Advanced 2D and 3D Craniofacial Imaging

This block will familiarize the residents with state-of-the-art 2D and 3D techniques in radiology and imaging such as digital imaging and cone beam computerized tomography, and their utilization in diagnosis and treatment of patients in any area of oral health.

Advanced Finance

This course focuses on how to evaluate complex investments, how to establish firm financial policies, and how to integrate financial decisions. Residents will be able to perform advanced valuation analysis of firms, projects, and options; make strategic decisions involving financing, risk management, and dividend policies; and integrate financial decisions with other strategic decisions.

Advanced Oral Pathology

Emphasis in this course is placed on diseases of the oral cavity, with a thorough review of the genetic, clinical and radiographic signs and markers for each disease. Residents will be expected to fully comprehend the most common pathologies encountered by oral health care providers, including diagnosis and treatment options for such pathologies.

Advanced Research (I & II)

Residents will work with faculty mentors in carrying out meaningful research projects. Residents’ progress will be monitored routinely, and the research projects are expected to lead to a scientific paper submitted for publication in a peer reviewed journal.

American Board of Orthodontics Written Examination

This block is a two-year long, continuous course which consists of the residents’ preparation for the American Board of Orthodontics Written Examination and culminates in the examination in the early summer of their second year of education. Residents must successfully complete this examination in order to pass the course and subsequently be eligible for graduation.

Anatomy and Histology of the Head and Neck

This block will provide a rigorous detail of craniofacial structures fundamental to dental specialists. Emphasis is placed on osteology of the skull, innervation and blood supply to the face, muscles of mastication and facial expression and all aspects of the oral cavity.

Biomechanics (I & II)

This block provides lectures in fundamentals of physics and engineering and their application in orthodontic techniques. A thorough presentation of the biology of tooth movement is presented, as well as mechanotherapy in various orthodontic techniques and critical evaluation of biomechanical concepts and materials leading to efficient tooth movement.

Biostatistics and Clinical Trial Design

This course is comprised of a study of biostatistical concepts in evaluating literature and clinical trial designs.

Bioterrorism for the Healthcare Professionals

Following this course, the residents will be able to describe nuclear, biological and chemical weapons of mass destruction; identify the symptoms associated with exposure to weapons of mass destruction; describe the surveillance and reporting procedures for acts of terrorism; and describe the personal protective equipment required for acts of terrorism.


This is a course aimed at a thorough understanding of the craniofacial radiographic techniques, with emphasis on historical as well as contemporary uses of 2D and 3D cephalometric radiography. This course will introduce the residents to the clinical uses of cephalometrics for orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning using the latest available technology.

Classic and Current Literature Review (I & II)

This course will encourage the residents to critically review, understand and analyze classic and current literature in orthodontics, including classification of study design, hypothesis testing, scientific writing, analysis and interpretation of data, and orthodontics and craniofacial biology throughout their education. This course will be instrumental in preparing residents for the American Board of Orthodontics certification examination.

Clinical Orthodontics (I, II and III)

These clinical sessions will allow the residents, with direct supervision from attending orthodontic faculty, to screen, diagnose, create a treatment plan, treat and/or manage the varied orthodontic malocclusions of their patients. Different techniques and appliances will be utilized by faculty, allowing the residents an expansive and comprehensive education in orthodontics.

Clinical Seminars (I, II & III)

These clinical seminars will precede all clinical sessions, allowing the faculty an opportunity to preview the daily clinic schedule and prepare the residents for the procedures to be performed during that particular clinic session.

Concepts of Occlusion

This course block will focus on the physiology of occlusion, record taking and mounting of cases, laboratory and clinical exercises in occlusal equilibration, splint construction, setups, positioner construction, and an introduction to examination, diagnosis, and treatment of various temporomandibular joint disorders.

Craniofacial Anomalies

This course will provide a thorough review of various recognized craniofacial anomalies, with emphasis placed on etiology, morphology, development and clinical management for each anomaly. The residents will also be introduced to the importance of the “team concept” and the involvement of many medical and dental specialists in the interdisciplinary management and treatment of such complex cases.

