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University of Colorado Denver

University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine

Graduate Orthodontics Program

Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Colorado Program in Orthodontics, as an integral part of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, is to provide a program of excellence in teaching, research, patient care, and community/professional service for Colorado and the nation.

The primary purpose of the educational program is the education of graduates who possess the knowledge, skills, and values to begin the practice of orthodontics as ethical practitioners committed to lifelong learning, and dedicated to fulfilling the public’s trust.

The school’s research activities in basic science, clinical and translational research programs contribute to the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge for the benefit of society. Faculty and students engage in scholarly activities that have a positive impact on oral and systemic health.

The school’s patient care programs provide quality comprehensive care with a focus on prevention and wellness, while serving as a clinical education resource for dental, dental hygiene and postdoctoral students.

The school’s community service programs within the school’s clinics and in extramural sites increase access to care for Colorado’s under-served populations through the delivery of primary dental clinical care. Professional service through sharing the school’s expertise and knowledge enhance the broader dental community and profession.

Goals and Objectives

Goal I – the clinical care provided in the program is patient-based to provide the student/resident proficiency in orthodontics and the patient with high-quality care

  • Patient selection to provide a diverse clinical experience appropriate to normal clinical practice.
  • Gather an appropriate and complete data base on each patient to provide a strong foundation for diagnosis, treatment planning, treatment consultation, treatment, and retention of the patient.
  • Use of a problem-based diagnostic and treatment planning strategy for all patients.
  • Utilization of craniofacial growth and development knowledge in planning and carrying out patient treatment.
  • Integration of relevant biological, clinical, and behavioral science into patient treatment.
  • Use of current biomechanical and biomaterial techniques and strategies in patient care.
  • Use of appropriate interdisciplinary consultation and care where appropriate.
  • Application of the principles of infection control and environmental safety to patient care and clinical operations.

Goal II – the didactics provided to the student/resident are broad-based and provide a strong basis for continued learning and clinical practice.


  • Use and understand basic scientific principles.
  • Provide sufficient supporting knowledge to allow the student to appropriately evaluate the literature and interact knowledgeably with other dental specialists.
  • Provide appropriate knowledge on business, legal, and ethical issues to aid the student in managing an orthodontic practice.

Goal III – the research aspect of the program provides the foundational knowledge to allow the student/resident to critically evaluate the literature and conduct research.


  • Provide familiarity with research design and statistical analysis.
  • Formulate a proposal, carry out a research project, analyze the results, and write the results in a publishable format.
  • Submit a publishable manuscript to a journal as a contribution to the clinical and scientific literature.
  • Develop characteristics of a life-long learner in the student.

Goal IV – the service portion of the program encourages the student/resident toward socially responsible behavior.


  • Activity within organized dentistry, initially by attendance at local and national meetings.
  • Participation in craniofacial deformity and underprivileged patient clinics.
  • Education of non-orthodontists concerning orthodontics.


The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine’s Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics is a fully accredited program by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation.