About the Program
The Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics provides a comprehensive course of study in clinical and didactic orthodontics. In addition, a publishable paper on an approved orthodontic subject must be completed. Successful completion of the curriculum fulfills all the educational requirements for eligibility for the examination by the American Board of Orthodontics.
Tuition, Stipends, Equipment, and Benefits
Tuition: There is no tuition associated with the certificate program in orthodontics. If the resident is enrolled in the Master of Science in Oral Biology degree program, he/she must pay tuition for courses taken through the College of Graduate Studies.
Stipends: The residents in orthodontics share a small amount of stipend funds provided by the Georgia Regents University. The stipend support ranges from zero to $4,000 depending on the year in the program. Augusta, Georgia is a beautiful city with a low cost of living. This makes it ideal for residency training from a financial standpoint.
Equipment: All supplies and equipment associated with the clinical program are provided by the institution.
Benefits: The College of Dental Medicine provides malpractice insurance coverage for residents while providing patient care at Georgia Regents University. This insurance does not cover any outside dental practice. Orthodontic residents are eligible to participate in the Student Healthcare program at GRU.
Leave: Residents are entitled to GRU employee holidays, though assignments for emergency coverage must be maintained. Residents may be entitled to up to 12 days annual leave, and 5 days of professional leave, at the discretion of the Program Director. 12 Days of medical leave are also granted to residents as outlined in the College of Dental Medicine Leave Policy for Dental Residents.
The orthodontic residents treat patients in a newly renovated 20-chair clinic housed in the College of Dental Medicine and devoted exclusively to providing orthodontic patient care. Immediately adjacent to the clinic are laboratories, a seminar room, and shared office space for residents.
The Master’s Degree Program
The College of Graduate Studies offers a Master of Science in Oral Biology degree which may be taken in conjunction with the certificate curriculum. This joint program gives the student more extensive experience in research and basic science education and requires and in-depth original research project leading to a defended thesis. Tuition is charged on a per credit hour bases for the graduate courses taken. The applicant must be accepted by the College of Graduate Studies and the Department of Oral Biology. Application to the graduate program is made after acceptance to the certificate program.
A Ph.D. in Oral Biology may also be pursued concurrently with speciality training.