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  • Dental Orthodontics - Curriculum

    The Clinical Experience

    Learning a variety of orthodontic modalities, residents treat pediatric, adolescent and adult patients. Orthognathic surgical patients and patients with temporomandibular dysfunction are treated as well. The principal clinical method used in the Orthodontic Program is the pre-adjusted edgewise system. Residents also receive instruction in other contemporary clinical modalities.

    The three-year experience offers the orthodontic residents the opportunity to follow most of their patients through the entire course of treatment. They also participate in multiple conferences devoted to the analysis and diagnosis of new cases and further evaluation of patients who are already being treated.

    The Didactic Experience

    To broaden their knowledge and keep abreast of new directions in the field, residents regularly review and discuss classical and current literature, as well as recent advances in orthodontics. Residents also take basic science and related courses with other postdoctoral students in the Division of Graduate Dental Education at the  University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Associations with the internationally recognized Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic and the Cooper University Hospital's Regional Cleft-Craniofacial Program enhance the overall learning experience.

    The program provides third-year residents the opportunity to make independent treatment decisions. Third-year residents also develop teaching skills through participation in the department's teaching program by instructing general practice residents and first-year orthodontic residents.

    All residents undertake independent but guided research projects leading to a required thesis-type manuscript, capable of publication, on an original and independent investigation.

    The extensive didactic and clinical experience helps prepare residents to take the American Board of Orthodontics written examination which is required while a resident.


    The postgraduate program in Orthodontics consists of a core program of biomedical sciences lectures, seminars, clinical experience and research. The period of study is 36 months.

    The following is the course content as presently structured. Modifications may occur during the course of the program.


    Principles of Orthodontics-An Introduction                      Biology of Tooth Movement                                     
    Preclinical OrthodonticsOrthodontic Diagnosis/Treatment Planning
    History of OrthodonticsOrthodontic Appliance Design
    CephalometricsEdgewise/Pre-adjusted Appliances
    Introduction to Clinical OrthodonticsPreventive/Interceptive/Early Treatment
    Clinical PhotographyClear Aligner Therapy
    Pharmacology & Pain ControlSurgical Orthodontics
    Oral Pathology     Literature Review
    Biostatistics Interdisciplinary Care
    MicrobiologyRisk Management
    Oral MedicinePractice Management
    Bone & Tissue BiochemistryCardiopulmonary Resuscitation 
    Oral RadiologyResearch Methodology 
    Genetics & Congenital Malformations Infection and Hazard Control
    Head & Neck AnatomyClinical Case Conferences 
    Biomechanical Principles/MaterialsClinical Practice
    Review for Board Preparation (ABO) 


    Advanced Biomechanics                                                Clear Aligner Therapy                                                     
    Growth and MaturationInterdisciplinary Care
    Orthodontic Diagnosis/Treatment PlanningPeriodontics
    Edgewise/Pre-adjusted AppliancesEthics and Professionalism
    Preventive/Interceptive/Early TreatmentPractice Management
    Self-ligating AppliancesRisk Management
    Functional Appliance TherapySpeech - Language Pathology
    Surgical OrthodonticsClinical Genetics
    Temporomandibular DisordersClinical Case Conferences
    Cleft/Cranio-Facial Anomalies Literature Review
    Pediatrics & Pediatric DentistryResearch
    Review for Board Preparation (ABO)Clinical Practice


    Advanced Biomechanics                                                 Preventive/Interceptive/Early Treatment                          
    Self-Ligating Appliances     Clinical Case Conferences
    Clear Aligner Therapy    Psychological Development of the Child
    Surgical OrthodonticsDifferential Diagnosis
    Practice ManagementReview for Board Preparation (ABO)
    Interdisciplinary CareTransition of Practice
    Literature ReviewResearch
     Clinical Practice

    The Orthodontic Residency Program accepts three (3) residents on an alternate year basis. Applications are available in the late Spring of even numbered years (2014, 2016, 2018, etc.) with new classes beginning on odd numbered years (2015, 2017, 2019, etc.)