Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics Certificate

Overview

The mission of the Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Certificate Program in the School of Dentistry, at the Health Science Center is to educate specialists in orthodontics to prevent and correct dental malocclusions and dentofacial deformities at both the population and the individual level, thus contributing to the improvement of oral health of the population of South Texas.  This mission will be accomplished by educating clinical orthodontic specialists competent and proficient in providing services in evidence-based clinical practice and to participate in education of future orthodontists.

The mission of the Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Certificate Program will be fulfilled by achieving the following goals over the 35 months of the Program:

  1. Graduated and certified orthodontic specialists will demonstrate competency in clinical orthodontics and professional and ethical behavior in clinical practice.
  2. The graduates will be prepared and qualified for certification by the American Board of Orthodontists (ABO). 
  3. The graduates will demonstrate a thorough knowledge base of etiology of dental malocclusions, dentofacial deformity, growth and development and management of malocclusions according to accepted standards of care in orthodontics.
  4.  The graduates will demonstrate a knowledge in and understanding of research by completing a research project that includes protocol development, data collection and analysis, preparation of a publishable quality scientific paper and presentation of findings at a scientific forum. 

Admissions Requirements

  1. Graduation from a Dental School with a D.D.S., D.M.D., or non-U.S. equivalent prior to matriculation.
  2. Completed online PASS application for admission to the Graduate Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Program.
  3. Please email the Academic Program Coordinator:
    1. A 2x2 inch photo
    2. A copy of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
    3. A copy of the Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) results if an international student and English is a second language
    4. A copy of the National Boards Part I results.
  4. Submission deadline is September 15.

Degree Requirements

Certificates will be awarded upon the student's successful completion of the prescribed curriculum with a 3.0 minimum grade point average, recommendation of the program director to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and certification by the Dean to the President.

The M.S. in Dental Science degree will be awarded to students who successfully complete the certificate and the required courses in the Graduate School.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCredit Hours
ORTH 5020Clinical Orthodontics 1 1
ORTH 5030Case Analysis Seminars 1 1
ORTH 5035Current Literature Review 1 1
ORTH 5015Orthodontic Biomechanics 1
ORTH 5010Introduction to Orthodontics 1 0.5
ORTH 5013Orthodontic Treatment Planning 1 0.5
INTD 5013Perio/Pros/Endo/Orth Interdisciplinary Course 1 1 1
ORTH 5037Orthodontic Lecture Series 1 1 1
MSDS 5090Grad Research Methodology 1 2
MSDS 5121Biostatistics 1 1
MSDS 5020Dental Biomed Core 1 1 4
Spring
ORTH 5030Case Analysis Seminars 1 1
ORTH 5020Clinical Orthodontics 1 1
ORTH 5037Orthodontic Lecture Series 1 1
ORTH 5012Orthodontic Lab Technique 0.5
INTD 5013Perio/Pros/Endo/Orth Interdisciplinary Course 1 1 1
MSDS 5021Dental Biomed Core 2 1 1
 Total Credit Hours: 19.5
Second Year
FallCredit Hours
ORTH 5020Clinical Orthodontics 1 1
ORTH 5035Current Literature Review 1 1
ORTH 5030Case Analysis Seminars 1 1
INTD 6019Pharmacotherapeutics 1
PATH 5035Oral Pathology 2
INTD 6014Perio/Pros/Endo/Orth Interdisciplinary Course 2 1 1
Spring
ORTH 5030Case Analysis Seminars 1 1
ORTH 5020Clinical Orthodontics 1 1
ORTH 5035Current Literature Review 1 1
ORTH 5037Orthodontic Lecture Series 1 1
ORTH 5028ABO Literature Review 1
INTD 6014Perio/Pros/Endo/Orth Interdisciplinary Course 2 1 1
 Total Credit Hours: 13.0
Third Year
FallCredit Hours
ORTH 5020Clinical Orthodontics 1 1
ORTH 5011Orthodontic Techniques 1
ORTH 5030Case Analysis Seminars 1 1
ORTH 5035Current Literature Review 1 1 1
ORTH 5037Orthodontic Lecture Series 1 1
ORTH 5014Literature Seminars 0.5
ORTH 5070Practice Management 0.5
INTD 6115Perio/Pros/Endo/Ortho Interdisciplinary Course 3 1 1
Spring
ORTH 5030Case Analysis Seminars 1 1
ORTH 5020Clinical Orthodontics 1 1
ORTH 5037Orthodontic Lecture Series 1 1
ORTH 5035Current Literature Review 1 1
INTD 6115Perio/Pros/Endo/Ortho Interdisciplinary Course 3 1 1
 Total Credit Hours: 12.0
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  This course is shared with the certificate and the M.S. Dental Science.

Objectives/Program Outcomes

The Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics Certificate Program at the Health Science Center School of Dentistry is designed to prepare students to acquire the knowledge and clinical skills necessary to provide comprehensive orthodontic care and correct malocclusions and limited skeletal deformities in children and adults, including those with special health care needs.

