Ostrow offers advanced dental education programs leading to a certificate in Advanced Operative and Adhesive Dentistry, Endodontics, General Practice, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orofacial Pain, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics and Prosthodontics.

 

These programs provide you with the background and clinical experience necessary for clinical specialization, research and academic roles.

Endodontics

ADVANCED EDUCATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

 

The 24-month course of study in endodontics, which begins the first week of July each year, provides you with the background information and clinical experience necessary for a practice in endodontics, as well as activities in research and teacher training for students interested in academic endodontics.

 

The program prepares its graduates for competency in five areas of endodontics:

 

  • Clinical
  • Surgical
  • Research
  • Biological basis
  • Teaching

Please see the Paying for Dental School page for all information pertaining to financial aid and attendance costs.

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC uses the American Dental Education Association’s Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) centralized application for its specialty certificate programs. Supplemental materials are not to be sent to the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.

 

In addition to the PASS application, all endodontics program applicants must submit a non-refundable processing fee of $85 ($145 for international applicants).

 

To pay online, visit our Online Payment Portal. An email confirmation will be sent once payment is submitted.

For certificate programs that meet federal Title IV eligibility, USC is required by the U.S. Department of Education to disclose certain Gainful Employment (GE) information. The Gainful Employment Disclosure Template provides information regarding related jobs, cost, loan debt and completion rate for the program.

USC requires that all incoming Ostrow School of Dentistry students submit the following health documentation:

 

1. Results of a detailed physical examination by a licensed medical provider.

 

2. STUDENT HEALTH SERVICE FORM

Must be filed with the USC Engemann Student Health Center signed by applicant’s attending physician.

 

3. Health insurance

Automatic enrollment in USC’s student health insurance plan unless you provide proof of comparable coverage.

 

4. IMMUNIZATION AND SCREENINGS

Results of a current PPD (Mantoux) tuberculosis (TB) skin test, dated no older than six months prior the start date of your USC program. If you have had a positive Mantoux TB skin test in the past, you will need to provide proof of a recent “negative” chest X-ray, no older than six months prior to the start date of your USC program.

 

Proof of tetanus immunizations within the past 10 years.

 

Laboratory proof of immunization status for measles (rubella and rubeola), mumps and varicella. History of immunization is not adequate proof; lab values indicating immunity status are required.

 

Proof of Hepatitis B core antibody blood test, even if you have already completed the Hepatitis B vaccine series. If you have already completed the series, you will also need to have a quantitative Hepatitis B surface antibody laboratory test.

 

  • If an entering student’s Hepatitis B core antibody is “positive,” the following additional lab tests are mandatory: Hepatitis B surface antibody (HBsAb) and Hepatitis B surface antigen. If the HBsAb test comes back >10 mIU/mL, then the individual has cleared the infection. If the surface antigen blood test is positive, a Hepatitis B DNA blood test is required.
  • Individuals whose HBV DNA level is less than four logs (meaning 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 = 10,000 IU/mL or copies/mL) will be allowed to enroll and matriculate through the program with certain conditions established by an expert review panel. The student must sign a contract delineating specific requirements regarding their performance in the clinical setting and must consent to an HBV DNA lab test every four months (at the student’s expense).
  • Individuals whose HBV DNA level is greater than four logs (meaning equal to or higher than 10,001 IU/mL or copies/mL) will be allowed to enroll and matriculate through the program but with certain conditions as established by an expert review panel. The student must sign a contract delineating specific requirements regarding their performance in the clinical setting and must consent to an HBV DNA lab test every four months (at the student’s expense).

General Practice

advanced education certificate program

The 12-month General Practice Residency (GPR) Program provides residents with a broad range of dental experiences as they rotate through oral surgery, emergency medicine, anesthesia, care for the disabled and other disciplines. Approximately 60 percent of a resident’s time is devoted to the delivery of oral health care.

 

Residents train under the supervision of faculty members from Ostrow and the Keck School of Medicine of USC, primarily at the LAC+USC Medical Center and the VA Outpatient Clinic. Some training is also conducted at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and Ostrow facilities.

 

The program is designed in conformance with the guidelines of the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Dental Education and Licensure and Commission on Accreditation. A certificate is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the program.

 

Information on blood-borne pathogen and infectious disease policies are available upon request.

 

Note that this program does not accept international applicants.

 

Please see the Paying for Dental School page for all information pertaining to financial aid and attendance costs.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

  • DDS, DMD or equivalent degree (for international dentist applicants)
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required for admission

 

MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS

 

  • Statement of purpose
  • Curriculum vitæ
  • Three letters of recommendation addressed to the program director
  • Official dental school transcripts, including a year-by-year record

 

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

 

  • For non-native English speakers, an Internet-based TOFEL (iBT) test score of 90 or above is required, with 20 or above on each section (reading, listening, speaking and writing). The exam score should be less than two years old.
  • Non-U.S. obtained dental school transcripts must be translated and certified by Educational Credential Evaluators Report (ECE)

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC uses the American Dental Education Association’s Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) centralized application for its specialty certificate programs. Supplemental materials are not to be sent to the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.

 

In addition to the PASS, all general practice residency program applicants must submit the following supplemental materials to the USC Office of Dental Admissions, 925 W. 34th Street, DEN 201, Los Angeles, CA 90089:

 

  • A non-refundable processing fee of $85 ($145 for international applicants). To pay online, visit our Online Payment Portal. An email confirmation will be sent once payment is submitted.
  • Official undergraduate transcripts.
  • Supplemental application for USC GPR
  • Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) is not required for applicants.

