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Curriculum for the International Postgraduate Program

The postgraduate program includes:

A. Advanced Courses
    - Pre-clinical preparatory courses
    - Orthodontic theory and diagnosis
    - Adjunct didactic courses
B. Patient Treatment
C. Research Project
and Master's Thesis

A. Advanced Courses 

Listed below are the techniques taught during the three and a half year postgraduate program:

Pre-clinical preparatory courses:
     - Fixed appliances (hands-on course)
     - Removable functional appliances (hands-on course)
     - Lingual Orthodontic Technique (hands-on course) 
     - Clinical Digital Photography (hands-on course)

Orthodontic theory and diagnosis:
     - Classification
     - Etiology
     - Biologic Reaction to Tooth Movement
     - Development of the Dentition
     - Craniofacial Growth and Development
     - Orthodontic Biomechanics
     - Orthodontic Techniques and Materials: 
       a. Edgewise technique
       b. Begg technique
       c. Removable and functional appliance
       d. Burstone technique
       e. Straight Wire technique
       f. MBT (McLaughlin, Bennett, Trevisi)
       g. Damon
       h. Extraoral and Orthopedic appliances
       i. Labio-lingual technique
       j. Invisalign
       k. Self ligating systems
       l.  Incognito
       m. Mini implants
     - Cephalometrics
     - Orthodontic Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
     - Occlusion
     - Journal Club
     - Clinical Conference (Case Presentation)
     - Early Mixed Dentition Treatment
     - Growth and Development of Human Body
     - Cleft Palate 
     - Multidisciplinary Orthodontics -
       Periodontics, Pedodontics, Endodontics, Prosthetics, Orthognathic Surgery
     - Adult Orthodontic Treatment 
     - Special needs patients 
     - Retention and relapse
     - Evaluation of Post Retention Cases
     - Iatrogenic Considerations

Adjunct didactic courses
     - Anatomy of Head and Neck
     - Biostatistics
     - Cell Biology
     - Embriology
     - Radiology and safety measures
     - Research Methodology
     - Syndromes Related to Head and Neck
     - Temporo-Mandibular Disorders 
     - Office Management
     - Management of Health and Safety
     - Genetics 
     - Scientific reading and writing
     - Speech therapy
     - Oral physiology
     - Developmental psychology of the child
     - Computer sciences

 


Year I

 

Orthodontic Theory and
Related Subjects
(600 hrs)

Basic Science and
General Biologic subjects
(200hrs)

Laboratory and Clinic
(800 hrs)

Classification

Anatomy of the Head and Neck

Edgewise Technique
(hands-on course)

Etiology

Biostatisics

Lingual Technique
(hands-on course)

Biologic Reaction to Tooth Movement

Cell Biology

Removable Appliances
(hands-on course)

Development of the Dentition

Genetics

Clinical Digital Photography (hands-on course)

Craniofacial Growth and Development

 

Radiology

 

Treatment of patients with:
-Modified Edgewise Technique
-Straight Wire Technique
-Conventional & Self ligating brackets
-Lingual Technique
-Functional Appliance
-Invisalign
-Mini Implants

Orthodontic Techniques and Materials

Computer Science

 

Theory of Invisalign

 

 

Orthodontic Diagnosis and
Treatment Planning

Master's in Orthodontics

 

Journal Club

 

 

Occlusion

 

 

Cephalometrics

 

 

Orthodontic Biomechanics

 

 

Clinical Conference
(Case Presentation)

 

 

Early Mixed Dentition Treatment

 

 

 

Year II

 

Orthodontic Theory and
Related Subjects
(400 hrs)

Basic Science and
General Biologic Subjects
(100 hrs)

Laboratory and
Clinic
(800 hrs)

Research
(300 hours)

Orthodontic Techniques and Materials

Growth & Development of the Human Body

Functional Appliances (hands-on course)

Master's in Orthodontics

Orthognathic Surgery

Syndromes Related to Head & Neck

Treatment of patients with:
-Modified Edgewise Technique
-Straight Wire Technique
-Conventional & Self ligating brackets
-Lingual Technique
-Functional Appliance
-Invisalign

 

Adjunctive Orthodontics -
Periodontics
Pedodontics
Endodontics
Prosthetics

Temporo-Mandibular Disorders

 

 

Orthodontic Diagnosis & Treatment Planning

Research Methodology & Statistics (Master's in Orthodontics)

 

 

Clinical Conference
(Case presentation)

Oral Pathology

 

 

Journal Club

 

 

 

 

Year III

 

Orthodontic Related Subjects
(400 hrs)

General Subjects
(100 hrs)

Clinic
(600 hrs)

Research
(500 hrs)

Adult orthodontic Treatment

Practice management

Treatment of patients with:
-Modified Edgewise Technique
-Straight Wire Technique
-Conventional & Self ligating brackets
-Lingual Technique
-Functional Appliance
-Invisalign
-Mini Implants

Master's in Orthodontics

Retention

Oral Health

 

 

Evaluation of Post Retention Cases

Psychology of Child, Adolescent & Adult

 

 

Iatrogenic Considerations

Hazards in Orthodontics (root resorption, relapse)

 

 

Clinical Conference
(Case presentation)

 

 

 

Journal Club

 

 

 

Cleft Palate

 

 

 

 


Final Half Year

Orthodontic Related Subjects
(100 hrs)

Clinic
(300 hrs)

Research
(400 hrs)

Evaluation of treated & post - retention cases

Completion & transfer of patient records

Master's in Orthodontics

Clinical Conference
(Case presentation)

Final Oral (Clinical)
Examination

Defending Thesis

Journal Club

 

 

Final Written Examination

 

 

Participation in all clinical and non-clinical activities is mandatory.


