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Fellowship in Craniofacial Orthodontics

Prepare for care management of individuals with craniofacial anomalies and other special care needs

The one-year ADA-accredited post-orthodontic residency fellowship program is designed to provide you with advanced training and skills for the management of individuals with craniofacial anomalies and special care needs requiring complex multidisciplinary care.

The focus of this subspecialty of orthodontics includes:

  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Syndromic craniosynostosis and other craniofacial anomalies
  • Dentofacial deformities
  • Craniofacial surgery
  • Orthognathic surgery
  • Distraction osteogenesis
  • Nasoalveolar molding
  • Special care orthodontics

You will develop skills in the diagnosis and treatment planning using both two and three-dimensional diagnostic record sets for complex craniofacial anomalies requiring interdisciplinary team care. Working with a large clinical population with congenital and acquired craniofacial abnormalities, you will take an active role on a cleft and craniofacial treatment team and become proficient in all aspects of growth and development and orthodontic management.

Program Details

The fellowship will provide you with experience in the following clinical areas:

  • Newborn assessment for need of early intervention
  • Presurgical orthopedics (nasoalveolar molding) for infants born with cleft lip and palate
  • Growth and orthodontic management from the primary through adult dentition and attainment of skeletal maturity
  • Surgical and orthodontic treatment planning, pre and post-surgical orthodontic management, surgical splint design and construction, and insertion of surgical fixation splints in the operating room

In addition to a weekly craniofacial and cleft conference with specialists in nursing, ENT, craniofacial surgery, speech, neurosurgery, genetics, prosthodontics, social work and psychology, you will take part in routine interdisciplinary treatment planning sessions.

Finally, you will initiate and complete at least one clinical research project, mentored by craniofacial orthodontic and plastic surgery faculty members. In addition, you will be expected to present a research paper at a national or international meeting during the fellowship period.

There is a one-time, non-refundable application fee of $100 USD. You may pay by credit card (MC, VISA, AMEX) or by check - please make checks payable to UC REGENTS. If accepted, the fee for the one-year program is $55,000. The fellows are responsible for their own living, housing, health insurance and visa expenses related to the program.

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