 

This program also uses the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (Match) to help place residents.

For certificate programs that meet federal Title IV eligibility, USC is required by the U.S. Department of Education to disclose certain Gainful Employment (GE) information. The following Gainful Employment Disclosure Template link provides information regarding related jobs, cost, loan debt and completion rate for the program.

USC requires that all incoming Ostrow School of Dentistry students submit the following health documentation:

 

1. Results of a detailed physical examination by a licensed medical provider.

 

2. STUDENT HEALTH SERVICE FORM

Must be filed with the USC Engemann Student Health Center signed by applicant’s attending physician.

 

3. Health insurance

Automatic enrollment in USC’s student health insurance plan unless you provide proof of comparable coverage.

 

4. IMMUNIZATION AND SCREENINGS

Results of a current PPD (Mantoux) tuberculosis (TB) skin test, dated no older than six months prior the start date of your USC program. If you have had a positive Mantoux TB skin test in the past, you will need to provide proof of a recent “negative” chest X-ray, no older than six months prior to the start date of your USC program.

 

Proof of tetanus immunizations within the past 10 years.

 

Laboratory proof of immunization status for measles (rubella and rubeola), mumps and varicella. History of immunization is not adequate proof; lab values indicating immunity status are required.

 

Proof of Hepatitis B core antibody blood test, even if you have already completed the Hepatitis B vaccine series. If you have already completed the series, you will also need to have a quantitative Hepatitis B surface antibody laboratory test.

 

  • If an entering student’s Hepatitis B core antibody is “positive,” the following additional lab tests are mandatory: Hepatitis B surface antibody (HBsAb) and Hepatitis B surface antigen. If the HBsAb test comes back >10 mIU/mL, then the individual has cleared the infection. If the surface antigen blood test is positive, a Hepatitis B DNA blood test is required.
  • Individuals whose HBV DNA level is less than four logs (meaning 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 = 10,000 IU/mL or copies/mL) will be allowed to enroll and matriculate through the program with certain conditions established by an expert review panel. The student must sign a contract delineating specific requirements regarding their performance in the clinical setting and must consent to an HBV DNA lab test every four months (at the student’s expense).
  • Individuals whose HBV DNA level is greater than four logs (meaning equal to or higher than 10,001 IU/mL or copies/mL) will be allowed to enroll and matriculate through the program but with certain conditions as established by an expert review panel. The student must sign a contract delineating specific requirements regarding their performance in the clinical setting and must consent to an HBV DNA lab test every four months (at the student’s expense).

Advanced Operative and Adhesive Dentistry

ADVANCED EDUCATION PROGRAM

Ostrow offers a 26-month program leading to a certificate in advanced operative and adhesive dentistry to provide students with in-depth scientific knowledge and clinical experience in this specialty, including:

  • Advanced esthetic treatment planning
  • Cariology
  • Dental biomaterials
  • Digital dentistry (CAD/CAM)
  • Esthetic and functional rehabilitation
  • Implant dentistry
  • Minimally invasive adhesive dentistry

 

In addition, the program offers students teaching experience through assisting the learning activities of the doctor of dental surgery program.

 

Biomaterials research is an integral part of the curriculum of the program. Students enrolled in the certificate in operative and adhesive dentistry program have an opportunity to apply for the Master of Science in Biomaterials and Digital Dentistry.

 

Clinical, research and teaching experiences prepare graduates for future academic careers in dental education and private practice, as well as career options in dental-related public and private organizations.

Please see the Paying for Dental School page for all information pertaining to financial aid and attendance costs.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

  • DDS, DMD or equivalent degree (for international dentist applicants)
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required for admission

 

MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS

 

  • Statement of purpose
  • Curriculum vitæ
  • Three letters of recommendation addressed to the program director
  • Official Dental School Transcripts including a year-by-year record

 

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

 

  • For non-native English speakers, an Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) test score of 90 or above is required, with 20 or above on each section (reading, listening, speaking and writing). The exam score should be less than two years old.
  • Non-U.S. obtained dental school transcripts must be translated and certified by Educational Credential Evaluators Report (ECE)

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC uses the American Dental Education Association’s Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) centralized application for its specialty certificate programs. Supplemental materials are not to be sent to the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.

 

In addition to the PASS, all advanced operative and adhesive dentistry applicants must submit a non-refundable processing fee of $85 ($145 for international applicants).

 

To pay online, visit our Online Payment Portal. An email confirmation will be sent once payment is submitted.

For certificate programs that meet federal Title IV eligibility, USC is required by the U.S. Department of Education to disclose certain Gainful Employment (GE) information. The following Gainful Employment Disclosure Template link provides information regarding related jobs, cost, loan debt and completion rate for the program.

 

 

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On-Time Completion Rate: 100%
Tuition and Fees: $0
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USC requires that all incoming Ostrow School of Dentistry students submit the following health documentation:

 

1. Results of a detailed physical examination by a licensed medical provider.

 

2. STUDENT HEALTH SERVICE FORM

Must be filed with the USC Engemann Student Health Center signed by applicant’s attending physician.

 

3. Health insurance

Automatic enrollment in USC’s student health insurance plan unless you provide proof of comparable coverage.

 

4. IMMUNIZATION AND SCREENINGS

Results of a current PPD (Mantoux) tuberculosis (TB) skin test, dated no older than six months prior the start date of your USC program. If you have had a positive Mantoux TB skin test in the past, you will need to provide proof of a recent “negative” chest X-ray, no older than six months prior to the start date of your USC program.

