WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY
ADVANCED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM IN ORTHODONTICS


How to Apply

PROGRAM DIRECTOR:            Peter Ngan, DMD
                                              Professor and Chair

                                              Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics
                                              Diplomate of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

GENERAL INFORMATION:

The Department of Orthodontics at West Virginia University offers a 34 month advanced education Master of Science program.  The program models a private practice atmosphere with state-of-the-art clinical facilities.  The curriculum is centered on daily clinical seminars and private instruction with each individual class.  Also included are regularly scheduled orthognathic surgery conferences and seminars with other dental and medical specialists.

A stipend plus tuition waiver will be provided for graduate students in Orthodontics at the end of the second year for Summer Session and Fall/Spring Semesters.  Special fees are not covered by the tuition waiver.  You must pay special fees each term/semester.

Inquiries concerning this program should be directed to the Office of Academic and Postdoctoral Affairs.  Applications will be processed in the School of Dentistry.  Applicants approved for admission to the program will be notified soon after December 1.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.  For details about the faculty, publications and alumni information, please visit the Department website at http://braces.wvu.edu.

PROGRAM GOALS: 

The postgraduate program is designed to develop skilled practitioners who can easily transition into and manage a busy orthodontic practice.  The goal of this program is to teach a variety of treatment mechanics that are scientifically valid, and let the residents make choices based on treatment needed on a case-by-case basis.  Clinical experiences are diverse, including cleft lip and palate and orthognathic surgery cases.  An original master’s thesis project is required and is designed to obtain results suitable for publication in a reputable dental journal.  The curriculum focuses on didactic and clinical materials to prepare residents in taking the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) Examinations.  Classes pertaining to the written board are given throughout the 3-year program.  It is a requirement for every 3rd year resident to take and pass the written component of the ABO and all residents are encouraged to complete the board certification process.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSON TO THE ORTHODONTIC PROGRAM:

  1. Must have passed the National Dental Board Examination - Part I.
  2. Must have earned a DMD/DDS degree, or its equivalent.
  3. Must report most recent GRE scores.
  4. Must be proficient in the English language.
  5. Must provide the most recent TOEFL score (if you are a foreign applicant).
  6. Must display evidence of scholastic and clinical achievement that would indicate the applicant’s ability to progress in a program of this nature.  Generally, a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 is required.
  7. Must apply to the program through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS, www.adea.org/pass) and have all application materials in PASS by September 15.  Each applicant must also have a MATCH number from National Matching Services (www.natmatch.com).  Please see the HOW TO APPLY section for more detailed information.
  8. To become familiar with the West Virginia University School of Dentistry’s policy and procedure for Bloodborne Pathogens and Infectious Diseases.  
  9. Provisionally accepted candidates to the WVU School of Dentistry advanced education programs must consent to and pass a criminal background investigation prior to final acceptance.
  10. Must provide evidence of vaccination for rubella, rubeola, mumps, hepatitis B, Tetanus, meningococcal, meningitis, varicella and polio.
  11. Must provide evidence of a negative PPD test performed within the previous 12 months.  A positive PPD test result must be accompanied by an appropriate chest x-ray report and follow-up treatment plan.
  12. Must meet certain Federal and University standards regarding the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).  To comply with these standards, all individuals admitted to the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and dental graduate programs must successfully compelete the Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research (BRCR) online course offered by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).  The BRCR course must be completed no later than 30 days after beginning your first semester in the education program.  Failure to satisfy this requirement within the specified period to time will impact your enrollment.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE ORTHODONTIC PROGRAM OF THE SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY: 

  1. Fulfillment of University requirements for graduate study.
  2. Thirty-four months (three academic years and two summer sessions) of consecutive full-time advanced study and clinical training at the School of Dentistry.
  3. Complete an approved master’s thesis based on original research completed during the course of study in an area related to Orthodontics.
  4. Must satisfactorily pass the Mock ABO clinical examination which includes a written and an oral examination.
  5. Must pass the written component of the ABO examination.
  6. Must complete all didactic and clinical work in the required curriculum.
  7. Must have demonstrated satisfactory clinical competency in this field.
  8. Completion of a minimum of 85 credit hours, including 57 hours of orthodontic courses and a minimum of 9 hours of selected basic science subjects, 6 hours of teaching practicum, and a research/thesis (13 hours).
  9. Achievement of a 3.0 GPA or an overall competence in the student’s field.  A minimum grade of “B” must be earned in all work attempted in the master’s program.  A grade of “C” or below in two courses will require a faculty review of the student’s progress.  A third “C” or below will result in suspension from the program.

