Orthodontic Residency


Applications are submitted through the American Dental Education Association's Postdoctoral Application Support Service (ADEA PASS). The application deadline is August 15.

To learn more about application requirements, please review Application Information.


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.


In meeting the overall goal of producing a proficient specialist in Orthodontics, the objectives of the postgraduate program which encompass the standards of established care include:

  • Mastery of preventive and interceptive orthodontic procedures in the primary and mixed dentitions required to properly manage the developing occlusion in children.
  • Mastery of multi-phased and growth modification orthodontic procedures in the growing patient required to properly manage the developing occlusion and skeletal dysplasia.
  • Mastery of orthodontic procedures in the young permanent dentition required to manage the occlusion in adolescents to include both extraction and non-extraction protocols.
  • Mastery of orthodontic procedures in the adult dentition required to properly manage occlusion considerations in older patients to include orthognatic surgery, prosthetic dentistry, periodontal disease, and temporomandibular dysfunction.
  • Ability to educate and guide patients and parents to accept and practice oral health care with preventive concepts, a foundation of clinical orthodontic practice.
  • Understanding the physical and chemical properties of dental materials used in orthodontic treatment and patient responses to these agents.
  • Knowledge of oral pathology and management procedures applicable to patient care.
  • Capability to diagnose traumatized and carious primary and permanent teeth with ability to maintain the teeth, pulp tissues, and periodontium in a healthy state during orthodontic treatment.
  • Understanding the growth and development of the stomatognathic system and the ability to provide treatment aimed at allowing optimal development of this system.
  • Familiarity with published literature pertinent to orthodontics and the motivation to remain abreast with and critically evaluate the literature.
  • Commitment to the implementation of community-based programs aimed at educating the public on oral health, dental, and orthodontic issues.
  • Preparation for managing a contemporary orthodontic practice relative to practice administration, efficient auxiliary utilization, and marketing.
  • Coordination of all objectives such that diagnosis, case analysis, treatment planning, and clinical management of dentofacial occlusion problems that occur in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood are grounded in a sound application of scientific knowledge which remains a state-of-the-art level through development of an attitude towards lifelong inquiry and study.