 

Proof of tetanus immunizations within the past 10 years.

 

Laboratory proof of immunization status for measles (rubella and rubeola), mumps and varicella. History of immunization is not adequate proof; lab values indicating immunity status are required.

 

Proof of Hepatitis B core antibody blood test, even if you have already completed the Hepatitis B vaccine series. If you have already completed the series, you will also need to have a quantitative Hepatitis B surface antibody laboratory test.

 

  • If an entering student’s Hepatitis B core antibody is “positive,” the following additional lab tests are mandatory: Hepatitis B surface antibody (HBsAb) and Hepatitis B surface antigen. If the HBsAb test comes back >10 mIU/mL, then the individual has cleared the infection. If the surface antigen blood test is positive, a Hepatitis B DNA blood test is required.
  • Individuals whose HBV DNA level is less than four logs (meaning 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 = 10,000 IU/mL or copies/mL) will be allowed to enroll and matriculate through the program with certain conditions established by an expert review panel. The student must sign a contract delineating specific requirements regarding their performance in the clinical setting and must consent to an HBV DNA lab test every four months (at the student’s expense).
  • Individuals whose HBV DNA level is greater than four logs (meaning equal to or higher than 10,001 IU/mL or copies/mL) will be allowed to enroll and matriculate through the program but with certain conditions as established by an expert review panel. The student must sign a contract delineating specific requirements regarding their performance in the clinical setting and must consent to an HBV DNA lab test every four months (at the student’s expense).

Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery

ADVANCED EDUCATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

 

Ostrow’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program offers two courses of study:

 

  • A 48-month course of study, leading to a certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery conducted at Ostrow and LAC+USC Medical Center. This course provides graduates with the necessary background for certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The course is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
  • A 72-month MD/certificate course of study, offered in conjunction with the Keck School of Medicine of USC, which leads to a medical degree in addition to the certificate.

 

Note that this program does not accept international applicants.

Please see the Paying for Dental School page for all information pertaining to financial aid and attendance costs.

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC uses the American Dental Education Association’s Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) centralized application for its specialty certificate programs. Supplemental materials are not to be sent to the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.

 

In addition to the PASS, all oral and maxillofacial surgery program applicants must submit a non-refundable processing fee of $85 ($145 for international applicants).

 

To pay online, visit our Online Payment Portal.  An email confirmation will be sent once payment is submitted.

 

This program also uses the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (Match) to help place residents.

For certificate programs that meet federal Title IV eligibility, USC is required by the U.S. Department of Education to disclose certain Gainful Employment (GE) information. The following Gainful Employment Disclosure Template link provides information regarding related jobs, cost, loan debt and completion rate for the program.

 

USC requires that all incoming Ostrow School of Dentistry students submit the following health documentation:

 

1. Results of a detailed physical examination by a licensed medical provider.

 

2. STUDENT HEALTH SERVICE FORM

Must be filed with the USC Engemann Student Health Center signed by applicant’s attending physician.

 

3. Health insurance

Automatic enrollment in USC’s student health insurance plan unless you provide proof of comparable coverage.

 

4. IMMUNIZATION AND SCREENINGS

Results of a current PPD (Mantoux) tuberculosis (TB) skin test, dated no older than six months prior the start date of your USC program. If you have had a positive Mantoux TB skin test in the past, you will need to provide proof of a recent “negative” chest x-ray, no older than six months prior to the start date of your USC program.

 

Proof of tetanus immunizations within the past 10 years.

 

Laboratory proof of immunization status for measles (rubella and rubeola), mumps, and varicella. History of immunization is not adequate proof; lab values indicating immunity status are required.

 

Proof of Hepatitis B core antibody blood test, even if you have already completed the Hepatitis B vaccine series. If you have already completed the series, you will also need to have a quantitative Hepatitis B surface antibody laboratory test.

 

  • If an entering student’s Hepatitis B core antibody is “positive,” the following additional lab tests are mandatory: Hepatitis B surface antibody (HBsAb) and Hepatitis B surface antigen. If the HBsAb test comes back >10 mIU/mL, then the individual has cleared the infection. If the surface antigen blood test is positive, a Hepatitis B DNA blood test is required.
  • Individuals whose HBV DNA level is less than four logs (meaning 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 = 10,000 IU/mL or copies/mL) will be allowed to enroll and matriculate through the program with certain conditions established by an expert review panel. The student must sign a contract delineating specific requirements regarding their performance in the clinical setting and must consent to an HBV DNA lab test every four months (at the student’s expense).
  • Individuals whose HBV DNA level is greater than four logs (meaning equal to or higher than 10,001 IU/mL or copies/mL) will be allowed to enroll and matriculate through the program but with certain conditions as established by an expert review panel. The student must sign a contract delineating specific requirements regarding their performance in the clinical setting and must consent to an HBV DNA lab test every four months (at the student’s expense).

Orofacial Pain

CONTACT
Gina Iannelli
ONLINE DENTAL PROGRAMS

LINKS
COMMISSION ON DENTAL ACCREDITATION (CODA)

Ostrow’s 24-month certificate residency program recruits two residents per year to become expert clinicians in orofacial pain, with an emphasis on oral medicine. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

For questions about the Orofacial Pain Program, contact Gina Iannelli at ofpom@usc.edu.

These objectives constitute what a graduate of the program is expected to achieve before graduation and help guide our program faculty in providing educational experiences that lead to the development of highly skilled graduates.

