Faculty member from the Periodontics Residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, uses a model of a jaw while speaking with a resident.

Graduate medical education in dental specialties at Mayo Clinic

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The Periodontics Residency Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is a three-year, full-time specialty-training program designed to prepare dentists for careers in clinical periodontics, research, and teaching. 

Highlights of the program include:

  • Training in preventing, diagnosing, and treating periodontal diseases, abnormalities, and conditions
  • Assessing and managing the relationships between periodontal diseases and systemic health
  • Surgical clinical experiences in both periodontology and implantology, utilizing the most current instrumentation and techniques. 
Cindy Zhou, D.M.D., M.S. explains dental implants to patient at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Your training experience

As a resident at Mayo Clinic, you'll have access to robust clinical, educational, and research resources. You'll find support both inside and outside of the campus to promote physical and mental wellness and ensure your work/life balance.


The program fulfills the training requirements as defined by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.


After successfully completing the program, you are eligible to take the certifying examination offered by the American Board of Periodontology.

Program history

The Periodontics Residency began in 1966. We anticipate that one trainee will complete this program annually.

Learn more about the history of Mayo Clinic's Department of Dental Specialties.

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