Program Outcomes: At the completion of the program the student will:

  1. Demonstrate competency and proficiency as a clinical orthodontic specialist in evidence-based clinical practice.
  2. Demonstrate the understanding of and competency in professional and ethical behavior in clinical practice.
  3. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge base of etiology of dental malocclusions, dentofacial deformity, growth and development and management of malocclusions according to accepted standards of care in orthodontics.
  4. Complete a research project that includes protocol development, data collection and analysis, preparation of a publishable quality scientific paper and presentation of findings at a scientific meeting.

Program Policies

Probation and Dismissal

An advanced education student may be placed on academic probation for reasons of substandard performance in didactic, clinical, behavioral or professional/ethical areas.  A student whose overall grade point average falls below B (3.0) or who receives a final grade of D, F or U for any course during any one grading  period will  be considered  for  a  recommendation  of academic  probation  by the  departmental Residency Oversight  Committee  of the appropriate  program. A recommendation for probation will be made to the Advanced Education Committee's (AEC) Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee, which is comprised of the Program Directors of all the Advanced Education Programs in the School of Dentistry and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.  Only the Program Directors will be voting members of this Subcommittee; the Associate Dean for Student Affairs will serve in an ex officio capacity as a non-voting member.  In addition, the departmental  Residency Oversight Committee  may recommend to the AEC’s Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee that a student be placed  on academic probation  for clinical, behavioral  or  professional/ethical  performance  that  does  not  meet the  standards  of the  program.  The AEC's Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee will formally place the student on academic probation upon majority vote of the members.

A student placed on academic probation will be given written notification by the Chair of the Advanced Education Committee of such status. This notification will serve as an official warning to the student that her or his didactic, clinical, behavioral and/or professional/ethical performance is below standard and continuation in the postgraduate program is in jeopardy.   The student will be allowed an opportunity to correct the substandard performance that led to academic probation status over a probationary time period determined by the departmental Residency Oversight Committee. At subsequent monthly AEC meetings, the Program  Director  of  the affected residency will report  to the AEC on the status of  the  probated student's  progress.  Upon the student's successful correction of performance deficiencies, he or she will be removed from academic probation. A  student  will  remain  on probation  for  as  long  as  her  or  his cumulative GPA is below 3.0.  While on probation, a student must maintain a B average in those courses for which he or she is registered or be considered for dismissal recommendation by the departmental Residency Oversight Committee. A recommendation to remove the student from academic probation will be made by the departmental Residency Oversight Committee to the AEC's Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee, which will remove academic probation status upon majority vote on the members.

If the substandard performance that led to academic probation is not corrected, the student will be subject to dismissal from the program. A recommendation for dismissal will be made by the departmental Residency Oversight Committee to the AEC's Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee. The AEC's Graduate Program  Directors  Subcommittee  will  consider  the  recommendation  for  dismissal  and  will formally dismiss the student from the program upon majority vote of the members. A student will be subject to dismissal actions without a probationary period if he or she receives a final grade of D or F for 4 (four) or more credit hours of required course work during a single grading period.

During academic  probation and dismissal actions, the student  may address the AEC Graduate  Program Directors Subcommittee  in writing  or  may request  permission  to appear  before the  Subcommittee  to present  her  or  his  views. The Advanced Education Committee will transmit recommendations for dismissal through the Associate Dean for Student Affairs to the Dean. Students may appeal academic dismissal to the School of Dentistry Dean.  

INTD 5013. Perio/Pros/Endo/Orth Interdisciplinary Course 1. 1 Credit Hour.

A seminar that brings together the residents and graduate staff from the periodontic, prosthodontic,endodontic and orthodontic postdoctoral programs to share clinically relevant multidisciplinary information. Patient diagnostic evaluations and treatment plans are evaluated in an interactive environment. Selected topics involving new advancements are presented and discussed.

INTD 6014. Perio/Pros/Endo/Orth Interdisciplinary Course 2. 1 Credit Hour.

This seminar brings together the residents and graduate staff from the periodontic, prosthodontic, endodontic and orthodontic postdoctoral programs to share clinically relevant multidisciplinary information. Patient diagnostic evaluations and treatment plans are evaluated in an interactive environment. Selected topics involving new advancements are presented and discussed.

INTD 6019. Pharmacotherapeutics. 1 Credit Hour.

This course is designed to review general principles of pharmacology; current and accepted pharmacotherapy for the medical management of pain, infection, and selected systemic diseases; and associated adverse drug events. It is based on the top 200 drugs dispensed by U.S. community pharmacies for the prevention, diagnosis, and/or treatment of disease with special reference to dentistry.

INTD 6115. Perio/Pros/Endo/Ortho Interdisciplinary Course 3. 1 Credit Hour.

This is a seminar that brings together the residents and graduate staff from the periodontic, prosthodontic, endodontic and orthodontics postdoctoral programs to share clinically relevant multidisciplinary information. Patient diagnostic evaluations and treatment plans are evaluated in an interactive environment. Selected topics involving new advancements are presented and discussed.

