Title: 0375 - What Makes a Top Tier Orthodontic Residency Program?


Veerasathpurush Allareddy (Presenter)
University of Iowa College of Dentistry

Steven Marshall, University of Iowa College of Dentistry
Kyungsup Shin, University of Iowa College of Dentistry
Thomas Southard, University of Iowa College of Dentistry


Objectives: While unquantifiable features, such as faculty passion and dedication to teaching, play a vital role in defining the quality of a residency education, determinable features also exist that are fundamental to the definition of a “top tier" orthodontic residency program. Objective of this study was to identify those features.

Methods: 31 item survey was developed and validated to assess features of a top tier program based on three major domains: faculty, education, and resident/alumni support. Survey was sent to 62 orthodontic residency programs in USA.

Results: 39 programs completed the survey. Recurring attributes that were identified in what constitutes a top tier program included: 4 full time faculty orthodontists who provide one day clinic coverage weekly; healthy mix of part time faculty members with at least one full time faculty member covering every clinical session; 80% ABO certified full-time faculty members; one craniofacial orthodontist; 4 residents per faculty covering a clinical session; 200 resident lecture hours/year; 1300 hours/year of resident clinic experience; resident exposure to wide range of treatment modalities and appliances; 70 new case starts per resident (50-60% of patients debonded by starting resident); 3 patients with craniofacial anomalies to be started by each resident; 4 orthognathic surgery patients to be started by each resident; 1.5 operatory chairs per resident; 1 dental assistant per 4 residents; 1 lab person; 1 receptionist/secretary per 4 residents; 100% of residents successfully completing ABO written examination upon graduation; 60% of residents obtaining ABO certification within 5 years of graduation; 50% of residents presenting at national meetings; one CDABO award for resident clinical case treatment during the past 5 years; and 50% of living alumni contributing financially to the department during the past 5 years.

Conclusions: This study has identified 19 features which educators feel are fundamental to a top-tier orthodontic program.

Disclosure Statement:
The submitter must disclose the names of the organizations with which any author have a relationship, the nature of the relationship, and the clinical or research area involved. The following is submitted: NONE

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