This accredited 36-month program allows students to earn both a Master’s degree and a certificate.
Applications: The application cycle is now
Program Length: 36 months
Class size: 6/year
Degree: Master of Science, Certificate in Orthodontics
Start Date: Second week of July
Since 1947, this program has prepared graduates for a career in clinical and/or academic orthodontics. Six residents start the program each year, and are exposed to extensive didactic, clinical and research experience and techniques with teaching requirements.
At the end of the program, residents are awarded with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and a Master of Science degree conferred by the University at Buffalo Graduate School. Residents also complete their clinical board cases and obtain board certification.
The program in orthodontics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of accredited without reporting requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is www.ada.org/en/coda.
The orthodontic department follows the policies and procedures as outlined by the University at Buffalo Graduate School. Available at: http://grad.buffalo.edu/study/progress/policylibrary.html
The 36-month program provides sufficient time for residents to complete the required Masters of Science degree in Orthodontics. It is mandatory for each resident to take and pass the written American Board of Orthodontics examination, (Part II). Residents are also required to submit 6 completed cases in the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) format for grading. The goal is that residents will then submit these cases to the ABO itself and achieve board certification following graduation to demonstrate to the public that they have reached a superior level of ability in the specialty.
At all times, the faculty will place the quality of the education provided to the residents above all other considerations. The Department continually evaluates the program in both formative and summative ways. Each resident will be required to complete certain projects, which will count toward the grade he/she receives. They will also be required to treat a minimum number of patients and to present the records of these patients to a group consisting of faculty and fellow residents.
Teaching is a required element for the program and helps many of our graduates prepare for full- and part-time teaching roles following graduation. Residents spend at least 3 hours per week (on a rotating basis) teaching the basics of orthodontics to junior and senior dental students.
Record keeping is a legal requirement in all clinical disciplines and in this respect orthodontics is no different. Residents are required to document their work with each patient. Each resident must provide his or her own camera for use during the program. We would strongly advise you to purchase a suitable dental camera and learn how to use it in a clinical situation prior to beginning this orthodontic course.
All students/residents are required to be immunized against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) according to New York State Public Health Law. New York State Public Health Law 2167 requires that students be informed about meningitis and be aware of the availability of the meningitis vaccine. See the Student Handbook for further information on Health Examination and Vaccination Requirements.
In April 2013, the New York State Department of Health issued an amendment to Public Health Law Sections 225, 2800, 2803, 3612, 1nd 4010, Title 10 (Health) of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations requiring all health care personnel, (by definition this includes students), in Article 28 facilities to either receive an annual vaccination against seasonal influenza or sign a declination by November 1 of each academic year. The primary goal of this regulation is to protect the health and safety of vulnerable patients, whose risk of serious adverse effects from influenza is high and to maintain a healthy workforce during flu season. Student Health Services hold seasonal flu vaccination clinics each fall as well as offers the flu vaccination as part of regular health services.
The school monitors the infection control practices of faculty, staff and student. Faculty and staff are required to complete mandatory infection control and compliance training on UB Edge centralized compliance software annually. Students receive annual training via an online course module, which faculty and staff can also use to meet their requirement.
The UB orthodontic clinic fills a number of educational and therapeutic functions:
The clinical course of instruction is designed to satisfy all of the requirements that make the orthodontic residents eligible for certification as a specialist and diplomate with the American Board of Orthodontics.
The postgraduate residents admitted to the orthodontic program are expected to demonstrate a high level of clinic proficiency and professionalism of the highest standard.
All residents are required to perform an approved, hypothesis driven research project and submit their work to the Graduate School in order to graduate with a Masters of Science degree.
Twenty-one operatories equipped with a dental chair, high- and low-speed handpiece connections enable the department to have each resident assigned to a specific operatory. Much of the daily equipment and supplies are located within individual operatories for greater patient care efficiency.
To keep abreast of technology advancements, the clinic utilizes digital 3D intraoral scanning, diode lasers, and cone-beam computed tomography. Also, a 3D dental benchtop scanner of study models for clinical and research purposes is available within the department.
A full-function orthodontic clinical laboratory, including an area for model fabrication and trimming room, is located near the clinic.
Residents are trained in the full spectrum of contemporary techniques with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment planning. Among the techniques available are pre-adjusted edgewise appliances (both 0.018 and 0.022 slot size), removable appliances, orthopedic appliances, lingual, clear aligners, and temporary anchorage devices.
|Class of 2018
||Class of 2019||Class of 2020|
Dr. Majd Hasanin
|Dr. James Fraser||Dr. Shruti Bajaj|
Dr. Brian Hohlen
|Dr. Kevin Kurtzner||Dr. Lamia Binhuwaishel|
Dr. Sarah Kaplan*
|Dr. Paige Riddle||Dr. Charles Bond|
Dr. Connie Lai
|Dr. Dina Shibeika||Dr. Stephanie Colaiacovo|
Dr. Rawan Nagshabandi
|Dr. Ghadeer Abubotain||Dr. Chia-Hua Pai|
Dr. Xing Zhu
|Dr. Khaled Taha||Dr. Al-Shaheen Youssef|
|Dr. Sami Tawila|
|NY State Resident||Out of State US Resident||International Non US Resident|
|Books & Supplies||$1,438||$1,438||$1,438|
|Clinic Mgmt. System (CMS)||$9,000||$9,000||$9,000|
|Total Tuition and Fees||$30,831||$42,171||$42,371|
|All Endodontics students: Add $2,000 for sterilization and equipment fees||$32,831||$44,171||$44,371|
|Estimated Living Expenses|
|Total Living Expenses||$18,608||$18,608||$18,608|
|TOTAL TUITION AND OTHER EXPENSES||$49,439||$60,779||$60,979|
Activity Fee: Mandatory fee leveled by student's respective divisions.
Academic Excellence Fee: Mandatory fee used to enhance student academic support services,advisement, research opportunities, equipment, facilities, and scholarship. technology needs, new campus life initiative/improvements.
International Student Fee: ($100/Semester) Applicable to all matriculated international students.
All candidates should apply to the program through PASS and the MATCH.
|Applications Accepted||May 17 - September 1, 2017|
|Interviews||Fri. November 3 and Mon. November 6, 2017|
|Acceptance Letters Sent Out||The MATCH results will be released November 29, 2017. Acceptance letters will be sent out within 10 days of the release of the MATCH results.|
The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine Orthodontics Program accepts application materials through the American Dental Education Association, Postgraduate Application Support Service (PASS). This service enables applicants to send an original copy of most application materials to PASS for distribution to all the programs that the applicant selects. The department also participates in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching program (MATCH).
In addition to the requirements listed above, please submit the following:
TOEFL score report must be at or above minimum of 550 (written) / 213 (computer based) / 79 (internet based) or better obtained within eighteen months of the application deadline.