UMKC Catalog


Program Description: Periodontics
Simon R. MacNeill, B.D.S., D.D.S., Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology
John W. Rapley, D.D.S., M.S., Department Chair, Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology; Nancy Newhouse, D.D.S., M.S., Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology; Mark Edwards, D.D.S.Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology; David Thein, D.D.S., M.S.D.; Keerthana Satheesh, B.D.S., D.D.S, M.S., Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology; Charles M. Cobb, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology; David May, D.D.S., Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology; Mabel Salas, D.D.S., M.S., Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology

Program Overview

The periodontic postgraduate program is designed to prepare a dentist for a career in clinical periodontics, research and teaching. It enables the resident to acquire a depth of understanding in oral biology; to become acquainted with the problems in the biology and pathology of oral tissues, and to adequately treat these problems with the most current knowledge and techniques. Program students will be encouraged to use interdisciplinary approaches in the solution of research and clinical problems. The program is designed to provide for the profession and the community, competent bio-clinicians who will become key professionals in clinical practice, research, and teaching. Didactic and clinical training will also be conducted in other related areas within the scope of practice of the field of periodontics as established by the Periodontic Standards of the Council on Dental Accreditation. The correlation of basic sciences and clinical sciences is an integral part of the program. A research project is required and comprehensive examinations must be successfully completed. Original research leading to the Master of Science is possible. Admission into the M.S. program requires a separate application, and the student will apply for admission following successful enrollment into the periodontic program. Meeting all eligibility criteria of the M.S. program is necessary for acceptance into the periodontics program. The program is also designed to prepare the graduate periodontist to challenge the requirements for certification as a diplomate by the American Board of Periodontology. Individuals who successfully complete this advanced education program will be awarded a Certificate in Periodontics.




An applicant for this program must be a citizen of the United States or a foreign national having a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. Applicants must also submit evidence of graduation from a school of dentistry accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation or the Canadian Dental Accrediting Commission, or verification from the dean of an accredited dental school that the applicant will graduate during the current academic year.


Program Duration

The 30-month program covers eight continuous semesters and begins on July 1.


Number of Residents

Two students are accepted into the program each year.


General Applicant Information

Application to this program is through the ADEA Postdoctoral Application Support Services (PASS).  The deadline for receipt of application at the school is August 15th of the year prior to planned enrollment.    

Selection is based on academic standing in dental school (grade-point average, class standing and National Board scores) and experience (years in practice, teaching or research, advanced training or degrees, publications, activity in organized dentistry and participation in continuing education).   All applicants are required to submit the Institutional Evaluation AND Personal Potential Index (PPI) as part of their completed PASS application. A minimum of three professional evaluators (dental faculty) are required to submit evaluations for the PPI. Detailed application information is available at




No stipend is available.


Income from Periodontal Program Practice

Residents will be paid approximately 33 percent of the net fees collected for clinical treatment they provide in the program. Net collected clinical fees are defined as gross clinic fees collected, less scheduled laboratory fees incurred as a part of the treatment procedures, and/or less any fee waivers granted (see also Financial Assistance section).


Tuition and Fees

Estimated school tuition can be obtained at the Advanced Education Enrollment Fees section of this catalog. If selected for the program there is a $500 nonrefundable acceptance fee which must be paid within two days of the time of acceptance of the position. More information will be provided to the applicant once he/she is accepted into the program.


Instruments and Equipment

Residents are required to lease their dental instruments through the Infection Control Instument Management System of the School, and will also be required to purchase some additional equipment including a clinical camera. 


Financial Assistance

Up-to-date additional information on financial assistance can be obtained at



Competitive applicants will be invited to Kansas City for an interview with the program director and other selected faculty and staff. If invited, the interview is a required part of the application process and funding is the responsibility of the applicant.



The program in periodontics is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-2500 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. Their website is:

Study Areas

Residents have a dedicated office space with computer and printer support connected to a high-speed LAN. The program also has a dedicated seminar room for literature reviews, case presentation, lectures, etc.


Point of Contact

To request further information, contact the Office of Student Programs at (816) 235-2080 or; or the program director, Dr. Simon R. MacNeill, at (816) 235-2119 or