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The Orthodontic Internship program at Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry offers the opportunity to build knowledge in orthodontics through a curriculum that balances clinical and didactic methods.

The intern participates in the hands-on treatment of patients with minor to moderate malocclusions, gaining the skills needed to diagnose and treat minor orthodontic malocclusions in practice. The intern also attends seminars with first-year orthodontic residents that include Growth and Development, Cephalometrics, Thesis Design, Orthodontic Philosophies and Techniques, Current Literature Review, Diagnostic and Treatment Planning Conference, and Progress Conference.

The 11-month program, which runs from July 1 to May 30, requires work on a research study that produces a national presentation or publication, in order for the intern to become a more competitive applicant for orthodontic programs. Approximately one day per week is allotted for research throughout the duration of the program.

Objectives of the program

The program curriculum will provide an experience in both clinical and didactic orthodontics for the general practitioner who is interested in pursuing an orthodontic residency program.

  • The educational component will be beyond the scope of undergraduate dental education.
  • The intern will become familiar with contemporary orthodontic procedures.
  • The intern will learn to use 3D imaging photography and CBCT images and their application to orthodontic diagnosis.
  • The intern will become more familiar with research design and protocols. 

Upon completion of the program, the intern will receive a certificate of attendance and a 1,500-hour ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program certificate. This program does not result in any specialty certificate or diploma and does not provide the ability to practice in the U.S. or represent as an orthodontist.

Tuition and fees

Tuition for the program is $40,000. A $5,000 nonrefundable deposit due upon acceptance, and an additional payment of $15,000 is due by the start of the program. The remaining tuition balance is to be paid the following January. There may be additional costs for travel, camera, instruments and university fees. Tuition and costs may not be eligible for federal student loans.
Tuition and fees are subject to change

Applicant requirements

Applicants must be graduates of a CODA-approved dental school who applied for residency at the Kornberg School of Dentistry's Department of Orthodontics within the current cycle. 

Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, including class rank and GPA, as well as a letter of interest to Luz DeJesus, orthodontic business manager at the Kornberg School of Dentistry, prior to Feb. 1 and following the MATCH results of the current cycle.
Phone: 215-707-7733

Successful completion of this internship does not guarantee acceptance into the Kornberg School of Dentistry Graduate Orthodontic program or any other program.