About the Program
Postdoctoral specialty training in orthodontics at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry is a three-year program. Four new residents are selected each year for admission into the postdoctoral program in orthodontics. The program provides its residents with sound didactic background based on five pillars: biomechanics, diagnosis and treatment planning, biology of tooth movement, growth and development and ABO preparation.
Residents are exposed to many different Orthodontic techniques and appliances on various philosophies. Since the postdoctoral clinic is situated in the University of Maryland School of Dentistry on the campus of the Health Sciences Center of the University of Maryland, residents have ample opportunity to co-work with other disciplines in dental and medical fields. Residents are introduced to a multidisciplinary approach to treatment that includes perio-orthodontic treatment, surgical-orthodontic treatment, pre- and post-restorative treatment, such as impilant restorations, and grand case conferences with all disciplines involved.
The orthodontic program also provides its residents with experience as instructors, teaching both laboratory and clinical orthodontics to predoctoral dental students at the School of Dentistry. All residents must conduct an original research project during their three years in the program. At the end of the project, the residents must prepare a written paper about their study and defend their thesis to a panel of faculty members. Their research outcomes will be reported at national or international meetings and consequently published in academic journals.