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Orthodontic Postgraduate Program

The Orthodontic Postgraduate program is 30 months in length and is composed of clinical training, didactic coursework, teaching experiences, and a research project leading to a research manuscript. ATSU-ASDOH awards a Masters in orthodontics to those completing the program. Review the orthodontic curriculum (pdf).

Approximately 60 percent of residents’ time is devoted to clinical treatment, 20 percent to seminars and small-group classes, and the remainder to independent research and teaching. The program also provides orthodontic care for the Society of Saint Vincent De Paul as a service to the community. Click here for more information on our Saint Vincent De Paul affiliation.

Patient care begins within the 3rd week in the program and culminates with comprehensive case examinations at the end of the final year. As part of The Center for Advanced Oral Health and in close cooperation with the Advanced Education in General Dentistry, our orthodontic program provides residents the opportunity for interdisciplinary seminars and treatment of complex cases.

Residents will:

  • Attend the Tweed Study Course
  • Attend professional conferences
  • Complete rotations in TMD as well as craniofacial rehabilitation, and
  • Complete a capstone research project in the field of orthodontics that will be suitable for publication in a major orthodontic journal.

The residents are also exposed to a variety of advanced treatment techniques including temporary anchorage devices (TADs and plates), lingual braces, Invisalign, soft-tissue lasers, digital orthodontic models, three-dimensional scanning and imaging, self-ligating brackets, Wilcodontics.

Residents will take the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) examination prior to graduation and are strongly encouraged to complete the clinical examination and become board certified right after graduation. To aid with ABO certification, residents will begin treatment on 10 board eligible cases within the first month of residency and will be expected to start an additional 50 cases in the first six months. In total, residents can expect to start approximately 80-90 cases, plus an additional 20-30 transfers during their 30-month residency.


The Orthodontic Postgraduate program at ATSU-ASDOH is accredited by the Council on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.


Specific questions about the orthodontic program should be directed to:

Jae Hyun Park, DMD, MSD, MS, PhD

Program Director
Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health
Postgraduate Orthodontic Program
5835 E. Still Circle
Mesa, AZ 85206
Phone: 480.248.8107
Fax: 480.248.8117