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Orthodontics - How to Apply

The Orthodontic Residency Program accepts three (3) residents in each class to maintain a total of six (6) residents each year. Applications are available in the late Spring of years 2024, 2025, 2027, etc., with new classes beginning the following July of years 2023, 2025, 2026, 2028, etc.

What are the Admission Requirements?

  1. Graduate of a dental school in the United States that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Graduate of an institution in Canada accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.
  2. Graduate of an institution outside the United States and Canada who possesses equivalent educational background and standing as determined by the institution and program may be considered. 
  3. The program of Orthodontics gives preference to applicants with high academic achievement, the potential to excel, and those who exhibit exceptional personal qualities.

Application Procedures - PASS & Match

Applicants must use the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) sponsored by the American Dental Education Association. Information and an application can be obtained by contacting:

Postdoctoral Application Support Service 
1400 K Street, NW, Suite 1100 B
Washington, DC 20005-2403  

Download the PASS application 

Orthodontic Program Code:  ORTHO928

Completed applications should be sent directly to PASS by September 1st, which is the application deadline.

The following information pertains to the National Dental Board Examination:

  1. Submission of NBDE Part I results to PASS is required at time of application.
  2. If completed, NBDE Part II results also must be submitted to PASS. If NDBE Part II results are not available at time of application, NBDE Part II must be passed and the results submitted to the program prior to enrollment.
  3. At the time of enrollment, applicants must have earned a DMD, DDS, or equivalent degree, and must submit a photocopy or a notarized copy of the dental school diploma to the program.

There will be a processing application fee of $95.00 which can be paid by check or credit card.

  • Credit card payments can be made by going to https://securepayment.link/einsteindental/ and following the prompts.

  • Checks should be made payable to AEMC Department of Dental Medicine, and sent to:
    • The Maxwell S. Fogel Department of Dental Medicine
      Paley Building, 2nd Floor
      Einstein Medical Center
      5501 Old York Road
      Philadelphia, PA  19141-3098
      Attention: Residency Program Admissions Coordinator
The program encourages, accepts, but does not require, the following information from applicants: ADAT results, GRE results, DAT results, which should be submitted through PASS.

Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program

The Orthodontic Residency Program participates in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. To obtain information and to register in the match program, contact:  

Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program  
National Matching Services, Inc.  
595 Bay Street, Suite 301, Box 29 
Toronto, Ontario  
Canada  M5G 2C2 Canada 
Orthodontic Program Code: 6844

Admissions Summary

All applications must be received by PASS by September 1st. Applicants will be invited for an interview based upon overall qualifications. Applicants should not request an interview. The Admissions Committee meets on a specific date in October or early November; therefore, it will be necessary for invited applicants to be available for the interview on the date selected.

The selection of orthodontic residents is made through the match program, which has a uniform date of notification.

Within 10 days after notification of preliminary acceptance to the program, a required non-refundable fee of $1,500 must be submitted to the program.

The program begins the course of instruction during the last week in June.

What costs can I expect to incur?

Orthodontic residents incur certain costs of attendance. The orthodontic residents are required to purchase a specified digital camera and textbooks.  Also, access to a personal computer is required.  Additional resident expenditures over the three-year experience will include, but may not be limited to, attendance at the Tweed Foundation Course (Tucson, AR), the Graduate Orthodontic Residency Program (GORP) national symposium, the Annual Meetings of the American Association of Orthodontics, the Annual Meetings of the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontics, and application and registration fees for the American Board of Orthodontics written examination.

Approximate Costs While Attending Program*


First Year Tuition (pro-rated) – Core Basic Science Curriculum
Payable to - University of Penn. School of Dental Medicine

Books $750

Camera $1,800

Travel expenses to required educational meetings $3,500
Second Year Travel expenses to required educational meetings $3,000

Books $250

American Board of Orthodontics Written Examination Fee $1,200
Third Year Travel expenses to required educational meetings $3,000


Additional Financial Information

There may be partial reimbursement from the program, or from the institution, for attendance at select required educational courses or meetings.  This is determined on a case by case basis.

Clinical instruments, supplies, and instrument sterilization services are provided by the program at no charge to the residents.

For salary and benefits information, please refer to the Salary & Benefits page under Residencies and Education.

Eligibility & Selection

Einstein Healthcare Network’s Graduate Education Committee has established a uniform policy for the recruitment and appointment of residents to all Einstein Healthcare Network training programs. This policy applies to all applicants to Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), Council on Podiatric Medicine (CPME) and Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistants (ARC-PA) accredited residency programs sponsored by Einstein Healthcare Network.

In order to be eligible for appointment to a CODA accredited Einstein dental residency training program, an applicant must possess one of the following qualifications:

  • Graduate of an institution in the United States that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation
  • Graduate of an institution in Canada accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada
  • Graduate of an institution outside the United States and Canada who possesses equivalent educational background and standing as determined by the institution and program.
  • Advanced placement or credit by examination will only be granted by the institution in accordance with Commission on Dental Accreditation policies
In addition, applicants not fully licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry must comply with the notification of training requirements as stipulated by the Dental Board. Pennsylvania state law mandates that residents and fellows obtain a state medical training license. Please see the Salary & Benefits page for more information.

Applicants that do not possess one of the above stated qualifications will be considered non-eligible for enrollment in an Einstein sponsored dental residency program.

International Applicants

Einstein Healthcare Network sponsors H1B and J1 visas for residents entering graduate medical, dental, and podiatric training programs at its sole discretion. Candidates that desire H1B visa sponsorship should express that desire at the time of program interview. Candidates applying to Einstein dental or podiatry programs will be considered individually. Einstein will indicate to candidates in writing Einstein’s desire to sponsor an H1B visa.


Karen Knoblock

Residency Program Coordinator
Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
Paley Building, 2nd Floor
5501 Old York Rd.
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Phone: 215-456-6620
E-mail: karen.knoblock@jefferson.edu


Einstein’s orthodontic residency program is committed to its mission of providing unparalleled orthodontic education in a compassionate, professional, and friendly environment. The program faculty is composed of individuals who are recognized for clinical, teaching and research expertise. Our faculty and support staff of enthusiastic, innovative, and highly dedicated professionals are devoted to resident education and quality patient care. The camaraderie present further encourages the development of knowledge and expertise. An important attribute of the program is the very positive faculty-student ratio.

Albert Einstein Medical Center is truly a wonderful place to further one’s education. It is an inclusive academic medical center that respects and supports the educational mission of our program. I encourage you to learn more about our orthodontic residency program.

The orthodontic residency program is accredited by The Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.”  The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL  60611.

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