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GRADUATE ORTHODONTIC PROGRAM

History and Description

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, which are specifically designed to allow the resident to achieve the competencies necessary to excel in the field of Orthodontics. Upon completion of all of the Program requirements, the University of Puerto Rico will grant a Master of Sciences in Dentistry and a Certificate in Orthodontics degree. 

The Program includes in its teaching scope traditional training in Orthodontics as well as evidenced based Orthodontics and new treatment modalities such as: treatment of severe craniofacial anomalies, surgical orthodontics including osteogenesis distraction, adult and pre-prosthetic orthodontics including the use of temporary anchorage devices, periodontally accelerated osteogenic orthodontics, 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-five (125) 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. Other related activities like extracurricular professional presentations and participation in continuing education courses (orthodontic residents are regular guests in courses offered by the Puerto Rico Orthodontic Society) and are encouraged to attend other stateside orthodontic meetings which are not included.

Vision, Mission, and Values

Vision

The Vision of the Orthodontic Graduate Program is to:  

  • Develop professionals with current and comprehensive knowledge, interested in research, who are capable to respond to the needs of a continuous changing world. 
  • Develop credible community and ethical professional leaders, who concentrate on people, rendering quality service in a cost-effective manner. 
  • Be recognized in the Orthodontic Profession at the national and international level. 

Mission

The mission of the Orthodontic Graduate Program is to:

  • Seek educational excellence, which results in a competent graduate able to diagnose and treat a wide diversity of dentofacial disorders with interprofessional  network within an ethical and humanistic context.
  • Make available quality orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic services to the community.
  • Promote continuous professional development of the faculty and non-teaching personnel.
  • Encourage the search of new knowledge by means of continuous education, critical thinking, research and the integration of new technology.

Values

To continually achieve the Graduate Program’s Vision, the member’s of the Orthodontic Graduate Program commit themselves to:

  • Be sensitive to the needs of our patients.
  • Abide and model the ethical values of our profession respecting the search for truth, justice and freedom.
  • A lifelong teaching and learning process, fostering critical thinking, curiosity, creativity and innovation.
  • Encourage intellectual curiosity among the residents and promote academic excellence and advancement.
  • Value the importance of the inter and multidisciplinary, interprofessional work approach to satisfy the general health needs of the community.
  • Strive to act as agents of positive change among the community with a sense of responsibility and commitment with regard to the issues and critical situation in the field of health in the Puertorrican society.
  • Work as an enthusiastic team in order to render the highest possible quality of service.

Curriculum

The 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 evidenced based comprehensive treatment plans for those conditions. The edgewise orthodontic mechanotherapy 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 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 judgements 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 it 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 student to be exposed to supervised clinical application of most orthodontic concepts within an ethical and humanistic context. It is considered the backbone curricular track since it is in this manner that knowledge and experience is passed from instructors to residents. The emphasis of the clinical courses varies from clinical examination and patient history taking to clinical application of accepted mechanotherapies in patients with a diversity of malocclusions and craniofacial malformations. Great emphasis is given to be process of re-analyzing the progress of treatment, 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 Orthodontics 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, and restorative or any other dental, medical or related concurrent therapies will be discussed and conducted in an ethical manner 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 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.

  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/her academic experience.

COURSES

FIRST YEAR - FIRSTSEMESTER

CODE COURSE CREDITS PROFESSOR ROOM DAY TIME
ORTO 9101 Orthodontic Literature Review  I 1 Dr. Eusebio Díaz Orthodontic Conference M 7-9am
ORTO 9102 Post-Graduate Orthodontic Laboratory I 3 Dr. Mitzi González Laboratory W 12-3pm
ORTO 9103 Orthodontic Post Graduate Clinic I 8 Dr. María C. Castellví Orthodontic Clínic M-F 9am-3pm
ORTO 9104 Craniofacial Growth and Development 2 Dr. Francis Picón Orthodontic Conference K 9-11am
ORTO 9105 Orthodontic Diagnosis and Treatment Planning I 10 Dr. María C. Castellví Orthodontic Conference W 7-11am
ORTO 9106 Principles of Biomechanics in Orthodontics 1 Dr. Antonio Rivera Orthodontic Conference Th 9-11am
ORTO 9107 Case Presentation Seminar I 2 Dr. Ana R. López Orthodontic Conference M 9-11am
BIOR 9005 Advanced Oral Biology Core Course 5 Dr. Francisco Bermúdez Ramón Cabañas K,Th 7-9am
Total of credits                                                            32             

 

FIRST YEAR –SECOND SEMESTER

CODE COURSE CREDITS PROFESSOR ROOM DAY TIME
ORTO 9201 Orthodontic Literature Review  II 2 Dr. Eusebio Díaz Orthodontic Conference M 7-9am
ORTO 9202 Post-Graduate Orthodontic Laboratory II 2 Dr. Mitzi González Laboratorio Ortodoncia W 12-3pm
ORTO 9203 Orthodontic Post Graduate Clinic II 8 Dr. María C. Castellví Orthodontic Conference M-F 9am-3pm
ORTO 9205 Orthodontic Diagnosis and Treatment Planning II 2 Dr. María C. Castellví Orthodontic Conference W 7-11am
ORTO 9206 Orthodontic Dental Materials 1 Dr. Roberto Hernández Orsini Orthodontic Conference K-Th 9-11am
ORTO 9207 Case Presentation Seminar II 2 Dr. Ana R. López Orthodontic Conference M 9-11am
ORTO 9208 Orthodontic Interdisciplinary Seminar I 2 Dr. Milton Matos Orthodontic Conference W 9-11am
BIOR 9005 Advanced Oral Biology Core Course 0 Dr. Francisco Bermúdez Ramón Cabañas K, Th 7-9am
Total of credits                                                         19        

