Advanced Specialty Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
The Georgia School of Orthodontics is an Advanced Specialty Education Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics that offers a 36-month certificate program to residents at its Atlanta, Georgia campus. The mission of the program is to educate outstanding dentists to be proficient in the clinical specialty of orthodontics while providing affordable care to the underserved population.
The program consists of intensive didactic, clinical, and research components that are taught in state-of-the-art facilities with technologically advanced equipment and materials. Each year, eighteen students who have completed their dental degree will be selected for the program leading to a certificate of proficiency in clinical orthodontics . Our residents will be 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 will be 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.
The 36-month 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.
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.
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.