Department of Orthodontics

The Department of Orthodontics at Howard University College of Dentistry has been in existence since 1967 and has graduated more than 200 practicing orthodontists. The fundamental goal of the department is to provide the postdoctoral resident with the necessary diagnostic and clinical skills to recognize, diagnose and treat malocclusions.  We are a clinically based program with each resident treating over 100 cases.  Our residents are exposed to a variety of orthodontic techniques utilizing various straight wire appliances.

Each year, three cases, completed by our residents are presented in the American Board of Orthodontics format at the American Association of Orthodontists Annual Meeting.  Over the past 20 years, our senior residents have been encouraged to take the Phase II Written Examination, which is held at this meeting.  Our pass rate for this examination is better than 95%.

Our residents are required to conduct an original research project, orally present it to faculty, administrators and peers, use a thesis format for completing the paper, and finally, edit the paper in publishable format.

The department also instructs our pre-doctoral dental students in the didactic and clinical recognition and treatment of malocclusions as well as hands-on exercises in wire bending and the construction of various appliances.

Finally, the Orthodontic Department is proud to provide an opportunity for the best in orthodontic care at minimal costs to the surrounding communities.

Admission Requirements - an applicant:

  • Must be a graduate of an accredited dental school;
  • Must have passed Part I and Part II of the National Dental Boards;
  • Must possess at least a 3.0 average in dental school;
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in the English language and mastery of concepts of procedures, which are basic to the practice of dentistry, if the applicant possesses a foreign dental degree.

To complete an online application, contact PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service) at  Deadline for completion of the PASS application is September 15, 2015 for the class beginning in July 2016.

Applications completed after the deadline will not be considered.  The PASS application is the only application required; refer to the link to apply to the program.  There are no supplementary applications.

This postdoctoral program also participates in the National Matching Service and all positions are offered through the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program.  Applicants are required to register for the MATCH.  More information can be obtained by contacting:

National Matching
595 Bay Street
Suite 301, Box 29
Toronto, Ontario Canada MG5 2C2
416 977-3431 ( telephone)
416 977-5020 (fax)

Program Director and Interim Chairman
Kathy L. Marshall, D.D.S.