Postgraduate Orthodontics

Orthodontics Faculty 2014Background: The three-year RSDM Postgraduate program is built around completion of the requirements for a Certificate in Orthodontics and the ability to fulfill the degree requirements for a Masters in Dental Science. Taught by a diverse and energetic faculty, the program strives to provide quality in education, research, health care delivery, and service. Postgraduate students leave the program as competent clinicians, capable of dealing with the range of patient needs in a typical orthodontic practice. This includes learning skills in clinical techniques as well as in critical thinking and research methodology. Graduates will be able to fulfill all of the requirements for becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

Number of Students: Each year five students are accepted into the program.

Program Timing and Duration: The program begins in July and is completed in late May of the third year of study.

Typical Day: The daily schedule includes classes from 8-10 AM, a morning clinic session, lunch (1-2 PM), and an afternoon clinic session until 5 PM. Monday morning or Tuesday afternoon clinic times are reserved for research and limited predoctoral teaching.

Courses: In keeping with the requirements of the American Dental Association and the Commission on Dental Accreditation, the postgraduate program in orthodontics includes the following topics:

Year 1

Basic Orthodontic Technique
Clinical Practice
Orthodontic Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
Lightwire Typodont Course
Edgewise Typodont Course
Growth and Development
Development of the Dentition
Literature Review
Surgical Orthodontics - Skeletal Diagnosis and Surgical Orthodontic Treatment
Core Curriculum Courses I
Computer Skills
Orthodontic Laboratory Technique
Craniofacial Biology
Orthodontic Records
Practice Teaching
Dental Materials
History of Orthodontics
Functional Appliances
Research Methodology
Interdisciplinary Case Conferences (with Periodontics and Prosthodontics)

Year 2

ABO Prep Course
Clinical Practice
Orthodontic Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
Growth and Development
Skeletal Diagnosis and Surgical Correction
Literature Review
Practice Management
Preventive/Interceptive Orthodontics
Surgical Orthodontics
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
Interdisciplinary Case Conferences
Skeletal Diagnosis and Surgical Correction
Adult Orthodontics
Functional Appliances
Core Curriculum II
Practice Teaching
Research Methodology
Graduate School Electives

Year 3

Practice Management
ABO Case Reports
Orthodontic Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
Clinical Practice
Practice Teaching
Etiology and Epidemiology of Malocclusion
Graduate School Electives
Interdisciplinary Case Conferences
Surgical Orthodontics
Iatrogenic Effects of Orthodontics
Retention and Relapse
Research Methodology

In addition to the orthodontic-specific courses, the RBHS Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences requires that a total of 25 post-baccalaureate credits be completed for the Master of Science in Oral Biology degree.

* Core curriculum courses cover fundamentals of biomedical science applied to dentistry and includes head and neck anatomy, inflammation and immunology, microbiology, pain and neuroscience, pathobiology, temporomandibular disorders, clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, social and community issues in the delivery of dental care, clinical pathology, biomedical imaging, clinical nutrition, and office computerization.

Recent Certificate and/or Master of Science in Oral Biology Research Projects:

Class II Elastics: Occlusal Plane Effects in the Hypodivergent and Hyperdivergent Patient

Comparison of Modern Assessment Methods for the Pubertal Growth Spurt

Accuracy of Dolphin Visual Treatment Objective (VTO) Prediction Software in Orthognathic Surgery

Effect of Different Fluoride Treatments After Acid Etching on Shear Bond Strength Between Enamel and Orthodontic Brackets

Meta-analysis and Systematic Review of Skeletal Mandibular Morphologic Changes During Mandibular Anterior Repositioning Appliance (MARA) and Herbst treatment in Growing Class II Patients

Satisfaction and Involvement of UMDNJ Orthodontic Alumni with UMDNJ Orthodontic Post Graduate Program

An Assessment of Undergraduate Orthodontic Education: Orthodontic Confidence vs. Didactic Knowledge in Graduating Dental Students

Mechanical Evaluation of Overlay Wires for Forced Eruption of Canines

Three-dimensional Assessment of Morphologic Changes of Constricted Maxillary Arches Treated with Rapid Maxillary Expansion and Daman System

A Comparison of Closing Loops and NiTi Retraction Coils in Extraction Space Closure: An In-Vitro 3D Analysis

To view Gainful Employment information related to our certificate programs click here.


