Orthodontic Residency Program | MedStar Washington Hospital Center | MedStar Health

The MedStar Health―Washington Hospital Center Residency Program in Orthodontics

This is a two-year training program accredited by the American Dental Association. The program provides residents with extensive exposure to all aspects of orthodontic care from diagnosis through treatment. The volume and variety of training opportunities provide excellent preparation for a successful career in orthodontic clinical practice.

During the course of the residency, trainees actively participate in the care and management of children and adults with malocclusions and other dentofacial irregularities. The breadth of training includes experience in interceptive and fixed orthodontics, management of craniofacial deformities in medically compromised and developmentally disabled patients, and exposure to temporomandibular disorders.


The 24-month orthodontic residency curriculum focuses on developing strong diagnostic skills, with an emphasis on goal-oriented diagnosis and treatment planning, as well as clinical expertise in all aspects of orthodontic care. The program also ensures that residents are properly trained in the use of current technologies, including self-ligation, Invisalign®, temporary anchorage devices, soft tissue laser, cone beam CT technology and 3D printing capability.

Residents gain teaching experience by working didactically and clinically with the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, as well as the Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program at Children's National Medical Center. Orthodontic residents are required to have access to a personal computer with word processing and graphics capabilities. Microsoft Office Suite will be provided.

Upon successful completion of the training program, residents are eligible to take the American Board of Orthodontics examination for certification.


Residents will receive training at three primary locations.  Our home training venue is MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Residents see adolescent and adult patients at the orthodontic outpatient clinic. They rotate on the orthognathic surgery service with the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Here they provide consultation and treatment to orthodontic surgical patients, trauma, and adult craniofacial patients.

Residents also cover the orthodontic service at Children's National Medical Center. This includes participating in weekly craniofacial team evaluations, providing active treatment on a significant number of craniofacial patients, providing early interceptive treatment, growth modification, and elective care for children. Residents participate in teaching the Pediatric Dental residents in this clinical, and academic setting. This venue trains residents to provide needed orthodontic treatment to young and medically compromised children and adolescents.

Residents will also rotate through our Affiliate site in Northern Virginia, a state-of-the-art facility. This is a community site that serves the local community. The residents treat children, adolescents, and adults at all levels of complexity at this site. This affiliate training site compliments our hospital-based services.

All our facilities are fully digital, including electronic records, digital scanners, cone beam technology, and 3D printing capability.  These technologies allow us to provide the full spectrum of care to our patients, and therefore, an efficient and comprehensive training experience.

Didactic curriculum and conferences

The clinical training is complemented by a comprehensive didactic curriculum. Regularly scheduled lectures cover topics in growth and development, biomechanics, occlusion, biostatistics, research methodology, treatment planning, temporomandibular disorders, interceptive treatment, adult treatment, dentofacial orthopedics, orthognathic surgery, oral pathology, interdisciplinary care, airway, sleep disorders, and craniofacial anomalies. Residents also actively participate in a journal club and literature review, to keep abreast of the latest advances in orthodontic practices.

Residents are encouraged to attend national and regional conferences, and continuing education programs. These events introduce residents to different philosophies and methods of treatment, as well as current research and advances in the profession.  

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The opportunity to conduct research is an integral component of the training program. Residents are allocated adequate time to pursue their research interests. Faculty mentors are available to guide these endeavors.

Residents are required to complete research of publishable quality. Residents prepare a written paper and present their research to the departmental faculty. They are encouraged to submit their work for presentation at local and national meetings. The Office of Graduate Medical Education offers funding to support the presentation of research at conferences or meetings.

Application information

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Contact us

Dr Sheira Ramos 
Clinical Attending Orthodontic Faculty
Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery / Orthodontics 
110 Irving Street, N.W.,
Washington, D.C., 20010 

Email: mwhcortho@gmail.com