Observational Externship in Periodontics

The Department of Periodontology offers an observational externship in periodontics for dental students and dentists who want to enhance their knowledge and skills in the field of Periodontology. Specifically, the programs includes:

  • observing graduate periodontal clinic activities;
  • lecture, seminar and clinical case conference attendance. 

Procedures performed in the graduate clinic on a routine basis involve periodontal osseous and regenerative surgeries; soft tissue procedures for root coverage and non-root coverage applications; implant placements with associated regenerative procedures; and ridge augmentation procedures, among others. 

*Assisting in surgical procedures will require OSHA, HIPAA and other relevant certification from the OU Health Sciences Center. If you are interested in assisting, please contact us ahead of your arrival so that we can provide a list of required documentation. While we will assist in obtaining the required certification, all relevant costs will be at the expense of the attendee. 

Classroom activities involve classic, implant and current literature review seminars, clinical case conferences and other continuing education activities. 

This program is a non-degree program sponsored by the Department of Periodontics. Courses taken during this externship program will not receive Graduate College credit. Acceptance in the Master of Science Graduate Periodontal program is not ensured upon completion of this program. However, this externship program will benefit participants wishing to apply to a degree-granting graduate program in Periodontics in our college or any other educational institution in the U.S. 

Program tuition is $750.00 per week (payable to OUCOD Graduate Periodontics Program) for a maximum of eight weeks. The student will be responsible for all travel, incidental fees, personal computer, health insurance and living expenses above and beyond the program cost. The University has no availability for housing. Other mandatory insurance fees may also apply. No funds, scholarships, loans or grants are available for this program from the OU College of Dentistry.

At this time, the Department of Periodontics is unable to obtain or sponsor visas for international applicants. The applicant will be responsible for obtaining their own visa and/or other travel documentation.

Application Process


  • Dental degree OR a letter from the Dean of OU College of Dentistry stating that the applicant is attending a dental school.
  • An updated curriculum vitae
  • A letter of intent

Attendance is suggested between September and April as most of the classroom activities occur during that period of time. However, the program is year-round and applications will be accepted anytime throughout the calendar year. Please contact us to verify if your time-frame for attendance will allow for maximum educational benefits and exposure. 

Externship Application

For application and further information please contact:
Ms. Stephanie Ward
Administrative Coordinator
Graduate Periodontics
University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry
1201 N. Stonewall Ave., Rm. 274A
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
(405) 271-6531