The mission of the Postgraduate Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics at the Medical University of South Carolina is to provide carefully selected dentists with the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct an ethical, patient-centered, evidence-based practice in the specialty of orthodontics. The MUSC Postgraduate Program in Orthodontics offers a curriculum designed to foster individual resident strengths and talents and to take full advantage of the integrated research, education, and practice resources of the College of Dental Medicine and the MUSC Medical Center. Recognizing the evolving nature of contemporary orthodontic practice and the varied interests of postgraduate students, the MUSC Orthodontic Program strives to provide a full range of clinical experiences in orthodontic management of the occlusion. The postgraduate student will receive clinical opportunities in orthodontic diagnosis, treatment planning, and biomechanical management of malocclusion across the age and dentitional spectrums of children, adolescents, and adults. The clinical resources of the College of Dental Medicine and the MUSC Medical Center will enhance program experiences to include the orthodontic management of craniofacial anomalies, orthognathic surgical care, and coordinated restorative - prosthetic treatments. The clinical experiences will be supported by a structured didactic and laboratory curriculum designed to provide an in-depth, critical, and scholarly appraisal of the specialties knowledge base.
The program curriculum and experiences are designed to prepare graduates for successful entry into the contemporary practice of orthodontics as well as for future growth in the field. The MUSC Orthodontic Program will provide an intellectually stimulating environment where small class size and a strong faculty of practicing dental specialists, scientific investigators and educators unite to promote the scientific and humanitarian practice of orthodontics. The MUSC Orthodontic Program will strive to produce knowledgeable and compassionate practitioners who have the skills and desire for lifelong learning and who will play a leadership role in specialty governance, education, research, and community activity.
A certificate in Orthodontics and a Master of Dental Science (MSD) degree will be awarded upon successful completion of the thirty-four (34) month program. Completion of the program will qualify the postgraduate student for examination by the American Board of Orthodontics.