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Applicant Information - Orthodontics at MedStar Washington

The orthodontic residency program accepts 2 residents annually.

Applicants must be graduates of a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association, or be enrolled, in good standing, in the final year of an ADA accredited dental school.

The orthodontic residency program participates with the PASS program. Applicants must submit their application through PASS (Postdoctoral​ Application Support Service). Information for the PASS program is available by contacting:

1625 Massachusetts Ave.
Suite 101
Washington, DC 20036

Fax:  202-332-9351
Phone:  202-667-0642

The deadline for submitting application materials to PASS is often different than the deadline for the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Please take care to submit your materials to PASS and allow adequate time for PASS to process the materials and forward them to the MedStar Washington Hospital Center by the October 1 deadline.

In addition to the information indicated on the PASS application, please submit the following documents - in one envelope directly to the department:

  • A completed supplemental application
  • A brief statement, limited to one page, describing yourself and your life goals outside of the profession of dentistry or orthodontics. An application is a routine means of presenting yourself as a person to our staff. Language is a tool you will need to use extensively during your postgraduate experience. Here, we offer you an opportunity to use language not to "sell yourself," but to communicate with us. We are sincerely interested in who you are a person - beyond what we see in your application. We do understand that you have a sincere interest in pursuing orthodontic training so there is no need to discuss orthodontics or your desire to be an orthodontist in your essay. We are particularly interested in your life goals and interests without discussing dentistry or orthodontics.
  • Two 2x2 photographs of yourself
  • Application fee - $60 check payable to MedStar Washington Hospital Center Section of Orthodontics

The completed application and all supporting documents listed above should be mailed to:

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Department of Oral Surgery
Orthodontic Section
110 Irving Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20010

The orthodontic residency program participates in the National Match Program and adheres to its guidelines. Applications materials can be obtained from:

National Matching Services, Inc.
20 Holly Street, Suite 301
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4S 3B1

Phone: (416) 977-3431
Fax: (416) 977-5020

Personal interviews are held, by invitation, in late October or early November for applicants selected by the admissions committee. Invitations are generally extended by mid-October to provide candidates with sufficient time to schedule travel to the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. During the formal interview adequate time will be provided to learn about the educational program, ask questions of the faculty and residents, and to tour our facilities.

Applications are accepted from June 1 through October 1. Applications received by the October 1 deadline will be considered for a residency beginning July 1 of the following year.

Please forward all questions and inquiries to

For more information, contact:

Darcelle Pinckens
Administrative & Residency Coordinator
Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery / Orthodontics
110 Irving Street, N.W., Suite GA 141 - D
Washington, DC 20010
Phone: (202) 877-5380
Fax: (202) 877-5381