Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists Bulletin Winter 2014 - (Page 26)

S S EAAS O N EEDD E S O N Practitioner's Practitioner's Corner Corner Dr. Terry McDonalD InTervIews Dr. Glenn saMeshIMa T Dr. Terry McDonald Dr. Glenn Sameshima he interviewee for this issue of the Bulletin, Dr. Glenn Sameshima, candidly answers questions on several interrelated topics: orthodontic education (both graduate and postgraduate), the need for care, the quality of care, who will provide that care, and "hucksterism." Most importantly, he paints a picture of how current realities in all of the above will likely impact the future of the profession. 26 Terry McDonald (TM): Tell us about the state of orthodontic education in the U.S. I know this is important to you. Glenn Sameshima (GS): Orthodontic education covers a number of areas: training of specialists, training of dental students, continuing education for non-specialists, and continuing education for orthodontic specialists. Before I proceed, let me just say that I think the quality of clinical orthodontic education in America is unparalleled in the world, and our full-time faculty are some of the most dedicated and talented people in America. We are very fortunate to have some of the best right here in PCSO: Greg Huang, Dave Covell, Jae Park, James Mah, Carlos Flores-Mir, and rising stars Dan Grauer, Sneha Oberoi, Greg Olsen, Won Moon, and many more. Training of specialists is the province of our residency programs. Program lengths range from 24 to 36 months. A few residents are paid a stipend of $50,000 per year, while some residents pay out as much $90,000 per year. It is not easy to answer the obvious question from applicants to programs - why the big discrepancies? As the program director of the most expensive program in the galaxy, I have to say it is hard to justify, but private universities charge what they think the market will bear, and the programs themselves have no say in this. Frankly, I think it is only a matter of time until all private and public universities start to charge the same high tuition for professional schools. [No one knows why dental residents pay tuition (medical residents have always been paid), but now we are stuck with it.] There is also no unequivocal answer to the question of program length, although at USC, when we went from two to three years, it was mainly so our students could finish more of the cases they started, and have more time for their mandatory theses. (Ideally, I think program length PCSO BULLETIN * WINTER 2014

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists Bulletin Winter 2014

A Clear Message and a Clear Plan
So Much to Share and Celebrate!
Facebook and Orthodontic Practice Marketing
Component Reports
AAOF Report
PCSO At a Glance
Poor Posture = Back and Neck Pain
Resident Spotlight: Roseman University College of Dental Medicine, Postgraduate Orthodontic Program
Younger Member Spotlight: Dr. Mahbod Rashidi
The University of the Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
Dr. Terry McDonald Interviews Dr. Glenn Sameshima
New Technology for a New Office: Cost-Effective and Space-Saving
Case Report Pre-Treatment
Dr. Frank Beglin, PCSO President 2014-2015
Helping Autistic and Special Needs Children
Organization and Innovation are Intertwined
Patient Service: Thinking Outside the Box
Clinical Applications of TADs and Outcome Evaluations with 3-D CBCT Superimposition
Root Resorption
Tips and Tricks from the Trenches
Case Report Post-Treatment
Diastema-Closing Appliance
Dr. David Thomas Lawless

Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists Bulletin Winter 2014