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Graduate Orthodontics Program

Goals and Objectives

Goal: Provide patient-based clinical care to help residents gain proficiency in orthodontics and deliver high-quality care to patients

  • Provide a diverse clinical experience similar 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
  • Utilize a problem-based diagnostic and treatment planning strategy for all patients
  • Utilize craniofacial growth and development knowledge in planning and carrying out patient treatment
  • Integrate relevant biological, clinical and behavioral science into patient treatment
  • Utilize current biomechanical and biomaterial techniques and strategies in patient care
  • Utilize interdisciplinary consultation and care when appropriate
  • Apply the principles of infection control and environmental safety to patient care and clinical operations

Goal: Provide residents with broad-based didactics and a strong basis for continued learning and clinical practice

  • Use and understand basic scientific principles
  • Provide sufficient supporting knowledge to allow residents 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: Provide residents the foundation to critically evaluate and conduct research

  • Provide familiarity with research design and statistical analysis
  • Formulate a proposal, carry out a research project, analyze 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

Goal: Encourage service and socially responsible behavior

  • Participate in organized dentistry initially by attending local and national meetings
  • Participate in craniofacial deformity and underprivileged patient clinics
  • Educate non-orthodontists concerning orthodontics


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