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Program Director
Dr. Eusebio Diaz Pagán

Dr. Ana R. López

Dr. Jazmín Oliva

Dr. Antonio Rivera

Dr. María Castelví

Dr. Carlos Méndez

Dr. María Salcedo

Dr. Edward Morin

Dr. Milton Matos

Dr. Eusebio Díaz

Dr. Mitzi González

Dr. Francis Picón

Dr. Roberto Hernández Orsini

Dr. Grace J. Pagán

Supporting Faculty


Department phone: 787-758-2525 ext 1040
Department fax: 787-764-9367
Program length: 36 months
No. of residents accepted: Two residents. US residents and foreign citizens fluent in Spanish / English, may apply for admission.
6mo. Internship program: Two residents per semester
PASS participant: Yes (Click Here to go to PASS)
Match participant: No
Application deadline: September 15, 2015
DMD/DDS: Applicants must have a DMD/DDS from a dental school that is accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA). Foreign citizens see Admission Requirements.
Accreditation status: Approved
Beginning date: July 1 each year
National Boards: Applicants must have successfully passed both Parts I and II of the National Board Dental Examination by the program application date. Foreign citizens see Admission Requirements.
Degree Granted: Masters in Dental Sciences and a Certificate in Orthodontics

Orthodontic Graduate Program

The Orthodontic Graduate Program consists of three continuous full time years of academic experience designed to prepare qualified dentists for specialized practice in Orthodontics. The Program meets the requirements of the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association and the requirements for examination and certification by the American Board of Orthodontics.

The Program consists of a series of didactic, clinical and research activities, specifically designed to allow the resident to achieve the competencies necessary to excel in the field of Orthodontics. Upon completion of the Program requirements, a Master’s degree in Dental Sciences will be conferred.

The Program includes in its teaching scope traditional training in Orthodontics and new treatment modalities such as: treatment of severe craniofacial anomalies, surgical orthodontics including distraction osteogenesis, adult and pre-prosthetic orthodontics including the use of temporary anchorage devices, pre-surgical orthopedics for cleft lip and palate, functional appliance therapy, temporomandibular joint disorders therapy and clear aligners.

A total of one hundred and twenty six (126) credit hours of instruction and supervised activities are distributed in a three-year academic period. This comprises approximately 3,024 contact hours of instruction and approximately 5,520 scheduled hours including formal didactic, clinical and laboratory experiences, case preparation, laboratory work and school administrative requirements. Related activities like extracurricular professional presentations, attendance to professional meetings and participation in continuing education courses (orthodontic residents are regular guests in courses offered by the Puerto Rico Orthodontic Society) are mandatory for residents.

The curriculum ( View Full Curriculum) is composed of seven main tracks. Most of these tracks maintain continuity through all or part of the program duration *:

  1. Basic orthodontic subjects - Includes a comprehensive study of orthodontic philosophies structural knowledge, clinical approaches, history and administration. Emphasis will be given to the diagnosis of different malocclusions and their related disorders, and to the design of adequate and comprehensive treatment plans for those conditions. The edgewise-orthodontic mechano-therapy will be emphasized although other important techniques will also be reviewed in depth.

  2. Basic Biomedical Sciences - Includes basic knowledge necessary to understand the biology and physiology of tooth movement to encourage an optimal quality in orthodontic practice. The basic subjects include anatomy of the head and neck, growth and development, pharmacology, biochemistry, physiology, embryology, microbiology and oral pathology. The purpose of this track is to allow that all diagnostic and clinical judgments be made upon sound and current basic knowledge of biological and psychological behavior.

  3. Growth and Development - Although may be considered as a basic science, its importance in orthodontics is such that has been maintained as a track by itself. In this track the student will analyze physical and psychological growth and development from the moment of conception through childhood and into early and late adulthood.

