The Graduate Orthodontic program at University of Louisville is a 24 month program with the emphasis on academic coursework, clinical training and research.
The orthodontic residency program at the University of Louisville, in my view is one of the best in the nation, and has been ranked at least top five in the country. This corporate training, great amount of dedication to the basic science to growth and development of the face of the head very heavy in ball mechanics.
We have a couple of weeks of kind of an orthodontic boot camp where we kind of teach them the academics, and some of the clinical stuff, but then they're in clinic a couple or a few weeks in about a month and they're already seeing patients.
You're never just in classes all day, every day, you're always having some type of clinic.
I think a good reason to do your residency in a metropolitan area is you get a big diverse background of patients on a rural area, you don't can't get that diversity of patients that we get to see here.
The patients that have cleft lip and palate patients to have all the form of cranial facial anomalies. They tend to come to a university where we have multiple specialty.
It's mandatory for the students to do a Master's research project for that they'll get a master's degree certificate from the graduate school.
Some programs do a full year of research, and we kind of have time built into our program, where we can do research as well as our clinic. And we have a strong background in both.
I'm actually doing a 3D facial scanning project that's like the gold standard for 3D scanning of the face, and then using an app to test that. We're able to incorporate a lot of the digital technology out there in the real world that regular orthodontists use all the time.
Currently we have in our department, two intraoral scanners, we have a 3D CBCT machine for 3D imaging, 3D MD camera where you can take photograph of a face. Here, I think the students are exposed to a wide variety of complex cases. And we work very closely with other departments like our Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Department, Department of Prosthodontics, and Department of Genetics.
All of our residency programs are pretty much right in the same area. We do a lot of interdisciplinary cases with them and work with them all the time.
The orthodontics program really works with a lot of the other programs were usually pretty reliant on the things like perio and pross, and even Peto a lot of times to help us facilitate the cases and make everything go really smoothly. We have a good mix of full time faculty as well as the part-time faculty, who come in from out of state. They really do a good job showing us what private practice orthodontics is like.
They're very approachable, friendly, just the atmosphere here and the culture, you're treated as a peer.
The rapport between the residents and the faculty and the step is excellent.
And the culture here is great in terms of the residents. We're all really good friends, we get assigned a big in our program right when we get here, and they kind of help us through everything. Definitely one of the biggest draws to come here is that it's a very friendly environment.
I feel we have kind of open door policy, I sometimes will see the residents after clinic, go out and have dinner. There's since there's only you know, six per class. There's 12 residents, it's a tight knit group.
Louisville is a great town do residency. It has kind of a good mix of having kind of the urban scene, where we kind of have a lot of the stuff that a big city can afford, but also had a lot of rural options. If you like athletics, we have the basketball team, we have the new soccer team. The food here is great.
Everyone's really friendly, and we have a lot of local things to do that make it unique. It's a great program to come to, it's two years. So on the timing wise, you can't get much better than that. You're going to get really well trained in that two years. And you're going to come out being an awesome orthodontist.
If you're considering for a two year program with stress free learning, very good working atmosphere with a diverse faculty with state of the art technology and that this is the right program.