Hurst to lead UTHSC's new orthodontic residency program
Building an orthodontic residency program that is among the top five in the nation is one of Dr. C. Lynn Hurst's top priorities.
Dr. Hurst has been appointed as the director of the Health Science Center's first orthodontic residency program. He has been with the university for 15 years.
As director, Dr. Hurst will be responsible for overseeing the university's 33-month residency program for advanced training in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopaedics. Dr. Hurst said residents will gain a broad knowledge and understanding of research methodology, growth and development, diagnosis, treatment planning, biomechanics, craniofacial anomalies, interdisciplinary dentistry, surgical orthodontics and teaching. He said an emphasis will be placed on strong clinical and scholarly skills to prepare the resident for an academic career.
"There is a tremendous shortage of orthodontic educators," Dr. Hurst said. "Most are in private practice. Our new residency program will focus on preparing our students to be teachers. My goal is to work toward establishing the Health Science Center as the leading institution in the world for educating orthodontists."
Dr. John Rugh, chairman of the department of orthodontics, said that following a national search, the search committee members unanimously chose Dr. Hurst to lead the residency program.
"Dr. Hurst is an exceptionally competent clinician and an energetic leader," Dr. Rugh said. "His appointment was strongly supported by the San Antonio orthodontic community. With the establishment of the residency program, the Dental School now has advanced training in all recognized dental specialties. I am confident that Dr. Hurst will help us to accomplish our goal of becoming one of the top residency programs in the nation."
The orthodontic residency program was established at the UTHSC in 1999. The program accepts three residents per year. Six residents are currently enrolled. The first graduating class is expected in 2003.
Dr. Hurst earned his bachelor of arts degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, his master of science degree from The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and his D.D.S. degree from the UTHSC. In addition to being on the faculty at the UTHSC, Dr. Hurst is in private practice specializing in orthodontics.
He is licensed by the Texas State Dental Board and is certified by the American Dental Board of Orthodontics. Dr. Hurst is active in several professional dental organizations, including the Southwestern Society of Orthodontists, the Texas Association of Orthodontists, the Texas Dental Association, the American Dental Association and the San Antonio District Dental Society. He has earned numerous honors, including membership in the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Mu Nu Chapter Society's National Honor Dental Society.