The Georgia School of Orthodontics is currently accepting applications for its Residency Program. GSO accepts graduates who have completed an accredited dental school in the United States or an equivalent foreign dental school. GSO is now certified to enroll F-1 nonimmigrant students. Please see the “International Residents” section below for additional requirements for applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
The Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics earned the status of “Approval without Reporting Requirements” from the Commission on Dental Accreditation in August 2019. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. For more information regarding this process you may contact the Commission on Dental Accreditation at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.
Please note that the application process includes several components:
- Apply to PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service) through the American Dental Association (ADEA).
- Submit the GSO Supplementary Application Requirements directly to our Office of Admissions through our online application portal that can be accessed by clicking the “Apply Now” button above in the header bar of our website. Click here to download the U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident Application. Click here to download the International Resident Application.
- Register for the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. All applicants must register with Match. Click here for information on registering with Match. Note that we will only be accepting applicants through Match at this time.
The Georgia School of Orthodontics participates in ADEA’s centralized application PASS program. The application must be completed via the ADEA PASS website. For more information or questions regarding the application service, contact PASS customer service by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone: (617) 612-2065 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (ET) Mondays through Fridays except for U.S. federal holidays). The 2019-20 PASS Application Cycle is already open.
The PASS application must be submitted to the centralized application service by the deadline of October 4, 2019. Applications received after the deadline by the centralized application service will not be processed.
The following documents must be submitted with the PASS Application to ADEA’s centralized application service:
- Official dental school transcript is required to complete the ADEA PASS application.
- Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae.
- Institution Evaluation Form – IEF (also called the dean’s letter) is an evaluation of the applicant completed by the dean or designated official of the dental school attended. NBDE scores or results, GPA and class rank (if applicable) are also included in the IEF.
- Professional Evaluation Form – PEF is the traditional letter of recommendation that is required for every applicant. GSO requires PEFs from individuals who have known and worked closely with the Applicant. Specifically, there must be:
Minimum of one letter from a dental school faculty member, preferably in the Department Orthodontics
2. Two remaining recommendations from faculty members or practicing orthodontists.
- Unofficial Undergraduate Transcripts – Applicants must upload unofficial transcripts for each undergraduate college attended to the ADEA PASS Search Engine. Do not send official college transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions.
Please make sure all application materials are completed and submitted by the October 4, 2019 deadline.
GSO Supplementary Application Requirements:
Applicants must submit the GSO Supplementary Application Requirements in addition to their PASS Application. These must be submitted through our online application portal located above, except your NBDE scores, which must be sent to the Office of Admissions directly from the National Board of Dental Examiners. Please see below for more information on submitting these scores. The required documents include:
- GSO Supplementary Application – Click here to download the U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident Application. Click here to download the International Resident Application. Please download the applicable application, complete it in its entirety, and upload it onto our online application portal located above. Please note only U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents are eligible for the U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident Application. All other types of residents need to complete the International Resident Application. The Supplementary Application includes the following documents:
- Personal Essay – Please write an autobiographical sketch of at least 1 page in length, and include any previous orthodontic experiences and your reasons for desiring orthodontic training. Please attach this personal statement to the Supplementary Application
- Declaration and Certification of Finances Document – Applicants must demonstrate financial resources adequate to cover the cost of the program and living expenses while in Atlanta. Applicants must complete the Declaration and Certification of Finances Form, and submit it through the application portal. If you are applying for a scholarship, you do not need to complete this document. Financial responsibility may be proven by a variety of methods. These include the following:
- Personal or family funds
- Pre-approval for private student loans
- If using personal or family funds, a bank statement from within the past six months must be provided. Additionally, if the Applicant is receiving financial support from a friend or family member, that person must also write a letter specifying the exact amount of funding he or she will provide during the program.
- Scholarship Application – The Georgia School of Orthodontics is proud to award one underrepresented minority resident of the Class of 2023 with the Doctor Gasper Lazzara Scholarship for Diversity in the Field of Orthodontics. Please note that this scholarship will not cover program fees or the estimated cost of living. If you wish to be considered for the scholarship, please complete the Scholarship Application included in the Supplementary Application. Your application to our Resident Class of 2023 will be considered complete if you have finished the rest of the Supplementary Application requirements and choose not to apply for the scholarship. If you are applying for a scholarship, you do not need to complete the Declaration and Certification of Finances document.
