Orthodontics - Postdoctoral Program

Mission Statement

The mission of postdoctoral program in orthodontics is to educate and train graduate students to the highest standards of the profession, and to advance the specialty of orthodontics. To accomplish this task, the program is focused to:

  1. Recruit the highest caliber applicants in the nation.
  2. Develop an educational program where the students are exposed to all the newest concepts and techniques.
  3. Design a curriculum for intensive, goal-oriented clinical training.
  4. Equip students with skills in practice management and professional ethics.
  5. Graduate students with MS degree in Oral Biology.
  6. Prepare students for ABO certification, both written and clinical examinations.
  7. Develop research programs focused to affect the future practice of orthodontics.

The Department of Orthodontics at Temple University is known for its outlook to the future.  The curriculum and clinical experiences are designed to prepare the resident for the practice environment of the future.  The graduating resident will have had extensive education in how to start and run an orthodontic practice.  In addition to such business skills, Temple graduates are experienced in classical orthodontic techniques as they are the image-driven therapeutic modalities.  The image-driven technologies available to the orthodontic resident are SureSmile (robotic appliances), Invisalign (clear aligners), 3dMD (for 3D facial soft tissue images), Incognito (lingual appliances), iCAT cone beam equipment (for 3D imaging of craniofacial complex) and all digital diagnostic, therapeutic and practice management records.

Architectural design of the Department is recognized internationally.  The electronics, audio, and visual technology is state-of-the-art.  Technologically, the Department of Orthodontics at Temple is one of the most advanced anywhere in the nation.

The future-oriented approach to education and training is reflected in the research projects as well.  Temple Orthodontics is known for 3D imaging studies and animation of the craniofacial complex.  Also known are the projects of biotechnology, qualitative research, and business of orthodontic practice.  The faculty teach intellectual property laws, clay sculpture, mini-screw implants, skills in reading and writing, in addition to a required orthodontic curriculum.

All orthodontic faculty are involved in the organizational structure of AAO (President of AAO, Chairpersons of Councils, Presidents of constituent and local societies, and the like) and also the IADR (President of Craniofacial Biology, councilors, and the like).  And the graduating Temple orthodontic resident is the future

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Admissions Information for the Orthodontics postdoctoral program

Six individuals are selected each year for full-time matriculation into the Graduate specialty program in Orthodontics. Preference is given to academically-accomplished candidates. Also preferred are those with demonstrable maturity in research, clinical care, or service. Individuals with high GPAs and strong letters of recommendation are encouraged to apply. This is a program where the MS degree and Certificate of Training in Orthodontics are earned simultaneously

Since English is the language of instruction at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, adequate proficiency in both verbal and written comprehension and expression of English is a prerequisite for admission to the Specialty Program in Orthodontics. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to attain Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores equivalent to 600 (79 internet based) or higher prior to consideration for admission. The admissions process ensures a fair, unbiased and non-discriminatory admissions policy.

Admission to the Graduate Specialty Program in Orthodontics at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry requires the following:

  1. A DDS or DMD degree from an accredited dental school, according to the standards of the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Temple University encourages both domestic and foreign applicants. International applicants must be able to verify that their training is equivalent to an ADA accredited school by using one of three foreign academic credentialing services (World Education Services, Education Credential Evaluators, or Education International, Inc.)
  2. Evidence of satisfactory completion of the National Board Dental Examination.
  3. Application to the Orthodontic Program is initiated through the American Dental Education Association Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Please check with PASS that your information is received by them as they will only forward completed records to the University for processing.
  4. To begin your application through PASS, visit http://www.adea.org/DENTAL_EDUCATION_PATHWAYS/PASS/Pages/default.aspx
  5. For application instructions, go to https://portal.passweb.org/
  6. All applicants must register with the National Matching Service. Applicants who are accepted into the Orthodontic Program will be rank-ordered, their names submitted to MATCH, and notification of their match with a program will occur on the date chosen by the National Matching Program. MATCH materials are available from:

National Matching Service, P.O. Box 1208, Lewiston, NY 14092-8208
Phone: (716) 282-4013 Fax: (716) 282-0611
URL: http://www.natmatch.com/dentres/index.htm


National Matching Service, 595 Bay Street, Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario CANADA M5G 2C2
Phone: (416) 977-3431 Fax: (416) 977-5020

Supplemental documents required to be sent directly to the Kornberg School of Dentistry, Department of Orthodontics include the following (Please submit all supplemental documents in one envelope):

  1. A separate application fee of $50 is required when applying to the orthodontics program.  Please make checks payable to:  Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry.
  2. Personal curriculum vitae.
  3. Copy of all undergraduate colleges and universities, including GPA and class rank to Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, Department of Orthodontics.  Please do not send the undergraduate college transcripts to PASS as they will not accept them.
  4. A 2x2 photo.
  5. A supplemental Essay.

ADAT scores are not required.

The deadline for completed applications is September 1st of the year preceding the expected date of enrollment. All Orthodontic applicants must participate in PASS and must have their application materials submitted to PASS prior to this date to allow PASS sufficient time to process their materials and submit them to Temple by the September 1st deadline. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.

Upon review of all completed applications, the Orthodontic Program Admissions Committee will extend invitations for interviews to those applicants being seriously considered for acceptance. Interviewees are required to come to Temple University for a personal interview; however, granting of an interview appointment does not guarantee admission into the program.

The address for the check and transcripts is:

Department of Orthodontics
Temple University
Kornberg School of Dentistry
3223 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

If you have questions about the application process, please contact the Orthodontic Department Coordinator.

Phone: 215-707-7733

E-mail: GradEducation@temple.edu