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The Georgia School of Orthodontics receives Initial Accreditation from CODA

Posted: 28th October 2016 09:06

At its August 2016 meeting, the Commission on Dental Accreditation ("CODA") granted Initial Accreditation to the Georgia School of Orthodontics ("GSO"), a new program in orthodontic education that aims to improve both orthodontic education opportunities in the state as well as provide expansive community access to care. CODA Initial Accreditation was the final step needed before the GSO welcomed its inaugural class and commenced classes in August.

The Georgia School of Orthodontics will operate a state-of-the-art orthodontic clinic, providing treatment for kids, teens and adults at significantly reduced costs. The clinic is staffed by highly qualified orthodontic faculty, including Board Certified Orthodontists, and the 18 licensed dentists enrolled in the residency program.

"CODA's decision to grant us Initial Accreditation was a critical step in our ability to fulfill our mission of educating dentists to become orthodontists, while providing affordable care to an underserved population," said Dr. Pramod Sinha, Program Director.

The 36-month residency program has developed stringent education and admission standards in accordance with the CODA's accreditation requirements.  The GSO standards include: 

    1. Clearly stated goals and objectives that address raising the quality of education, patient care, research and service.
    2. Requiring a Board Certified Program Director to administer the residency program. 
    3. Providing exceptional institutional facilities and resources to offer the best educational and patient experiences.
    4. Providing special knowledge and skills in orthodontics beyond the D.D.S., D.M.D. or Continuing Education training.

The school provides cutting edge technology and equipment for students and patients. GSO is the first orthodontic school in the nation to have the CS3600 3D intraoral scanner.  The 3D intraoral scanner allows for virtual treatment planning capability with greater accuracy and speed, and eliminates plaster impressions. This technology is used in conjunction with the Juell 3D Flash OC, which has 3D printing capabilities to construct retainers and study models.

About Georgia School of Orthodontics

Based in Atlanta, Ga., the Georgia School of Orthodontics (GSO) will offer an advanced specialty education program in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. The 36-month residency program is structured to provide collaborative and evidence-based learning for residents while providing quality orthodontic care to patients in the school's clinics. GSO's mission is to educate outstanding dentists to be proficient in the clinical specialty of orthodontics while providing affordable care to an underserved population. GSO faculty and staff is dedicated to diversity in both education and practice. The program is sponsored by Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center and is a division of its Department of Dentistry. GSO has received initial accreditation through the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). For more information, visit or call (770) 351-7737.

About The Commission on Dental Accreditation

The Commission on Dental Accreditation is the national accrediting agency for dentistry recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The accreditation process ensures that educational programs meet specific national standards, with a goal of continuous program improvement. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.  Further detailed information concerning the accreditation process can be obtained from the CODA at

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