Postdoctoral Division


The Department of Periodontics conducts a three-year, advanced education program in periodontics. The residency comprises didactic, clinical and research experiences leading to a certificate in periodontics. In addition, during the first semester of the residency, students apply to and are enrolled in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, through which residents engage in research activities leading to a Master of Science degree awarded by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. All aspects of periodontics are taught in the residency program, including biomedical sciences, patient evaluation, diagnosis of periodontal and other oral diseases, interdisciplinary treatment planning, non-surgical and surgical periodontal treatment, and dental implant therapy. Knowledge of the evidence base upon which the specialty rests is emphasized heavily. Residents gain wide experience in all facets of Periodontology. While the primary goal of the residency is to provide the best clinical periodontal training available in the country, research and didactic training are also major components of the program.

The Graduate Periodontics Program actively recruits applicants who will strive for both clinical and academic excellence. The program provides a vigorous and continuous challenge for three years. Residents must be able to function with others as a team, striving not only for personal excellence, but also for cohesion and openness to an intellectual enriching environment. The Graduate Periodontics Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School is fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.


The mission of the Graduate Periodontics Program is to produce the best clinical periodontists in the nation, clinicians who will provide the highest quality care to their patients, who will support their families and communities, who will add to the body of knowledge in periodontology, and who will give back to the profession of dentistry throughout their careers. Primary objectives of the program include learning all facets of periodontics and dental implant therapy, gaining comprehensive knowledge of the evidence, performing research which adds substantially to the evidence base, and teaching other health professionals in various aspects of the specialty. A major goal of the residency is to prepare each student to successfully challenge the written and oral certification examination of The American Board of Periodontology, becoming Diplomates of the Board.


All residents are under the direct supervision and guidance of the Graduate Program Director, Department of Periodontics. Residents are taught by board certified periodontists with a broad range of backgrounds. These individuals are recognized internationally as authorities in the field. They are editors of textbooks, authors of scientific publications, leaders of national and international dental organizations, and researchers who continuously contribute to the literature and the body of knowledge in periodontology and other fields.


Located on more than 100 acres in the heart of the South Texas Medical Center, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has approximately 2,700 students enrolled in the Health Science Center's five schools - the School of Allied Health Sciences, the Dental School, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Medical School, and the School of Nursing. The Health Science Center has nearly 2 million square feet of education, research, treatment and administrative facilities. The University employs some 4,300 persons with a total annual budget if approximately $300 million. State-of-the-art equipment, a faculty with expertise in all of the dental disciplines as well as the basic sciences, and an outpatient clinic which records more than 75,000 patient visits a year contribute to the superior advanced dental education programs at the UTHSCSA Dental School.

Almost 500,000 square feet in the Dental School building provides ample space for clinical cubicles, specialty suites, research laboratories, departmental offices, conference areas, and classrooms. In addition, the facilities of the Health Science Center, including its outstanding library, lecture halls, and computer support and learning resources services, are at the disposal of students and faculty. Interaction with ongoing basic science research in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, access to multidisciplinary laboratories, and rotations and clinical experiences in patient care facilities affiliated with the Health Science Center add depth to the curriculum of each program. The Graduate Periodontics Program enjoys state-of-the-art facilities as well. The Graduate Periodontics Clinic consists of 17 operatories and a resident work room with multiple computers. Each resident has his or her own operatory in which to see patients. The Clinic employs several dental assistants to help in all facets of the residency. Residents have access to the latest technology in radiographic imaging, and they work closely with residents from all other specialties. Management of complex patient needs is emphasized in the program, and facilities are present to support training in use of multiple dental implant systems, conscious sedation, implant site preparation and sinus augmentation, and all forms of periodontal surgical therapy.


  1. Application for Admission form for the Graduate Periodontics Program.
  2. Transcripts: one official transcript in a sealed envelope from each college/university attended. If you have attended a non-US college/university, it is required that all internaitonal transcripts be evaluated by an accredited foreign credentialing service. Please contact our office for a list of such services, if needed.
  3. The GPA/Class Rank form completed by the Office of the Dean of the Dental School you attended.
  4. National Board Examination scores (official report or certified copy).
  5. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if international applicant. *
    • Must meet the minimum score of 560 on the paper test, 220 on the computer-based test, or 68 on the Internet-based test. TOEFL tests taken more than two (2) years prior to the date of application will not be accepted.
  6. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. *
    • Required for all applicants who graduated from a dental school not accredited by Commission on Dental Accreditation.
    • Recommended for all applicants, especially those from schools that do not rank or provide grades.
    • GRE scores taken more than five (5) years before application date will not be accepted.
  7. Letters of recommendation from three (3) individuals addressed to the Director of Graduate Periodontics.
  8. A brief curriculum vitae.
  9. Applicants who are Permanent Residents of the US must supply a certified copy of both the front and back sides of their federal Green Card. All international students must provide their full legal name as it appears on immigration documents

    * For GRE and TOEFL Scores use: School Code # 6908, Departmental Code # 0604: Dental Sciences--Periodontics


    Mailing address for application, reports, transcripts, recommendations and future correspondence regarding this application:

    Brian L. Mealey, DDS, MS
    Graduate Program Director
    UTHSCSA Dept of Periodontics - MSC 7894
    7703 Floyd Curl Drive
    San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900
    Phone: (210) 567-3589
    Fax: (210) 567-3761
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