Diagnosis, Treatment Planning and Case Presentations (I, II & III)

These sessions provide a comprehensive and in-depth study of orthodontic diagnosis, treatment planning and American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) case reports of patients treated by orthodontic residents in the clinic. The seminar format of this course will allow interaction and discussion between all faculty and residents during the case presentations.


This MBA program’s capstone course provides residents an opportunity to construct, integrate, and refine their business plans and present them to external reviewers for evaluation. The residents will be able to understand entrepreneurial fundamentals and identify opportunities; perform valuation and risk assessment; and understand strategies for mobilizing resources, managing contingencies, and growing and harvesting products and services.

Facial Growth and Development

This course block allows residents to explore the basic qualitative and quantitative changes that take place during pre- and postnatal craniofacial growth and development. Included in this block will also be lectures on childhood and adolescent growth, development of the dentition, hereditary and environmental influences on growth and possibility of prediction of facial growth.


This course examines how financial decisions can create value. Residents will be able to apply the basic principles of corporate finance, including working capital management and long-term financial management; understand the function of financial institutions and capital markets; and apply capital budgeting, discounted cash flow valuation, and risk analysis techniques.

Financial Accounting

Accounting provides the primary channel of communicating information about business economic activities. Residents will be able to use accounting as a tool for communicating financial results, and understand financial statements and accounting reports.

Foundations of Management

Foundation concepts in marketing, organizational behavior, human resources, management, management principles, operations management, business policy, and strategy.

Genetic Control of Cell Function, Cell Reproduction and Protein Synthesis

This is a study of the basic concepts of mammalian biochemistry including the biosynthesis of proteins, nucleic acid structure and function in gene expression at the cellular level in both normal and diseased states. Additionally, there is a review of nucleotide metabolism, an introduction to the pharmacology of antineoplastic agents and an introduction to pharmacogenomics.

Interdisciplinary Clinical Endodontics

Expert(s) will provide residents with a review of endodontic techniques as they relate to other specialties of dentistry, and the role of an endodontist in a team concept of patient care.

Interdisciplinary Clinical Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

This block will give residents an overview of the latest surgical techniques in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Included will be diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with skeletal disharmony and the different surgical techniques, plating systems, pre- and post-operative care in such patients.

Interdisciplinary Clinical Pediatric Dentistry

In this course, in addition to a review of pediatric dentistry, the residents will be reintroduced to behavioral problems and management of children and mentally compromised adults as it relates to providing oral healthcare.

Interdisciplinary Clinical Periodontics

This course will provide a review of advanced and progressive areas of periodontics and their role in interdisciplinary care of patients seeking treatment in different modalities of dentistry. Special emphasis will be placed on patient evaluation and diagnosis of certain periodontal conditions, as well as patient motivation and management for optimal oral hygiene.

Interdisciplinary Clinical Prosthodontics

This course will integrate modern concepts in prosthodontics and the importance of its role in the overall diagnosis and treatment planning for dental specialists’ patients. Residents will also be introduced to patients with certain anomalies and pathologies of the head and neck such as cleft palate, osteosarcoma or other malignancies, and the role of prosthodontics in management and rehabilitation of such patients.

Introduction to Orthodontics

This course will serve as an introduction and overview of the specialty of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, and prepares the orthodontic residents for an advanced education in this dental specialty.

Leadership Communication

This course prepares residents with the writing, public speaking and teamwork foundation they will need throughout the program and throughout their careers.

Leadership Creativity and Innovation

This course focuses on visionary leadership and developing a culture of creativity and innovation. The residents will be able to create a vision for an organization that its employees can share as a common goal; understand the subtleties of different leadership models, styles and attributes as they relate to creativity and innovation; use creativity techniques to develop new ideas, products and services; and use innovation techniques to creatively implement ideas, products, and services.

Legal Environment and Corporate Responsibility

This course focuses on the legal, ethical, and social responsibilities of corporate leaders. It provides an introduction to the Anglo-American legal system and the development of substantive and procedural law. The content of the course includes, but is not limited to, product liability, consumer protection laws, and the relationship between law and ethics. It also explores how cases are brought to court. It identifies different types of law, and it surveys various non-legal means of dispute resolution.

