The goal of the Advanced Education Program in Endodontics is to graduate students who can practice the specialty of Endodontics and teach the discipline. They will also be able to participate in research and be motivated to include service to disadvantaged populations.

The Advanced Education Program in Endodontics selects highly motivated candidates to receive two years of extensive clinical and biomedical education together with experience in teaching and research. The program accepts 11 students a year with a total of 22 students enrolled in the program. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and has consistently attracted outstanding candidates.

The didactic portion of the program consists of basic science and departmental courses. The departmental instruction includes lecture and textbook review (first year), classic literature review (first and second years), current literature review (first and second year), endodontic surgery, and an extensive number of basic sciences. Examinations are conducted in all courses. The didactic portion of the program emphasizes the biological basis of endodontics.

The clinical component of the program covers an interdisciplinary approach to nonsurgical and surgical endodontics. Case conferences and interdisciplinary seminars are regularly conducted. Varied instrumentation and obturation techniques are taught in the program by faculty members and guest lecturers. During the first year of the program surgical didactic material is presented. Surgical cases of various types are part of the student's clinical experiences. Students take didactic and pre-clinical courses in implant dentistry during their first year and receive clinical instruction in implant dentistry in their second year. Students participate in outreach programs to underserved areas. The Endodontic Postgraduate Clinic is equipped with 22 chairs, 22 students, 22 operating surgical microscopes and two endoscopes. Rotations to different departments as well as the Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities and access to state of the art technology such as CBCT and guided endodontics, augment the student’s clinical experience.

Research is a requirement for graduation. All students gain experience in research by participating in clinical or basic science research projects. Research advisers are selected from clinical or basic science departments. The research program has received national recognition.

Teaching experiences are a part of the program and a requirement for all students. Teaching undergraduate dental students provides our post-graduate students with experiences that may be a motivating factor in the inclusion of education as part of their career plans.

Seminars and conferences in endodontics and multidisciplinary dentistry, individual and group case review sessions, as well as mock examinations and oral training, are geared towards preparing our students to be at their highest level of competence in clinical and didactic endodontics at the time of graduation. As a result, at least 50% of our graduating students, in each class, in the past five years have either passed the oral examination segment of the boards, or have become board certified. Although not required for graduation, all students take the written segment of the boards during their second year of residency.

The program is two full calendar years (24 months) beginning on July 1st of each year.

Completion of the CODA-accredited Advanced Education Program in Endodontics satisfies the training requirements for eligibility for participation in the board certification process for the American Board of Endodontics. Eligibility for dental licensure is based on pre-professional, professional and post-graduate training and varies by state/jurisdiction. Candidates should check the state/jurisdiction regulations for dental licensure for the state(s)/jurisdictions(s) in which they are seeking licensure in order to ensure that they comply with all requirements.

The Advanced Education Program in Endodontics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval 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.

Please visit the Commission’s web site for more information.

Update on Educational Visits and Observership Opportunities During the COVID Pandemic

In accordance with NYS Board of Health regulations and University mandates, and in the interest of the health and safety of our entire community, visits to our facility during the summer months are currently restricted. However, we are delighted to invite interested applicants to visit with our program directors, faculty and current PG students virtually in order to learn about our programs and participate in some shared seminars.

For additional information and application, interested individuals should contact the program directly at the email address indicated on the program page.

As soon as it is deemed possible to do so, NYU Dentistry will continue to welcome dentists and dental students who are interested in applying for specialty dental education to visit our programs in person. The visits may be scheduled for a period of one day to a maximum of two days. Visitors to the Advanced Education Programs at NYU College of Dentistry may attend lectures/seminars and may observe, but may not participate in direct clinical patient care.


For more information, please contact:

Matthew Malek, DDS
Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor of Endodontics
(212) 998-9457

Asgeir Sigurdsson, DDS, MS
Chair, Department of Endodontics

For Educational Visits/Observership Opportunities