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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 YearThird Year
Laboratory Exercises10 %5 %-----
Clinical Early Treatment10 %10 %10 %
Clinical Orthodontics40 %50 %50 %
Orthognathic Surgery5 %5 %5 %
Craniofacial Anomalies5 %5 %5 %
Didactic/Seminars *20 %15 %15 %
Research10 %10 %10 %
Teaching----------5 %
* 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 NameCourse NumberCredit Hours
Research MethodsCRFB 8002 – Fall, 1st year
Oral MedicineSTOMA 8782 – Fall, 1st year
NutritionGDENT 8030.5 – Fall, 1st year
Graduate Dental CoreGDENT 7042 – Spring, 1st year
Advanced Oral PathologyGDENT 7052 – Spring, 1st year
Advanced RadiologyGDENT 7062 – Summer, 2nd year
Statistical MethodsCRFB 8072 – Summer, 2nd year
Research / ThesisGDENT 708
(Repeat 4 sem.)
4 – Fall-Spring, 2nd, 3rd year
Practice ManagementGDENT 7092 – Fall, 3rd year
Total Core Course Hours18.5

Didactic Courses Specific to Post-doctoral Orthodontics Program

Course NameCourse NumberCredit Hours/Timing
Orientation to Contemporary OrthodonticsGORTH 7101 – Fall, 1st
Diagnostic Records/Case DocumentationGORTH 7111 - Fall, 1st
Case Anal. & Treatment Planning IGORTH 712 (repeat)3 - Fall-1, Spr-1, Sum-1,
     1st year
Case Anal. & Treatment Planning IIGORTH 713 (repeat)3 - Fall-1, Spr-1, Sum-1, 2nd year
Case Anal. & Treatment Planning IIIGORTH 714 (repeat)2 – Fall-1, Spr-1, 3rd yr.
Edgewise Biomechanics IGORTH 7181 - Fall, 1st
Edgewise Biomechanics II - VariationsGORTH 7191 - Fall, 2nd
Edgewise Biomechanics III - CasesGORTH 7201 - Spring, 3rd
Integrated Orthodontic Treatment IGORTH 721 (repeat)2 - Fall-1, Spr-1,1st
Integrated Orthodontic Treatment IIGORTH 722 (repeat)2 - Fall-1, Spr-1, 2nd
Integrated Orthodontic Treatment IIIGORTH 723 (repeat)2 - Fall-1, Spr-1, 3rd
Craniofacial Growth and DevelopmentGORTH 7241 – Fall, 1st
Appliance Construction - LabGORTH 7250.5 - Spring, 1st
Space Supervision/Guidance of EruptionGORTH 7261 - Spring, 1st
Orthognathic Surgical Management IGORTH 727 (repeat)1 – Fall-0.5. Spr-0.5, 1st
 Orthognathic Surgical Management IIGORTH 728 (repeat)1 – Fall-0.5. Spr-0.5, 2nd
Orthognathic Surgical Management IIIGORTH 729 (repeat)1 – Fall-0.5. Spr-0.5, 3rd
Advanced CephalometricsGORTH 7301 – Spring, 1st
Orthodontic MaterialsGORTH 7311 – Spring, 1st
Literature Review IGORTH 732 (repeat)1 – Fall-0.5. Spr-0.5, 1st
Literature Review IIGORTH 733 (repeat)1 – Fall-0.5. Spr-0.5, 2nd
Literature Review IIIGORTH 734 (repeat)1 – Fall-0.5. Spr-0.5, 3rd
Interdisciplinary Care–Periodontics*GORTH 7351 – Fall, 2nd
Interdisciplinary Care–TMD/Restorative*GORTH 7361 – Fall, 2nd
Dentofacial OrthopedicsGORTH 7371 – Spring, 2nd
Developmental Anomalies*GORTH 7381 – Spring, 2nd
ABO Board Prep ReviewGORTH 7401 – Spring, 2nd
TOTAL Didactic Hours Department based34.5 hours
*To be taken in either 2nd or 3rd year – alternate year courses

Clinical Orthodontic Courses

Course NameCourse NumberOffered in Credit Hours
Clinical Orthodontics IGORTH 715 (repeat)Fall-2, Spr-2, Sum-2, 1st year 6
Clinical Orthodontics IIGORTH 716 (repeat)Fall-2, Spr-2, Sum-2, 2nd year6
Clinical Orthodontics IIIGORTH 717 (repeat)Fall-2, Spr-2, 3rd year4
Teaching PreceptorshipGORTH 739 (repeat)Fall-0.5, Spr-0.5, 3rd year1
TOTAL Clinical Hours Department based17.0 hours
* To be taken in 3 years
Total Core Credit Hours18.5
Total Didactic Credit Hours 34.5
Total Clinic Credit Hours17.0
Total MSD Credit Hours70.0
Last Published with Edits:October 1, 2013 9:38 AM
Last Comprehensive Review:Fall 2013

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