Orthodontics

Division Overview

The post-graduate program in orthodontics at the University of Connecticut was established in 1971. Since its inception, it has made landmark contributions to the field of orthodontics. The Division has always been on the cusp of leading research in bone and muscle biology, craniofacial orthopaedics, and clinical orthodontics. The Division has led the field in the application of biomechanics and the development of innovative orthodontic materials and appliances. The peer reviewed contributions by faculty, residents, and alumni are well known in orthodontics.

Academic Program

Combined M.Dent.Sc./Certificate Program

(36 months)
The combined M.Dent.Sc./Certificate Program is oriented toward preparing the student for substantial involvement in a career in research and teaching. While this academic program emphasizes in-depth research, it includes strong clinical experience. This program leads to a certificate in orthodontics plus an M.Dent.Sc. degree.

Combined Ph.D./Certificate Program

(approximately 60 months)
The combined Ph.D./Certificate Program is also oriented toward preparing the student for a career in research and teaching. There is an emphasis on in-depth research while still including strong clinical experience. This program leads to a certificate in orthodontics plus a Ph.D. degree. The length of time for this program is subject to each individual’s research progress. Applicants to the Combined Ph.D./Certificate Program must currently be a matriculated Ph.D. student at UConn Health in good standing. In addition, they must have the written permission of their Ph.D. advisor and committee. View more information on the Ph.D. in Biomedical Science program

Curriculum

The curriculum is “problem oriented” and is developed around a spectrum of courses. Each course consists of a sequence of problems and an organizational format appropriate for their solution. Each course is a result of the interaction of personnel and expertise from clinical and basic science areas.

The clinical portion of these programs include courses such as Growth and Development, Biomechanics I and II, Biology of Tooth Movement, Biostatistics, Functional Oral Anatomy, Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Multidisciplinary Care, Functional Appliances, Developmental Biology, Connective Tissue Biology, Biomaterials, Craniofacial Anomalies, Cephalometrics, Basic Edgewise, Orthodontic Appliances, Practice Management, TMJ Dysfunction, Functional Considerations, Surgical Orthodontics, and Research.

Research

There are unique opportunities for the students to direct their interests into such diverse specialty areas as bone biology, growth and development, clinical orthodontics, orthognathic surgery, biomechanics, biology of tooth movement, muscle physiology, speech, and behavioral science. The Division has a number of well-equipped research laboratories devoted to biomechanics and cell biology as well as access to others in the School of Engineering, the Institute of Material Science, the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Skeletal Development, and the Center for Biomaterials in the Division of Prosthodontics.

Admissions

Admission Requirements

All applications will be processed through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) of the American Association of Dental Schools. Information and an application can be obtained by contacting:

PASS
1625 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036-2212
Phone: 1-800-353-2237
Fax: 202-667-4983
Email: pass@adea.org

Orthodontic Policies and Procedures for Student Admittance

Policies and Procedures

Application Process

  1. An application must be submitted to PASS by September 15, 2018 to be considered for the following academic year.
  2. A supplemental application must be submitted to the following address by September 15, 2018 to be considered for the following academic year:
    Program Director
    Division of Orthodontics
    UConn Health
    263 Farmington Avenue, MC 1725
    Farmington, CT 06030-1725
  3. In addition, all applicants are required to register with the National Matching Service:
    National Matching Services
    20 Holly Street, Suite 301
    Toronto, Ontario Canada M4S 3B1
    Phone: 416-977-3431
    Fax: 416-977-5020
    Email: matchinfo@natmatch.com

Please include the following items in your supplemental application:

  1. Completed application.
  2. An application fee of $75 made payable to UConn Health (U.S. dollars drawn from U.S. bank or money order, no credit cards or wire transfers).
  3. A Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  4. 2” x 2” photo.
  5. Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions and a copy of the certificate of completion or diploma from graduate/professional schools if applicable..
  6. Important: Graduates from non-American Dental Association (ADA) accredited schools must request original ECE's or WES's to be sent directly to PASS. They do not need to be included with your supplemental application that is sent to UConn.
  7. National Dental Board Examination:  You must have taken and passed at minimum, part I of the NDBEs. Although The School of Dental Medicine Dean reports board scores to PASS, we also require you to request original scores be sent from ETS as part of your supplemental package.  Please have your scores sent to: gioiamorelli@uchc.edu.
  8. Current TOEFL Score:  Students whose native language is not English must submit English proficiency scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper), 213 (computer), 80 (internet) or 6.5 (IELTS) is required for admission. Please send an original TOEFL with your application.  If not possible, send electronically to destination code 3938.
  9. Optional: GRE examination results. While the GRE’s are optional, it is highly recommend that the exam be taken and scores reported. Use GRE code 3931.
  10. We do not require the Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT).

