Prosthodontics Certificate

This program is designed to help students achieve clinical excellence in prosthodontics, especially in the field of digital dental technology. Here, students will receive excellent faculty and staff support, with access to state-of-the-art technology including digital scanners, design software and an in-house milling center.

Fall 2020 Enrollment

Applications will be accepted from June 1 - August 15.

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About the Program

Upon satisfactory completion of the prescribed courses of instruction, a Certificate of Proficiency in Prosthodontics will be awarded to the student.

This Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics educates qualified dentists for the specialized practice of prosthodontics, and fulfills the academic and clinical requirements of the American Board of Prosthodontics. The curriculum can be flexible for individual needs but primarily enables students to attain the special knowledge and skills for proficiency in the theoretical and practical aspects of prosthodontics.

The didactic and clinical components provide:

  • Advanced education in related and relevant biological and biomaterial sciences
  • In-depth experiences in fixed, removable and implant prosthodontics
  • Multidisciplinary diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Exposure to maxillofacial prosthetics at the Erie County Medical Center
  • Understanding and clinical experience in occlusion, temporomandibular disorders, orofacial pain and geriatrics
  • The design, methodology and analysis of research
  • Training in teaching

Approximately 60 percent of the time is devoted to patient and laboratory services.

Accreditation

The program in prosthodontics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of accredited without reporting requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is www.ada.org/en/coda.

Length of Program

This program takes a minimum of three years to complete, depending on which program is chosen.

Prosthodontics/PhD Program

The Prosthodontics/PhD program generally requires five to seven years for completion. Students are required to perform research and complete a thesis at the PhD level for this program. The Oral Biology PhD program is administered by Dr. Chris Li and Dr. Stefan Ruhl. Students on this track are usually supported by a training grant funded by the National Institute for Dental Craniofacial Research.

Applicants wishing to pursue both the Prosthodontics Certificate and the PhD or MS research programs must apply separately for each program.

Please note that NIDCR support is available only to U.S. citizens, or to those persons with Permanent Resident status. However, support for non-citizens ineligible for NIDCR fellowships may be available from teaching assistantships, or from individual faculty mentors with research funds.

Prosthodontics/MS in Oral Sciences Program

The research component of the Prosthodontics/MS Program in Oral Sciences is administered through the office of Dr. Ernesto DeNardin (716-829-3998). This track requires a minimum of 36 months to complete, and involves research in a variety of areas at the Masters Degree level. At the present time there is no funding available for students enrolled in this program. It runs concurrently with the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics.

Applicants wishing to pursue both the Prosthodontics Certificate and the PhD or MS research programs must apply separately for each program.

Faculty & Staff

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Gary Alexander

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

215 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862

Email: gja3@buffalo.edu

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Latifa Bairam

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

235K Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862

Email: lrbairam@buffalo.edu

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Marshall Fagin

Clinical Associate Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

215 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862

Email: fagi@buffalo.edu

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Tawfiq Hazboun

Volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

215 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862; Fax: (716) 829-3942

Email: thazboun@buffalo.edu

Ronald Jarvis, DDS, MS, FACP

Clinical Associate Professor

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Dana Keblawi

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

225E Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862

Email: dqeblawi@buffalo.edu

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Hyeongil Kim

Associate Professor/Director PG Pros Program

Department of Restorative Dentistry

215G Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862

Email: hik@buffalo.edu

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Jennifer Kuracina

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

235R Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862

Email: kuracin@buffalo.edu

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Edward Monaco

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

222C Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862

Email: edwardjr@buffalo.edu

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Christopher Pusateri

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

235 P Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862

Email: pusateri@buffalo.edu

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Ramtin Sadid-Zadeh

Assistant Dean For Digital Technology; Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

215 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862

Email: rsadidza@buffalo.edu

Gary Swistak

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

215 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862; Fax: (716) 829-3942

Email: garyswis@buffalo.edu

Courses

Cost of Attendance

Advanced Education General Expenses, 2019/2020 School Year *

  NY State Resident Out of State US Resident International Non US Resident
University Tuition $11,090 $22,650 $22,650
Student Activity  $170 $170 $170
Academic Excellence $375 $375 $375
Comprehensive  $2,070 $2,070 $2,070
Medical Insurance $2,210 $2,210 $1,450
Books & Supplies $1,392 $1,392 $1,392
Direct Loan Origination Fee $109 $109  
International Student     $200
Total Tuition and Fees  $17,416 $28,976 $28,307
Schedule A. Applies to the following degree programs: Biomaterials, Oral Biology, Oral Sciences; students dual enrolled in degree and clinical programs pay at Schedule B or C rate
Estimated Living Expenses (9.5 Months)      
Personal expenses $1,449
$1,449
$1,449
Transportation $1,371
$1,371
$1,371
Living Allowances $14,409 $14,409 $14,409
Total Cost (incudes Living Expenses and 
Tuition and Fees)
$34,645 $46,205 $45,536
Schedule B. Applies to the following programs: AEDG International Scholars and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.
Estimated Living Expenses (12 Months)      
Personal expenses $1,830
$1,830
$1,830
Transportation $1,732
$1,732
$1,732
Living Allowances $18,201 $18,201 $18,201
Total Cost (incudes Living Expenses and 
Tuition and Fees)
$39,179 $50,739 $50,070
Schedule C. Applies to the following programs: Endodontics, Orofacial Pain, Orthodontics, Periodontics and Prosthodontics. Required Dental School Fees are outlined below.
Total Living Expenses (12 Months as outlined in Schedule B) $21,763 $21,763 $21,763
Clinic Management System (CMS) Fee* $9,000 $9,000 $9,000
Post-Graduate Fee** $7,000 $7,000 $7,000
  **All Endodontics students: Add $2,000 for sterilization and equipment fees
Total Cost (incudes Living Expenses and 
Tuition and Fees)
$55,179 $66,739 $66,070

