Postdoctoral M.S. Degree in Orthodontics

Postdoctoral M.S. Degree in Orthodontics

Program Director

Jing Chen, DDS, PhD

The 36-month Postdoctoral Program in Orthodontics provides intensive advanced training in specialized biological and clinical sciences, and is designed to satisfy all requirements for American Board of Orthodontics certification. Its combination of clinical experience, lectures, seminars, and extensive laboratory coursework is integrated with treatment of various kinds of malocclusions. Upon successful completion, a Master of Science degree is awarded.

Techniques practiced include:

  • The fundamental edgewise and Tip-Edge treatment
  • Modifications of basic edgewise mechanotherapy
  • Differential force straight wire technique

Interdisciplinary programs include:

  • Rotations in the multidisciplinary temporomandibular dysfunction clinic
  • Conference and clinical sessions for patients requiring combined orthodontic treatment and orthognathic surgery
  • Conferences and seminars regarding cleft palate/craniofacial work, adult orthodontics and the periodontally compromised patient

Students must research, submit, and defend a written thesis. They are also required to present records of completed patients according to A.B.O. guidelines, in a mock A.B.O. examination setting.

Admission Requirements

The program is highly competitive and an admission interview is required before acceptance.  The interview is by invitation only.  We expect to accept 7 students.  Upon successful completion of the 36-month program, a Master of Science degree is awarded.  The program is designed to satisfy all requirements for American Board of Orthodontics certification.  The program is both didactic and clinical, with a great deal of clinical experience.

Please contact Ms. Yolanda DeLeon at mailto:yl2359@cumc.columbia.edu or 212-305-4986 for information concerning admissions procedures, requirements, and deadlines for application for July 1, 2017 entry.