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Frequently Asked Questions: PG Endodontics

The Advanced Education Program in Endodontics is 24 months in duration. 

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.


The Advanced Specialty Education Programs at NYU College of Dentistry all start on July 1 each year (or the Monday after July 1, if July 1 falls on a weekend). The PG calendar ends on June 30 each year.

A mandatory two-day orientation program for all PGY-1 students is held on the two weekdays before July 1 each year. In 2017, the mandatory orientation program will be held on Thursday and Friday, June 29 and 30. Classes will begin on Monday, July 3, 2017.

A welcome reception for the PGY-1 students is scheduled during orientation and is an opportunity to meet the faculty and other PG colleagues. The summer of PGY-1 includes a general core curriculum as well as specialty-specific didactic, clinical and pre-clinical courses.

Faculty coverage

There is a large complement of full-time faculty in the clinic, including at least one Board Certified faculty at each clinic session. This provides our students with a favorable environment and opportunity to learn and perform endodontic procedures based on the guidelines and standards of the American Board of Endodontics.

Patient Pool and Case Diversity

The large patient pool provides the necessary diverse case mix to ensure more than sufficient exposure and training in the full scope of the specialty for the students in the program. The diversity of the cases presenting to the clinic has a wide range such that students gain experience in treating numerous cases in various aspects of surgical and non-surgical endodontics.


Hospital rotations afford exposure to dental trauma and medically complex patients. In addition, each student has the opportunity to participate in at least one of NYU Dentistry’s extensive network of community-based, national or international outreach programs.


Students will have an opportunity to participate in a research project and be mentored by leading experts in the field, leading to presentation at professional meetings or publication in peer –reviewed journals.

Board Exam preparation

The program has a course dedicated to preparing students for the American Board of Endodontics exams. This course is led by board certified faculty who have served as examiners in the past.


25% of the time is spent on lectures/seminars/workshops. This amount of time also includes the time that students need to prepare for literature reviews.


60% of the time is spent in the clinic. This time includes discussions with faculty and the Director regarding the cases.


10% of the time is spent working on research projects or preparation for publication/presentations.


5% of the time will be spent on teaching to predoctoral students.

In total, 19 faculty are involved in postgraduate training, and seven are Board Certified. There are six faculty who are extensively focused on research, several of whom are the leading experts in their fields, including trauma, pain management, and regenerative endodontics.

Admission into the Advanced Education Program in Endodontics is based upon the applicant's portfolio of achievements, including but not limited to: professional history, personal statements, official transcripts, and letters of recommendation.

NYU Dentistry strives to enroll a diverse group of dentists with strong records of academic and clinical excellence, intellectual curiosity, and the personal attributes, endeavors, and accomplishments that are necessary to succeed as the future leaders and scholars of oral health care.

Applicants graduated from accredited US or Canadian dental schools:

  • Official dental school transcript noting the degree
  • Recommendation letters
  • A personal essay

Applicants who are graduates of foreign (non-US or Canadian accredited) dental schools:

  • An official ECE transcript
  • Passing the NDBE Part I and II
  • A one-year general practice residency and/or experience in practice and/or research experience are highly recommended.
  • Official TOEFL iBT exam, minimum score of 100

For more information please refer to the program’s admission’s website.

The program strongly encourages and trains students to pass the board examinations, but does not consider participating or passing any stages of the examination as a requirement for graduation. During the second year, PG students will have monthly sessions to discuss cases based on the Board of Examiners' guidelines and standards. Students will also participate in two mock oral exams (conducted by either a local or outside faculty) and will participate in seminars on how to prepare and write up cases according to the aforementioned standards.

Each PG student is entitled to four weeks (20 business days) of vacation each year. All vacation time must be requested and approved in advance by the Program Director.

The Advanced Specialty Education Programs do not follow the pre-doctoral calendar, and PG students should not plan on pre-doctoral breaks for vacation time. Details on vacation policy for each Advanced Specialty Education Program can be found in the departmental orientation manuals.

In addition, NYU Dentistry is closed in observance of the following national holidays: July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day + Friday following Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents'  Day, and Memorial Day.

NYU College of Dentistry follows the principles set forth in the University Policy for Religious Observance. This is an accommodation, but not an excused absence, as the students are responsible for making up all didactic and clinical responsibilities. Students who require this accommodation should advise program directors well in advance, as patient schedules may need to be adjusted.

If a student requests/requires more than the maximum allowable number of days off/year, arrangements to make up the extra days must be made directly with the Program Director.


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