The postdoctoral Orthodontic program at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine is a two year program that emphasizes the clinical aspects of the specialty and awards a Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. A student/resident also may choose to take a three year program leading to a Certificate and Masters of Science Degree. Eight residents are admitted to the program on a yearly basis, and a majority of the residents enroll in the two year program. The PG orthodontic program is accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation for Advanced Specialty Education Programs in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Residents are trained in all aspects of clinical orthodontics designed to prepare them for a private practice setting. Areas of training/study include, but are not limited to, adult treatment, treatment of the adolescent, early and interceptive treatment, orthognathic surgery, TMD, cleft lip and palate and craniofacial anomalies, and dentofacial orthopedics. Contemporary technology, such as digital radiography, digital imaging, digital diagnostic records, and the electronic patient record are integrated into the program. Emphasis is placed on the treatment of patient cases to Board standards, and residents are well prepared to achieve Board certification. This emphasis stems, in part, from the department having a faculty member who was a past Director of the American Board of Orthodontics and Chair of the Department. As such, all students are required to take Phase II (written) of the American Board of Orthodontics certification examination and to become Board certified upon graduation.
Course of Study
Specific courses cover basic medical sciences and related clinical sciences applicable to the diagnosis and clinical treatment of patients with a diverse range of malocclusions. The course of study also includes diagnosis, analysis, and treatment of patients with combined orthodontic, prosthetic, and periodontal problems in concert with other postgraduate departments. Daily orthodontic seminars focus on case analyses encompassing different treatment modalities and a comprehensive review of important current and historical literature. Guest lecturers are invited to supplement the basic course content, and residents are encouraged to attend outside courses to increase their overall knowledge in the field. Residents are assigned a complement of patients exhibiting a wide range of malocclusions, and are required to work with different faculty in order to receive a well-rounded educational experience using a variety of treatment philosophies. The residents also treat select patients who require removable and functional appliances, micro anchorage implant devices, combined orthodontic-orthognathic surgical treatment; and on a limited basis, they treat patients with temporomandibular and orofacial pain disorders in conjunction with the Gelb Craniofacial Pain Center.
Residents attend the New England Orthodontic Laboratories for a 3-day intensive laboratory experience in appliance fabrication. They also attend the Tweed Course in Tucson, Arizona for a two week intensive experience in orthodontic diagnosis, treatment planning, and mechanotherapy.
Currently, the Department has two full-time and five half-time faculty. In addition, there are more than twenty part-time faculty and visiting lecturers. All of the half-time and part-time faculty maintain private practices in the greater Boston area and are well versed in the practice of orthodontics.