The entire program is a minimum of 70 credit hours of clinical and didactic courses. Each week of the curriculum includes approximately three and a half days of patient treatment in the clinic. Each resident will start approximately 50 new cases from patients who are carefully selected from a large pool of patients seeking orthodontic treatment in the department. This way, each resident has the opportunity to treat a variety of orthodontic problems and cover a wide range of treatment methods.
The remaining one and a half days are dedicated to didactic instruction, seminars and research. Here is an expanded list of required program courses.
In addition to the program curriculum, residents are encouraged to attend continuing education courses. Prominent researchers and lecturers from the U.S., and other countries are periodically invited to Oklahoma City to give lectures or courses covering pertinent orthodontic and other related topics. Residents are also allowed to attend a variety of off-site courses that offer valuable instruction.
The residents attend the annual Graduate Orthodontic Residents Program (GORP), The Damon Forum, an Invisalign certification course, Wired for Success, The Bottom Line, 3M Summit, Alexander Discipline Course, American Association of Orthodontics AAO, and Southwestern Society of Orthodontists meetings. During their second year, residents also attend the Charles Tweed Foundation's wire-bending course in Tucson, AZ.