The Georgia School of Orthodontics is an Advanced Specialty Education Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics that offers a 36-month residency certificate program to residents at its Atlanta, Georgia campus. The mission of the Georgia School of Orthodontics is to educate qualified dentists to become specialists in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics with a commitment to excellence in patient centered care, effective teaching, meaningful research and service to the community.
The Residency Program consists of intensive didactic, clinical, and research components that are taught in state-of-the-art facilities with technologically advanced equipment and materials. Our two campuses have over 21,000 square feet of clinical, research, academic, and administrative spaces. Our clinical technology includes 3D Intraoral Scanners, a CBCT scanner (3-D x-ray), and 100% digital records for maximum efficiency.
Each year, eighteen students who have completed their dental degree are selected for the Residency Program leading to a certificate of proficiency in clinical orthodontics. Our residents are selected from a diverse group of outstanding, well-qualified applicants. An evidence-based approach to diagnosis and treatment planning is emphasized via the didactic, clinical and research curriculum. In addition, residents are given courses in the business of orthodontic practice to create a well-rounded professional. The highest ethical standards are emphasized throughout the length of the Program. It is our mission to create professionals who exhibit diversity and will provide affordable orthodontic care to underserved communities.
Our resident dentists are educated by our eighteen orthodontic faculty, an immensely talented group of doctors who have experience in the areas of full-time academics as well as full-time private practice in the orthodontic profession. They include the best in the field of orthodontics, and are dedicated to providing residents with exceptional didactic and clinical training. The faculty includes Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontists (ABO), and world-renowned researchers. The faculty and the residents are supported by an excellent group of administrative and clinical staff.
The 36-month Residency Program begins in July. It provides a comprehensive understanding of the basic sciences as well as their application to the various orthodontic techniques and methods in contemporary clinical practice. This Program also provides experience in teaching orthodontics as well as in the conduct of research by completing a paper approved by the program faculty.
In addition, GSO offers a non-accredited Fellowship Program for up to six dental school graduates per year who would like to pursue a career in orthodontics. Our Fellowship Program is one year in length, and fellows who successfully complete the Fellowship Program will be admitted into the Residency Program for the next class. Our fellows attend all classes with the first-year residents and are able to participate in the clinic, subject to obtaining a Georgia Dental License. Please visit our Admissions Page for information on our Residency and Fellowship Programs and how to apply.
The mission of the Georgia School of Orthodontics is to educate qualified dentists to become specialists in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics with a commitment to excellence in patient centered care, effective teaching, meaningful research and service to the community.
To date, GSO has saved Atlanta families over $2,400,000 in orthodontic care. The School also serves the Atlanta community through its philanthropic endeavors, and its pledge to provide $100,000 in complimentary orthodontic care over the next three years. Each year, three local children are selected to receive orthodontic care at no cost through GSO’s Gift of a Smile Program. Through its Purple Heart Smiles Program, the School provides complimentary, high-quality orthodontic care treatment to children of veterans who were wounded, injured, or killed during their service. In addition, the Georgia School of Orthodontics Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Center will provide comprehensive complimentary treatment to over one hundred children born with cleft lip, cleft palate, and craniofacial anomalies.
In addition, GSO has committed to over $1,000,000 in scholarships to its current residents.
Goals and Objectives
The goals of the program are to:
- Encourage socially responsible behavior in residents through the service of underprivileged patients.
- Provide underserved and diverse patient populations access to affordable orthodontic treatment.
- Develop ethical, skilled practitioners who are prepared to efficiently manage an orthodontic practice.
- Develop dentists to become leaders in the dental specialty of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.
- Educate culturally competent orthodontists who understand the changing population demographics and needs.
- Provide a foundational knowledge of orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedics. Teach residents how to critically evaluate scientific literature and conduct research designed to advance the knowledge of the specialty.
The educational objectives to achieve our goals are to train residents to:
- Diagnose and manage malocclusions.
- Utilize basic sciences in orthodontic delivery.
- Use sound mechanical and biological principles.
- Manage craniofacial, occlusal and TMD problems.
- Maintain orthodontic records.
- Be proficient in literature review.
- Instill a commitment of community service.
- Foster a philosophy of lifelong learning.
- Prepare the resident for successful certification by the American Board of Orthodontics.