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You will gain extensive experience in surgical techniques, treatment planning and patient management.

The following is a typical rotation schedule for a periodontics resident.

First Year
Biostatistics 12 hours
Anatomy of the Head and Neck 12 hours
Research12-24 weeks
Remaining time spent in clinical practice
Second Year
Surgical Pathology 12 weeks
Research12-24 weeks

- Anesthesiology

0-24 weeks
Remaining time spent in clinical practice
Third Year
Research12-24 weeks
Oral Medicine 12 weeks
Remaining time spent in clinical practice


Twelve hours of course work in basic biostatistics will help you interpret scientific data. This lays a foundation for the research activities in your training program.

Anatomy of the Head and Neck
This course consists of 10 lectures of two hours each. It is taught jointly by the departments of otorhinolaryngology and anatomy. The course covers the entire spectrum of head and neck anatomy, except the internal anatomy of the eye and neuroanatomy. Included are the studies of:

  • Blood Supply
  • Bony Anatomy
  • Connective Tissue
  • Innervation
  • Lymphatics
  • Musculature
  • Skin

Surgical Pathology
You will have the opportunity to examine fresh surgical specimens, review frozen sections with the pathologist, and review fixed sections. You will select cases and prepare them for a bi-weekly oral pathology conference. You also will have the opportunity to study a large, excellent histology collection of oral tumors and lesions.

Anesthesiology Elective
If you choose this elective, you may spend 6 to 12 weeks working in general anesthesia at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus, in Rochester, Minn. You will receive instruction in basic anesthesia principles and help deliver IV sedation to surgical patients. You will learn techniques ranging from starting an intravenous infusion to nasal tracheal intubation.

Didactic Training
The Periodontics Residency didactic curriculum is flexible and can be customized to fit your professional interests and goals. During your residency you will attend the following instructional sessions:

  • Conferences devoted primarily to periodontics are held daily. Literature reviews, case reports and treatment plans are presented during lectures and a slide-and-tape series.
  • A periodontic-prosthodontic conference is held once a month during the fall, winter and spring quarters to discuss treatment planning for complex cases. All residents and consultants in both sections participate in these conferences.
  • A bi-weekly conference in oral pathology includes case studies, diagnostic quizzes and presentations by a surgical pathologist.
  • Elective courses are available in statistics, immunology, nutrition and pharmacology.

Research Training
You will be encouraged to pursue a research project and write a thesis during your Periodontics Residency. Most residents allocate 24 weeks each year to a thesis project.

Your research opportunities at Mayo Clinic are outstanding and include areas such as immunology, microbiology-virology, pathology, electron microscopy and clinical studies covering all aspects of periodontal therapy. When you complete a thesis and successfully pass Mayo Clinic's oral and written examinations, you will be awarded a Master of Biomedical Sciences degree by Mayo Graduate School.

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