The Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics is a 26-month graduate program leading to a certificate and optional Master of Science in Dentistry degree.
The program currently accepts seven students per year. The program is clinically-based with approximately 70 percent of the time devoted to clinical treatment, 20 percent to didactic instruction and 10 percent to research and teaching activities. The student is introduced to orthodontics with an intense course in radiographic cephalometry and diagnosis and treatment planning. Patient care begins within the first week of the program and culminates with comprehensive case examinations, including the American Board of Orthodontics Written Examination and a Mock Clinical Examination on six cases written to ABO standards at the end of the final year.
The broad clinical experience is complemented by didactic studies in basic and clinical sciences that meet or exceed the requirements of the American Dental Association and the American Board of Orthodontics.
Courses in the first year provide the student with the scientific knowledge, biomechanical principles and orthodontic techniques required to diagnose, treatment plan and correct routine and complex malocclusions of growing and skeletally mature patients. Topics include growth and development, cell biology, anatomy, diagnosis and treatment planning, cephalometrics and radiology, biomechanics and appliance design, dentofacial orthognathic surgery, clinical photography, current and classical literature review and orthodontic treatment/case management.
Courses in the second year provide the student with advanced knowledge in orthodontic diagnosis, case management and treatment techniques. Various approaches to routine orthodontic tooth movement, dentofacial orthopedics, surgical orthodontics, and techniques for the management of the cleft lip and palate/craniofacial deformity patient are presented. Topics include growth and development, oral pathology, biomechanics, adjunctive orthodontic procedures, radiology/radiographic imaging techniques, craniofacial deformities, dentofacial orthopedics, interdisciplinary comprehensive care, temporomandibular disorders, surgical orthodontics, literature review, clinical orthodontics and risk management.
The final six months of the educational program focus on completion of research projects and thesis preparation. Emphasis is also placed on the detailing and finishing of all remaining clinical cases under treatment. In addition, residents will employ their diagnostic and treatment planning skills for evaluation of new patients in screening clinics. Two one-week extramural rotations in the private offices of participating orthodontic faculty members highlight the final months of the residency.
The clinical faculty are exemplary and provide students the education necessary to practice clinically efficient orthodontics. Graduates of the orthodontic program are encouraged to become board-certified. All students complete a research project for the master's degree. In addition to a thesis, a publishable version of the research is required. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students receive a certificate in orthodontics and a Master of Science in Dentistry degree.