 

OBJECTIVE 1: CROSS-CUTTING DIAGNOSTIC/PHARMACOLOGIC KNOWLEDGE

Mastery of the 21 learning outcomes listed below will ensure that our orofacial graduates will be able to acquire, interpret and summarize all physical, psychological and historical data from their patients in a systematic fashion to achieve an evidence-based differential diagnosis.

 

1.01 Describe and demonstrate how to conduct thorough orofacial pain patient assessment (interview/exam).

1.02 Describe and demonstrate how to deliver a devastating diagnosis to a patient.

1.03 Describe general knowledge of medications used in orofacial pain.

1.04 Describe and demonstrate how to safely prescribe/monitor medications in orofacial patients.

1.05 Describe how to appropriately use imaging for orofacial patients.

1.06 Describe how systemic diseases alter normal laboratory tests (blood/urine).

1.07 Describe the pros and cons of various diagnostic modalities in orofacial pain patients.

1.08 Describe how an orofacial pain patient’s mental health status affects their treatment.

1.09 Describe the classification of psychological diagnoses seen in orofacial patients.

1.10 Describe the medical/legal aspects of suicide, stalking and patient threats.

1.11 Describe how a medical workup might indicate organic brain disease.

1.12 Describe the principles of research methodology and scientific evidence.

1.13 Describe the dental management of a medically compromised orofacial pain patient.

1.14 Describe the epidemiology of aging and the effects of nutrition.

1.15 Describe and demonstrate how to respond to a medical emergency in the dental office.

1.16 Describe and demonstrate how to record/summarize encounter findings in an orofacial pain patient.

1.17 Describe and demonstrate how to do interventional diagnostic procedures for an orofacial pain patient.

1.18 Describe and demonstrate how to instruct a chronic pain patient in self-management.

1.19 Describe and demonstrate how to interpret radiographic images of an orofacial pain patient.

1.20 Describe and demonstrate how to conduct a behavioral assessment of an orofacial pain patient.

1.21 Describe and demonstrate how to perform a medical risk assessment of an orofacial pain patient.

 

OBJECTIVE 2: OROFACIAL PAIN/TEMPOROMANDIBULAR/SLEEP DISORDER-BASED LEARNING OUTCOMES

Mastery of the 14 learning outcomes listed below will ensure that our graduates can understand, recognize and appropriately design a plan of action for patients who present with orofacial pain (OFP), temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and sleep disorders (such as obstructive sleep apnea [OSA]) in a systematic fashion to achieve evidence-based treatment.

 

2.01 Describe the anatomical and physiological basis of OFP/TMJ disease.

2.02 Describe the classification, epidemiology and etiology of OFP/TMJ disease.

2.03 Describe the correct use/expected outcomes of arthrocentesis/arthroscopy.

2.04 Describe the mechanism of neuropathic pain.

2.05 Describe neurosurgical and radiation-based ablative OFP therapies.

2.06 Describe alternative and complementary therapies for OFP.

2.07 Describe a drug withdrawal/preventive medication approach for CDH[DD2]  patients.

2.08 Describe the surgical methods for assisting airway maintenance in OSA patients.

2.09 Describe and demonstrate how to perform diagnostic and therapeutic injections for OFP.

2.10 Describe and demonstrate how to perform elements of myofascial pain self-treatment.

2.11 Describe and demonstrate how to create, insert and manage orthotics for OFP/OSA.

2.12 Describe and demonstrate how to perform an anesthesia-assisted TMJ mobilization.

2.13 Describe and demonstrate how to perform interviews/examinations for OFP/TMJ/OSA patients.

2.14 Describe and demonstrate how to perform behavioral self-treatment protocols for OFP patients.

 

OBJECTIVE 3: ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL PATHOLOGY/MEDICINE-BASED LEARNING OUTCOMES

Mastery of the 20 learning outcomes listed below will ensure that our graduates can understand, recognize and appropriately design a plan of action for their patients who present with various oral and maxillofacial pathology/medicine disorders in a systematic fashion to achieve evidence-based treatment.

 

3.01 Describe normal oral histology and histopathology for head and neck diseases.

3.02 Describe the epidemiology, clinical features and pathobiology of head and neck diseases.

3.03 Describe how to manage intraoral soft tissue lesions.

3.04 Describe how to establish a working etiologic differential for head and neck diseases.

3.05 Describe benign, reactive, premalignant and malignant oral epithelial lesions.

3.06 Describe benign and malignant orofacial tumors of all types.

3.07 Describe inflammatory, infectious, immune, neoplastic salivary disease.

3.08 Describe common developmental and nondevelopmental odontogenic cysts.

3.09 Describe odontogenic epithelial neoplasia.

3.10 Describe radiographic, clinico-histopathology and pathobiology of bone lesions.

3.11 Describe the reactive and neoplastic conditions involving blood/lymph tissue.

3.12 Describe oral findings and management in HIV/immunosuppressed patients.

3.13 Describe hereditary conditions involving the oral cavity.

3.14 Describe desquamative or vesiculo-bullous oral diseases.

3.15 Describe cutaneous head and neck skin lesions.

3.16 Describe and demonstrate advanced non-scalpel-based interventions for oral tissue pathologies.

3.17 Describe and demonstrate how to formulate/execute diagnosis and therapy for oral disease.

3.18 Describe and demonstrate how to document lesions or abnormalities of the oral cavity.

3.19 Describe and demonstrate how to perform a viral, fungal and bacterial culture.

3.20 Describe and demonstrate how to perform scalpel-based interventions for oral pathologies.

RESIDENT HOURS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

During the first year, residents spend three days each week on clinic rotations, including the Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine Clinic and the Dr. Roseann Mulligan Special Patients Clinic. Residents are expected to remain at the clinics until all residents have completed their clinical work and documentation.

