- To prepare residents for a career as an orthodontist in clinical practice and/or academics.
- To train qualified orthodontic specialists who can make independent decisions based on their knowledge of accepted biological and clinical principles and thorough assessment of the total patient health care needs.
- To train orthodontic specialists, with particular emphasis on clinical excellence in diagnosis, treatment planning, clinical treatment using variations of the standard Edgewise appliance, modern forms of removable appliances and other accepted treatment modalities.
- To provide experience in teaching orthodontics at the graduate and undergraduate level.
- To provide experience in biomedical sciences, scientific methodology and research techniques and to develop an appreciation for the biological and scientific aspects of orthodontics.
- To fulfill the educational requirements for specialty certification by the American Board of Orthodontics.
Scope of Training
The instruction in the Graduate Orthodontics Program consists of academic coursework, clinical training and experience in scientific methodology and research. Residents gain experience in the treatment of patients with all types of dentofacial deformities. Orthognathic surgical cases are treated in conjunction with Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Faculty and Residents. Treatment is provided for adults, adolescents and children in mixed dentition. Residents provide orthodontic treatment in complex rehabilitation cases in coordination with graduate residents in Prosthodontics and Periodontics. Residents must initiate and complete a research project that includes a review of the literature, a hypothesis, report methodology and data analysis during the two years under the guidance of department or other qualified University of Louisville Graduate School Faculty.