B. Patient Treatment

Each student receives into his/her care approximately thirty transfer and forty new patients. Treatment is carried out mainly using a modified edgewise technique. Other techniques taught include the Tweed technique, the Straight Wire Appliance, Burstone technique, Ricketts technique, Lingual technique, Extra-Oral and orthopedic appliances, Invisalign and Incognito. Functional appliances as well as fixed appliances are incorporated in cases requiring two stage treatment. The main functional appliance systems used are the Functional Magnetic System, the Bionator, the Frankel II & III, Clark twin-blocks and the Thurow activator.

In addition to mixed dentition, early permanent dentition and adult orthodontic cases, other multi-disciplinary cases are treated. These include orthognathic, periodontal, ortho-prosthodontic, TMJ and implantology cases.

Upon receiving a new patient for treatment, the resident will collect the appropriate diagnostic records. These include: an anamnesis, impressions for study models, lateral cephalometric, panoramic, periapical radiographs of the upper and lower incisor region, bite-wings and intra/extaroral photographs. Besides the previous mentioned radiographs which are taken routinely, in special cases CT, P-A, lateral oblique and TMJ imaging are taken. The resident then prepares the cephalometric tracings and analyses (Down, Steiner, McNamara, etc.), evaluates the study models and clinical records for review with the instructor. After all treatment options are assessed, a treatment plan is selected and anchorage requirements, mechano-therapy and retention appliances decided upon. The same instructor is responsible for overseeing the entire treatment of the specific patient including examination of the patient at each visit. After one year of treatment, progress records are collected (dental casts, radiographs, clinical photographs). The progress report (including cephalometric superimposition) is discussed with the instructor, and treatment is modified accordingly. Each student is required to present before the class and staff each case at different stages of treatment. These presentations are held during the weekly clinical conferences. At the end of the treatment, final records (which are the same as the pre-treatment diagnostic records) are collected and reevaluated with the instructor. Active as well as transfer cases are passed on to the junior student of the next class after filling out the transfer form. Finished cases are evaluated according to the ABO (American Board of Orthodontists) requirements.

 

Rapid Maxillary Expansion

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Lingual Technique

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Pre - Treatment

 


Extraction Treatment

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Post - Treatment

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Invisilagin Technique

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Pre - Treatment

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Aligner

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Post - Treatment



Mini Implants

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Pre - Treatment

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Aligner

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Post - Treatment

 

C. Research Project and Master's Thesis

Each student is required to complete a clinical or basic science research project as part of the requirement for the Master's in Orthodontics.

For a complete list of Master's in Orthodontics projects, which have been undertaken in our Department (see Master's in Orthodontics).

Towards the end of the first year of study, a variety of topics for Master's theses are brought to the attention of the students in order to decide on a topic of his or her choice. In addition, as part of the Master's requirements, each resident will enroll in an advanced course in biostatistics.

Research projects can be undertaken in several different fields including, Biomechanics, Clinical Orthodontics, Oral Biology, Anthropology, Behavioral Sciences, Periodontology, Endodontology, Oral Pathology & Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry, Prosthetic & Operative Dentistry, Occlusion and others. When selecting an adjunct field, the topic should be related to orthodontics. For example, the Master's thesis entitled "Centric-slide bite force and muscle tenderness changes, over a period of six months after orthodontic treatment" (see Master's in Orthodontics) is a joint project between the Department of Orthodontics and the Department of Prosthodontics.

Each Master's project is supervised by at least two instructors. After preparing a literature review of the specific project as well as a consultation with a statistician, a protocol is compiled and a Preliminary Study initiated. The sample size and range of the study will be decided once the results of the preliminary study are analyzed.

Each Master's Candidate submits a proposal to the Master's Project Committee of the School of Continuing Education, the Faculty of Medicine Tel Aviv University for amendment or final approval. Three referees are nominated as the Evaluation Panel of the project. When the project has been completed, the written thesis is submitted to the panel for evaluation. Following approval of the thesis by the Evaluation Panel, a formal defense of the thesis is undertaken by each resident. Upon satisfactory defense, the candidate is eligible to be awarded a Master's in Orthodontics.
 

D. Ph.D. Program

The International Postgraduate Program can also lead to a Ph.D. & Postgraduate Program in Orthodontics. However, this track requires an additional 2 to 3 years of research and completion of courses, specified for this track.

 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 09 September 2012 )
 

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