  2.0 Credit hours - Dr. William Babler, Director,  This course is an intense review of head and neck anatomy by laboratory dissection over a two week period with five half day laboratory sessions per week.  Each team of four graduate students dissects one half of a cadaver head.

G966   Advanced Clinical Periodontics  -  2.0 Credit hours - Dr. Steven Blanchard, Director,
Patients are assigned and initial examination performed.

First Year Fall Semester

R962   Advanced Periodontics Treatment Planning Seminar - 2.0 Credit hour - Dr. Steven Blanchard, Director
This seminar is designed to examine and improve treatment planning skills for complex periodontal scenarios.  The course focuses on utilizing available information about a particular clinical case to determine appropriate treatment as well as possible treatment alternatives.  The seminar is led by assigned graduate periodontics students and moderated by various periodontal faculty members.  Students are encouraged to present complex or interesting cases encountered during clinical sessions.  Discussions will focus on an analysis of patient and etiologic factors to make a proper diagnosis and determine the appropriate treatment.  The presenting student will be prepared to include a brief review of the literature regarding the particular case in terms of various treatment options.  After a discussion to develop various treatment possibilities, the student will present any completed treatment for the particular case that will focus on flap design, tissue manipulation, placement or use of various periodontal materials, flap closure, and healing responses.  Concluding discussions will center around any revisions to the completed treatment which might help improve future clinical outcomes.

R961   Recent Advances in Periodontics Seminar - 2.0 Credit hour - Dr. Steven Blanchard, Director
This course will be of a seminar nature and is designed to augment the Classical Literature Seminar course currently being taught.  The course will focus on the current periodontal and implant literature published within the previous 12 months.  The seminar will be led by selected graduate periodontics students and moderated by various periodontal faculty members.  The articles to be discussed during the seminar will be selected by the student discussion leaders from various periodontal and implantology journals and submitted to the faculty moderator for approval.  All periodontics graduate students will be required to read each of the selected articles and be prepared to discuss each article in detail during the seminar.  Students will be expected to refer to any previously published articles that may be referenced in a particular selected article as necessary in order to critically analyze and discuss the selected paper.  Students will be expected to compare/contrast the articles to be discussed with papers that have been discussed from earlier seminars.  This course will allow students to incorporate current concepts and recent advances in periodontics and implant dentistry into clinical practice.

G907   Clinical Oral Pathology Conference - 1.0 Credit hour - Dr. Mohammed Islam, Director
This is a core course taken by all graduate students regardless of specialty.  It is taught in a case presentation format using clinical slides, requiring the students to formulate a differential diagnosis.  The cases can be found on the Internet.

G910   Seminar, Survey of the Periodontal Literature -  1.0 Credit hour - Dr. Jim Sarbinoff, Director
This seminar reviews the classic periodontal literature by topics and the course is made up of first year graduate periodontic students only. Each student is required to abstract the list of articles for each weekly seminar and turn them in to the course director for grade.  During the seminar each article is reviewed by a graduate student and discussed by the entire class with supervision by the course director.

G963 Dental Implantology -  1.0 Credit hour - Dr. Sivaraman Prakasam & Dr. John Levon, Co-Directors
Primary focus of this interdisciplinary course is dental implantology and emphasis will be placed the inter-relationship between surgical and restorative aspects starting from site preparation to final restoration. Format of the course will involve both presentations and review of current implant related literature. A topic in Dental Implantology will be assigned to a graduate student and a partner in a different specialty. Under the mentorship from the course directors and assigned faculty, graduate students will study the area of assigned topic and present a 30 minute presentation to the class with emphasis on clinical relevance. In addition three current interdisciplinary articles will be picked by the group on the same topic, of which only one will be a relevant review article and the other two will be original articles published within the last five years. The assigned group will lead discussion on the 2 original articles.

G928   Research Periodontics  -  1.0 Credit hour - Dr. Michael Kowolik, Director
This course has four two hour weekly sessions conducted by Dr. Kowolik where he introduces the students to the scientific principles of designing a research project, writing a protocol,  obtaining and analyzing data and writing the results. The introduction to Research Ethics, provided by him in R955, is extended with a more detailed discussion of IRB submission. Each student is required to take the on-line tutorial and pass the IU Human Subjects Research Protection Test by the end of the semester. The principle educational component is centered on individual student protocol presentations within the group. The remainder of the course is informal with the students choosing a research project for their MSD Thesis, choosing their committee and beginning the writing of the protocol.

