JOURNAL ARTICLE

Orthodontic training in pediatric dental residencies

Kelly K Hilgers, Deborah Redford-Badwal, Susan Reisine, Gregory P Mathieu
Journal of Dental Education 2003, 67 (6): 614-21
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The purpose of this study was to determine the amount and types of orthodontic training in pediatric dental residencies. A twenty-one-item survey was mailed to sixty directors of pediatric dental residencies. Follow-up surveys were sent to those who had not responded. Fifty-two surveys were returned for a response rate of 87 percent. Most programs provided forty-eight formal orthodontic course hours, one-half to one day of clinical orthodontic experience per week, and six to ten case starts for each resident. Most program directors anticipated this amount of experience would increase or stay the same in the future. Though most programs had an affiliated graduate orthodontic program, fewer than half of the programs had an orthodontist on faculty from the affiliated program (43 percent). As expected, orthodontic training varies with different program characteristics. The faculty members teaching orthodontics in pediatric dental residencies are often not from affiliated graduate orthodontic programs. Most program directors do not anticipate a decrease in the didactic or clinical components in the next five years.

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