MUSC Bulletin | College of Dental Medicine
Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics |Curriculum
In order to meet the goal of providing a wide range of experiences grounded in a process of critical analysis, the program provides the following:
The mission of the MSD Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics is to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct an ethical, patient-centered, evidence-based practice in the specialty of orthodontics. The MSD curriculum is structured for a balanced work load to allow time for each postgraduate student to broaden their clinical and didactic experiences as well as provide opportunities to gain additional experiences in areas of special interest. Postgraduate students who complete the 34-month program are expected to have developed their skills and knowledge to the level of a specialist in orthodontics as approved by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation. This implies the student will have had considerable didactic background and direct experiences with patients exhibiting a variety of malocclusion presentations . Critical topics to the specialty of orthodontics will be covered in departmental based seminars (e.g. Craniofacial Growth & Development, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Space Supervision, Cephalometrics, Edgewise Appliances Design, Biomechanics, Dentofacial Orthopedics) . Seminar topics will be supported by literature reviews and case analysis treatment planning sessions that are reinforced through clinical experiences. Recognition of malocclusion parameters, hereditary conditions and orofacial patterns will be expected by completion of the program with knowledge of physical and emotional development essential to successful outcomes . Utilizing diagnostic training , the graduate should be able to prepare and present a treatment plan that is comprehensive and efficiently sequenced. Clinical expertise will be attained in management of the primary and mixed dentitions (space supervision, interceptive procedures, growth modification, multi phase early treatment) , the young permanent dentition (comprehensive non-extraction and extraction protocols} and adult patients (orthognathic surgery, coordinated restorative - prosthetic management). The MSD program curriculum and experiences are further designed to prepare graduates not only for successful entry into the contemporary practice of orthodontics; but to provide a scientific foundation for future growth in the field. In addition to clinical expertise, the graduate should have superior abilities in interpreting new evidenced-based procedures and concepts available to the profession and public. An evidenced-based understanding of the specialties knowledge base will be emphasized in seminar discussions, the clinical environment, through the core curriculum of the MSD program, and in research experiences. In sum, the MUSC Orthodontic Program will strive to produce knowledgeable and compassionate practitioners who have the skills and desire for lifelong learning and who will play a leadership role in specialty governance, education, research, and community activity .
- Clinical orthodontic care - diagnosis and treatment of children in the primary and mixed dentitions to include space supervision, guidance of eruption, interceptive orthodontic, growth modification, and Phase I early orthodontic treatment procedures.
- Clinical orthodontic care - diagnosis and treatment of patients in the young permanent dentition to include comprehensive management using both non-extraction and extraction protocols .
- Clinical orthodontic care - diagnosis and treatment of adults to include comprehensive management using non-extraction and extraction protocols as well as orthognathic surgical procedures and coordinated restorative - prosthetic management.
- Craniofacial Anomalies - clinical management of children and adolescents with craniofacial anomalies are experienced as a primary care component of the MUSC Craniofacial Team.
- A structured curriculum of seminar and laboratory exercises supports the clinical experiences in addressing the parameters of orthodontic care for children, adolescents and adults from the primary through the mixed into the permanent dentitions.
- Case Reviews - All postgraduate students will prepare comprehensive case reviews that document clinical management of patients following format criteria of the American Board of Orthodontics . Besides documenting performance of quality care; the case reviews will enhance the graduate's ability for critical analysis and patient documentation .
- Teaching experience by serving as clinical and laboratory instructors in the predoctoral orthodontic curriculum during the third year of the program one-half day a week.
- Interdepartmental courses provided through the Master of Science in Dentistry core curriculum to supplement the resident’s knowledge base in the basic and behavioral sciences and fulfill requirements for awarding of an MSD degree.
- Each postgraduate student conducts a data collection research thesis project and a comprehensive literature review - case report that are of publishable quality. Besides providing informational service to the profession, the experience of conducting research will enhance the student's ability for critical analysis.
- Exposure to practice management and dental care delivery through seminars and visits to varied private and public clinic sites.
An overview of curriculum components and distribution for the three years of the program:
|First Year||Second Year||Third Year|
|Laboratory Exercises||10 %||5 %||-----|
|Clinical Early Treatment||10 %||10 %||10 %|
|Clinical Orthodontics||40 %||50 %||50 %|
|Orthognathic Surgery||5 %||5 %||5 %|
|Craniofacial Anomalies||5 %||5 %||5 %|
|Didactic/Seminars *||20 %||15 %||15 %|
|Research||10 %||10 %||10 %|
|* Includes daily case presentations with faculty in treatment planning|
Course Listing for Program in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
The curriculum courses listed below are divided as to their category in terms of the overall MSD Program in Orthodontics – courses that are core MSD degree courses common to all post-doctoral programs at MUSC, didactic courses that are orthodontic program specific, and clinical course work. The listed courses are subject to change based on availability instructors, timing and sequencing issues relative to a continuum of advancing knowledge, and continued relevance of the course.
Didactically, the first year of the curriculum concentrates on basic concepts and knowledge essential to orthodontic diagnosis and management of malocclusion across age groups, fundamentals of biomechanics and technical procedures in orthodontics, clinical dental sciences, and foundations of evidenced-based research activities. The next two years concentrate on advanced biomechanical treatment concepts, clinical practice management considerations, and completion of research and case review requirements. Clinical observations and experiences are incorporated throughout the three years of the program.