Anil Ardeshna, Associate Professor
BDS, University of Wales, U.K.
DMD, University of Connecticut
MDS, University of Connecticut
Certificate of Orthodontics, University of Connecticut
Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics
Areas of interest include biomechanics and biomaterials.
Part-time faculty, Private practice in Matawan and Manasquan, NJ

Robert Binder, Clinical Professor
BS (Chemical Engineering), Northeastern University and NYU
DMD, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Orthodontics Certificate, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics
Research interests in bonding adhesives and materials testing
Part-time faculty

Richard Bloomstein, Clinical Assistant Professor
BS, Trinity College
DDS, Temple University
Certificate in Orthodontics, New York University
Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics
Director of Interdisciplinary Program
Part-time faculty, Private practice in Livingston, NJ

Frank Bogdan, Clinical Assistant Professor
BS, Mount Saint Mary's College
DMD, College of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
Orthodontic Certificate, College of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
Part-time faculty, Private practice in Bayonne, NJ

Jose A. Bosio, Associate Professor
MS, Ohio State University
CD – (DDS) – Pontifical Catholic University (PUCPr)
Certificate in Orthodontics, Ohio State University
Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics
Full-time faculty

Thomas J. Cangialosi, Professor and Chair
BS, Fordham University
DDS, Georgetown University School of Dentistry
Certificate in Orthodontics, Columbia University
Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics
Full-time faculty, Private practice in Shrewsbury, NJ

Jeffrey Cooper, Clinical Assistant Professor
BS, University of Maryland
DDS, University of Maryland
Certificate in Orthodontics, MSD (Orthodontics), Fairleigh Dickinson University
Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontists
Areas of interest include functional orthodontics (dentofacial-orthopedics)
Part-time faculty, Private practice in Ramsey, NJ

Rene Johe, Clinical Assistant Professor
BS, Fairleigh Dickinson University
DMD, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Certificate in Orthodontics, UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School (RSDM)
Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontists
Part-time faculty, Private practice in Verona, NJ

Jean McGill, Clinical Assistant Professor
BSBE, Lehigh University
DDS, Northwestern University Dental School
MS in Orthodontics, The University of Michigan, Rackham School of Graduate Studies
Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics
Part-time faculty, Private practice in Pennsylvania

Robert Montemurno, Clinical Assistant Professor
AB - Rutgers University
MSD - Fairleigh Dickinson University
Certificate in Orthodontics, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Part time faculty, Private practice in Rutherford, NJ

Padma Mukherjee, Clinical Assistant Professor
BDS, University of Pune, R.D.C., India
DMD, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
PhD, University of Connecticut
Certificate in Orthodontics, University of Connecticut
Certificate for Teaching and Learning, ADEA
Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics
Full-time faculty

Susan Rider, Clinical Assistant Professor
BA - New York University
DDS - University of Michigan
MSD - Saint Louis University
Certificate in Orthodontics - Saint Louis University
Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics
Part-time faculty, Private practice in Fort Lee, NJ

Sara Skurnick, Clinical Assistant Professor
BS – Fairleigh Dickinson University
DMD – Fairleigh Dickinson University
Certificate in Orthodontics, UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School (RSDM)
Part-time faculty, Private Practice in Staten Island, NY

Application for Admissions

All applications are submitted online through Postdoctoral Application Support Service or PASS. This is a centralized application service, which has been designed by the American Dental Education Association for individuals applying to postdoctoral dental education programs. PASS provides participating postdoctoral programs uniform standardized information, eliminating the need for multiple applications. You only submit one application to PASS. Postdoctoral dental programs benefit by receiving uniform information on all candidates. PASS charges a separate application fee in addition to the $50.00 non-refundable application fee charged by the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. The PASS deadline for all materials is September 15, 2015.

Applicants will also need to register with the National Matching Program at and provide the Match Number.

In order to be considered, you must hold a DDS/DMD degree (or foreign equivalent) before the start of the program and satisfy all required materials indicated in the PASS application.

Foreign trained dental students or dentists are invited to apply. National Board Dental Exams (NBDE) is not required for international students. Official transcripts and course-by-course evaluation by WES or ECE are to be sent directly to the address listed below. Any information concerning class rank should be included.

Overview of required materials:

  1. CV/Resume
  2. 2 X 2 photo
  3. $50.00 non-refundable application processing fee made payable to:
    Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
    Please note “Orthodontics” in the front of the check.
  4. Undergraduate transcripts
  5. Dental school transcripts
  6. ADEA PASS Evaluations
    Personal Potential Index: Three
    Professional Evaluation Form: One
  7. NBDE score (not required for international students)
  8. GRE score required for all applicants, including international students.
    Institution Code: 0117 Rutgers U Sch Dental Medicine
    Department Name: Health and Medical Sciences - Dentistry and Oral Sciences 0604 (SEARCH BY NAME)

  9. Additional Requirements for International Applicants (does not include Canadian graduates):
  10. TOEFL score (international students only)
  11. Official course-by course evaluation (international students only). We will accept evaluations from World Education Service or WES; and Educational Credential Evaluators or ECE.
  12. Official copy of certified English translated documents and official transcripts.

To view current PASS material requirements click here.

Contact and mailing information:

Christian Cardenas
Department of Orthodontics
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
110 Bergen St, Room C780A
Newark, NJ 07101-1709