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Orthodontics Externship Program

Orthodontics Externships

The Department of Orthodontics at University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) was founded in 1929 with the goal of offering graduate study in Orthodontics. Since its inception it has been engaged in research, teaching and patient care. The graduates have contributed greatly to the development of dentistry’s oldest specialty. The Department occupies a 6000 square-foot location on the first floor of the College of Dentistry building located on the West Campus of UIC  with additional space as residents’ lab on the second floor. Facilities include a modern orthodontic clinic and clinical laboratory; reception and waiting area; computer, data processing, and microscopy laboratory; the Brodie Library; orthodontic technique laboratory for photography, appliance construction and plaster work; seminar room; Ricketts Research and Conference Facility; faculty offices; and the Brodie Laboratory for Craniofacial Genetics.

The goal of the externship is to provide to the Pre-Doctoral Dental Students and Dentist, an opportunity to observe Orthodontics resident function within the residency program. Participants will to be able to see the day-to-day interaction of resident within a program.

In Person Externships Heading link

Program Length and Schedule

  • The in-person externship program is offered every year between June and September.
  • Accepted students will be assigned to one of the weeks between June and September.
  • In-person externships are for a maximum of three days. A three consecutive-day commitment (Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday) is expected during the student’s assigned week.
  • There are no externs during holidays, clinic closures, or reduced service days.

The calendar of available dates can be discussed with Orthodontics Business Manager.

How to Apply to the Externship Heading link

Fill out the Online In-Person Orthodontics Externship Application Form below. Deadline to submit the completed form for the In-person Orthodontics Externship for the 2022-2023 admission cycle is  Tuesday, May 31st 2022.

In order to complete the application form, you will need to upload following documents:

  1. A copy of your Curriculum Vitae
  2. A copy of your dental school transcript (can be official or unofficial)
  3. A letter of recommendation from a Dental School faculty or administrator


Upon submission of the completed application form by the set deadline, the application form and the associated documents will be reviewed by the Orthodontic Department’s Program Director. Selected applicants will be invited to apply for the 3-day externship. Due to high demand, not all applicants will be selected to participate.

Department of Orthodontics will contact the selected applicant to discuss  dates (preferred week between June and September) and provide additional instructions for specific consent and immunization forms. This process must be completed and approved by the Office of Clinical Affairs before beginning the externship.

Note: Selection criteria for the Orthodontics’ Advanced Specialty Program is completely different from the selection criteria for the Orthodontics Externship program.


Online Application form:


  • Applicant Name
  • Max. file size: 2 MB.
  • Max. file size: 2 MB.
    Transcript can be official or unofficial
  • Max. file size: 2 MB.
    A letter of recommendation from a Dental School Faculty or Administrator.

Contact Information Heading link

Andres F. Giraldo L
Department of Orthodontics
Assistant Director of Clinical Support Operations

Marta Kucharska
Department of Orthodontics
Business Administrative Associate

Department of Orthodontics
College of Dentistry