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Orthodontics Curriculum

Detroit Mercy Orthodontics

The primary purpose of this program is to prepare the dentist for the clinical practice of orthodontics while providing insight into the scientific basis of orthodontics. It is designed to cover two calendar years, which includes six terms, two of them being summer sessions. It will begin July 1st and June 30th two years later. The program combines a basic science foundation with clinical and psychological training relevant to treatment.

Special instructions are given in functional rehabilitation for adult and juvenile dentition, diagnosis, treatment planning and associated appliance therapy. Emphasis will be placed upon the function of the neuromuscular system and the temporomandibular joint as affected by the teeth and facial pattern. Special opportunity is provided to work with cleft lip and palate patients as well as individuals exhibiting other facial anomalies.

The major portion of the course material in orthodontics is presented by lecture, seminar and conference instruction. Clinical lectures and seminars are supplemented and emphasized by correction of malocclusions in the Orthodontic Clinic. The principal appliance mechanism used in the clinic is the edgewise appliance. Guest lectures are presented throughout the first and second years to acquaint the student with other areas of research and therapy related to orthodontics. Research by the graduate will permit the investigation of problems in almost any area of student interest.

The Degree of Master of Science will be granted by Detroit Mercy upon the satisfactory completion of all requirements, which include a minimum of 46 credit hours, the satisfactory defense of the student's research results, and the completion of the research paper.

Required Courses Include:

Orthodontic Technique
Cranio-Facial Growth and Development
Cranio-facial Anatomy
Orthodontic Clinic and Seminar
Early Treatment Clinic & Seminar
Oral Physiology
Research Project
Dento-Facial Abnormalities
Principles of Occlusion and TMJ Therapy
Physiology & Pharmaco-therapeutics
Microbiology and Asepsis
Cleft Lip and Palate
Communication Disorders
Biomechanics
Psychological Development
Research Methodology and Biostatistics
Cranio-Facial Pathology and Genetics
Literature Analysis
Cephalometrics
Public Health Aspects of Orthodontics
Periodontics
Practice Management
Ethics and Jurisprudence

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Curriculum

  •  

    First Year


    Summer Term - First Year - Preclinical Orientation (5 Weeks)
    Course # Course Title Course Director Credit Hours
    DEN 5010 Head & Neck Anatomy M. Ahmad 2
    DOD 5000 Orthodontic Technique R. Kulbersh Def
    DOD 5100 Roentgenographic Cephalometrics R. Al-Qawasmi Def
    DOD 5200 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation C. Sordyl 0 (Pass/Fail)
    DOD 5780 Biomechanics M. Siddiqui / R. Kulbersh Def
    DOD 5940 Orthodontic Continuing Education Seminar R. Kulbersh Def
    Totals 2
    Fall Term - First Year
    Course # Course Title Course Director Credit Hours
    DOD 5000 Orthodontic Technique R. Kulbersh 6
    DOD 5010 Orthodontic Seminar and Clinic R. Kulbersh 7
    DOD 5100 Roentgenographic Cephalometrics R. Al-Qawasmi 1
    DOD 5140 Physiology of Bone & Tooth Movement R. Al-Qawasmi 1
    DOD 5210 Early Treatment Seminar and Clinic V. Pangrazio-Kulbersh/
    R. Kulbersh
    1.5
    DOD 5310 TMJ and Occlusion Seminar and Clinic R. Kulbersh  2
    DOD 5510 Dentofacial Abnormalities Seminar and Clinic V. Pangrazio-Kulbersh/
    R. Kulbersh
    1.5.
    DOD 5710 Craniofacial Growth and Development R. Kulbersh Def
    DOD 5780 Biomechanics M. Siddiqui/R. Kulbersh 1
    DOD 5830 Cleft Lip Palate Seminar and Clinic J. Spolyar/R. Kulbersh 1.5
    DOD 5910 Basic Research Methodology R. Al-Qawasmi 1.5
    DOD 5940 Orthodontic Continuing Education Seminar R. Kulbersh Def
    DRD 5000 Graduate Dental Materials R. Pacheco 1
    Totals 25
    Winter Term - First Year
    Course # Course Title Course Director Credit Hour
    DEN 5111 Ethics & Professional Responsiblity P. Zarkowski 1
    DOD 5020 Orthodontic Seminar and Clinic R. Kulbersh 7
    DOD 5120 Orthodontic Lecture Review D. Thanik/R. Kulbersh 1.5
    DOD 5220 Early Treatment Seminar and Clinic V. Pangrazio-Kulbersh/ 
    R. Kulbersh
    1.5
    DOD 5320 TMJ and Occlusion Seminar and Clinic R. Kulbersh 2
    DOD 5380 Journal Club V. Pangrazio-Kulbersh/
    R.Kulbersh
    2
    DOD 5440 Human Development S. Ceresnie/ R. Kulbersh 2
    DOD 5520 Dentofacial Abnormalities Seminar and Clinic V. Pangrazio-Kulbersh/
    R. Kulbersh
    1.5
    DOD 5710 Craniofacial Growth and Development R. Kulbersh 1.5
    DOD 5720 Microbiology and Asepsis E. Krukonis 2
    DOD 5840 Cleft Lip Palate Seminar and Clinic J. Spolyar/R. Kulbersh 1.5
    DOD 5920 Basic Research Methods Biostatistics R. Al-Qawasmi 2
    DOD 5930 Research Project R. Kulbersh Def
    DOD 5940 Orthodontic Continuing Education Seminar R. Kulbersh Def
    TOTALS 25.5
    Spring Term - First Year
    Course # Course Title Course Director Credit Hour
    DOD 5030 Orthodontic Seminar and Clinic R. Kulbersh 7
    DOD 5230 Early Treatment Seminar and Clinic V. Pangrazio-Kulbersh/
    R. Kulbersh
    1.5
    DOD 5330 Occlusion and TMJ Seminar and Clinic R. Kulbersh 2
    DOD 5530 Dentofacial Abnormalities Seminar and Clinic V. Pangrazio-Kulbersh/
    R. Kulbersh
    1.5
    DOD 5630 Speech Physiology and Pathology R. Kulbersh 1
    DOD 5850 Cleft Lip Palate Seminar and Clinic J. Spolyar/R. Kulbersh 1.5
    DOD 5930  Research Project R. Kulbersh Def
    DOD 5940 Orthodontic Continuing Education Seminar R. Kulbersh Def
    DOD 5980 Craniofacial Pathology and Genetics F. Khosrow-Shahian/
    R. Kulbersh
    1
    TOTALS 15.5
  •  

