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Dental Specialties, Prosthodontics (Minnesota)


In the dental specialty elective of prosthodontics, students examine patients with the staff and residents and have the opportunity to participate in discussion, diagnosis, and treatment planning. Students also may observe treatment and procedures being performed.

Specific goals

  1. Develop an understanding of the specialty of prosthodontics.
  2. Develop an understanding of complex prosthetic rehabilitation in various forms including fixed tooth-supported, fixed implant-supported, removable tissue-supported, removable implant-supported prosthodontics.
  3. Demonstrate patient care requiring the coordinated inter- and intradisciplinary services of the physician and dentist.
  4. Develop clinical skills to triage for prosthodontics consultation and treatment.

Activity outline

Students attend and participate in prosthodontic and interdisciplinary dental seminars. Student also observe patients under active prosthodontic care in treatment settings including outpatient clinic and the hospital operating room. Students review records illustrating treatment responses and records illustrating patient care coordinated with other specialties of medicine and dentistry. Attendance is expected at review conferences to answer dental questions commonly asked by physicians.

Method of evaluation

Students are evaluated on their understanding of the basic knowledge they gained and on their participation in scheduled activities during their rotation in prosthodontics. Staff and residents participate in this process, and their collective input is verbally shared with the student by the program director at the end of the rotation. A written report is transmitted to the chair of the Department of Dental Specialties Education Committee.

Application process

Eligible candidates must:

  • Currently attend a U.S. or Canadian dental school
  • Be a third- or fourth-year dental student and in good academic standing with their dental school
  • Have received the required immunizations

U.S. and Canadian dental students

To apply for the Prosthodontics rotation, email the following documents:

Clerkship visit possibilities

Date Status
January and February Closed
March, April, and May Open
June and July Closed
August, September, October, November, and December Open