Prosthodontics

The Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry offers in-depth instruction in fixed, removable, and implant prosthodontics

Graduate Prosthodontics

This educational experience is structured to provide residents with diagnostic and treatment planning fundamentals as well as the associated clinical skills necessary for the practice of prosthodontics as a specialty and/or to prepare them for a career in discipline related teaching and research.

In addition, instruction provided in the critical evaluation of available dental literature, didactic concepts, and research methodology, is focused on creating young professionals with the ability to become effective life-long learners. See the following links for more information about our program:

Program at a glance

Apply

The Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics accepts three residents into the program per year and is accredited for nine residents overall.  The online portion of the application must be completed and uploaded into ADEA PASS and the direct mail portion of the application must be postmarked no later than September 15 in the year prior to the program start date. After review of the PASS applications combined with each applicant’s supplemental material mailed directly to the program, selected candidates will be contacted by the Program Director to schedule a date for an interview. Interviews are usually held on Fridays during the months of July through October. Taking into account the applicant selection criteria and input obtained by the program director, faculty, and residents, candidates will be ranked and offered a position through the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program.

PASS

ADEA Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS):

Program Requirements Checklist
Enter/Upload to the ADEA PASS Application:

  • Biographical Data
  • Experiences and achievements
  • Personal statement (essay) of 400-500 words (Character count: 5200)
  • Institutional Evaluation by Dean or Academic Dean
  • 3 x Professional Evaluation Forms (PEF) by Faculty or Mentors
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Official dental school transcript
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts
  • NDBE score self-reported (US-trained applicants only)
  • TOEFL score self-reported (International Applicants)

Mail

Mail to the Program directly:

  • Official dental school transcript
  • Photocopy of dental school diploma (if training program completed)
  • 2" x 2" photo
  • Supplemental application processing fee of $70.00 payable by check only to the University of Minnesota
  • International Applicants (other than those from Canada)
    • Foreign transcript evaluations by WES or ECE
    • Original TOEFL score report

Legacy

From 1969 to 2012, the University of Minnesota Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics had the unique history of operating under the leadership of only two Program Directors.  Dr. Richard J. Goodkind established the graduate program and received full accreditation status.  He went on to lead one of the best prosthodontic programs in the nation, mentoring and graduating over 50 prosthodontists.

Upon Dr. Goodkind’s retirement, the leadership transitioned to Dr. James R. Holtan who led the program into the new millennium and who also mentored and graduated 50 prosthodontists.  After Dr. Holtan graduated his final class and phased into retirement, these two outstanding clinicians, educators, and scientists, were honored through alumni donations and subsequent renovations by renaming our spaces the ‘Goodkind | Holtan Conference Room and Resident Office.’

News

Dr. Conrad elected Examiner Elect of American Board of Prosthodontists

The Members of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) Council for the American Board of Prosthodontics (ABP) are pleased to announce that Dr. Heather Joan Conrad has been elected as the new Examiner (Director) Elect of the ABP.  She will be replacing Dr. Kent Knoernschild at the end of his term in 2018.

Dr. Heather J. Conrad received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Saskatchewan and her Certificate in Prosthodontics and Master of Science degree from the University of Minnesota.  She is currently an Associate Professor and the Director of the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Conrad received the ACP Educator of the Year award in 2015 and became a Fellow of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Leadership Institute in 2016.  She currently serves as Board Director for the ADEA Council of Advanced Education Programs.

The Council appreciates your participation in this year's election.  The right to vote for the new Examiner (Director) Elect is one of the key privileges enjoyed by Diplomates of the ABP.  The Council will continue to work on behalf of the specialty to identify the best possible candidates to become an Examiner Elect for the ABP.

Goals

  • To develop the diagnostic and treatment planning skills necessary for successful provision of complex prosthodontic treatment.
  • To provide advanced didactic instruction in all phases of prosthodontics.
  • To provide advanced clinical instruction in all phases of prosthodontics so that a graduating resident will have the clinical skills necessary to successfully practice prosthodontics as a specialty.
  • To create an atmosphere that supports the development of a research protocol, completion of an associated project, interpretation of the results, preparation of a thesis and the ability to mount a successful defense, all leading to the awarding of an MS degree at the end of the program.
  • To provide encouragement and the professional skills necessary for successful completion of the American Board of Prosthodontics Examination.
  • To develop life-long learning skills.
  • To foster an interest on the part of our residents in community health care, community service and dental education.
  • To offer the best educational experience possible.

Objectives

  • To ensure successful completion and presentation of treatment plans/treatment for patients requiring complex restorative care as required in the prosthodontics treatment planning seminar course.
  • To ensure successful completion all didactic courses associated with the program.
  • To ensure successful completion of all clinical courses associated with the program.
  • To ensure development of a research protocol, completion of an associated project, interpretation of the results, preparation of a thesis and the ability to mount a successful defense, all leading to the awarding of an MS degree at the end of the program.
  • To ensure the development of a desire and the professional skills necessary for successful completion of American Board of Prosthodontics examination.
  • To ensure that residents can successfully prepare and present topical seminars in prosthodontics and engage in a review of current and classic literature as required in the current and classical prosthodontics literature review seminar courses.
  • To ensure the opportunity for development of an interest not only in teaching and related skills but also in the importance of service to the community.
  • To solicit input on a regular basis from residents, program graduates and faculty to identify program strengths and any weaknesses requiring correction and to make any necessary corrective changes.

Program at a glance

Length: 34 months
Degree: Certificate in Prosthodontics and Master of Science
Class Size: 3 residents per year, 9 residents overall
PASS Applications Open: May 17, 2018
Application Deadline: September 15, 2018
Start Date: June 17, 2019

Apply to PASS

Program Director: Heather J. Conrad
Email: conr0094@umn.edu
Program Administrative Specialist: Yvonne
Email: ychriste@umn.edu
Fax: 612-626-2655
Mailing address:
Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics
9-176 Moos Health Science Tower
515 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Becoming an Advanced Prosthodontic Patient