Application and Admission


The Department of Orthodontics participates in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). The Department also participates in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (the Match). Applicants MUST register with Match and PASS. The shared PASS/Match registration portal can be accessed from the Match website (select the option for Applicant Registration), or directly at

Our program code is 768574.

The ADAT has been introduced as an additional evaluation in 2016, the pilot year for that test. Since ADAT scores will be released after the application deadline, they will be considered as optional supplemental information but are not a required component of the application.

Application materials should be completed and received by PASS before September 1, 2016 for admission the following July. The following must be submitted directly to the program:

  1. A 2" x 2" photograph.
  2. An essay in the applicant's own handwriting, signed and dated. The essay should answer the following question:
    Numerous applications for our advanced dental education program in Orthodontics are received each year. Many factors are considered in the selection process. So we may get to know you better, please review the article "Taking it Back" found in AJODO, March 2016, p. 429-30 and tell us why you agree or disagree with the ruling of the court in Powers v. St. John's University School of Law. Limit your answer to one page.
  3. The UTHSC Department of Orthodontics participates in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program and considers that participation to be beneficial and fair to both the residency program and its applicants. The Department fully complies with the Institutional Agreement. During selection of candidates for interviews, we grant priority consideration to applicants who are participating exclusively in the Match.
    Attach a signed and dated copy of the following statement with circled choice to your submitted handwritten essay: I am / am not applying exclusively to programs participating in the Match.

After the application materials are received and evaluated, some applicants will be invited for an interview. Interviews are scheduled in the month of October. No student is admitted without a personal interview.

If accepted for enrollment, each student will be required to make application to the College of Graduate Health Sciences. Original copies of transcripts, NBDE scores, GRE scores and two original and signed letters of recommendation must accompany that application. The letters of recommendation may be the same as those submitted to PASS but must be an original and signed document.

All applicants must be eligible for full licensure by the State of Tennessee Board of Dentistry at the time of matriculation in July of 2017. Information regarding Tennessee licensure requirements may be found at

Admission Decisions

The probability of success in graduate study is assessed using many criteria, but important characteristics are:

  1. Dental and undergraduate school achievement
  2. Performance on standardized tests
  3. Extracurricular activities
  4. The interview
  5. Experience
  6. Recommendations

Minimally, to be considered for full-standing as a graduate student, an applicant must have earned a D.D.S. or equivalent degree awarded by a CODA accredited institution, compiled at least a "B" coursework average, and rank in the upper 30% of his or her graduating class.

Orthodontics room

Contact Us

Graduate Orthodontic Program
875 Union Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Phone: 901-448-6213
Fax: 901-448-8358

Program Director:
Terry M. Trojan, D.D.S., M.S.