 

All residents participate in daily morning rounds at the Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine Clinic or the Dr. Roseann Mulligan Special Patients Clinic. These rounds are used for patient follow-up and exchange of information about daily patients, along with presentations of interesting cases. All residents share on-call duty equally on a rotating basis throughout the year.

 

During the second year, residents rotate through various departments in the Keck School of Medicine of USC and LAC+USC Medical Center, including neurology, pain medicine, head and neck surgery, physical therapy and rheumatology. Residents are expected to assist physicians during their rotations.

 

Residents generally keep the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thursdays, when residents are to report by 7 a.m. for operating on patients under sedation or general anesthesia. Residents responsible for operating room patients must be available until the patient goes home.

 

CURRICULUM

The curriculum is divided into three parts: didactic courses, clinical experiences and research course.

 

The didactic portion includes foundational courses in:
  • Headaches
  • Immunology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Internal medicine
  • Medical emergencies
  • Neurogenic pain
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychology
  • Research methods
  • Sleep-disordered breathing
  • Temporomandibular disorders

 

Clinical training includes exposure to treatment of the following disorders:
  • Bisphosphonate osteonecrosis
  • Headaches
  • Management of medically compromised patients
  • Motor spasticity
  • Neurogenic orofacial pain
  • Oral and maxillofacial infections
  • Sleep-disordered breathing
  • Soft and osseous tissue disease
  • Temporomandibular disorders

 

A required research course includes study of research methodologies.

 

DIDACTIC COURSES
OFPM 701

CPR, Blood and Airborne Infections and Common Emergencies: CPR training, review of common dental emergencies, and blood and airborne pathogens in dental patients.

 

OFPM 702ab

Soft Tissue Diseases: Seminars on the various mucosal, cutaneous, gingival, and salivary diseases and lesions in the oral and maxillofacial region.

 

OFPM 704

Bony Pathology, Radiology and Advanced Imaging: Review of the oral and maxillofacial region, osseous and odontogenic pathologies, and various imaging methods used to examine this anatomic region.

 

OFPM 705

Neurogenic-Based Oral and Facial Pain: Seminars on the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures appropriate for chronic neurogenic-based pain disorders that occur in the orofacial region.

 

OFPM 706

TMD, Orthopedics, Rheumatology and Physical Therapy: Seminars on various topics relating to the diagnosis and management of temporomandibular disorders.

 

OFPM 707

Pharmacology: Seminars on common medications used in the practice of oral medicine and chronic orofacial pain.

 

OFPM 709

Headaches: Seminars on the diagnosis, prevention and management (including pathophysiologic mechanisms) of episodic and chronic headache disorders.

 

OFPM 721

Neuroscience: Seminars on the neurophysiologic and neuroanatomic bases of chronic orofacial pain disorders.

 

OFPM 722

Internal Medicine and Systemic Diseases: Seminars on common systemic diseases and potential interactions with oral disease and treatment.

 

OFPM 723

Systems Physiology, Motor Disorders and Sleep Apnea: Seminars on various topics relating to oral motor disorders and sleep-disordered breathing (as it relates to the mandible and tongue).

 

OFPM 724

Psychological and Psychometric Assessment: Seminars on various topics relating to biobehavioral diagnosis and, where appropriate, psychological management of patients with chronic illness in the orofacial region.

 

OFPM 725

Epidemiology, Nutrition and Aging: Seminar on the epidemiology of oral disease and nutritional topics as related to the aging patient.

 

OFPM 726

Immunology and Immunosuppression: Seminar course on immunology and immunosuppression as it relates to diseases in the oral and maxillofacial region.

 

OFPM 727

Infectious Disease, Oral Microbiology and Virology: Seminar organized around infectious diseases in the oral, pharyngeal and nasal region.

 

OFPM 728

Case Presentations: Case presentations by oral medicine residents in which each resident presents and defends the diagnostic and treatment methods selected for a particular case.

 

ADNT 701

Research Methodologies: Seminars on research methodologies, research protocol creation and presentation.

 

CLINICAL ROTATIONS

Orofacial Pain Clinic

Residents see patients with a variety of orofacial pain disorders, including masticatory musculoskeletal pain, cervical musculoskeletal pain, neurovascular pain, neuropathic pain, sleep disorders related to orofacial pain, orofacial dystonias, and intraoral, intracranial, extracranial and systemic disorders that cause orofacial pain. Residents learn a medical model of patient examination and management and are trained to perform trigger-point injections and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) injections.

 

Oral Medicine Clinic

Residents see patients with a variety of oral mucosal diseases, osseous disorders, bisphosphonate-induced osteonecrosis and salivary gland disorders. Residents learn a medical model of patient examination and management and are trained to perform oral mucosal and bone biopsies.

 

Dr. Roseann Mulligan Special Patients Clinic

Residents see patients with a variety of medically complex conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease and HIV, with a range of dental needs. Residents learn a medical model of patient examination and management.

 

Operating Room Dentistry

Residents perform general dentistry on medically complex patients under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. This will train residents in hospital-based dentistry for medically compromised patients.

