Orthodontics - Postdoctoral Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the Advanced Education program in Orthodontics is “to prepare accomplished dentists to practice in the clinical specialty of orthodontics and dento-facial orthopedics. The program promotes patient health and the education of diverse, ethical, and professional specialists. It provides comprehensive, patient-centered, evidence-based and outcome-driven care, where residents engage in research, scholarly activities and community service.  The program’s well balanced and cutting edge curriculum integrate a strong foundation of clinical and didactic fundamentals on which residents can build a critical, in-depth and scholarly knowledge base.  Through high-quality multi-disciplinary and inter-professional experiences, the program encourages residents to maintain a life-long learning and service to the community and organized orthodontics. ”

The program has developed clearly stated goals and objectives appropriate to advanced specialty education, addressing education, patient care, research and service.

The goals, which are clearly stated in the Post-Doctoral Program in Orthodontics and Dental-Facial Orthopedics Resident Manual, are as follows:

  • To graduate Orthodontists who possess and apply the knowledge and skills required to diagnose, understand the basis of, and adequately treat, alone or in concert with other dental and medical practitioners, Orthodontic cases while maintaining the health of the patient.
  • To prepare Orthodontic residents for certification by the American Board of Orthodontics.
  • To prepare Orthodontic residents to effectively communicate knowledge of Orthodontics and related craniofacial anomalies to other medical-dental professionals and their patients
  • To graduate Orthodontists who possess the knowledge and skills required to critically evaluate the dental literature, research, technological advancements, and therapeutic procedures, and apply this knowledge into their diagnosis, treatment plan and clinical practice.
  • To graduate Orthodontists who understand the theory and methods of clinical and basic science research.
  • To receive positive feedback from program graduates in the ongoing evaluation of the postdoctoral Orthodontic program.
  • To graduate Orthodontists who understand the importance of life-long learning, professional development, and their responsibility to the profession and the community-at-large

These goals are in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists.   

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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) minimum score of 100 to be considered 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. (International checks are not accepted please remit a U.S. bank check or U.S. money order.)
  2. Personal curriculum vitae.
  3. College and Dental transcripts, including GPA and class rank (copies of officials will be accepted).  Please do not send the undergraduate college transcripts to PASS as they will not accept them.
  4. A 2x2 photo.
  5. Personal statement.
  6. NBDE scores (copies of officials will be accepted).
  7. GRE scores (required)(copies of officials will be accepted).
  8. International applicants must also submit official TOEFL scores (minimum 100 required).

ADAT scores are not required.

The deadline for completed applications is September 15th 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 15th 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.

Please send all supplemental material to:

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 Manager.

Luz DeJesus
Phone: 215-707-7733

E-mail: luz.dejesus@temple.edu



The programs in Predoctoral Dental Education (DMD), Advanced Specialty Education in Dental Public Health, Advanced Specialty Education in Endodontics, Advanced Specialty Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Advanced Specialty Education in Periodontics are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and have been given the accreditation status of Approval (without reporting requirements). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312)440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The commission's web address is: http://ada.org/100.aspx. The Commission on Dental Accreditation has accredited the postdoctoral program in Advanced Education in General Dentistry. However, accreditation of the program does not, in itself, constitute recognition of any dental specially status.