Description of first year:
Didactic Training: Participants will be exposed to several layers of didactic training in endodontics including seminars on selected topics of importance, guest lectures, and the annual distinguished lecture series. Seminars on various topics include issues with root resorption, endodontic surgeries, retreatments, periradicular pathology, pulpal inflammation, implants, patient management, etc. Participants are also engaged in a weekly review of endodontic literature that covers all aspects of non-surgical and surgical endodontics. Additionally, treatment planning conferences are offered on a weekly basis to discuss clinical cases of interest.
Technical Training: Participants will be assigned a space in the clinic to perform simulation cases on extracted teeth under faculty supervision. The clinic facility is equipped with surgical microscopes, X-ray machines, electric motors, vertical obturation systems, ultrasonic instruments, etc. Participants will perform root canal therapy on extracted teeth mounted on a typodont. Each case will be guided and evaluated by faculty.
Clinical Training: After demonstrating competency on simulation cases, participants may be allowed to have direct patient contact under faculty guidance. Clinical cases will be performed in the endodontic clinic fully equipped for contemporary endodontic techniques as described above. Participants will be introduced to the latest technology in endodontics by utilizing the full spectrum of rotary root canal instrumentation, new canal irrigation systems, vertical obturation technique, and the operating microscope. Each case will be evaluated by the attending faculty and may be discussed in the treatment planning conferences. Clinical training as part of the ACT program requires an annual enrollment into the program, starting in the summer quarter.
Description of second year:
The 2nd year will primarily focus on further enhancing trainee's clinical skills, engaging in scholarly activities mainly in form of research, and building upon their didactic training on endodontic literature through seminars and workshops. Typically, 2nd year ACT trainees will spend the time as following:
- Clinic (Patient contact and Simulation) – 30%
- Research – 40%
- Seminars and Lectures – 20%
- Teaching – 10%