 

FIRST YEAR –FIRST TRIMESTER

CODE COURSE CREDITS PROFESSOR ROOM DAY TIME
PDOC 9006 Research Methods in Statistics for Residents 5 Dra. Sona Rivas Ramón Cabañas K 3:30 -5:30
Total of credits                                                          5        

 

FIRST YEAR –FIRST TRIMESTER

CODE COURSE CREDITS PROFESSOR ROOM DAY TIME
PDOC 9006 Research Methods in Statistics for Residents 5 Dra. Sona Rivas Ramón Cabañas K 3:30 -5:30
Total of credits                                                          5        

 

FIRST YEAR –SECOND TRIMESTER

CODE COURSE CREDITS PROFESSOR ROOM DAY TIME
PDOC 9006 Research Methods in Statistics for Residents 0 Dra. Sona Rivas Ramón Cabañas K 3:30 -5:30
Total of credits                                                          0        

 

FIRST YEAR –THIRD  TRIMESTER

CODE COURSE CREDITS PROFESSOR ROOM DAY TIME
PDOC 9101                        Introduction to Research Planing 2 Dr. Augusto Elías Ramón Cabañas K 3:30 -5:30
Total of credits                                                          2        

TOTAL CREDITS PER SEMESTER AND  TRIMESTER FIRST YEAR - 58

 

SECOND YEAR

SECOND YEAR –FIRST SEMESTER

CODE COURSE CREDITS PROFESSOR ROOM DAY TIME
ORTO 9301 Orthodontic Literature Review  III 2 Dr. Eusebio Díaz Orthodontic Conference M 7-9am
ORTO 9303 Orthodontic Post Graduate Clinic III 8 Dr. María C. Castellví Clínica Ortodoncia M-F 9am-3pm
ORTO 9304 Craniofacial Anomalies Seminar I 2 Dr. María I. Salcedo Orthodontic Conference F 9-11am
ORTO 9307 Case Presentation Seminar III 2 Dr. Ana. R. López Orthodontic Conference M 9-11am
ORTO 9308 Orthodontic Interdisciplinary Seminar II 2 Dr. María C. Castellví Orthodontic Conference K 7-9am
PDOC 9102 Research Planning and Statistical Design 3 Dr. Augusto Elías Ramón Cabañas Ramón Cabañas Por acuerdo
Total of credits                                                        19        

 

SECOND YEAR –SECOND SEMESTER

CODE COURSE CREDITS PROFESSOR ROOM DAY TIME
ORTO 9401 Orthodontic Literature Review  IV 2 Dr. Eusebio  Díaz Orthodontic Conference M 7-9am
ORTO 9403 Orthodontic Post Graduate Clinic IV 8 Dr. María C. Castellví Clínica Ortodoncia M-F 9am-3pm
ORTO 9404 Craniofacial Anomalies Seminar II 2 Dr. María I. Salcedo Orthodontic Conference F 9-11am
ORTO 9407 Case Presentation Seminar IV 2 Dr. Ana R. López Orthodontic Conference M 9-11am
ORTO 9408 Orthodontic Interdisciplinary Seminar III 2 Dr. Milton Matos Orthodontic Conference W 7-9am
PDOC 9000 Thesis 8 Dr. Augusto Elías Ramón Cabañas K 3:30 -5:30
Total of credits                                                         24        

 

TOTAL OF CREDITS PER SEMESTER SECOND YEAR - 43

 

THIRD YEAR

THIRD YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER

CODE COURSE CREDITS PROFESSOR ROOM DAY TIME
ORTO 9501 Orthodontic Literature Review  V 2 Dr. Eusebio Díaz Orthodontic Conference M 7-9am
ORTO 9503 Orthodontic Post Graduate Clinic V 8 Dr. María C. Castellví Orthodontic Clinic M-F 9am-3pm
ORTO 9507 Case Presentation Seminar V 2 Da. Ana R. López Orthodontic Conference M 9-11am
ORTO 9508 Orthodontic Interdisciplinary Seminar IV 2 Dr. María C. Castellví Orthodontic Conference K-Th 7-9am
PDOC 9000 Thesis 0 Dr. Augusto Elías As per request As per request As per request
Total de credits/semester                                       14        

 

THIRD YEAR - SECOND SEMESTER

CODE COURSE CREDITS PROFESSOR ROOM DAY TIME
ORTO 9601 Revisión de Literatura sobre Ortodoncia VI 2 Dr. Eusebio Díaz Orthodontic Conference M 7-9am
ORTO 9603 Orthodontic Post Graduate Clinic VI 8 Dr. María C. Castellví Orthodontic Clinic M-F 9am-3pm
PDOC 9000 Thesis 0 Dr. Augusto Elías As per request As per request As per request
Total de credits/semester                                       10        

 

TOTAL OF CREDITS PER SEMESTER THIRD YEAR - 24

Program Requirements for Admission

All candidates to the Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics must comply with the following requirements:

  1. A degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.), or equivalent
  2. from an accredited dental school.
  3. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended and photocopies of the diplomas or certificates received. Candidates accepted should present the originals upon admission to the program.
  4. Must have passed the first and second part of the National Dental Boards prior to beginning the
  5. program.
  6. A personal interview.
  7. Must be fluent in English and Spanish.
  8. Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)
  9. Foreing Candidates must present evidence of approval of the TOEFL exam when applying to The Program.
  10. $60.00 application fee

Contact Us

Associated Dean for Graduate Programs
Francheska Labrador
francheska.labrador@upr.edu
(787)758-2525 x. 1121
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Aprobado por la Comisión Estatal de Elecciones CEE-SA-2020-3174
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