    Second Year

    Summer Term - Second Year
    Course # Course Title Course Director Credit Hour
    DOD 5930 Research Project R. Kulbersh Def
    DOD 5940 Orthodontic Continuing Education Seminar R. Kulbersh Def
    TOTALS 0
    Fall Term - Second Year
    Course # Course Title Course Director Credit Hour
    DOD 5040 Orthodontic Seminar and Clinic R. Kulbersh 7
    DOD 5070 Orthodontic/Periodontic Seminar and Clinic B. Kinaia/R. Kulbersh 1
    DOD 5130 Retention Clinic R. Kulbersh Def
    DOD 5240 Early Treatment Seminar and Clinic

    V. Pangrazio-Kulbersh/
    R. Kulbersh

    1.5
    DOD 5340 TMJ and Occlusion Seminar and Clinic R. Kulbersh 1.5
    DOD 5540 Dentofacial Abnormalities Seminar and Clinic

    V. Pangrazio-Kulbersh/
    R. Kulbersh

    1.5
    DOD 5740 Advanced Orthodontic Clinic

    R. Kulbersh

    1.5
    DOD 5860 Cleft Lip Palate Seminar and Clinic

    J. Spolyar/R. Kulbersh

    1.5
    DOD 5930 Research Project

    R. Kulbersh

    Def
    DOD 5940 Orthodontic Continuing Education Seminar

    R. Kulbersh

    Def
    DOD 5990 Physiology and Pharmacotherapeutics

    R. Kulbersh

    Def
    TOTALS 1\6
    Winter Term - Second Year
    Course # Course Title Course Director Credit Hour
    DOD 5050 Orthodontic Seminar and Clinic R. Kulbersh 7
    DOD 5080 Orthodontic/Perdiodontic Seminar and Clinic B. Kinaia/R. Kulbersh 1
    DOD 5130 Retention Clinic R. Kulbersh Def
    DOD 5250 Early Treatment Seminar and Clinic V. Pangrazio-Kulbersh/
    R. Kulbersh
    1.5
    DOD 5930 Journal Club D. Thanik/ R. Kulbersh 2
    DOD 5550 Dentofacial Abnormalities Seminar and Clinic V. Pangrazio-Kulbersh/
    R. Kulbersh
    1.5
    DOD 5640 Practice Teaching R. Al-Qawasmi 2
    DOD 5650 Table Clinic Preparation R. Kulbersh 1.5
    DOD 5750  Advanced Orthodontic Clinic R. Kulbersh 1.5
    DOD 5930 Research Project R. Kulbersh Def
    DOD 5940 Orthodontic Continuing Education Seminar R. Kulbersh Def
    DOD 5950 Advanced Orthodontic Seminar R. Kulbersh 2
    DOD 5990 Physiology and Pharmacotherapeutics R. Kulbersh 3
    TOTALS 24.5
    Spring Term - Second Year
    Course # Course Title Course Director Credit Hour
    DOD 5060 Orthodontic Seminar and Clinic R. Kulbersh 7
    DOD 5090 Orthodontic/Periodontic Seminar and Clinic B. Kinaia/R. Kulbersh 1
    DOD 5130 Retention Clinic R. Kulbersh 1
    DOD 5260 Early Treatment Seminar and Clinic V. Pangrazio-Kulbersh/
    R. Kulbersh
    1.5
    DOD 5560 Dentofacial Abnormalities Seminar and Clinic V. Pangrazio- Kulbersh/
    R. Kulbersh
    1.5
    DOD 5760 Advanced Orthodontic Clinic R. Kulbersh 1.5
    DOD 5880  Cleft Lip Palate Seminar and Clinic J. Spolyar/R. Kulbersh 1.5
    DOD 5930 Research Project R. Kulbersh 6
    DOD 5940 Orthodontic Continuing Education Seminar R. Kulbersh 1
    TOTALS 2
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