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Graduate Students

Welcome Periodontal Graduate Students

The Southern Academy of Periodontology maintains close ties with graduate student programs throughout our ten-state region. Many of our practitioners graduated from these programs.

Membership in the Academy

Upon entering residency, you are automatically enrolled as a Southern Academy member. Upon completion of your residency, if you locate within our region, your first two years membership dues are free.


Association Benefits:


Third-year residents may attend the Winter Seminar and Annual Meeting at no charge. Programs are devoted to Continuing Education and opportunities to meet our members. The only requirement is to register via email. Special discounted rates for first- and second-year residents will be published prior to each meeting.


Continuing Education offered by world-renowned clinicians.


Corporations displaying the latest technology, equipment and services.


Family friendly activities and events offered at our Annual Meeting. 


Subscription to PerioSouth News.


Billy M. Pennel Research Competition

Students may submit protocols for judging in either Basic Science or Clinical Research. The winners are awarded cash prizes and expenses to attend to present their winning papers at the Annual Meeting.


2024 Pennel Award Criteria

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