 

Head and Neck Surgery

Residents rotate at the Head and Neck Surgery Department at the USC Healthcare Consultation Center outpatient facility. Residents will shadow Uttam Sinha, MD, associate professor and residency program director of head and neck surgery. Dr. Sinha is board certified in head and neck surgery and is the associate dean of surgical simulation. In this rotation, residents will be exposed to the surgical management of head and neck cancers and complications.

 

Neurology

Residents rotate at the Neurology Department at the USC Healthcare Consultation Center outpatient facility. Residents shadow Soma Sahai-Srivastava, MD, clinical professor of neurology, a board-certified neurologist and internist, and director of the USC Headache Program. Her clinical practice focuses on headaches and neuropathic-pain management. Residents learn about various headache disorders and other neurological disorders.

 

Pain Medicine

Residents rotate at the Pain Medicine Department at the USC Healthcare Consultation Center outpatient facility. Residents shadow Steven H. Richeimer, MD, who is board certified in anesthesiology, pain management and psychiatry, and is chief of pain medicine at USC. In this rotation, residents learn about various chronic pain disorders, such as fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome and neuropathies.

 

Rheumatology

Residents rotate at the Rheumatology Department at the USC Healthcare Consultation Center outpatient facility. Residents shadow Shuntaro Shinada, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine, who is board certified in rheumatology and internal medicine. Residents learn about various rheumatological disorders.

 

Physical Therapy

Residents rotate at the Physical Therapy Department at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Residents shadow Erica Sigman, DPT, assistant professor of clinical physical therapy and director of the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program at USC, who is board certified in physical therapy. Residents learn about various physical therapy modalities for temporomandibular joint dysfunction and orofacial pain disorders.

Orthodontics

ADVANCED EDUCATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

 

The 33-month program in orthodontics is administered in conjunction with the USC Graduate School.

 

The orthodontics curriculum prepares students for academic careers as clinical scholars through the integration of the basic sciences with orthodontic education, as well as providing the clinical experience necessary to practice orthodontics.

Please see the Paying for Dental School page for all information pertaining to financial aid and attendance costs.

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC uses the American Dental Education Association’s Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) centralized application for its specialty certificate programs. Supplemental materials are not to be sent to the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.

 

In addition to the PASS, all orthodontics program applicants must submit a non-refundable processing fee of $85 ($145 for international applicants).

 

To pay online, visit our Online Payment Portal.  An email confirmation will be sent once payment is submitted.

 

This program also uses the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (Match) to help place residents.

For certificate programs that meet federal Title IV eligibility, USC is required by the U.S. Department of Education to disclose certain Gainful Employment (GE) information. The following Gainful Employment Disclosure Template link provides information regarding related jobs, cost, loan debt and completion rate for the program.

USC REQUIRES THAT ALL INCOMING OSTROW SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY STUDENTS SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING HEALTH DOCUMENTATION:

 

1. RESULTS OF A DETAILED PHYSICAL EXAMINATION BY A LICENSED MEDICAL PROVIDER.

 

2. STUDENT HEALTH SERVICE FORM

Must be filed with the USC Engemann Student Health Center signed by applicant’s attending physician.

 

3. HEALTH INSURANCE

Automatic enrollment in USC’s student health insurance plan unless you provide proof of comparable coverage.

 

4. IMMUNIZATION AND SCREENINGS

Results of a current PPD (Mantoux) tuberculosis (TB) skin test, dated no older than six months prior the start date of your USC program. If you have had a positive Mantoux TB skin test in the past, you will need to provide proof of a recent “negative” chest x-ray, no older than six months prior to the start date of your USC program.

 

Proof of tetanus immunizations within the past 10 years.

 

Laboratory proof of immunization status for measles (rubella and rubeola), mumps, and varicella. History of immunization is not adequate proof; lab values indicating immunity status are required.

 

Proof of Hepatitis B core antibody blood test, even if you have already completed the Hepatitis B vaccine series. If you have already completed the series, you will also need to have a quantitative Hepatitis B surface antibody laboratory test.

 

  • If an entering student’s Hepatitis B core antibody is “positive,” the following additional lab tests are mandatory: Hepatitis B surface antibody (HBsAb) and Hepatitis B surface antigen. If the HBsAb test comes back >10 mIU/mL, then the individual has cleared the infection. If the surface antigen blood test is positive, a Hepatitis B DNA blood test is required.
  • Individuals whose HBV DNA level is less than four logs (meaning 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 = 10,000 IU/mL or copies/mL) will be allowed to enroll and matriculate through the program with certain conditions established by an expert review panel. The student must sign a contract delineating specific requirements regarding their performance in the clinical setting and must consent to an HBV DNA lab test every four months (at the student’s expense).
  • Individuals whose HBV DNA level is greater than four logs (meaning equal to or higher than 10,001 IU/mL or copies/mL) will be allowed to enroll and matriculate through the program but with certain conditions as established by an expert review panel. The student must sign a contract delineating specific requirements regarding their performance in the clinical setting and must consent to an HBV DNA lab test every four months (at the student’s expense).

Pediatric Dentistry

The 24-month course of study in pediatric dentistry provides students with the background and clinical experience necessary for the practice of pediatric dentistry. Year one, which emphasizes advanced pediatric dentistry theory and clinical treatment of children, ensures that students develop a sound basis in:

 

  • Behavior management
  • Conscious sedation
  • Genetics
  • Growth and development
  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatric dental literature
  • Physical evaluation
  • Prevention
  • Research methodology
  • Statistics

 

Year two, which concentrates on dental care of children with physical, mental and emotional disorders, is a hospital-based residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Children’s Hospital Orange County or Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Students gain experience in operating room procedures, general anesthesia techniques, conscious sedation and treating children with medical disabilities and pathologies in the hospital environment.

