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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 Pre-Doctoral Dental Students and Dentists an opportunity to observe UIC orthodontic residents function within the residency program. Participants will to be able to see the day-to-day interaction of resident within a post-graduate orthodontic program.

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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 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday OR Wednesday, Thursday, Friday options). A three consecutive-day commitment is expected during the student’s assigned week.
  • There are no externs during holidays, clinic closures, or reduced service days.

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All interested applicants should email Dr. Min Kyeong Lee to request the application packet (email:

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Upon submission of the complete documents, the application form and the associated documents will be reviewed by the Orthodontic Department’s Externship Program Director. Due to high demand, not all applicants will be selected to participate.

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

Note for International Applicants:

This program does NOT process F1 visa or provide E20 form or any visa supplemental for the participants to be on the Externship.  Likewise, the program also does not grant certification nor pay any travel and insurance expenses. The program is voluntary for participating students or dental professionals. For more information contact to UIC Office of Global Engagement at

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