Summer Fellowship:  Endodontics

Due to the escalating coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty of the future, we are moving our Summer Fellowship Program to online ONLY.  Unfortunately, these changes will affect the clinical portion of the program, which we understand is one of the most anticipated activities by the students.  This decision was made in accordance with the best practices, policies and recommendations from the ADA and the State of Iowa.  Although we are very sad about the turn of events, safety is our first priority.

With that said, we are doing our best to create a program that is equally exciting for you!  The application cycle is closed for 2020.  We expect to email the selected applicants with the new schedule of activities no later than June 5th.  


The Summer Fellowship Application Cycle is closed for Summer 2020 but will open in January 2021 for the summer of 2021.

The Summer Fellowship Program, if accepted, is free to all attendees.  We just ask the following:

  • You must be about to start your final year of Dental School during this fellowship
         *Example: a 4 year dental training program you must have completed the first 3 years successfully and plan to start your last year after this Summer Fellowship
         *Example: a 5 year dental training program you must have completed the first 4 years successfully and plan to start your final year after this Summer Fellowship
  • You must be able to attend all days, up to 4 days, from 8 am to 5 pm, unless approved by the Director, Dr. Cucco, to miss time during this Summer Fellowship
  • You will need to make your own travel arrangements and obtain your own travel documents, if any are needed, to get to and from Iowa City
  • You will need to obtain your own lodging while in the Iowa City Area (we can give you ideas if you inquire)
  • You will need to make your own travel arrangements to get to and from our Dental Science Building
  • You will need to provide your own lunch - there is a cafeteria in the building if you elect to eat something from here and/or we have a microwave and refrigerator, while you are attending the Summer Fellowship, that we can share with you)

You do not need to attend this Summer Fellowship to apply for our Endodontic Certificate Program.

​The official schedule will be sent to applicants invited to participate in this program no later than June 5th.  2020 Summer Fellowship will run sometime during the following 4 days between the hours of 8am and 5pm:  

  • Tuesday, July 7th
  • Wednesday, July 8th 
  • Thursday, July 9th
  • Friday, July 10th

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Cucco or Gina Pottorff.

Endodontic Dental Externship Program for dental students.

The purpose of this externship program is to increase the student’s knowledge of the scope of Endodontic treatment. During this one week externship, the student will be exposed to the specialty of Endodontics at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The experience will involve treatment of patients with emphasis on Endodontic needs requiring treatment and completion while the undergraduate clinic enters a six week break.

Activities may include:

  1. Direct patient care (limited to Iowa students)
    -University of Iowa Students must obtain additional insurance coverage for this Externship prior to start
    -Non University of Iowa Students must obtain proof of coverage of insurance through their Dental School prior to start in the Summer Externship
    *Additional information will be sent via email when completed application is received
  2. Participate in Endodontic Graduate Program education seminars
  3. Endodontic Journal Club
  4. Observe and Assist Endodontic Residents in complex and surgical cases
  5. Treat an advanced endodontic case with one-on-one resident observation
  6. Visit Endodontic Private Practice(s) - Group and/or Individual

This program is available to dental students who have successfully completed all but their last year of the dental curriculum and will be limited to 3-7 students. The application can be obtained through this website.  If you have problems using this electronic form, please contact Dr. Cucco or Gina Pottorff, or you may come to room W-343 in the Dental Science Building, and ask for a copy of the application.

The application requires the following:

  1. Name
  2. Mailing Address
  3. Email address
  4. Phone Number(s)
  5. Emergency Contact - name, relation & their phone number(s)
  6. GPA
  7. Class Standing
  8. Unofficial Dental Transcripts - unless we, at a later date, request an official transcript
  9. Letter of Intent - minimum of one half page
  10. 2 Letters of recommendation from your College of Dentistry Faculty Members
    -The letters may be sent via email or mail to:
                 -Email: or
                 -Mail:  Department of Endodontics W343
                            801 Newton Road
                            Iowa City, Iowa  52242

You will receive an email from us when:

  1. Your online/paper application is received to confirm it was successfully received 
  2. Your application is complete (the 2 letters of recommendation and unofficial dental transcripts are all received) to let you know that it will be reviewed when the application cycle has closed
  3. Within two weeks after the application cycle has closed to let you know if you have been approved or denied attendance to the Endodontic Summer Externship

We regret that we can only accommodate a limited number of students.  Should more than 3-7 equally qualified applicants exist; the positions will be filled by department selection.

Please be advised that although this experience would be valuable to anyone interested in making the decision to pursue advanced education in Endodontics, it is certainly not required for application to the graduate program at Iowa, and will not guarantee automatic acceptance to the program.  You may contact us if you have any questions or need anything further.

International Applicants: 
*You must have only one year left prior to completion of your dental training to apply for this program.  (IE 5 year program you must have the first 4 years accomplished and the last year left OR a 4 year program you must have the first 3 years accomplished and the last year left, etc.)
*You are required to obtain the proper paperwork and travel documentation for your one week stay in the United States.
*International students from non-English-speaking countries must also submit an acceptable TOEFL score of 101 or higher to apply to this Externship.


2018 Participants of the Summer Fellowship

Highlights from the 2019 Summer Fellowship:

*The Summer Fellowship participants, Dr. Cucco and Lisa went to visit Drs. Liu, Vos and Wicker's private practice in Cedar Rapids.  

*Each day in the morning, they had 2 seminars, except the day they went to the private practice.

*In the afternoon they were in the Endodontic Clinic seeing patients or shadowing a University of Iowa student/resident

*The Summer Fellowship participants saw patients or shadowed every afternoon.