The first year of the Program focuses on didactics and clinical development. First year residents take Biomedical Core (basic sciences) as part of their core curriculum. This core curriculum stresses the fundamentals of normal and abnormal dentofacial growth and development; embryology, genetics, and hereditary influences in cranial and dentofacial growth; head and neck anatomy, histology and physiology; oral biology, pharmacology, oral pathology, oral medicine, and immunology; and patients afflicted with dentofacial deformities and craniofacial anomalies and syndromes. In addition, during the first year, residents will also receive training in cephalometrics and applied biomechanics, orthodontic materials science, and research design. Residents will choose their research project and start the data collection process. All of this is in preparation for intense immersion into the orthodontic clinic where they are expected to start a minimum of 40 orthodontic cases per year comprised of various types of malocclusions.
During the second and third years of the program, the focus is on developing independent clinical skills and post-treatment evaluations. The clinical schedule is continued and additional seminar instruction is provided in a supporting curriculum with an emphasis on practice and patient management, risk management, ethics, integration of evidence based orthodontics into clinical decision making, interdisciplinary treatment, public health considerations regarding access to care and other public policy concerns, and understanding the nuances of various appliance systems. Mock boards are initiated in preparation for the mandatory requirement of sitting for the written portion of the ABO examination. Residents’ research projects are completed, presented at a scientific symposium, and submitted for publication.
The 36-month program consists of intensive didactic, clinical, and research components that are taught and received in state-of-the-art facilities in Atlanta, Georgia.
Our mission is to educate outstanding dentists to be proficient in the clinical specialty of orthodontics while providing affordable care to the underserved population.
We are now accepting applications for the 2017 – 2018 admissions cycle.