Research Fellowship in Orthodontics

This program will provide for concentrated research training in the methods commonly used in clinical orthodontic research.


This fellowship will offer additional, focused experience in research for those who desire more research experience for an academic career. Typical clinical certificate training programs have limited time for research, and this fellowship will offer a concentrated experience in carrying out research as well as in related didactic areas. The fellowship will last one year and will enroll no more than two qualified applicants at any time. Each fellow will complete a research project and prepare a manuscript for publication.

The didactic portion of the fellowship will take place within several departments at GSDM and the research component will take place within the Department of Orthodontics, GSDM.

There are three didactic areas that will be included in the coursework at GSDM:

  1. Statistical analysis: Fellows will take either SDM PH 803 Biostatistics or SDM PH 804 Advanced Statistical Analysis depending on their background and SDM PH 812 Oral Epidemiology, which will enhance their ability to design research projects.
  2. Orthodontic coursework in topics relevant to research: SDM OR 807 Biologic Foundations in Orthodontics, SDM OR 803 Clinical Growth and Development, the Cephalometrics and Imaging portions of SDM OR 801 Fundamentals of Orthodontics
  3. Scientific Writing: The fellowship will provide opportunities to practice scientific writing by participation in SDM OB 830 Research Writing and/or through writing exercises with Orthodontic faculty.

In addition, a fellowship tutorial will be given in Advanced Techniques in 3D Imaging Research for Orthodontics with Departmental Faculty.

The Department of Orthodontics faculty who will participate in the fellow’s program will include:

  • Dr. Leslie A. Will, Chair and Anthony A. Gianelly Professor
  • Dr. Melih Motro, Clinical Associate Professor
  • Dr. Goli Parsi, Clinical Associate Professor

A research mentor will be assigned to the fellow who has the most expertise in the particular topic, and the fellow will meet weekly with this mentor. Other departmental faculty will be resources for various aspects of the fellowship program as described above. The fellow is expected to demonstrate good progress towards completing the didactic courses, the research project, and the manuscript acceptable for submission before a certificate of achievement will be awarded.

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Requirements for Applications for Orthodontic Research Fellowship:

  1. Apply through ADEA PASS:
  2. Requirements:
    • Hold an earned dental degree (e.g., DMD, DDS, BDS) by the start of the program
    • TOEFL iBT score of 90 or more for international students
  3. Prior experience or training in orthodontics is encouraged.

For more information, or to apply, please contact Dr. Melih Motro at