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Dental School establishes orthodontics residency program (2-18-00)

The Dental School of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has introduced an orthodontics residency program to round out its highly regarded postgraduate division. Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry dealing with irregularities of the teeth and their correction.

The first director is Larry White, D.D.S., who has published more than 100 papers in the fields of orthodontics and general dentistry and who has edited the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics for the past 15 years. Three residents have been chosen from a number of highly qualified applicants for the program, which will begin formally in July.

Dr. White reaffirmed the Health Science Centerís commitment to training orthodontists who want to make a career in education. "Our mission is to train academicians," he said. The rigorous 33-month program will emphasize diagnostic and clinical experience as well as research and teaching skills. Each resident will treat a large variety of malocclusions (bad bites) to become familiar with several therapies.

Before the residents receive their certificate of training, they also must earn a Master of Science degree or a Ph.D. On completing the residency program, Dr. White said, "Our graduates will be well qualified to teach at any dental school in the world."

"Weíre very excited about this new program," said John Rugh, Ph.D., professor and chairman of the Health Science Centerís Department of Orthodontics. "This program provides an opportunity to address the worldwide shortage of orthodontic academicians. We intend to establish a world-class clinical and research program."

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