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Orthodontics

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Department of Orofacial Sciences at the UCSF School of Dentistry consists of five divisions:

  • Craniofacial Anomalies
  • Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontology

The Orthodontics Program (website: UCSF Orthodontics Program) is a full-time program, requiring 36 months in active residence beginning in July each year. The program is fully accredited and meets the educational requirements of the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). It is designed to prepare future leaders in the specialty of orthodontics, who are qualified for academic careers as well as for clinical practice.

The orthodontics program provides a balanced education with a strong emphasis in active clinical experience, didactics and research. The program combines a foundation in basic sciences with clinical and behavior training relevant to the delivery of orthodontic treatment. Postgraduate students participate in the prevention and correction of malocclusions and facial disproportions to achieve the best functional and esthetic results in growing children as well as in adults. Emphasis is placed on facial morphology and growth and on the function of the neuromuscular system. Instruction is presented through lectures, seminars, demonstrations and conferences and is supplemented and emphasized by clinical treatment of patients.

A certificate in Orthodontics and an MS degree in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences are awarded upon satisfactory completion of the postgraduate program. This program also offers an Orthodontics certificate combined with a PhD degree in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences. This option is highly recommended for those applicants intending to pursue academic careers. All graduates are educationally eligible for examination by the American Board of Orthodontics and are required to take the written examination at the end of the program. For detailed information regarding the program, please access the program website here.

For questions regarding admissions and application procedures, please contact:

Daliah Williams, Admissions Coordinator
Office of Admissions
513 Parnassus Avenue, S-630
San Francisco, CA. 94143-0430
(415) 476-2737 Ext. #3 (voice)
(415) 476-4226 (fax)
E-mail: daliah.williams@ucsf.edu

For detailed information regarding the program, please access the program website here.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

PLEASE NOTE: If selected to the program the MS in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences is a separate application process and will require submission of the DAT scores.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Applicants must first submit an application to Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) by the program's September 2nd deadline. They must include with their PASS application: Personal essay, curriculum vitae (CV) dental school transcript, undergraduate transcript (bachelor's degree), 3 Personal Potential Index (PPI) evaluations, 2 PASS evaluation forms (PEFs) and 1 Dean's institution evaluation form.

Applicants must register with the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program, and obtain a match code number that must be submitted to our school. The Matching Program is a centralized selection service that matches applicants to programs. To register and obtain a matching number, please visit their website.

Applicants must submit the following items directly to UCSF by September 2nd:

University of California, San Francisco
Dental Admissions Office
513 Parnassus Avenue, S-630
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430

  • UCSF Application
  • Official transcript(s) sent directly from the issuing institution from all other undergraduate colleges/ universities attended.
  • Official transcript(s), detailed marks reports, etc, sent directly from the issuing institution from all college-level course work taken at a college or university outside of the United States, or a Canadian institution where English was not the official language of instruction. (Please note: Xerox or notarized copies are not acceptable.)
  • Official course-by-course evaluation from Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. or World Education Services for ALL foreign transcripts received outside of the US including Canadian schools where English was not the official language of instruction
  • Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores. The institution code is 4840; the department code is 0604.
  • Official National Board Dental Examination score report, directly from ADA.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores are required for applicants whose native language is not English and who have not completed at least one year of US college/university level studies.  The institution code is 4840; the department code is 38.  

Postgraduate Application Fee Form with non-refundable $60 fee ($80 for international students, including Canadian citizens) to:

UCSF Office of the Registrar
P.O. Box 742908
Los Angeles, CA 90074-2908

Do not send any transcripts, letters of recommendation, other documents or correspondence to this address.

Following review of completed applications, selected candidates will be invited for an interview.

The Division of Orthodontics accepts five students per year into the Postdoctoral Program in Orthodontics with concurrent admission into the Graduate MS or PhD Program in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences.  There is a separate application for the MS or PhD programs.

PLEASE NOTE: Only those applicants who meet all admissions qualifications and submit all required documentation within the deadline, including the UCSF application with fee, will be considered for a position.

TUITION AND FEES

Postgraduate students are expected to devote 100% of their professional activities to the program. Permission to carry out practice or other professional activities outside of the program can only be granted in exceptional circumstances by the Program Director.  For details in regards to the tuition for the program, please see the Financial Aid website.