  4. Clinical experience - Clinical courses will provide the opportunity for the post-graduate resident to be exposed to supervised clinical application of most orthodontic concepts. It is considered the backbone curricular track since it is in this manner that knowledge and experience is passed form instructors to residents without subjecting the patient to clinical experimentation by the learning clinician. The emphasis of the clinical courses varies from clinical examination and patient history taking, to clinical application of accepted mechano- therapies in patients with diversity of malocclusions and craniofacial malformations. Towards the end of the program, great emphasis is given to the process of re-analyzing the progress of treatment and identifying and interpreting deviations from original treatment objectives as conceived initially in the diagnostic and treatment-planning phase. All patients are expected to be treated to the American Board of Orthodontic Standards.

  5. Comprehensive patient treatment - This track will expose the post-graduate student to concepts and strategies on how to handle patients with other professionals in the dental, medical and other fields. Interdisciplinary diagnosis and treatment planning of patients with conditions requiring surgical, periodontal, prosthetic, restorative or any other dental, medical or related current therapies will be discussed and conducted through academic interactions specifically designed for such purposes.

  6. Research - Basic skills in inquisitive thinking and techniques on how to conduct and report original research projects will be taught. The post-graduate student is required to write a paper based on their research work and submit it for publication in a recognized peer reviewed journal. Post-graduate students are required to complete this process until the scientific paper or a thesis is submitted and approved by the Master's Committee in order to graduate and achieve their Orthodontic degree.

  7. Elective courses - A variety of courses on related matters are either offered or allowed. This track has been designed to allow the student to incorporate individual areas of interest into his academic experience.

Admission to the Program (Click Here to go to PASS)

Selected faculty members of the Graduate Program in Orthodontics compose an Admissions Committee. The committee reviews all applications and upon thorough analysis of the candidates, they make recommendations for admission to the Assistant Deanship for Graduate Dental Education Admission Committee. This Committee forwards these recommendations to the Dean of the School of Dental Medicine. Two students are admitted each year to the Program. Students must report to the Program Director the first working day of July to start their Orthodontic training.

Minimum Admission Requirements:

  1. The candidate must have a DMD or DDS degree, or its equivalent from a recognized school or college of dentistry accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Foreign graduates must have their diplomas, school transcripts and all other pertinent documents certified as official by the Ministry of Education; the office concerned from their country of origin, or in the U.S. Embassy in those countries where these services are available. Equivalent convalidation into our current 4.0 grade average system is required. Candidates must have their diplomas, school transcripts, and all other pertinent documents certified as official by the Ministry of Education or similar agency from the country of origin, or by the U.S. Embassy in those countries where these services are available.
  2. Foreign candidates (non US citizens) must have an official letter certifying appointment in a Dental School or position in government service of their country. They must certify in writing their commitment to return to their country of origin to teach Orthodontics. Legal proof of financial support (affidavit or sworn statement) is required. The University of Puerto Rico does not provide scholarships, stipend or financial aid. Foreign applicants are required to pass the first and second part of the National Dental Boards.
  3. Applicants must have minimum dental general grade point index of 3.0 and be in the upper half of their class.
  4. Applicants must have successfully passed both Parts I and II of the National Board Dental Examination by the program application date.
  5. A personal interview by the Program Director and the Admissions Committee is required for candidates considered for admission.
  6. Candidates must be bilingual in the English and Spanish languages. Foreign applicants must present evidence of passing the TOEFL examination.
  7. Credit by examination is not granted for this program.
  8. Applicants must submit their application through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS).
  9. A completed application form with all required documents must be submitted in duplicate to:

    Assistant Deanship for Graduate Dental Education
    School of Dental Medicine, Medical Sciences Campus
    University of Puerto Rico
    G.P.O. Box 365067
    San Juan, P.R. 00936-5067

The completed application should be received no later than September 15th for admission into the program starting on the following July 1st. The candidates will be notified of acceptance or rejection no later than November 30th.