G966   Advanced Clinical Periodontics -  2.0 Credit hours - Dr. Steven Blanchard, Director
This course is the students' clinical experience in the treatment of patients with periodontal diseases and related dental problems.  These clinic sessions are spent examining and diagnosing patients, treatment planning and initial, non-surgical therapy.  After completing a half day Basic Periodontal Surgery laboratory session and a half day Advanced Periodontal Surgery Laboratory session using pig jaws to perform the surgical procedures, the students begin performing surgery, as required, on their patients.  The graduate clinic is open five half days a week for all treatments including implant surgery  First year students do not place implants until they have taken the Branemark and ITI courses at the end of the first year spring semester.

G967   Advanced Periodontics I  -  2.0 Credit hours - Dr. Steven Blanchard, Director
This course focuses on the clinical periodontics literature related to the periodontal examination, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment, including surgical and non-surgical therapy.  Students abstract assigned articles for each class session which are then discussed and moderated by the course director.

G910   Biostatistics  -  1.0 Credit hour - Dr. Susan Perkins, Director
This course teaches the students the basic principles of statistics in the biomedical sciences.  It gives them a working knowledge of the importance of statistics in research, and aids them in the completion of their MSD Theses.

First Year Spring Semester

G910   Multidisciplinary Seminar - 1.0 Credit hour -  Dr. K. Stewart, Director
Chief residents from each discipline will assign residents to present the assigned material and lead the discussion.  New and existing patients in need of complex treatment will be presented and treatment progress be reviewed.  Residents are expected to participate in class discussion.  This class is structured to review and discuss complex cases in need of multidisciplinary treatments.

R962   Advanced Periodontics Treatment Planning Seminar -2.0 Credit hour - Dr. Steven Blanchard, Director
This course is a continuation of the Advanced Periodontics Treatment Planning Seminar from the Fall semester.

R961   Recent Advances in Periodontics Seminar - 2.0 Credit hour - Dr. Steven Blanchard, Director
The goal of this course is a continuation of the Fall semester course on the review of the recent periodontal literature.

G910   Seminar, Survey of the Periodontal Literature -  1.0 Credit hour - Dr. J. Sarbinoff, Director
This is a continuation of the first year fall semester course review of the classic periodontal literature.

G963 Dental Implantology -  1.0 Credit hour - Dr. Sivaraman Prakasam & Dr. John Levon, Co-Directors
This course is a continuation of the Fall Semester course on Dental implantology.

G910   Seminar: Periodontal/Prosthodontic Interrelationships - 1.0 Credit hour - Drs. Steven Blanchard, J. Sarbinoff, & Dr. J. Levon, Co-Directors

This course is primarily a periodontal/prosthodontic case treatment planning seminar.  At the beginning of the first academic year, each periodontic graduate student is paired up with a prosthodontic student for the duration of the respective programs.  Each pair of graduate students present a periodontal/prosthodontic treatment plan case at each class session which is discussed by all faculty and students attending the seminar.

G928   Research Periodontics  -  1.0 Credit hour  -  Dr.Michael Kowolik, Director
The students are formulating their ideas, reviewing literature and discussing possible protocols, constituting their individual Research Committee, and creating working drafts of the final protocol.

G966   Advanced Clinical Periodontics  -  2.0 Credit hours - Dr. Steven Blanchard, Director
This is a continuation of the students' clinical experience.  The spring semester is devoted to perfecting the students' surgical and non-surgical techniques prior to placing implants following the implant courses at the end of the spring semester.

G967   Advanced Periodontics I  - 2.0 Credit hours  -  Dr. Steven Blanchard, Director
This is a continuation of the fall semester G967 with abstracts of the clinically related literature and discussion as the teaching modality.

Second Year Summer Session

G928   Research Periodontics  -  1.0 Credit hour  -  Dr. Michael Kowolik, Director
During this semester it is expected that the students will finalize their protocols and submit them for approval to the IUSD Student Research Sub-Committee. Subsequently, where appropriate, they will then proceed to prepare the documentation for submission for IRB approval.

G966   Advanced Clinical Periodontics  -  2.0 Credit hours - Dr. Steven Blanchard, Director
This is a continuation of the students' clinical experience.  Having had instruction in placing Branemark, Straumann and other implant systems at the end of the spring semester, they are now able to use clinic times on the assigned days to place these implants as well as perform resective, regenerative and periodontal plastic surgeries.  Each student works closely with his/her graduate prosthodontic partner who will design the placement stents and restore the implants.

