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Orthodontics

Solid preparation in orthodontics, bolstered by experience in interdisciplinary treatments

Program Contact

Sunil Kapila, BDS, MS, PhD
Program Director
513 Parnassus Ave., S-619B
San Francisco, CA 94143
sunil.kapila@ucsf.edu

Admissions Contact

Daliah Williams
Admissions Coordinator
Office of Admissions
513 Parnassus Ave., S-630
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430

415.476.2737, ext. 3 (voice)
415.476.4226 (fax)
daliah.williams@ucsf.edu

Combining a foundation in basic science with clinical and behavior training relevant to the delivery of orthodontic treatment, the Postgraduate Program in Orthodontics provides a balanced education with a strong emphasis in active clinical experience, didactics and research. You will participate in the prevention and correction of malocclusions and facial disproportions to achieve the best functional and aesthetic results in both growing children and adults, with an emphasis on facial morphology and growth and on the function of the neuromuscular system. You will also take part in lectures, seminars, demonstrations and conferences, supplemented by clinical experience. In addition, the program provides strong didactic and clinical foundations in interdisciplinary treatments, including prosthodontics, periodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, craniofacial anomalies, and temporomandibular joint disorders and orofacial pain.

The full-time, 36-month program begins in July each year. It is fully accredited and meets the educational requirements of the American Dental Association.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate in orthodontics and an MS degree in oral and craniofacial sciences. If you are interested in pursuing an academic career, the certificate in orthodontics can be combined with a PhD in oral and craniofacial sciences. All orthodontics graduates are eligible for examination by the American Board of Orthodontics and are required to take the written exam by the end of the program.