Summer Orthodontic Essentials

Summer Orthodontic Essentials

This two-month, intensive continuing education course is designed to teach interested practitioners fundamental clinical skills in orthodontics. The course is particularly suited for new dentists (0-5 years of clinical experience) who seek to obtain basic knowledge in orthodontics as a pathway for future career development. Through a series of lectures and hands-on exercises on typodonts, participants will learn fundamental techniques in conjunction with the summer introduction course for residents.

This introductory course does not replace an advanced education-training program, in scope or training. This course does not allow participants to undertake live patient care in a clinical environment.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will learn to:

  • Acquire orthodontic records of high diagnostic value and precisely analyze them;
  • Accurately band and bond fixed orthodontic appliances, bend wires, and do a typical treatment sequence on typodonts;
  • Initiate orthodontic treatment under the guidance of a faculty member in an educational setting, or a senior practitioner in a private practice

Participants will not reach clinical competency in diagnosis nor treatment planning, and will not be able to consistently place fixed and removable orthodontic appliances, and/or modify them according to the treatment needs.

A certificate of attendance, signed by the Department of Orthodontics Chair, will be issued at the completion of this two-month program.

This program flows in a systematic manner that parallels the chronological sequence of what happens in clinical practice. Participants will begin by learning how to acquire sound records followed by a series of diagnosis and treatment planning sessions. Participants will also learn and practice basic orthodontic skills, such as cephalometry, orthodontic photography, typodont exercises, as well as the use of orthodontic appliances and their indications. This highly immersive and hands-on course culminates in an all-day Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE), which both validates what participants have learned throughout the program and reinforces their confidence in preparation for clinical practice.

This program is open to foreign-trained dentists who have graduated from dental school within the last five years. New dentists are especially encouraged to apply. This program is not open to dentists with a license to practice in the USA.

Applicants must submit an online application that includes the following documents:

  • A 1-2 page personal statement explaining why you are applying (include information on your academic background, your career goals and your qualifications)
  • A copy of certified English translation of the your dental school diploma
  • A copy of certified English translation of the your dental school transcript (listing subjects studied and grades received
  • Letter of recommendation from a professional or academic reference in English or with a certified English translation
  • A copy of an English Language Test Report
    • a. TOEFL (minimum score 85)
    • b. IELTS (minimum score 6.5)

Qualified candidates who submit a complete application will be asked to interview either in-person, if feasible, or via Skype with Orthodontics faculty and an admissions representative.

Accepted participants must:

  • Obtain a F-1 student visa to enter the USA (or be a US permanent resident/citizen)
  • Obtain housing for the two month period in NYC
  • Complete mandatory health and immunization documents prior to starting this program

Tuition & Fees: estimated about $15,000

This includes health insurance, registration fees, supplies, & equipment

Tuition and fees do not include living expenses. Accepted applicants must obtain their own housing for the two month period in NYC.

July 1 – August 31

Course Director

Edmund Khoo, BDSc (Hons), ABO, FICD, FACD

Dr. Khoo is board certified in orthodontics and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He received his dental degree with honors from the University of Western Australia and his specialty training in orthodontics at New York University College of Dentistry.

Dr. Khoo currently teaches full-time as a clinical associate professor at his alma mater New York University College of Dentistry. He is responsible for multiple courses and curricula including the intense, but highly rated and effective postgraduate introduction program. Dr. Khoo also actively publishes in multiple journals, including the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and the Journal of Dental Research. He has been invited to chair and judge numerous scientific sessions and is a peer reviewer for professional journals. He currently serves on multiple advisory boards and committees in various professional organizations, including the American Dental Education Association and the American Association of Orthodontists. Not only is he board certified in orthodontics, he is also a guest examiner for the American Board of Orthodontics. His academic and research interests include, but are not limited to, the biology of tooth movement, accelerated tooth movement, evidence based dentistry, biomechanics and mechanotherapy.


For more information, please contact us at or (212) 998-9317.


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