Management and Treatment of the Cleft Palate Patient

This block will consist of lectures and case presentation seminars related to the various problems encountered in the management and treatment of patients with cleft palate. Emphasis is placed on the importance of long-term, interdisciplinary management and rehabilitation of these patients in consultation with other medical and dental health care providers. Issues such as epidemiology and etiology of the congenital anomaly, psychology, speech pathology, timing of surgery and various stages of treatment will be addressed, as will special problems one might encounter with this particular group of patients.

Management Information Systems

This course focuses on using information systems for competitive advantage including databases, data warehouses, decision support, artificial intelligence, electronic commerce, systems development, IT infrastructures, and security.

Management of Medical Emergencies and CPR Training

This course will provide the residents with a review of diagnosis and management of common medical emergencies, as well as a training session in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), with practical demonstrations and examinations which will lead to certification in basic CPR.

Managerial Accounting and Control

This focus of this course is the way in which accounting provides information for organizational decision making, allowing the residents to use accounting information to assess performance and to improve organizational decisions.

Managerial Economics

This course focuses on the study of the economic environment and its implications for the firm. The residents will understand the impact of supply and demand, the theory and estimation of production and cost, pricing and output decisions, risk and uncertainty, and government and industry.


This course focuses on how to create and communicate value to customers. The residents will learn target market selection, product positioning, how to create value for customers/patients, and how to communicate value.

Operations Management

This course focuses on developing residents’ knowledge and skills to align an organization’s operations with its competitive position. Residents will be able to understand the strategic importance of operations in service delivery, understand operating system design, manage the supply chain, and apply quality assurance tools.

Organizational Behavior and Leadership

This course focuses on how to become an effective leader by understanding and influencing human behavior. Residents will be able to understand organizational culture, individual behavior, group behavior and interpersonal influence, organizational processes, and organization systems.


All residents will spend the week prior to start of classes in a block dedicated to introducing participants to imperative and pertinent topics such as University policies, student handbook, Occupational Safely and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, software orientation and application, Medicaid and insurance billing to prepare them for clinical experiences.

Pharmacology and Management of Pain and Anxiety

This course block will consist of a review of pharmacology and ways to manage/control pain and anxiety in patients as it relates to oral health care providers.

Scientific Writing

This assignment is designed to give students an opportunity to write a review article in scientific language in a format that would be suitable for publication.

Seminars in Contemporary Orthodontics (I, II & III)

The residents will be required to attend periodic seminars in which the latest ideas, techniques and armamentarium in orthodontics are presented by experts in their fields. These seminars will be instrumental in reaching our goal of providing an innovative, novel, and state-of-the-art education to our orthodontic residents.

Specialty Externships (Elective)

This elective block will serve as an excellent opportunity available to all residents during the last year of their training. It involves actual experience in the office of a specialist of their choosing, and is designed to provide the residents with practical experience in their specialty and exposure to a real-life experience. Residents will be required to provide proof of their attendance and participation in such externships.

Statistical Methods for Decision Making

Basic statistical techniques for decision-making including frequency, probability, sampling, estimation, tests of hypotheses, regression and correlation analysis.

Strategic Management

This course focuses on developing strategy formulation and implementation skills. The residents will be able to generate superior customer value, develop and sustain competitive advantage, balance opportunities and risks, and apply analytical tools to perform in-depth analysis of industries and competitors, competitive behavior, and sustainable competitive advantage.

Teaching to Learn, Learning to Teach

This block will teach the residents some of the fundamentals of good teaching; e.g., writing clear outcome statements, designing learning experiences, and assessment essentials. Residents will also observe faculty teaching (with consent) and write about their observations in reports, and apply what they have learned by designing and implementing at least one learning session and assessment on their own under the supervision of the instructor.

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TAD’s) and Orthodontic Treatment

This innovative and contemporary block will expose the residents to the latest tools and technology in tooth movement. Residents will learn the theoretical and conceptual facts as well as clinical and real-life utilization of TAD’s in routine orthodontic treatment for increased efficiency and superior biomechanics in orthodontics.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

This important course will provide the residents an overview of detailed anatomy of the joint as well as specific pathologies and modes of treatment and management for specific disorders or pathologies.