Common Core Courses for all Post-doctoral Programs
|Course Name||Course Number||Credit Hours|
|Research Methods||CRFB 800||2 – Fall, 1st year|
|Oral Medicine||STOMA 878||2 – Fall, 1st year|
|Nutrition||GDENT 803||0.5 – Fall, 1st year|
|Graduate Dental Core||GDENT 704||2 – Spring, 1st year|
|Advanced Oral Pathology||GDENT 705||2 – Spring, 1st year|
|Advanced Radiology||GDENT 706||2 – Summer, 2nd year|
|Statistical Methods||CRFB 807||2 – Summer, 2nd year|
|Research / Thesis||GDENT 708|
(Repeat 4 sem.)
|4 – Fall-Spring, 2nd, 3rd year|
|Practice Management||GDENT 709||2 – Fall, 3rd year|
|Total Core Course Hours||18.5|
Didactic Courses Specific to Post-doctoral Orthodontics Program
|Course Name||Course Number||Credit Hours/Timing|
|Orientation to Contemporary Orthodontics||GORTH 710||1 – Fall, 1st|
|Diagnostic Records/Case Documentation||GORTH 711||1 - Fall, 1st|
|Case Anal. & Treatment Planning I||GORTH 712 (repeat)||3 - Fall-1, Spr-1, Sum-1,|
|Case Anal. & Treatment Planning II||GORTH 713 (repeat)||3 - Fall-1, Spr-1, Sum-1, 2nd year|
|Case Anal. & Treatment Planning III||GORTH 714 (repeat)||2 – Fall-1, Spr-1, 3rd yr.|
|Edgewise Biomechanics I||GORTH 718||1 - Fall, 1st|
|Edgewise Biomechanics II - Variations||GORTH 719||1 - Fall, 2nd|
|Edgewise Biomechanics III - Cases||GORTH 720||1 - Spring, 3rd|
|Integrated Orthodontic Treatment I||GORTH 721 (repeat)||2 - Fall-1, Spr-1,1st|
|Integrated Orthodontic Treatment II||GORTH 722 (repeat)||2 - Fall-1, Spr-1, 2nd|
|Integrated Orthodontic Treatment III||GORTH 723 (repeat)||2 - Fall-1, Spr-1, 3rd|
|Craniofacial Growth and Development||GORTH 724||1 – Fall, 1st|
|Appliance Construction - Lab||GORTH 725||0.5 - Spring, 1st|
|Space Supervision/Guidance of Eruption||GORTH 726||1 - Spring, 1st|
|Orthognathic Surgical Management I||GORTH 727 (repeat)||1 – Fall-0.5. Spr-0.5, 1st|
|Orthognathic Surgical Management II||GORTH 728 (repeat)||1 – Fall-0.5. Spr-0.5, 2nd|
|Orthognathic Surgical Management III||GORTH 729 (repeat)||1 – Fall-0.5. Spr-0.5, 3rd|
|Advanced Cephalometrics||GORTH 730||1 – Spring, 1st|
|Orthodontic Materials||GORTH 731||1 – Spring, 1st|
|Literature Review I||GORTH 732 (repeat)||1 – Fall-0.5. Spr-0.5, 1st|
|Literature Review II||GORTH 733 (repeat)||1 – Fall-0.5. Spr-0.5, 2nd|
|Literature Review III||GORTH 734 (repeat)||1 – Fall-0.5. Spr-0.5, 3rd|
|Interdisciplinary Care–Periodontics*||GORTH 735||1 – Fall, 2nd|
|Interdisciplinary Care–TMD/Restorative*||GORTH 736||1 – Fall, 2nd|
|Dentofacial Orthopedics||GORTH 737||1 – Spring, 2nd|
|Developmental Anomalies*||GORTH 738||1 – Spring, 2nd|
|ABO Board Prep Review||GORTH 740||1 – Spring, 2nd|
|TOTAL Didactic Hours Department based||34.5 hours|
|*To be taken in either 2nd or 3rd year – alternate year courses|
Clinical Orthodontic Courses
|Course Name||Course Number||Offered in||Credit Hours|
|Clinical Orthodontics I||GORTH 715 (repeat)||Fall-2, Spr-2, Sum-2, 1st year||6|
|Clinical Orthodontics II||GORTH 716 (repeat)||Fall-2, Spr-2, Sum-2, 2nd year||6|
|Clinical Orthodontics III||GORTH 717 (repeat)||Fall-2, Spr-2, 3rd year||4|
|Teaching Preceptorship||GORTH 739 (repeat)||Fall-0.5, Spr-0.5, 3rd year||1|
|TOTAL Clinical Hours Department based||17.0 hours|
|* To be taken in 3 years|
|Total Core Credit Hours||18.5|
|Total Didactic Credit Hours||34.5|
|Total Clinic Credit Hours||17.0|
|Total MSD Credit Hours||70.0|
|Last Published with Edits:||October 1, 2013 9:38 AM|
|Last Comprehensive Review:||Fall 2013|