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.
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