R951   Light Parental Conscious Sedation 1.0 Credit hour  -  Dr. Mark Saxen, Director
This course is given five half days per week for two weeks.  Intravenous, oral, and N2O2 conscious sedation are taught in a lecture format with the students practicing N2O2  sedation and venipuncture on each other.  A day and a half course in Advanced Cardiac Life Support is given prior to the Conscious Sedation Course to complete partial certification requirements.

Second Year Fall Semester

G976   Advanced Oral Pathology I  -  2.0 Credit hours - Dr. Susan Zunt, Director
This course uses a lecture format and is an in-depth coverage of bone pathology, odontogenic and soft tissue tumors, dermatologic diseases facial pain and neuromuscular diseases, periodontal diseases and oral manifestations of systemic disease.

G910   Multidisciplinary Seminar - 1.0 Credit hour - Dr. K. Stewart, Director
This course is a continuation of G910, Multidisciplinary Seminar, and uses the same format noted earlier for this course for complex cases in need of multidisciplinary treatments.

R961   Recent Advances in Periodontics Seminar - 2.0 Credit hour -  Dr. Steven Blanchard, Director
This seminar course is a continuation of R961, Recent Advances in Periodontics Seminar, begun during the first year.

R962   Advanced Periodontics Treatment Planning Seminar - 2.0 Credit hour - Dr. Steven Blanchard, Director
This seminar course is a continuation of R962, Advanced Periodontics Treatment Planning Seminar, begun during the first year.

G910   Seminar, Survey of the Periodontal Literature -  1.0 Credit hour - Dr. Jim Sarbinoff, Director
This is a continuation of the classic periodontal literature.  The format is similar to that of the first year G910 Seminar: Periodontics I, except that topics and literature not covered in the first year are abstracted and reviewed.  Second and third year graduate periodontic students take this course together.  Abstracts are done by the presenters only and distributed to the other students.

G963 Dental Implantology -  1.0 Credit hour - Dr. Sivaraman Prakasam & Dr. John Levon, Co-Directors
This course is a continuation of G963 Dental Implantology course begun in the first year.

G928   Research Periodontics  - 1.0 Credit hour  -  Dr. Michael Kowolik, Director The students continue the methods and materials and data gathering portions of their research.

G966   Advanced Clinical Periodontics - 2.0 Credit hours - Dr. Steven Blanchard, Director
This is a continuation of the students' clinical experience.  The students continue to perform all aspects of periodontal treatment, including implant placement and are now qualified to perform conscious sedation towards certification.  20 documented sedation cases are required for certification.

G967   Advanced Periodontics II  -  2.0 Credit hours  -  Dr. Donald Newell, Director
This seminar covers many areas of clinical periodontics, such as surgical principles, furcation management, occlusion, esthetic surgery, smoking as a risk factor, smoking sessation programs and dealing with referring dentists.  It primarily uses 35 mm slides and handouts with references to teach the clinical subjects.  Occasionally, video tapes of surgical procedures are shown.

Second Year Spring Semester

G910   Multidisciplinary Seminar - 1.0 Credit hour - Dr. K. Stewart, Director
This course is a continuation of G910, Multidisciplinary Seminar, and uses the same format noted earlier for this course for complex cases in need of multidisciplinary treatments.

R962   Advanced Periodontics Treatment Planning Seminar - 2.0 Credit hour - Dr. Steven Blanchard, Director
This course is a continuation of the Advanced Treatment Planning Seminar from the Fall semester.

R961   Recent Advances in Periodontics Seminar - 2.0 Credit hour -  Dr. Steven Blanchard, Director
The goal of this course is a continuation of the Fall semester course on the review of the recent periodontal literature.

G959   Oral Microbiology  -  3.0 Credit hours  -  Dr. Richard Gregory, Director
This course is an intensive, in-depth review of microorganisms significant to the oral cavity, including those implicated in periodontal diseases.

G910   Seminar, Survey of the Periodontal Literature -  1.0 Credit hour - Dr. Jim Sarbinoff, Director
This is a continuation of the review of the Classical Periodontal Literature.

G963 Dental Implantology -  1.0 Credit hour - Dr. Sivaraman Prakasam & Dr. John Levon, Co-Directors
This course is a continuation of G963 Dental Implantology course begun in the first year.

G928   Research Periodontics  -  1.0 Credit hour  -  Dr. Michael Kowolik, Director
The students continue progress on the research for their MSD thesis.  At this point in time they should have nearly completed the methods and materials phase and have most of their data accumulated.

G966   Advanced Clinical Periodontics  -  2.0 Credit hours - Dr. Steven Blanchard, Director
This course continues the students' clinical experience in all areas of periodontal therapy including placement of implants.

