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December 05, 2011

17 Students Gain Acceptance to Postdoctoral Orthodontics Programs

Philadelphia – The Phase I Match results of the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program were announced on November 30 with 12 Penn Dental Medicine students matching to an orthodontics program through the National Matching Services and five accepted to programs outside the match – a success rate of nearly 90%.

Nationwide, there were 53 orthodontic programs participating in the match with students competing for 274 positions; of this year’s 480 applicants to the orthodontic programs, 265 (approximately 55%) matched to a program.

“Orthodontics is one of the most popular and competitive specialty programs, and I am very proud of our students as they prepare for the next phase of their dental education,” says Dr. Uri Hangorsky, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. “An acceptance rate of nearly 90% is a tremendous testament to their academic achievement.”

For the 2012-2013 academic year, Penn Dental Medicine students were accepted into orthodontic programs at Penn Dental Medicine, Case Western Reserve, University of Illinois, University of Buffalo, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, Temple University, Tufts University, NYU, University of Washington, Loma Linda, University of Detroit Mercy, Boston University, and UMDNJ.

The Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program, administered by the National Matching Services, Inc., provides an orderly process to help applicants obtain positions in postdoctoral dental education programs of their choice, and to help programs obtain applicants of their choice. For many years, hospitals throughout North America have used a similar matching program in the annual recruitment of medical residents. Similar matching programs are also in use in other health professions, including among others, pharmacy, psychology, podiatry, and optometry.

Within the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program, the Phase I Match is for Orthodontics and Dental Anesthesiology programs. Phase II will match applicants for Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD), General Practice Residency (GPR), Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS), and Pediatric Dentistry (PED); those results will be announced on January 30.

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