Mini-Residency in Orthodontics - May 2021

Monday, May 3, 2021 to June 2nd, 2021- via Zoom and a 1 week rotation TBD.
The registration period has closed for this event.

Registration open through 4/30/2021 10:45 PM Central Time (US & Canada)


Course Objectives and Goals:

The Ortho Mini Residency is a five-week program administered by the UAB School of Dentistry Department of Orthodontics and the UAB Continuing Dental Education Department. This course aims to educate dentists on basic orthodontic concepts and prepare interested applicants to successfully integrate into UAB's International Orthodontic Certificate Program if accepted.


The course will consist of 4 weeks of virtual classes held live via Zoom. Each candidate will then schedule a week with the department for a rotation at the School of Dentistry. You will be required to attend class in person for this week in Birmingham, Alabama.



Candidates must possess a DMD/DDS or equivalent and have successfully completed an accredited dental program in a country other than the United States or Canada.


Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended are required. Furthermore, candidates will be required to provide documentation of having passed TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).


Candidates should have passed the NBDE Part I or integrated exam before acceptance into the Mini Residency Program


Time and Location: Spring Term 2021; May 3rd – June 2nd - plus a one week rotation to be scheduled through the Orthodontic Department- SDB 317.


Attendance: Attendance is required for all students. Under unforeseen and special circumstances, students should inform the course master that they are not able to attend.


Student Evaluation: There are two written examinations on Mosby's Orthodontic Review Textbook, and two written examinations on Biomechanics. In addition, during the Mosby's book and biomechanics class, students are evaluated through Q&A on didactic material and patient's records that is presented to them during each session. Furthermore, they are expected to pass the wire bending exercises.


Remediation: The student will have an opportunity to discuss the projects with the course master in order to obtain the pass rate.


Accommodations: If you have a disability, please make an appointment with one of the course directors as soon as possible to discuss accommodations that may be necessary.


Course Directors:

Chung How Kau, BDS, MScD, MBA, PhD, MOrth, FDS, FFD, FAMS, FICD, CERT (Ortho) | Professor and Chair | Department of Orthodontics |School of Dentistry University of Alabama at Birmingham


1919 7th Avenue South I SDB 305

Birmingham AL 35294-0007

P: 205-934-2782 | F: 205-975-7590




Terpsithea Christou, DDS, MS | Assistant Professor |Clinic Director | Department of Orthodontics | School of Dentistry University of Alabama at Birmingham


1919 7th Avenue South I SDB 314

Birmingham AL 35294-0007

P: 205-934-3190 | F: 205-975-7590


Course Syllabus

1.Textbook - Please purchase prior to the start of class. Available from the publisher Elsevier, Amazon, AbeBooks, or other online retailers.

Mosby's Orthodontic Review by Jeryl D. English, Timo Peltomäki,

Kate Pham-Litschel, 2nd edition.

Paperback ISBN: 9780323186964
eBook ISBN: 9780323186988



2.Evidence based articles

Published in prestigious journals will be made available during lectures and hand-on sessions.



3. Course Structure

This course will be delivered through four course modules: Didactic, Demonstration, Practice, Exam.


At designated times throughout the five-week course period, the students will participate in a blend of self-paced and group-paced activities. Activities will consist of

a. Continuous series of lectures and reading assignments.

b. Meetings of whole class discussion on specific orthodontic topics.

c. Rotations in the clinic and work observation with their mentor.

d. Lab work observation followed by practice exercises on wire bending and typodont exercises.

e. Examination and interview process by a Departmental Admissions Committee (applies to candidates interested to participate into the International Orthodontic Program).


Module 01: Didactic

Ch.1: Craniofacial growth and development

Ch.2: Development of the occlusion, Andrew's six keys of occlusion

Ch.3: Appropriate timing for orthodontic treatment

Ch.4: Orthodontic records and case evaluation

Ch.6: Diagnosis of Orthodontic problems

Ch.7: Orthodontic appliances

Ch.9: Treatment planning

Ch.10: Treatment tactics for problems related to dentofacial discrepancies in three planes

Ch.11: Phase I

Ch.13: Treatment of Class II Malocclusions

Ch.14: Class III Correctors

Ch.15: Minor tooth movement

Ch.16: Phase II

Ch.17: Adult Orthodontic treatment

Ch.19: Mini implants and palatal implants for orthodontic anchorage

Ch.20: Oral Hygiene

Ch.21: Orthodontic and craniofacial deformities

Ch.23: Retention in Orthodontics

Ch.24: Soft-tissue diode laser surgery in Orthodontics

L.1: Lectures on Biomechanics

L.2: Case presentations

R.2: Study Design and Methods class

R.3: Data Collection, Analysis and Publication class


Module 02: Demonstration

Cl.1: Clinical Photographs

Cl.2: Physical/Digital Study Casts on typodonts

Cl.3: 2D radiographs

Cl.4: 3D radiographs

Cl.5: Patient's management software: Dolphin

Cl.6.a: Basic Wire-bending exercises

Cl.6.b: Bracket placement at FA point and with using MBT prescription

Cl.6.c: Indirect bonding/Tray-fabrication

Typ.1: Bonding on study casts

Typ. 2: Indirect bonding set up

Typ. 3: Wire Sequence

Typ. 4: Ligature ties/ Power chain/ Separators


Module 03: Practice

Residents will repeat the above wire-bending/lab exercises (Module 02) that have been demonstrated by the faculty member.


Module 04: Exam

Ex.1: Written examination on Mosby's Orthodontic Review Textbook

Ex.2: Written examination on Biomechanics

Ex.3: Interview by Departmental Admissions Committee


Registration is $15,000 if paid in full prior to the start of the course. The option to make two equal payments will include a processing fee of $50. The first payment of $7550 will be due one month prior to the course start date. The balance of $7500 will be due two weeks later. The balance must be paid in full before the start of the course.


4 weeks of virtual classes and 1 week at UAB School of Dentistry

1919 7th Ave. South
Birmingham, AL 35294

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Hands-On: Credits - 20

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