- Application Fee – Applicants must submit a nonrefundable $75 Application Fee before the initial review of their application. The Application Fee must be paid through PayPal. After clicking the “Apply Now” button in the top left corner of this page and submitting your Supplemental Application information, you will see a PayPal button that will take you to the payment page. Please note that your application cannot be processed until we have received this fee.
- Official National Dental Board Scores (NBDE) Part I – An official NBDE Part I passing score is required for all Applicants. Effective November 30, 2016, printed official National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) result reports will no longer be sent via mail. If your exam has not been scored by this date your results will only be available online. This updated process will expedite result reporting by removing time spent delivering physical reports and eliminating issues that may be caused by sending the results via mail (i.e. delays, incorrect addresses, etc.). If you have further questions please contact the Department of Testing Services at email@example.com. When completing the request for the NBDE results, it will require the applicant’s email address, organization or institution name, and contact name to which the results will be sent electronically. Please include our email Admissions@gaorthodontics.org Attn: John Blalock. The link will allow 7 days to access results. Applicants must submit official NBDE Part I scores by the program application deadlines. For NBDE information and registration materials, visit the American Dental Association – Testing or contact: The Joint Commission on Dental Examinations, 211 East Chicago Avenue Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 324-1694.
- Applicants must provide a passport-style photograph (2” x 2” in size).
Please note that we do not require ADAT scores as part of our application process. Once application materials are submitted, they become the property of the Georgia School of Orthodontics. Please submit all application materials by the deadline of October 4, 2019.
International Residents – Additional Application Requirements:
In addition to the requirements listed above under “GSO Supplementary Application Requirements,” international residents are also required to submit the following:
- Transcript Translation Requirements – If your undergraduate and dental degrees are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by a notarized translation from an official translator. Thus, both the translation and the original degree must both be notarized. Provisional degrees are NOT accepted.
- TOEFL Requirements for Non-Native English Speakers – All international applicants must be proficient in the English language to be considered for admission. Applicants whose first language is not English must provide valid TOEFL scores. TOEFL score reports must be no more than two years old. Applicants should self-report their TOEFL results in the application. Applicants must arrange to have an official TOEFL score report sent directly from the testing agency to the Georgia School of Orthodontics at the address listed below under “Contact.” U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents are not required to submit TOEFL scores. International applicants who have earned a degree from the U.S. or English-speaking Canadian university may be exempted from the TOEFL requirement. Georgia School of Orthodontics English Proficiency TOEFL Minimum Requirements: iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) minimum total score: 96 PBT (Paper-based TOEFL) minimum total score: 600
- Tuition and Fees – The tuition for international residents is $157,500 for the 2020/2021 academic year. The Program fees for the 2020/2021 academic year are $15,750/year. Tuition and program fees are subject to change annually.
Completed applications will be screened by the Admissions Committee. Once screened, select candidates will be invited for a one-day interview in October. The Faculty Admissions Committee will interview the Applicants on a one-on-one basis. Candidates will then be selected for admission based on the results of their interview and application materials. All Applicants will be evaluated on the uniqueness of their candidacy and the potential benefits that each candidate can bring to the program.
GSO will be participating in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program for this admissions cycle. Click here for more information on registering with Match. Please note that we are only accepting applicants through Match.
Tuition and Fees:
The tuition for U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents for the Georgia School of Orthodontics is $85,000 for the 2020/2021 academic year. Program fees for the 2020/2021 academic year are $12,350/year. Tuition and program fees are subject to change annually.
The tuition for International Residents for the Georgia School of Orthodontics is $157,500 for the 2020/2021 academic year. Program fees for the 2020/2021 academic year are $15,750/year. Tuition and program fees are subject to change annually.
Georgia School of Orthodontics
Office of Admissions
8200 Roberts Drive, Suite 550
Atlanta, Georgia 30350
Phone: 770 628 5441, ext. 5
Fax: 770 538 1531
The program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.
The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is http://www.ada.org/ed/coda.