Explanation of Fees

  • Medical Insurance Premium: Waived for students who document appropriate, alternative coverage.
  • Books & Supplies: Estimate.
  • *CMS Fee: To cover dental instrument sterilization, maintenance & replacement and to support clinic computing costs; does not apply to TMD.
  • Post-Graduate Fee: For expenditures, equipment, computers, instruments, and supplies needed for higher level course instruction.
  • International Student Fee: ($100/Semester) Applicable to all matriculated international students.
  • Information about University based fees can be found here: http://www.buffalo.edu/studentaccounts/frequently-asked-questions.html#fees

    NOTES:
  1. The tuition and fee rates shown are subject to change without prior notice pending official approval from the SUNY Board of Trustees.
  2. Students are subject to additional indirect program specific expenses; please contact your program determine cost

Additional Expenses

Our Current Residents

Resident

Dental School

Certificate Year

Heba Mandourah, BDS        
King Abdulaziz University               
2022
Ariana Mendel, DDS
University at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine
2022
Mohammed Al Gady, BDS                         
University of Dammam 2021
Hanan Ali, BDS, MS
University of Benghazi & University at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine
2021
Yu Chun Lin, BDS                         
Taipei Medical University
2021
Minh Van, DDS                 
University of Medicine & Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City
2021
Jeffrey Willis, DDS                
University at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine
2020
Jinghua Zhang, DDS
University at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine
2020

How to Apply

Fall 2020 Applicants — Important Dates

Step Date(s)
Applications Accepted June 1 - August 15, 2019
Interviews September/October

All application materials must be submitted by the deadline.

Now Participating in MATCH

The University at Buffalo Prosthodontics Certificate participates in the MATCH.  Applicants must register online to participate in the Match. Applications to our Prosthodontic's Certificate program should be submitted via the UB application independent of the Match.

To apply, please submit all documents listed below.  Your application will not be complete until these items have been received and you have submitted your application for formal review.

Required (All candidates applying via the UB Application)

1. The On-line UB Application

  • Please complete all questions on the application completely and accurately.
  • You must select your desired entry term (i.e. Fall 2020) and intended program of study as you begin the application.
  • The personal information section of the application provides special instructions for international applicants; be certain to following instructions on how to accurately enter your name.

2. $50.00 non-refundable application fee paid on UBePay

  • Once you have submitted your online application for review, you will be able to pay the application fee by credit/debit card. Your application cannot be reviewed until the fee has been paid. Please note that the $50 application fee is non-refundable.

3. CV/Resume (upload with your application)

4. Personal Statement (upload with your application or type statement directly into the application)

5. Letters of Recommendation

  • Two letters of recommendation and a Dean's letter (if graduated from a US or Canadian dental school), otherwise three letters of recommendation.
  • Recommendation letters must be uploaded electronically by your recommenders.
  • You will submit names, titles and email addresses for three recommenders. They will receive an email request to electronically submit a letter on your behalf.  The notification is traditionally sent to recommenders after the application is submitted for review However, you can opt to have the email requests sent immediately as you enter recommender names; this option is suggested for candidates who are applying close to the application deadline to ensure sufficient time for upload.

6. Unofficial transcripts from EVERY college/university attended

  • If you are accepted into the program you will be asked to submit original transcripts with proper signatures, seals or stamps. Academic documents that are not in English must be accompanied by an exact, certified translation; ECE course-by-course report is preferred.  International applicants please include copy of certificate with proof of degree.

7. Unofficial NBDE Scores (optional)

  • Unofficial scores from the National Board of Dental Examination Part I and/or Part II; optional for all programs not using the PASS application.

Additional Requirements — International Applicants

In addition to the requirements listed above, please submit the following:

1. Unofficial TOEFL Score Report that meets University Requirements

TOEFL score report must be at or above minimum of 550 (written) / 213 (computer based) / 79 (internet based) or better obtained within eighteen months of the application deadline. An official score report must be provided upon acceptance.  UB’s School Code is: 2925.

2. UB Financial Form

  • All International applicants must complete and upload the UB financial form documenting all sources of anticipated educational support.  The upload option will appear in the applicant portal after application is submitted for review.

Note: Financial documentation is required for visa issuance - documentation may be submitted after acceptance but I-20 documentation cannot be issued without it. 

3. Photocopy of Passport Biographical Page

4. Photocopy of Your Current I-20 AND the F-1 Visa Stamp in Your Passport (if currently an F-1 Student)

* All documents become property of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and are not returnable to the applicant.

The Interview Process

Applicants who are chosen to interview will be required to do a simple occlusal wax-up at #19, and a facial wax-up at #9.

Questions?

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Lindsey Pumm

Office Assistant I

Department of Restorative Dentistry

222 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2863; Fax: (716) 829-2440

Email: leludtka@buffalo.edu

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