Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Oral Biology

Committee Chair

Silveira, Anibal M.

Author's Keywords

Health and environmental sciences; Education


Orthodontists--Training of


The purpose of this study is to identify orthodontic residents' demographic trends, goals for the future, and perspectives on training. A 26-item survey, conducted at the Graduate Orthodontic Residency Program, in August 2003, was distributed to residents representing 51 of the 58 orthodontic programs in the U.S. Questionnaires were sent to 5 programs not attending GORP. Of the 380 questionnaires distributed at the meeting, 295 were returned, while 35 of 50 mailed questionnaires were returned. Total response rate was 77%. Clinical education was the most important factor when choosing a residency. Residents' future plans were to publish their research, earn American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) certification, and work four days a week. Several trends were identified since last surveyed in 1992. Interest in full time academic orthodontic careers continues to decline. The number of females in orthodontic training is increasing. Residents planning to earn ABO certification increased significantly.