Requirements for Entrance Examination to the Postgraduate Orthodontic Program at the American University of Beirut (AUB).
The orthodontic program at the American University of Beirut is tailored to meet the guidelines of the American Dental Association and its Commission on Dental Education, and oriented to the accepted standards of specialty practice as set in the accreditation standards for advanced specialty education programs. Accordingly, certification in clinical orthodontics carries the following requirements:
the successful completion of the
clinical requirements that impart a wide clinical experience
the successful completion of the
didactic orthodontic curriculum
the completion of a research project
and corresponding thesis defense
the acquisition of biomedical
requirements include, among others, the start and completion of
treatment for specific numbers of patients and the coverage of a
wide scope of malocclusions and procedures.
Items 3 and 4 are contained in a Masterís program within the AUB
Medical Center graduate programs.Consequently, at the end of the residency, which should normally
be completed in 36 months, and when all requirements are
successfully fulfilled, the resident receives an orthodontic
certificate and a Master of Science (MS) degree. Though they
represent 2 separate degrees, orthodontic certification is
contingent on the completion of the MS requirements, as per the
above specifications and standards.
The entrance examination consists of the following parts,
given at the corresponding dates:
- Comprehensive Practical Exam :
(Tuesday through Friday July 02-05, 2013)
of exam: 70%
- Wire Bending
The applicant will be given wires of
different sizes (round and rectangular) and asked to
bend the wires according to real size drawings, as well
as archwires of maxillary or mandibular arches.
Oral examination/Case Presentation/Interview
(starting July 03, 2013 [pm session] through July
b1- The applicant will be
evaluated on general comprehension and application of
- Comprehension partly includes assessment of
publications, interpretation of data, and critical
appraisal of research findings.
- Practical application of scientific information
comprises multidisciplinary treatment and patient
management, including sequence of coordination of
treatment with other specialists
[periodontics, oral surgery, prosthodontics, etc.],
discussion of alternative treatment approaches, choice
of therapy, and behavior management.
b2- The applicant will be given records of patient(s) including dental casts and x-rays (panoramic and cephalometrics), and asked questions regarding:
- diagnosis of malocclusion and need for treatment
- cephalometric landmarks and interpretation, including
the possibility of tracing the X-ray(s)
- dental cast analysis (space analysis).
needed for wire bending and case analysis:
- pliers for bending round and rectangular wires,
including light wire pliers, bird beak (#139)
pliers, cutting pliers, and other pliers as the
applicant may deem necessary
- material to trace cephalometric X-rays and
measure distances and angles
- calipers to measure dental casts.
- Written Examination:
(July 03, 2013; am session)
Weight of exam: 30%
The orthodontic exam will consist of
multiple choice and essay questions on several topics that
are usually covered in predoctoral education at dental
general questions on periodontics,
occlusion, and all other disciplines pertinent to the
evaluation of a dentistís knowledge base and comprehension
of evidence-based clinical practice
growth and development of the body,
craniofacial complex, and dentition
classification and etiology of
malocclusion; orthodontic treatment planning; biology and
mechanics of tooth movement; orthodontic techniques and
stages of treatment; retention of orthodontic results; early
orthodontic treatment of occlusal problems (sagittal,
transverse, vertical) and dental arch problems (space
maintenance, space gaining, guidance in alignment and
occlusion); management of oral habits; removable appliances;
functional appliances; dental versus orthopedic movement;
considerations in orthodontic treatment of adults; TMJ
considerations in orthodontic treatment
combined surgical and orthodontic
treatment; diagnosis and treatment of craniofacial
90-minute English examination, will be given to help
evaluate the candidateís
competence in English, the language required to follow the orthodontic
residency with proper communication skills. This examination
will not count towards acceptance. However, as communicated
earlier this year, if accepted in the program,
AUB REQUIRES ENGLISH PROFICIENCY as gauged by one of
the following tests:
TOEFL (minimum score of 573 on PBT [paper-based test), 230 on CBT [computer-based test], or 88 on IBT [internet-based test])
IELTS (minimum score of 7.0)
PREPARATORY DIDACTIC SESSIONS WILL BE GIVEN THE
WEEK OF JUNE 24-28 2013, 8AM TO 1PM OR 5PM, IN THE DIVISION OF
ORTHODONTICS AND DENTOFACIAL ORTHOPEDICS,
Hospital, 6th floor, Emergency entrance.
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CANDIDATES MAY SIGN-UP AS VISITORS TO ATTEND SELECTIVE REGULAR DIDACTIC SESSIONS BETWEEN
MAY 1-June 4, 2013.
Please confirm attendance with Mr. Georges abi saad (01-350000 ext. 5700).
The recommended orthodontic book to use as a reference for
William R. Proffit and Henry W. Fields 4th or 5th
editions (2005, 2012), Mosby Inc.
For questions on periodontics, occlusion, and other disciplines
pertinent to the evaluation of a dentistís knowledge use the
references you deem appropriate for this knowledge. One helpful
reference is the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Dentistry
(2003 or later).