Jeffrey H. Godel, DDS,
Chair and Graduate Program Director
The twenty-six month accredited advanced education program in orthodontics offers a specialty certificate and a concurrent Masters in Oral Biology degree. Following successful completion of the program, individuals are educationally qualified to become diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics. The primary objective of the program is to prepare dentists to become specialists in orthodontics. The program emphasizes a unified concept of growth and development, clinical biomechanics, applied basic sciences, diagnosis treatment planning, and patient care. Also strongly emphasized are skills ethical behaviors and sound practice management.
The first year students are introduced to basic contemporary and classic orthodontic techniques, principles and concepts early in the program. Orthodontic instruments, equipment, and properties of materials are covered with emphasis on wire manipulation. Additional to these fundamentals, topics such as diagnosis, appliance properties and treatment planning are covered in didactic and clinical seminar sessions. Clinical activity is described as multi-disciplinary where exposure to various orthodontics techniques are provided. A significant element of clinical training is a two-week course at the Tweed Foundation in Tucson, AZ, between the first and second years of study.
The clinical and practice management components of the program partially rely on extramural experiences the residents gain by attending national, constituent and local meetings or invited guest lecturers, in addition to scheduled seminars. Management of a successful practice, understanding the nature of evidenced based literature, craniofacial biology, and clinical skills are viewed as inseparable, thus are equally emphasized.