FACILITIES:
 
The facilities of the Department of Orthodontics include a state-of-the art clinic, student laboratories, high-tech conference room, and a resident’s work room.  The clinic is modernized with desktop computers at every chair to access digital patient records and scheduling.  All of the computers in the department are networked so information can be accessed from any area.  Student laboratories are equipped with all necessary equipment for fabricating orthodontic appliances and study models. Research laboratories are separate from the department and located nearby.  The conference room is outfitted with the latest audiovisual technology to assist in presentations and teaching.  It also contains the Orthodontic Department Library, which includes relevant journals and texts.  The resident’s room is designed to be a work space for residents and is outfitted with network computers.  The Health Sciences Library is a new facility located in close proximity to the Orthodontic Clinic and contains a large resource of information that can supplement those be available in the departmental library. 

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

The 34-month Master in Science program in Orthodontics begins July 1.  First-year residents begin an intensive Orthodontic Technique course on July 1 and begin seeing new patients in mid-July.  In August, first year residents begin a full clinic schedule which includes morning and afternoon clinic sessions. 

Didactic course work at the WVU Department of Orthodontics consists of faculty led, resident taught lectures and seminar sessions for an average of 2 hours each day.  Seminar topics range from patient diagnosis and treatment planning to practice management and financial planning.  In addition, the department maintains a relationship with many commercial orthodontic companies that regularly visit the clinic to present new products and techniques.

Clinical work simulates the private practice environment.  There are either 2 dental assistants and a patient service coordinator available in the clinic to aid residents during clinic sessions.  All orthodontic records are computerized.  Diagnosis and treatment planning can be completed entirely in the digital realm.  Billing, scheduling, and record storage is accomplished using a commercial dental office management system.  The orthodontic clinic has been chosen as the first department in the WVU School of Dentistry to be completely paperless.  This process is now underway.  The objective is to maximize clinical efficiency so residents are able to increase their number of patient experiences.

GRADUATE COURSES:

Advanced Orthodontic Mechanics:  A continuation of the previous course involving more difficult case types and introducing more sophisticated appliance therapy.

Advanced Topics:  Investigation of advanced topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

Advanced Topics:  Biomedical Sciences Module Series:  The Biomedical Sciences Module series has been designed as an online course for students enrolled in the advanced education programs in the WVU School of Dentistry.  Four modules are planned.  They include pharmacology, physiology/biochemistry, anatomy/histology/embryology, and microbiology/immunology/genetics.

The content of these modules focuses on the clinical application of each of the biomedical sciences to dentistry.  Cases will be used to integrate theory and practice.  Students will attend a virtual classroom by viewing online lectures, reading prescribed materials, and interacting with faculty and classmates through an online discussion forum.

Applied Biostatistics for Health:  Statistical models, distributions, probability, random variables, tests of hypotheses, confident intervals, regression, correlation, transformations, F and Chi-square distributions, analysis of variance, and multiple comparisons.

Biomechanics:  Design and function of the teeth and their surrounding structures, and response of these tissues to orthodontic procedures.

Cephalometrics:  Use of radiographic cephalometry in studying growth of the human face, analysis of dentofacial malformations, and evaluation of orthodontic treatment. 

Craniofacial Growth and Maturation:  The current concepts of craniofacial growth and maturation are presented and integrated for application to clinical problems.

Directed Study:  Directed study, reading, and/or research.

Graduate Seminar:  It is anticipated that each graduate student will present at least one seminar to the assembled faculty and graduate student body of program.

Growth and Development:  Seminar course on normal and abnormal growth of the human head and its application to orthodontics.

Independent Study:  Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings. 

Orthodontic Clinic:  Clinical treatment of selected patients.

Orthodontic Diagnosis:  Seminar class on technique of patient examination, acquiring diagnostic records.

Orthodontic Materials:  Physical properties of materials used in orthodontic appliances.

Orthodontic Mechanics:  Seminar and laboratory course on basic orthodontic mechanical properties.

Orthodontic Seminar:  Discussions including all branches of dental science, with special emphasis on the orthodontic interest.  Assigned topics and articles in the literature are discussed.


Orthodontic Technique:  Laboratory course in techniques related to fabrication and manipulation of orthodontic appliances and wires. 

Research:  Research activities leading to thesis, problem report, research paper or equivalent scholarly project or a dissertation.

Seminar:  Seminars arranged for advanced graduate students.

Special Topics:  A study of contemporary topics selected from recent developments in the field.

Special Studies in Oral Pathology:  Advanced study of local and systemic disease processes affecting oral structures through seminars, assignment of specific topics, or research activities. 


Teaching Practicum:  Supervised practice in the college teaching of dentistry.

