Advanced Endodontic Program for Internationally Trained Dentists


The University of Maryland, School of Dentistry (UMSOD) offers an Advanced Endodontic Program for internationally trained dentists. This Advanced Endodontic Program is a flexible program which is designed to meet the needs of internationally trained dentists and endodontists wishing to enhance their knowledge in the specialty.
Participants in this program attend school on a full-time basis, attending classes with the endodontic residents. Upon completion and meeting the requirements of the Advanced Endodontic Program, participants will receive a certificate of completion from the office of Continuing Dental Education.

This program is not intended to prepare individuals to practice the specialty of endodontics. It is expected that the individual will return to his/her country after gaining insight and improving his/her knowledge in the specialty of endodontics.
The Advanced Endodontic Program will include seminars in current endodontic literature, topical endodontic literature, case selection and treatment planning, endodontic research and the biological basis of endodontics. As a part of their clinical training, each participant will observe graduate endodontic procedures under the supervision of clinical faculty.

Admission Process

After applicants have submitted all required documentation, the applications will be reviewed by the admissions committee. As required, a SKYPE or phone interview will be scheduled with the applicant. Admission criteria to the Advanced Endodontics Program include, but are not limited to: academic achievements, demonstrated interest in endodontics, TOEFL scores and performance at previously attended academic programs, clinical experience and letters of recommendation.

Application Requirements

 Completed application
 Application fee ($160.00 USD)
 Curriculum vitae (CV)
 Personal statement/letter of intent
 Notarized copy of dental school diploma/degree
 Original transcripts/translated in English
 ECE/WES course-by-course evaluation
 TOEFL score reports
 Three letters of recommendation
 Passport size photo /copy of passport biographical and expiration pages
English Language Test Requirements:
 TOEFL (minimum 80 internet based test, 550 paper based)*
 IELTS (minimum 7.0 total bandwidth score) please attach results*
*Scores from these exams must be no more than two years old at the time of submission of the J-1 request.

Six months: $30,000 (USD)
One year: $60,000 (USD)

International Student Admissions Standards
International Students who require J-1 visa sponsorship to attend the University of Maryland must demonstrate English proficiency and financial responsibility before the Office of International Services (OIS) can issue the appropriate visa document for the program of study.

English Proficiency International students requiring visa sponsorship from the OIS must demonstrate English proficiency. Proficiency is most often verified through the TOEFL or IELTS English Language Proficiency Tests. For students whose native language is English, there is no need to take a proficiency test.
• TOEFL (minimum 80 internet based test, 550 paper based)*
• IELTS (minimum 7.0 total bandwidth score) please attach results*
*Scores from these exams must be no more than two years old at the time of submission of the J-1 request.

Financial Responsibility
International students who require visa sponsorship must ensure they have sufficient funding to cover the cost of the program and living expenses while in Baltimore. Financial responsibility may be proven by a variety of methods. These include the following:
 Personal or family funds
 Government or international organization sponsorship
The documentation must state the name of the person or organization that will sponsor the student and specify the amount of the financial support provided to the student.
If using personal or family funds, a bank statement from within the past six months must be provided. Additionally, if the applicant is receiving financial support from a friend or family member, that person must also write a letter specifying the exact amount of funding he or she will provide during the program.
The expenses of a married student are considerably more than that of a single student. In addition to funds for his or her own expenses, the married student must show an additional
$5,000 per year for each dependent. A dependent is classified as a spouse and/or children under the age of 21.
Prior to processing visa paperwork, the OIS requires evidence of the minimum financial support amount committed to the applicant's education.
Health Insurance
Health Insurance is required for all University of Maryland students. The applicant must prove that he or she has coverage equivalent to University of Maryland’s minimum requirements, or purchase the policy offered by the University of Maryland to all students.

Contact Information

Students can mail their application and documents to:
Keith W. Groves, DMin, MPCDirector of Continuing Education University of Maryland School of Dentistry 650 West Baltimore Street, Room 8102 Baltimore, MD 21201 Email:

For questions about the Advanced Pediatric Dentistry Program, contact:
Patricia A. Tordik, DMD Clinical Professor
Endodontic Division Director
Program Director, Advanced Specialty Education in Endodontics
University of Maryland School of Dentistry 650 W. Baltimore Street, Room 4217 Baltimore, MD 21201 Phone: 410-706-7099