The Department of Orthodontics at West Virginia University offers a 34-month (three academic years and two summers) advanced education Master of Science program.
The program models a private practice atmosphere with state-of-the-art clinical facilities.
The curriculum is centered on daily clinical seminars and private instruction with each individual class. Also included are regularly scheduled orthognathic surgery conferences and seminars with other dental and medical specialists.
The postgraduate program is designed to develop skilled practitioners who can easily transition into and manage a busy orthodontic practice. The goal of this program is to teach a variety of treatment mechanics that are scientifically valid and let the residents make choices based on treatment needed on a case-by-case basis. Clinical experiences are diverse, including cleft lip and palate and orthognathic surgery cases.
An original master's thesis project is required and is designed to obtain results suitable for publication in a reputable dental journal.
The curriculum focuses on didactic and clinical materials to prepare residents in taking the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) Examinations.
It is a requirement for every third year resident to take and pass the written component of the ABO, and all residents are encouraged to complete the board certification process.