GRADUATE ORTHODONTICS CURRICULUM                
FIRST YEAR CURRICULUM                    
                     
SUMMER - 1ST YEAR - JULY 1 CLASS CREDIT HOURS                
ORTHODONTIC TECHNIQUE ORTH 617  2                
ORTHODONTIC MATERIALS ORTH 618  1                
ORTHODONTIC DIAGNOSIS ORTH 619  3                
ORTHODONTIC MECHANICS ORTH 621  1                
SEM CLINICAL PHOTOGRAPHY ORTH 625  1                
  TOTAL 8                
                     
FALL SEMESTER - 1ST YEAR CLASS CREDIT HOURS                
SP STUDIES ORAL PATHOLOGY PATH 601  2                
BIOMECHANICS ORTH 616  2                
ORTHODONTIC TECHNIQUE ORTH 617  2                
ORTHODONTIC DIAGNOSIS ORTH 619  1                
ORTHODONTIC MECHANICS ORTH 621  1                
ORTHODONTIC CLINIC ORTH 626  1                
DENTOFACIAL ORTHOPEDICS ORTH 632  1                
APPLIED BIOSTATISTICS BIOS 601 3                
 APPLIED BIOSTATISTICS LAB BIOS 602 1                
  TOTAL 14                
                     
SPRING SEMESTER - 1ST YEAR CLASS CREDIT HOURS                
ORTHODONTIC DIAGNOSIS ORTH 619  2                
CEPHALOMETRICS ORTH 620  1                
ORTHODONTIC MECHANICS ORTH 621 1                
GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT ORTH 623  2                
ORTHODONTIC CLINIC ORTH 626  3                
ADTP:  RESEARCH METHODS DENT 687  1                
ADTP:   POST GRADUATE DENTAL MICROBIOLOGY DENT 791-A  1                
  TOTAL 11                
                     
SECOND YEAR CURRICULUM                    
SUMMER - 2ND YEAR CLASS CREDIT HOURS                
ORTHODONTIC DIAGNOSIS ORTH 619  1                
ORTHODONTIC CLINIC ORTH 626  3                
JOURNAL CLUB ORTH 631 1                
RESEARCH ORTH 697  1                
ADV TPS: BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES-ANAT DENT 691-B 1                
  TOTAL 7                
                     
FALL SEMESTER - 2ND YEAR CLASS CREDIT HOURS                
ORTHODONTIC DIAGNOSIS ORTH 619  1                
ORTHODONTIC MECHANICS ORTH 621  1                
ORTHODONTIC CLINIC ORTH 626  1                
SURGICAL ORTHODONTICS ORTH 627 1                
EARLY ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT ORTH 628 1                
RESEARCH ORTH 697  3                
ADTP: BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES-PCOL DENT 691-A 1                
ORTHO-PERIO SEMINAR *ORTH 633  1                
  TOTAL 9 or 10                
                     
*ORTH 633 IS OFFERED EVERY OTHER YEAR - EVEN YEARS (2014, 2016, 2018, etc.)              
                     
SPRING SEMESTER - 2ND YEAR CLASS CREDIT HOURS                
ORTHODONTIC DIAGNOSIS ORTH 619  1                
ORTHODONTIC MECHANICS ORTH 621  1                
ORTHODONTIC CLINIC ORTH 626  5                
RESEARCH ORTH 697  2                
  TOTAL  9                
                     
THIRD YEAR CURRICULUM                    
SUMMER - 3RD YEAR  CLASS CREDIT HOURS                
(GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP WAIVER/STIPEND - JULY 1)                  
ORTHODONTIC CLINIC ORTH 626  2                
JOURNAL CLUB ORTH 631 1                
ORTHODONTIC TEACHING ORTH 690  2                
RESEARCH ORTH 697  2                
  TOTAL 7                
                     
FALL SEMESTER - 3RD YEAR CLASS CREDIT HOURS                
(GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP WAIVER/STIPEND)                  
ORTHODONTIC DIAGNOSIS ORTH 619  1                
ORTHODONTIC MECHANICS ORTH 621  1                
ORTHODONTIC CLINIC ORTH 626  2                
EARLY ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT ORTH 628 1                
ORTHODONTIC PATIENT MANAGEMENT ORTH 629 1                
ORTHODONTIC TEACHING ORTH 690  2                
RESEARCH ORTH 697  2                
ORTHO-PERIO SEMINAR  *ORTH 633                 
  TOTAL 10 or 11                
                     
*ORTH 633 IS OFFERED EVERY OTHER YEAR - EVEN YEARS (2014, 2016, 2018, etc.)              
                     
SPRING SEMESTER - 3RD YEAR(ENDS) CLASS CREDIT HOURS                
(GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP WAIVER/STIPEND)                  
ORTHODONTIC DIAGNOSIS ORTH 619  1                
ORTHODONTIC MECHANICS ORTH 621 1                
ORTHODONTIC CLINIC ORTH 626  1                
SURGICAL ORTHODONTICS ORTH 627 1                
ORTHODONTIC PATIENT MANAGEMENT ORTH 629 1                
CRANIOFACIAL ANOMALIES ORTH 630 1                
ORTHODONTIC TEACHING ORTH 690  2                
RESEARCH ORTH 697  2                
  TOTAL  10