MSDS 5020. Dental Biomed Core 1. 4 Credit Hours.

The Biomedical Core Course will provide a multidisciplinary approach to basic science instruction as it relates to the clinical practice of dentistry. Both basic science and clinical science faculty will participate to provide a sound base of material required by each program. Individual programs will supplement the Biomedical Core Course in the basic science areas particular to that discipline. This combination of core instruction with individual supplementation should provide the advanced education student the appropriate background in biomedical science.

MSDS 5021. Dental Biomed Core 2. 1 Credit Hour.

This course is a continuation of MSDS 5020 Dental Biomedical Core Course 1.

MSDS 5090. Grad Research Methodology. 2 Credit Hours.

This course is an introduction to methods and techniques used in dental research. Topics will include basic assumptions and concepts of scientific research, selecting research topics, specifying objectives and hypotheses, literature reviews, and experimental design.

MSDS 5121. Biostatistics. 1 Credit Hour.

This course is designed to prepare the advanced education dentist with the knowledge of common statistical methods in order to critically evaluate the literature and to perform necessary analyses in support of their own research projects, particularly those directed at the completion of the Certificate from the Dental School and/or the Master of Science degree from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

ORTH 5010. Introduction to Orthodontics. 0.5 Credit Hours.

The expected to gain understanding of basic clinic operations, laboratory procedures and collection of orthodontic database including study models, photographs, and orthodontic clinical exams.

ORTH 5011. Orthodontic Techniques. 1 Credit Hour.

This course is designed to present to the students all modern orthodontic techniques, approached and appliance. The prerequisite for the course is solid biomechanics and understanding of importance of setting specific treatment goals for each patient. Discussions are led by the instructor on the cases treatment by the residents where the theoretical knowledge is applied.

ORTH 5012. Orthodontic Lab Technique. 0.5 Credit Hours.

The students are exposed to didactic teaching and practical hands on instruction about the design and fabrication of various orthodontic appliances including removable appliances, retainers and special custom designed appliances for complex orthodontic patients.

ORTH 5013. Orthodontic Treatment Planning. 0.5 Credit Hours.

The principles of the initial and advanced treatment planning are presented in this case based course. The student will learn how to effectively use databases including cephalometrics and 3-D imaging into making treatment decisions and presenting the treatment options to the patient.

ORTH 5014. Literature Seminars. 0.5 Credit Hours.

The students are taught to critically analyze and present current orthodontic literature, make effective presentations and learn how to categorize a research study within the hierarchy of research publications.

ORTH 5015. Orthodontic Biomechanics. 1 Credit Hour.

This course is designed to equip the student with knowledge of basic biomechanics and utilization of fundamental physical principles in orthodontics. It includes application of biomechanical principles in the design of the appliance and predictable tooth movement to achieve orthodontic movement goals.

ORTH 5020. Clinical Orthodontics 1. 1 Credit Hour.

During this clinical course, the student will be exposed to and learn all modern orthodontic techniques, approaches and appliances through treatment of about 65 orthodontic patients started by the student. In addition, about 20 transfer cases will be assigned to each student at the beginning of each year. The course will result in clinical competency of the student and preparation of at least six board quality cases for certification straight out of the residency program.

ORTH 5028. ABO Literature Review. 1 Credit Hour.

This series of seminars focuses on the literature required by the American Board of Orthodontics for the written board examination which the residents take during the spring semester of the second year. The seminars include in-depth coverage of the presented articles and topics and board-provided materials for preparing for the board written exam.

ORTH 5030. Case Analysis Seminars 1. 1 Credit Hour.

In this series of seminars, one resident is selected for each class to present a case of their choice with an in-depth analysis of the development of treatment planning, design of the appliance, and progress and outcome of the treatment. Other students in the audience are encouraged to ask questions and develop a discussion about the case and treatment approaches used.

ORTH 5035. Current Literature Review 1. 1 Credit Hour.

During this series of seminars attended by multiple of orthodontic faculty, the residents are presenting selected papers on current orthodontic topics. The seminars include in-depth discussion of the methodology, design of the study, interpretation of the results and conclusions based on the presented results. This course is designed to familiarize the student with all areas of current orthodontic literature and is a supplement to all didactic courses.

ORTH 5037. Orthodontic Lecture Series 1. 1 Credit Hour.

This series of orthodontic didactic lectures is a multifaceted course taught by several faculty during the course of the program. The topics covered in the course include periodontal consideration in orthodontics, orthodontic radiology, oral pathology, anatomy and histology and principles of growth and development.

ORTH 5070. Practice Management. 0.5 Credit Hours.

The practice Management course for orthodontics is an orthodontic specialty course designed to teach residents tools in managing a successful practice.

PATH 5035. Oral Pathology. 2 Credit Hours.

Clinicopathologic correlations, differential diagnosis, and therapeutic rationale are emphasized. The integration of history, physical findings, and clinical laboratory data with pertinent radiographic findings, clinical presentations, and anatomic pathology will be emphasized.