The PASS and supplemental application must be submitted and received by September 15, 2018

Applicants for the July 2, 2019 Matriculation Date:
Interviews will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2018 and Friday, October 26, 2018. You will be contacted by telephone and/or email with an invitation if selected and for which day to interview. A social event will be held the evening prior to your scheduled day.

Financial Information

For more information, see the Resident Salaries, Stipends, Fees and Tuition page and the Financial Aid and Budget page.

Contact Information

Shelly Gioia-Morelli
Administrative Program Coordinator
Division of Orthodontics 
UConn School of Dental Medicine
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-1725 
Phone: 860-679-2550
Email: gioiamorelli@uchc.edu  

 

Orthodontic Fellowship Program (OFP)

In addition to a three year combined Masters of Dental Sciences/Clinical Orthodontic Certificate Program for the Postgraduate Residency Program, the Division of Orthodontics offers a one-year prostgraduate fellowship.

The fellowship is an intensive one-year, non-degree program for Orthodontists who want to enhance their knowledge in the field of orthodontics. After successful completion of the program fellows will receive a certificate confirming completion of an advanced one-year fellowship in Orthodontics. This certificate does not serve as a specialty degree.

Cost

There is a cost to attend the program depending on which you are eligible for. A non-refundable deposit is required. payable within 20 days of acceptance into the program. The fellow will be responsible for all incidental fees and living expenses above and beyond the fellowship fees. No funds, scholarships, loans or grants are available for the fellowship program.

Curriculum

The didactic program will include lectures, seminars, and interdisciplinary patient conferences. Emphasis of the didactic program will be to provide a strong foundation in the areas of biomechanics, growth and development, biology of tooth movement, 3D imaging, and principals behind the theory and practice of orthodontics.

The clinical program will emphasize diagnosis, treatment plan, and mechanics plan of patients with various malocclusions. The students will work very closely with faculty and residents within the orthodontic clinic on patients. They will have access to all our clinical facilities.

Research will also be an integral part of the program by providing an opportunity to work on various clinical and basic science research programs currently underway in our division.

The Division of Orthodontics works very closely with other divisions within the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. This will provide a very broad exposure to interdisciplinary care for orthodontics patients.

There are two separate categories within the fellowship program:

Clinical Program

The clinical program will involve hands-on demonstrations, as in treatment of patients, with emphasis on diagnosis, treatment planning, and the biomechanics involved with various malocclusions. The fellows will work closely with faculty and residents within the orthodontic clinic. For fellows interested/accepted in the Clinical Track, a minimum of 50% time will be devoted to research.

Requirement

All participants must be a graduate of an accredited orthodontic program of their country.

Research Program

Fellows will develop and participate in clinical and basic science projects in the Division of Orthodontics. The fellows will learn how to execute clinical research from writing a research protocol to the execution of the project. For fellows interested/accepted in the Research Track, a minimum of 50% time will be devoted to research.

Requirement

All participants must be a graduate of an accredited orthodontic program of their country (D.D.S./D.M.D. or its equivalent).

Application Process

  • There is no fee to apply
  • Application must accompany translated transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendations
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Passport size photograph
  • Personal Statement
  • A telephonic/online interview might be required

Additional Information

  • The fellowship program has a July 1 start date. However, applications are accepted throughout the year.
  • International applicants must be eligible for an appropriate visa to enter the United States.

Post Graduate Orthodontic Fellowship Program (POFP)

The proposed Orthodontic Fellowship Program will be an intensive full-time, one-year program for orthodontists graduating from a CODA (Commission on Dental Accreditation) accredited orthodontic program who want to enhance their knowledge and skills in the field of orthodontists and dentofacial orthopedics.

Cost

There is a cost to attend the program depending on which you are eligible for. A non-refundable deposit is required payable within 20 days of acceptance in to the program. The fellow will be responsible for all health, incidental insurance fees and living expenses above and beyond fellowship tuition. The applicant/fellow will not receive any monetary assistance from the University of Connecticut. No funds, scholarships, loans or grants are available for the fellowship program.

Curriculum

The program will consist of academic/didactic, clinical patient care and research components.

