Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, and Dentistry

Contact Orthodontic Residency Program

Casey Anne Bridgeman, M.Ed.
Residency Coordinator

The Village at Vanderbilt
1500 21st Ave. S., Suite 3400
Nashville, TN 37212

Email: casey.bridgeman@vanderbilt.edu
Phone: (615) 343-9403
Fax: (615) 343-1830

Orthodontic Residency Program Information


The residency program in orthodontics is a 26 month hospital-based program. Three residents are selected each year.  The program combines clinical training with studies of the basic sciences as related to orthodontics. All instruction is conducted at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The program is accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation. Graduates of the program meet the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Orthodontics. A certificate in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics is awarded by Graduate Medical Education of Vanderbilt University Medical Center upon successful completion of the residency program. The program is designed to fully prepare the resident for specialist practice in orthodontics, as well as provide educational opportunities for those who wish to pursue a career in teaching or craniofacial orthodontics. Residents will learn to critically evaluate the scientific literature, design a research project and write a publishable paper for a certificate. Residents are required to present a case in the American Board of Orthodontics clinical case format at the American Association of Orthodontists annual meeting in year two of the residency program. American Board of Orthodontics certification is expected following graduation.


Residents receive a stipend based on their postgraduate level. Currently the stipend for the July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014 year is $50,145 for PGY-1 residents and $51,650 for PGY-2 residents. The stipend is revised yearly.  Please check the website of the Vanderbilt Office of Graduate Medical Education for current stipend amounts and for additional information on benefits.


No tuition or program fees are currently charged


Residents are responsible for securing their own funding for all travel, fees and expenses associated with the residency program. Some of these expenses are listed below:

  • Interviews, AAO and any other professional meeting attendances
  • Subscriptions, professional memberships and books
  • Purchase of optional personal orthodontic instruments, personal computer and software
  • Observation visits to private orthodontic offices
  • American Board of Orthodontics registration and written exam


Orthodontic residents are expected to rotate through an on-call roster.

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