Academic Divisions

Orthodontic Externship Program

The Orthodontic Externship Program is offered to interested domestic and international dental students and dentists considering a career in orthodontics. During the 2 day period, students will have the opportunity to attend and participate in classes, seminars, case presentations, and literature reviews with the current Orthodontic Residents. Additionally, externs will have the opportunity to observe residents in the Graduate Orthodontic Clinic and faculty in the Dental Faculty Practice. Students may also have the option to visit the Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic at Nationwide Children's Hospital with the residents.

The purpose of the Externship is to familiarize students with our Residency Program as well as our faculty and facilities. This experience can be tailored to best suit the needs and interests of visiting students. Questions and inquiries about the Externship Program can be submitted to (please include "Externship" in the subject line).

There is no charge for the externship.

Please watch the video on our Residency Program page to learn more.

Externship Application Process

We welcome externs throughout the entire year, with the exception of during breaks and limited to 2 externs per monthon a first-come, first served basis. The process is a multi-step one.

Once you have decided you would like to take advantage of our externship program, please provide the following in an email to, with “Externship” in the subject line:

  • Dates you wish to come
  • Current CV or resume
  • Immunization records (with Date of Birth) with proof of:
    • Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) (Requires 2 doses of vaccination for compliance)
    • Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis (Tdap) (Requires 1 dose received as an adult for compliance)
    • Hepatitis B (Requires 3 vaccinations to complete the series for compliance)
    • Varicella (also known as Chickenpox) (Requires 2 doses for compliance)
    • Between Sept 1 and March 31: seasonal influenza vaccination
    • Documentation of negative TB screening (i.e., TB skin test, QFT blood test, or chest x-ray) from within the previous 12 month period
  • Confirmation that you are covered by health insurance
  • Completed prospective resident observer forms

IF YOU ARE A CURRENT DENTAL STUDENT in a CODA accredited professional school of dentistry, please complete and return the prospective resident observer forms. Please have your Dean fill out the Attestation and Request Form for Prospective Resident Observation, while you will fill out The Ohio State University College of Dentistry Observer Confidentiality Agreement and Liability Release and the Health and Safety Checklist.

IF YOU ARE NOT CURRENTLY IN DENTAL SCHOOL or your school is not a CODA accredited professional school of dentistry: after you have forwarded the dates, cv, immunization record and proof of health insurance, and (if dental student) letter of good standing from your Dean, you will receive information on how to complete required online trainings. Please take screenshots of the certificates for each of the training modules and return them to

Once all these documents have been received, permission will be requested from the College of Dentistry for the dates of your visit, which will be sent in a confirmation email to you, along with pertinent information regarding hotels, parking, schedule and dress requirements.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions at any time throughout this process.