The Division of Orthodontics strives to provide excellence in education and patient care, as well as to provide an environment that encourages scholarly activity and research which will improve the health and well-being of the public. Part of that vision is that all its graduates will become Board certified and remain life long learners through attendance at Continuing education courses and through the recertification process.
The mission of the Division of Orthodontics is to educate students to become proficient, critically thinking practitioners of orthodontics who are capable of functioning in both clinical and academic environments.
Besides education and patient care, research is an important component of the Division of Orthodontics. It has an active research laboratory, and current research is focused on –
Please link to information about the orthodontics research laboratory - http://dental.columbia.edu/page/orthodontic-research.
All postgraduate students in the 3-year orthodontic program are required to write, submit and defend a research thesis overseen by a mentor in order to earn the Master of Science degree.