Academic/Didactic Component

The Fellow will be involved in the didactic curriculum of resident education. He/she will be required to actively participate in teaching residents and dental students either in the classroom or clinic under the guidance of a faculty member. Emphasis of the didactic program will be on providing a strong foundation in areas of biomechanics, growth and development, biology of tooth movement, cephalometrics, clinical methodology based on evidence-based knowledge, advanced treatment planning related to orthodontic treatments, and related basic research methodology. Lectures will be assigned to the Fellows, who will in turn be mentored in teaching skills by the faculty in the Division. One to two days a week will be dedicated to this component.

Clinical Patient Care Component

This component will facilitate development of expertise in management of complex orthodontic patients (especially in decision-making and prioritization of treatment sequencing when the patient has multiple issues). Special focus will be placed on mechanics-based treatment approaches. There will be opportunities to master newer innovations and techniques in orthodontics that include skeletal anchorage, 3D treatment planning with CBCT technology, advanced biomechanics and orthognathic surgery. The fellows will work very closely with the faculty and residents within the orthodontics clinic. Fellows will be authorized (i.e., have privileges) to guide, educate and advise residents on various aspects of treatment.**

One to two days a week will be dedicated to this clinical patient care component. If the fellow is a graduate of the Orthodontics Residency at UConn Health, he/she will also have the opportunity to complete his/her board cases.

** The fellow's clinical competency and involvement must be approved and authorized by the program director.

Research Component

This component's intent is to expose the fellow to a spectrum of basic science and clinical research programs currently in progress in the Division of Orthodontics. The fellow will be provided sufficient opportunity to work on a project of interest either in basic science or clinical research. One to two days a week will be dedicated to the research component.

Application Process

  1. Applicants must be graduates of a CODA accredited residency program in orthodontics.
  2. Board certification or provide proof of eligibility for board certification.
  3. Detailed curriculum vitae.
  4. Three letters of recommendation from the applicant's residency program.
  5. Application form (with a passport size photograph)
  6. A personal (or conference call) interview in which the applicant describes his/her prospective focus and goals in the fellowship experience.
  7. A summary of the interview agreement will be documented and signed by the applicant and the Program Director prior to finalizing the application process.
  8. When relevant, an appropriate visa.

Please send questions and/or electronic application copies of the above in one email to:

Dr. Madhur Upadhyay
Director, Orthodontic Fellowship Program
Division of Orthodontics, MC 1725
UConn School of Dental Medicine
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-1725, USA
Email: maupadhyay@uchc.edu

Or

Shelly Gioia-Morelli
Administrative Program Coordinator
Division of Orthodontics
UConn School of Dental Medicine
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-1725
Phone: 860-679-2550
Email: gioiamorelli@uchc.edu

Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Flavio Uribe, D.D.S., M.D.S.
Associate Professor
Post-Graduate Program Director

John R. Harrison, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Madhur Upadhyay, B.D.S., M.D.S., M.Dent.Sc.
Associate Professor
Orthodontic Clinic Director

Sumit Yadav, B.D.S, M.D.S., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Eliane Dutra, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor

Part-Time Faculty

Taranpreet Chandhoke, D.M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor

Jonathan Feldman, D.M.D., M.S.
Clinical Assistant Professor

Volunteer Faculty

David Cordes, D.M.D., M.D.S.
Clinical Instructor

Michael DeLuke, D.D.S., M.D.S.
Clinical Instructor

Thomas Dobie, D.D.S., M.Dent.Sc., M.S.
Clinical Instructor

Donald Drew, D.D.S.
Clinical Instructor

Mark Feinberg, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Robert Gange, D.D.S., M.S.
Clinical Instructor

Erin Kazmierski-Furno, D.M.D., M.D.S.
Clinical Instructor

Jennifer Lowney, D.M.D
Clinical Instructor

Michael Margolis, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor

Gary Opin, D.D.S., M.D.S.
Clinical Assistant Professor

Perry Opin, D.D.S., M.S.
Clinical Assistant Professor

Barry Rosenberg, D.M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor

Derek Sanders, D.M.D., M.Dent.Sc.
Clinical Instructor

Lorin Sher, D.M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Instructor

Hamed Vaziri, D.M.D., M.Dent.Sc.
Clinical Instructor

Davis Witt, D.M.D., M.S.D.
Clinical Instructor

Contact Information

Shelly Gioia-Morelli
Administrative Program Coordinator
Division of Orthodontics
University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-1725

Phone: 860-679-2550
Email: gioiamorelli@uchc.edu