Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum consists of the following courses and clinical activities:

  • Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy
  • Dentofacial Histology and Physiology
  • Diagnostic Seminar (Formal Case Presentations)
  • Embryology and Genetics
  • Normal and Abnormal Dentofacial Growth and Development
  • Literature Review – Classic and Current
  • Clinical Orthodontic Pharmacology
  • Dental Public Health
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Evidence Based Dentistry (EBD)
  • Interdisciplinary Treatment (Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Oral Surgery, and TMD-OFP)
  • Hospital Dentistry
  • Orthodontic Research and Biostatistics
  • House Staff Orientation
  • Jurisprudence and Risk Management
  • Methods and Materials in Dental Research
  • Oral Biology, Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology
  • Pain and Anxiety Control
  • Orthodontic and Dental Materials Science and Laboratory Considerations
  • Practice Management and Practice Administration
  • Speech Pathology (Language and Speech Development)

Orthodontics Curriculum

The Georgia School of Orthodontics Advanced Specialty Education Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics is designed to provide advanced knowledge and skills in orthodontics with several objectives. These include creating a well-educated and well-rounded professional who practices orthodontics at the highest level of clinical and ethical standards. The curriculum has been designed to not just meet the Accreditation Standards for Advanced Specialty Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics as designed by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA/CODA), but exceed it.  

The curriculum is diverse and comprehensive in both didactic and clinical platforms. It prepares residents for the written portion of the examination leading to board certification with the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). Residents will work closely with their faculty as they immerse themselves in a clinically intense environment utilizing various contemporary appliances and therapeutic treatment modalities as they service a very diverse patient population pool. Residents will also become confident in applying EBD to their diagnostic and treatment considerations. As part of the curriculum, residents will conduct an independent research project that must be presented at a scientific symposia and submitted for publication.

First Year Curriculum

The first year of the program focuses on didactics and clinical development. First year residents take Biomedical Core (basic sciences) as part of their core curriculum. This core curriculum stresses the fundamentals of normal and abnormal dentofacial growth and development; embryology, genetics, and hereditary influences in cranial and dentofacial growth; head and neck anatomy, histology and physiology; oral biology, pharmacology, oral pathology, oral medicine, and immunology; and patients afflicted with dentofacial deformities and craniofacial anomalies and syndromes.  In addition, during the first year, residents will also receive training in cephalometrics and applied biomechanics, orthodontic materials science, and research design. Residents will choose their research project and start the data collection process. All of this is in preparation for intense immersion into the orthodontic clinic where they are expected to start a minimum of 30 orthodontic cases per year comprised of various types of malocclusions.

Second and Third Year Curriculum

During the second and third years of the program, the focus is on developing independent clinical skills and post-treatment evaluations. The clinical schedule is continued and additional seminar instruction is provided in a supporting curriculum with an emphasis on practice and patient management, risk management, ethics, integration of evidence based orthodontics into clinical decision making, interdisciplinary treatment, public health considerations regarding access to care and other public policy concerns, and understanding the nuances of various appliance systems. Mock boards are initiated in preparation for the mandatory requirement of sitting for the written portion of the ABO examination. Residents’ research projects are completed, presented at a scientific symposium, and submitted for publication.

Continuing Education

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