Please see the Paying for Dental School page for all information pertaining to financial aid and attendance costs.

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC uses theAmerican Dental Education Association’s Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) centralized application for its specialty certificate programs. Supplemental materials are not to be sent to the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.

 

In addition to the PASS application, all pediatrics program applicants must submit a non-refundable processing fee of $85 ($145 for international applicants).

 

To pay online, visit our Online Payment Portal.  An email confirmation will be sent once payment is submitted.

 

This program also uses the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (Match) to help place residents.

For certificate programs that meet federal Title IV eligibility, USC is required by the U.S. Department of Education to disclose certain Gainful Employment (GE) information. The following Gainful Employment Disclosure Template link provides information regarding related jobs, cost, loan debt and completion rate for the program.

USC requires that all incoming Ostrow School of Dentistry students submit the following health documentation:

 

1. Results of a detailed physical examination by a licensed medical provider.

 

2. STUDENT HEALTH SERVICE FORM

Must be filed with the USC Engemann Student Health Center signed by applicant’s attending physician.

 

3. Health insurance

Automatic enrollment in USC’s student health insurance plan unless you provide proof of comparable coverage.

 

4. IMMUNIZATION AND SCREENINGS

Results of a current PPD (Mantoux) tuberculosis (TB) skin test, dated no older than six months prior the start date of your USC program. If you have had a positive Mantoux TB skin test in the past, you will need to provide proof of a recent “negative” chest x-ray, no older than six months prior to the start date of your USC program.

 

Proof of tetanus immunizations within the past 10 years.

 

Laboratory proof of immunization status for measles (rubella and rubeola), mumps, and varicella. History of immunization is not adequate proof; lab values indicating immunity status are required.

 

  • Proof of Hepatitis B core antibody blood test, even if you have already completed the Hepatitis B vaccine series. If you have already completed the series, you will also need to have a quantitative Hepatitis B surface antibody laboratory test.
  • If an entering student’s Hepatitis B core antibody is “positive,” the following additional lab tests are mandatory: Hepatitis B surface antibody (HBsAb) and Hepatitis B surface antigen. If the HBsAb test comes back >10 mIU/mL, then the individual has cleared the infection. If the surface antigen blood test is positive, a Hepatitis B DNA blood test is required.
  • Individuals whose HBV DNA level is less than four logs (meaning 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 = 10,000 IU/mL or copies/mL) will be allowed to enroll and matriculate through the program with certain conditions established by an expert review panel. The student must sign a contract delineating specific requirements regarding their performance in the clinical setting and must consent to an HBV DNA lab test every four months (at the student’s expense).
  • Individuals whose HBV DNA level is greater than four logs (meaning equal to or higher than 10,001 IU/mL or copies/mL) will be allowed to enroll and matriculate through the program but with certain conditions as established by an expert review panel. The student must sign a contract delineating specific requirements regarding their performance in the clinical setting and must consent to an HBV DNA lab test every four months (at the student’s expense).

Periodontics

ADVANCED EDUCATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

 

Periodontology represents one of the foundations of science for all clinical dentistry. 

 

Ostrow’s Periodontics Program is a comprehensive 180-unit program that leads to a certificate in periodontology. Interested applicants can also enroll in a 24-month master of science in biomedical implants and tissue engineering concurrently with the certificate program at no cost.

 

The intensive 36-month certificate program prepare residents in all aspects of clinical periodontology, including:

  • Anatomy
  • Implantology
  • Photography
  • Research methodology
  • Science
  • Scientific literature
  • Technique
  • Therapy
  • Writing

 

Emphasis is placed on the interaction of periodontics with other specialties and within general dentistry. Residents also gain teaching experience in didactic and clinical settings. Multiple avenues exist to interact and learn more about the clinical and didactic aspects of the residency program through our preceptorship, externship or exchange programs. Requests for participation in any of the programs can be submitted to the Advanced Periodontology Program Director Kian Kar, MS, DDS. Periodontology graduates have gone on to practice with distinction as program directors and in private practice in North America, Africa, Europe and Asia.

Please see the Paying for Dental School page for all information pertaining to financial aid and attendance costs.

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC uses the American Dental Education Association’s Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) centralized application for its specialty certificate programs. Supplemental materials are not to be sent to the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.

 

In addition to the PASS application, all Periodontics Program applicants must submit a non-refundable processing fee of $85 ($145 for international applicants).

 

To pay online, visit our Online Payment Portal.  An email confirmation will be sent once payment is submitted.

For certificate programs that meet federal Title IV eligibility, USC is required by the U.S. Department of Education to disclose certain Gainful Employment (GE) information. The following Gainful Employment Disclosure Template link provides information regarding related jobs, cost, loan debt and completion rate for the program.

USC REQUIRES THAT ALL INCOMING OSTROW SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY STUDENTS SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING HEALTH DOCUMENTATION:

 

1. RESULTS OF A DETAILED PHYSICAL EXAMINATION BY A LICENSED MEDICAL PROVIDER.

 

2. STUDENT HEALTH SERVICE FORM

Must be filed with the USC Engemann Student Health Center signed by applicant’s attending physician.

 

3. HEALTH INSURANCE

Automatic enrollment in USC’s student health insurance plan unless you provide proof of comparable coverage.