G977   Advanced Oral Pathology II  -  2.0 Credit hours  -  Dr. Susan Zunt, Director
This course is a successor course to G976, Advanced Oral Pathology I and covers areas not included in that course.

G967   Advanced Periodontics II  -  2.0 Credit hours  -  Dr. Donald Newell, Director
This is a continuation of Advanced Periodontics II using the same format as in the Fall Semester.

Third Year Summer Session

G966   Advanced Clinical Periodontics  -  1.0 Credit hour - Dr. Steven Blanchard, Director
This course continues the students' clinical experience in all areas of periodontal  therapy, including the placement of implants.

G928   Research Periodontics  -  1.0 Credit hour  -  Dr. Michael Kowolik, Director
The students continue progress on their MSD Thesis.  By now they should be completing data collection and be moving towards organization for analysis.

Third Year Fall Semester

R961   Recent Advances in Periodontics Seminar - 0.5 Credit hour -  Dr. Steven Blanchard, Director
This seminar course is a continuation of R961, Recent Advances in Periodontics Seminar, begun during the first year.

R962   Advanced Periodontics Treatment Planning Seminar - 0.5 Credit hour - Dr. Steven Blanchard, Director
This seminar course is a continuation of R962, Advanced Periodontics Treatment Planning Seminar, begun during the first year.

G910   Seminar, Survey of the Periodontal Literature -  1.0 Credit hour - Dr. Jim Sarbinoff, Director
This is a continuation of review of the classic periodontal literature.  The third year students take this course with the second year students.

G963 Dental Implantology -  1.0 Credit hour - Dr. Sivaraman Prakasam & Dr. John Levon, Co-Directors
This course is a continuation of G963 Dental Implantology course begun in the first year.

G928   Research Periodontics  -  1.0 Credit hour  -  Dr. Michael Kowolik, Director
The students continue progress on their MSD Thesis.  They should be close to writing their results, discussion and conclusions. Some students may defend their thesis at this time.

G966   Advanced Clinical Periodontics  -  1.0 Credit hour  -  Dr. Steven Blanchard, Director
This course continues the students' clinical experience in all areas of periodontal therapy, including the placement of implants.

G967   Advanced Periodontics III  -  1.0 Credit hour  -  Dr. Jim Sarbinoff, Director
This course is designed to expose the student to information regarding practice management topics and areas of oral medicine that are of importance to the periodontist.   The course will be taught in a seminar format and several practice management topics will include office visits to broaden the student's perspective concerning office design and treatment delivery systems.  Additional practice management seminars will include information concerning the use of technology, practice marketing, associateships, managed care issues, and means of financing a dental practice.  Oral medicine topics will focus on management of medically compromised patients with emphasis on cardiac, circulatory, renal, and endocrine systems.  Interrelationships of medicine and dentistry will be emphasized.

Third Year Spring Semester

R962   Advanced Periodontics Treatment Planning Seminar - 0.5 Credit hour - Dr. Steven Blanchard, Director
This course is a continuation of the Advanced Treatment Planning seminar from the Fall semester.

R961   Recent Advances in Periodontics Seminar - 0.5 Credit hour -  Dr. Steven Blanchard, Director
The goal of this course is a continuation of the Fall semester course on the review of the recent periodontal literature.

G910G910   Seminar, Survey of the Periodontal Literature -  1.0 Credit hour - Dr. Jim Sarbinoff, Director
This is a continuation of review of the classic periodontal literature.  The third year students take this course with the second year students.

G963 Dental Implantology -  1.0 Credit hour - Dr. Sivaraman Prakasam & Dr. John Levon, Co-Directors
This course is a continuation of G963 Dental Implantology course begun in the first year.

G928   Research Periodontics  -  1.0 Credit hour  -  Dr. Michael Kowolik, Director
The students are completing their MSD Thesis. Most students will finalize and defend their thesis in this semester. Those who chose to satisfy the requirements by submission of a manuscript to a recognized journal must do so at this time, prior to be awarded their MSD degree.

G966   Advanced Clinical Periodontics  -  1.0 Credit hour  -  Dr. Steven Blanchard, Director
This course continues the students' clinical experience in all areas of periodontal  therapy, including the placement of implants.

G967   Advanced Periodontics III  -  1.0 Credit hour  -  Dr. Jim Sarbinoff, Director
This is a continuation of Advanced Periodontics III in the fall semester.  Practice management topics will include advanced radiographic imaging for implant treatment planning, medical malpractice issues, financial planning, and appointment book management.  Oral medicine topics will explore the diseases of the hepatic system, hypertension, salivary gland tumors and vesiculo-bullous lesions.