The residency program in periodontics provides 36 months of formal training leading to board certification in periodontics within the guidelines established by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Upon completion of the residency program, the recently trained periodontist will be a clinician familiar with and competent in theoretical and practical knowledge and technical skills pertinent to the specialty. Successful completion of the program enables the resident to participate in the Qualifying Examination of the American Board of Periodontology
after graduation. The resident is eligible to participate in the American Board of Periodontology
oral examination within one year of completion of the program leading to certification by the American Board of Periodontology. The curriculum also includes military subjects that enable dental officers to undertake contingency roles and to perfect their skills in military leadership and personnel management.