 

4. IMMUNIZATION AND SCREENINGS

Results of a current PPD (Mantoux) tuberculosis (TB) skin test, dated no older than six months prior the start date of your USC program. If you have had a positive Mantoux TB skin test in the past, you will need to provide proof of a recent “negative” chest x-ray, no older than six months prior to the start date of your USC program.

 

Proof of tetanus immunizations within the past 10 years.

 

Laboratory proof of immunization status for measles (rubella and rubeola), mumps, and varicella. History of immunization is not adequate proof; lab values indicating immunity status are required.

 

Proof of Hepatitis B core antibody blood test, even if you have already completed the Hepatitis B vaccine series. If you have already completed the series, you will also need to have a quantitative Hepatitis B surface antibody laboratory test.

 

  • If an entering student’s Hepatitis B core antibody is “positive,” the following additional lab tests are mandatory: Hepatitis B surface antibody (HBsAb) and Hepatitis B surface antigen. If the HBsAb test comes back >10 mIU/mL, then the individual has cleared the infection. If the surface antigen blood test is positive, a Hepatitis B DNA blood test is required.
  • Individuals whose HBV DNA level is less than four logs (meaning 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 = 10,000 IU/mL or copies/mL) will be allowed to enroll and matriculate through the program with certain conditions established by an expert review panel. The student must sign a contract delineating specific requirements regarding their performance in the clinical setting and must consent to an HBV DNA lab test every four months (at the student’s expense).
  • Individuals whose HBV DNA level is greater than four logs (meaning equal to or higher than 10,001 IU/mL or copies/mL) will be allowed to enroll and matriculate through the program but with certain conditions as established by an expert review panel. The student must sign a contract delineating specific requirements regarding their performance in the clinical setting and must consent to an HBV DNA lab test every four months (at the student’s expense).

Prosthodontics

ADVANCED EDUCATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

The 36-month course in prosthodontics teaches didactic and clinical skills leading to competency in the specialized practice of prosthodontics. The program provides a basic science foundation for clinical and technical skills, incorporating studies in physical diagnosis, anatomy, oral pathology, pharmacology and oral biology.

 

Equal emphasis is placed on fixed, removable and implant prosthodontics. Periodontally compromised patients are frequently encountered, so the program is allied with the Ostrow’s Advanced Program in Periodontics; integrated patient care is stressed. Program highlights include:

 

  • Robust and constantly updated literature review for an evidence-based approach to treatment.
  • Opportunity to place dental implants.
  • Extensive incorporation of CAD/CAM technology in treatment of patients in all phases.
  • Interdisciplinary care provided with allied specialties.
  • Scholarships for those in good academic standing and not sponsored by any government or other third party.

 

A master’s degree in biomaterials is available concurrently with the program. The GRE is not required for the master’s in biomaterials.

Please see the Paying for Dental School page for all information pertaining to financial aid and attendance costs.

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC uses theAmerican Dental Education Association’s Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) centralized application for its specialty certificate programs. Supplemental materials are not to be sent to the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.

 

In addition to the PASS application, all prosthodontics program applicants must submit a non-refundable processing fee of $85 ($145 for international applicants).

 

To pay online, visit our Online Payment Portal.  An email confirmation will be sent once payment is submitted.

For certificate programs that meet federal Title IV eligibility, USC is required by the U.S. Department of Education to disclose certain Gainful Employment (GE) information. The following Gainful Employment Disclosure Template link provides information regarding related jobs, cost, loan debt and completion rate for the program.

USC requires that all incoming Ostrow School of Dentistry students submit the following health documentation:

 

1. Results of a detailed physical examination by a licensed medical provider.

 

2. STUDENT HEALTH SERVICE FORM

Must be filed with the USC Engemann Student Health Center signed by applicant’s attending physician.

 

3. Health insurance

Automatic enrollment in USC’s student health insurance plan unless you provide proof of comparable coverage.

 

4. IMMUNIZATION AND SCREENINGS

Results of a current PPD (Mantoux) tuberculosis (TB) skin test, dated no older than six months prior the start date of your USC program. If you have had a positive Mantoux TB skin test in the past, you will need to provide proof of a recent “negative” chest x-ray, no older than six months prior to the start date of your USC program.

 

Proof of tetanus immunizations within the past 10 years.

 

Laboratory proof of immunization status for measles (rubella and rubeola), mumps, and varicella. History of immunization is not adequate proof; lab values indicating immunity status are required.

 

  • Proof of Hepatitis B core antibody blood test, even if you have already completed the Hepatitis B vaccine series. If you have already completed the series, you will also need to have a quantitative Hepatitis B surface antibody laboratory test.
  • If an entering student’s Hepatitis B core antibody is “positive,” the following additional lab tests are mandatory: Hepatitis B surface antibody (HBsAb) and Hepatitis B surface antigen. If the HBsAb test comes back >10 mIU/mL, then the individual has cleared the infection. If the surface antigen blood test is positive, a Hepatitis B DNA blood test is required.
  • Individuals whose HBV DNA level is less than four logs (meaning 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 = 10,000 IU/mL or copies/mL) will be allowed to enroll and matriculate through the program with certain conditions established by an expert review panel. The student must sign a contract delineating specific requirements regarding their performance in the clinical setting and must consent to an HBV DNA lab test every four months (at the student’s expense).
  • Individuals whose HBV DNA level is greater than four logs (meaning equal to or higher than 10,001 IU/mL or copies/mL) will be allowed to enroll and matriculate through the program but with certain conditions as established by an expert review panel. The student must sign a contract delineating specific requirements regarding their performance in the clinical setting and must consent to an HBV DNA lab test every four months (at the student’s expense).