Applicants to the Orthodontic Graduate Program are subject to evaluation by the acceptance committee on six main aspects:

  1. Academic Performance in Dental School. The following aspects are taken into consideration:
    1. General Dental School grade index
    2. Class standing
    3. Scholastic performance in Dental School (upward or downward trend)
  2. Performance in the National Dental Boards:
    1. Part I
    2. Part II
  3. Personal attributes:
    1. Personal Interview. The evaluator will observe character, competence, ethics, judgment, stability, and ability to communicate both in Spanish and English.
    2. Letters of recommendation from one orthodontist (preferably a faculty member), Chairman of the Orthodontic Department and Dean of their respective Dental School are required.
    3. Honors received during formal dental school undergraduate or graduate education.
  4. Other professional activities
    1. Research
    2. Publications
    3. Post-graduate or Graduate Education
    4. Years in Private Practice
    5. Table Clinics
    6. Oral Presentations
    7. Meetings and Seminars attended
  5. Extracurricular activities
    1. National and International Professional Organizations
    2. Community Service
    3. Sports
    4. Hobbies
    5. Military Service

Acceptance to the Program

The total punctuation obtained for each evaluated category will be added and the highest scoring candidates will be granted admission. Those occupying second place will assume alternate positions. The University of Puerto Rico is an equal opportunity institution and all programs and services are unconditionally available to students and employees. Advance placement applications will be evaluated as received according to institutional's guidelines + CODAS guidelines.

Graduation Requirements

The residents must approve all required courses satisfactorily maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 throughout the program and at time of graduation as certified by the registrar. A minimum of 77 patients must have been started, diagnosed and treated by the resident. All graduate students must have participated in the Undergraduate Teaching Assistance Program and the submission of research project is required. The American Board of Orthodontic phase one written exam must be taken and be approved before graduation. No part time students are permitted.

Financing (Tuition & Fees)

Please contact Mr. Justo Sanjurjo for updated information, 787-758-2525 x 1229.

Program Facilities

The Orthodontic Clinic is located on the first floor of the main building of the School of Dental Medicine, Medical Sciences Campus.

The facilities are designed specifically for the Graduate Orthodontic Program and are adequate to serve the needs of the Program. These are equipped with modern resources. Supporting personnel allow for the efficient operation of the program.

Clinical Facilities

  1. An open bay Clinic including eight (8) fully equipped dental units, with available basic support equipment.
  2. A student seminar room with audiovisual facilities and equipment. This room provides an adequate setting for didactic courses and seminars, technological support and library facilities for faculty and student/resident exchange of ideas.
  3. A reception area.
  4. Administrative facilities for the Program Director.
  5. A radiographic unit room.
  6. Fully equipped dental laboratory.
  7. Sterilizing room.
  8. Case presentation room.
  9. Residents room with technological support.
  10. Scanners, photo printers and CD’s Journals, internet access (wireless internet available) patient education and case presentation CD Rom available for each resident.
  11. Two full time dental assistants with expanded functions.
  12. One full time and one part time secretary.
  13. Four computer stations for clinical use of students/residents.
  14. Two computer stations for clinical use of faculty members.

Housing Facilities

Information on housing can be obtained at the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at the Medical Sciences Campus telephone number (787) 758-2525 x 5209.

Special Six-Month Professional Studies in Dentistry

( Application Form)

Besides the three year- Post Doctoral Program in Orthodontics, the School of Dental Medicine offers a special program of six months duration, which is conductive to a non-degree certificate upon completion of the program. The program seeks to provide interested foreign or local dentists with basic didactic and clinical experiences related to the latest concepts, diagnostic methods and treatment modalities in the field of Orthodontics.

(Professional Studies Tuition Fees)

The University of Puerto Rico guarantees equal opportunity for it’s students employees and aspirants to study or work at the institution. The institution also promotes equal opportunity for its academic program, services and working conditions. The University does not exclude from its benefits any person because of reason of age, race, color place of birth, origin or social condition, physical or mental impediments, political ideals or religion.

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