Predoctoral Orthodontics Program

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The Predoctoral program of instruction in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics is offered to the dental students during the second, third, and the fourth years of dental school. The program is structured as follows: Preclinical Orthodontics (2nd Year), Clinical rotation (3rd Year), and Case based seminar (4th Year). The aim of the program is to provide the dental student with the knowledge and skills to recognize an established or developing malocclusion, consult as a team member with the specialist, coordinate comprehensive care, and refer when appropriate. Specific electives are available for those students who wish to participate in additional clinical or research experiences. Dr. Lokesh Suri is the Director of the Pre-doctoral Orthodontic Program.

Pre-Clinical Orthodontics (2nd Year)

The pre-clinical program is offered in the summer of the second year with a lecture series and laboratory instruction. The aim of the program is to provide a strong foundation for comprehensive care of the adolescent and adult patient.

Clinical Rotation (3rd Year)

During the rotation, the student gains clinical experiences by participating in the postgraduate orthodontic clinic where time is spent evaluating patients currently in treatment with graduate residents. Case based seminars also are presented in small group settings.

Research (Elective)

Elective opportunities are available for those who wish to participate in research related to orthodontics. Students can have an independent research project, and at the completion of the project either present their findings at a local/national meeting and/or publish their research in a peer reviewed journal. Students also have the opportunity to pair with a resident for research opportunities.

Elective Rotation-Incentive Program

This incentive program is designed for those students who wish to pursue additional course work and clinical experiences. The program can be tailored to meet the specific goals of the student.


The Department of Orthodontics grants two awards at graduation to students who have exemplified a true interest in the specialty throughout his/her time at the dental school.

  • The Everett Shapiro, DG49, Endowed Prize Fund in Orthodontics.
  • The American Association of Orthodontists award.

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