Interim Program Director: Weston Fortson DMD
Interim Chair of Orthodontics & Assistant Professor
Program administrative support contact: Hope Cason
Department phone: (706) 721-8942
Department fax: (706)  723-0217
Program length: 30 months
No. of residents accepted: 3/year
PASS participant: Yes
MATCH participant: Yes (The Orthodontic Program reserves the right to only interview applicants participating only in the MATCH)
DMD/DDS: Applicants must have a DMD/DDS from a dental school that is accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) by the program start date.
Accreditation status: The program in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/en/coda. The Commission on Dental Accreditation has accredited the program in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. However, accreditation of the program does not in itself constitute recognition of any dental specialty status.
Beginning date: July 1 each year
National Boards: Applicants must have successfully passed the INBDE - Integrated National Boards Examination or both NBDE Parts 1 and 2 of the National Board Dental Examination by the program application deadline.
State Licensure: Residents must be eligible for state licensure by program start date.

Admission Requirements

Dentists graduated from American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited Dental Schools are eligible for admission to the Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics.

We only consider candidates who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents.

Applications for the Advanced Education Program are received through the PASS program. Application materials are reviewed and candidates with the highest qualifications are selected for an interview. Applicants born outside the United States and whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language, the Internet-based version of TOEFL (iBT TOEFL). Minimum scores are 100, and 26 in the speaking component. No candidates are admitted to the program without a personal interview. Non-discriminatory policies are followed in selecting the applicants.

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The Certificate 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.

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Program Fee, Stipends, Equipment and Benefits

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 must pay tuition for courses taken through the Graduate School.  References should be made to the current Augusta University Catalog for specific information regarding Graduate School tuition and fees.

The residents in orthodontics share a small amount of stipend funds provided by the Georgia Regents Medical Center.  The stipend support ranges from zero to approximately $4,100 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.

All supplies and equipment associated with the clinical program are provided by the institution.

The Dental College of Georgia 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 Health Care Program at Augusta University at no cost.

Residents are entitled to Augusta University employee holidays, though assignments for emergency coverage must be maintained. Residents may be entitled to up to 12 days annual leave, up to 10 days of professional leave, up to 5 days of educational leave, at the discretion of the Program Director. 12 days of medical leave are also granted to residents as outlined in the Dental College of Georgia Leave Policy for Dental Residents.

The Facilities
The orthodontic residents treat patients in a 10-chair clinic housed in the Dental College of Georgia and devoted exclusively to providing orthodontic patient care.  Immediately adjacent to the clinic are laboratories, a seminar room and shared office space for residents.

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The Master's Degree Program

The Graduate School 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 an in-depth original research project leading to a defended thesis. 

Application to the graduate program is made after acceptance to the certificate program. If the applicant desires to concurrently pursue a Master of Science in Oral Biology degree with the specialty program, the program length could be approximately 6-12 months longer.  Tuition is charged on a per hour basis for the graduate courses taken.  The applicant must be accepted by The Graduate School and the Department of Oral Biology. 

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