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Advanced Education Programs in Orthodontics
and Dentofacial Orthopedics

Olivier Nicolay, DDS, MMSc, Clinical Associate Professor - Program Director
Mani Alikhani, DMD, MS, PhD, Assistant Professor - Research and Curriculum

Program Overview
As the leading postgraduate orthodontic program in USA, NYU has been spearheading the path of clinical excellence built on a strong foundation of evidence-based orthodontics. The program is an intensive and exciting three-year journey which aims not only to develop orthodontists but to develop leaders in our field, pioneers of a new generation of orthodontists. A unique and innovative aspect of our program is the career development option, which allows our residents to choose to focus their effort on either an education, research or clinic track.

The postgraduate orthodontic program adheres to the Academic Standards and Policies for Advanced Education Programs in Dentistry.

Postgraduate residents are involved in a range of courses, from basic sciences, craniofacial development and material science courses to more orthodontic-specific courses such as orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning, mechanotherapy, growth and development and orthodontic practice management. While providing didactic education to the pre-doctoral dental students, our residents also engage in peer-to-peer teaching through our unique clinical team approach. Residents are expected to actively participate in diagnostic conferences and faculty presentations and lectures. Final year residents are given the opportunity to apply for a track in education which will train them to become orthodontic teachers and educators. Residents who successfully complete the education track will be awarded a Certificate in Orthodontic Education.

Residents are involved in the diagnosis and treatment of all severities of malocclusion and spend the majority of their time gaining a vast clinical experience. Clinical exposure includes but is not limited to multidisciplinary treatment plans and working closely with the orthognathic surgery department and the craniofacial team. All residents are mentored and encouraged not only to be ABO eligible but also ABO certified by graduation. All the graduating residents have obtained ABO certification. Our residents also consistently win national and international awards for their clinical excellence. Final year residents have the option to pursue a clinic track, which enables them to gain additional skills in practice management through rotations in private practices.

All residents are required to complete a research project and thesis, which they present at graduation. The department works closely with the Consortium for Translational Orthodontic Research (, and the majority of residents join CTOR research projects.

As the leader in orthodontic research, CTOR has been truly translational, expediting the application of basic science and animal studies findings into clinical trials and human studies. The department is actively conducting three human clinical trials, which will add invaluable knowledge and insight on the biology of tooth movement and faster and safer methodologies to move teeth. Our research is recognized not only nationally through awards and presentations, but also internationally, with our residents presenting the department's research during the annual meetings of the International Association of Dental Research and the European Orthodontic Society. Residents who are particularly keen to pursue a career in academia or to gain a deeper insight into research are eligible to apply for the research track during the second and third year in the program. Residents who successfully complete the research track are awarded a Post-doctoral Certificate in Orthodontic Research.

Accreditation Status
The program is fully accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

Length of Program
The program is a full-time three-year program.

Applicants should be graduates of dental schools accredited by the American or Canadian Dental Association. We pride ourselves on the strength of our diversity, and applicants who graduate from non-ADA accredited (international) dental schools are also encouraged to apply. A pass in the Part 1 National Dental Board Examination is required for all candidates, and additionally, international applicants require submission of their TOEFL score for consideration. Other advanced training residencies and experience in research are highly recommended.

Application Deadline
The NYU Orthodontic Program only accepts applications from the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). PASS deadline for receipt of application materials is August 15, 2014. (Please follow all PASS application deadlines/guidelines). PASS will forward application files to NYUCD.

Applicants that are accepted will be notified regarding registration process and deadlines.

Supplemental (NYU) Application Fee
There is an application fee of $100 dollars to be made payable to "NYU College of Dentistry". Please indicate "ORTHODONTICS" on your check or other form of payment. Also, please include a 2" x 2' photo with your check. Mail to:

New York University College of Dentistry
345 East 24th Street, 10th Floor
Office of Student Affairs and Admission
New York, NY 10010-4086
(NOTE: This is separate from PASS service fees)

Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to:

New York University College of Dentistry
345 East 24th Street, 10th Floor
Office of Student Affairs and Admission
New York, NY 10010-4086

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