About us

Since its establishment as an independent unit in 1965, the Department of Orthodontics has developed an international reputation. We are proud of our record of providing the best and latest treatment for our patients, offering the highest level of education to our postgraduate orthodontic students and employing the most up-to-date orthodontic techniques.

Activities of the department include graduate and postgraduate teaching, clinical treatments and research.

Teaching includes basic and clinical orthodontics for 4th, 5th and 6th year students in the Hebrew University-Hadassah Faculty of Dental Medicine, with both frontal lectures and clinical tutoring.

The orthodontic clinics offer treatment for the general public in areas such as early treatment, adult orthodontics, orthognathic surgery, clefts, impacted teeth, special needs, as well as lingual and Invisalign options.

We offer a 36-month international specialization program in English, which teaches state-of-the-art clinical discipline, with modern technology and based on the most recent research. The staff members are well known educators, clinicians and researchers.

The Department of Orthodontics is very active in clinical and basic science research. Through our strong international connections, we aim to build cooperation with the foremost academic orthodontic institutions worldwide.


Contact information

For a clinic appointment:

Please call: 02-6778100

Stella Chaushu - D.M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Orthodontics drchaushu@hadassah.org.il

Miri Haisraeli-Shalish - D.M.D., Director of International Postgraduate Program mshalish@mail.huji.ac.il

Nathalie Ohana – Department Secretary



Specialty Program

The postgraduate program in Orthodontics of the Hebrew University-Hadassah Faculty of Dental Medicine is one of a few programs worldwide that enjoy the synergy of a university research and academic faculty with a clinical and world-renowned medical center. It has been established in 1977 and since then more than 60 orthodontists have participated in this unique experience. The postgraduate program has been upgraded to an International Postgraduate Orthodontic Program (IPOP) in 2012, which welcomes students from all countries. The program offers a scientifically stimulating and culturally rewarding experience of studying in a foreign country and interacting with peers from different cultural backgrounds in the unique setting of Jerusalem.

Our mission is to train and educate specialists who will provide the highest level of patient care in an environment that fosters ethical behavior and critical thinking. The three-year English-language IPOP provides students with tools for analyzing patient problems and formulating the best treatment course. We help our students acquire knowledge and develop skills in a broad range of orthodontics and allied disciplines. IPOP students are also enrolled in a two-year International MSc Program in Biomedical Sciences. Israeli students are required to do an additional 6 months of obligatory rotations in pediatrics and pediatric dentistry. Israeli students are required to pass the Israeli National Board Examinations, while our foreign students apply to take the board exams in their country of origin.

The program enables the successful postgraduate student to practice Orthodontics at the specialist level. Our graduates are expected to return home at the completion of their training to successfully run their own private or public clinics or become researchers at academic institutions.


The Unique Advantages of IPOP

The program promotes excellence in orthodontic practice and research.

IPOP is recognized by the European Federation of Orthodontic Specialists Associations (EFOSA) and meets the academic guidelines of the European Erasmus project.

The school and its faculty have over 35 years’ experience in the orthodontic postgraduate field. Our faculty often speak at local and international orthodontic conventions.

IPOP provides tools for examining orthodontic problems, formulating effective treatment plans, and successfully executing those plans.

The emphasis throughout the program is on active learning by the student rather than passive participation in the classroom.

IPOP students will be involved in basic or clinical orthodontic research.

We are both a modern (academically, technologically, etc.) and a still developing young country. Being a melting pot of immigrants from many ethnic origins and diverse genetic makings, Israel's population presents complex orthodontic cases which are rare in countries of more homogenous genetic makeup.

The teachers are deeply involved, caring and have open communication with their students. Faculty is assigned when needed as tutors to guide students requiring additional assistance in some courses.

Aims and Objectives of the Program

  • The overall objective of our Program is to provide advanced knowledge of the theory and practice of orthodontics for general dentists who would like to specialize.
  • IPOP will work towards helping students develop knowledge and skills in the following areas:
  •  Principles and uses of diagnostic tools including intraoral scanning, cephalometrics and 3D imaging
  • Design and implementation of treatment plans
  • Theoretical courses                                                                                                                                                                                        
  • Use of straight wire, self-ligating, as well as Invisalign and lingual techniques
  • Handling cases that require interdisciplinary treatment (adults, clefts, orthognathic surgery, special needs)
  • Laboratory techniques and skills
  • Principles of research methods and biostatistics

Upon successful completion of IPOP, students will be expected to initiate and participate in the promotion and development of orthodontic practices in their own countries on a national level, regional level, or in a local community setting.


The curriculum is comprised of core courses, seminars, workshops, and a research project supervised by a senior faculty.

First six months

*      Preclinical courses

In the first six months of the program, students will take pre-clinical preparatory courses as outlined below. Full time (five days a week) attendance at the Orthodontic Department is required. Duration of each course is typically 2-3 months.

Core courses:


  • Introduction to orthodontics
  • Introduction to clinical orthodontics
  • Introduction to Clefts
  • Introduction to Self-ligating
  • Introduction to Early treatment
  • Introduction to biomechanics
  • Introduction to growth and development
  • Cephalometrics and imaging (MSc course)
  • Straight wire and Edge-Wise
  • Lingual orthodontics
  • Orthosurgery
  • Basic skills
  • Occlusion and TMJ
  • Advanced topics in research methodology (MSc course)



Studies during this phase will include participation in case presentations by senior faculty or guest orthodontic specialists.

Reading lists (articles and chapters in books) will be distributed 1-2 weeks prior to each lecture/seminar to be read and summarized before the lecture/seminar.

Evaluations will be made at the end of each course based on written exams or written assignments.

Hands-on Laboratory skills (integrated in core courses)


  • Mounting dental casts
  • Wire bending
  • Cephalometric tracing
  • Bracket positioning
  • Typodont in Straight Wire
  • Welding and soldering
  • Essex appliances



*     Journal clubs and treatment planning seminars

*      Clinical hours dedicated to transfer existing patients from graduating students

Transfer of existing patients starts 3-4 months after the beginning of the program and continues for 2-3 months. There are 8 clinical hours per week during that period.

*       Clinical hours dedicated to clinical examination of new patients.


The next 30 months of the program

This phase is carried out during the subsequent 2.5 years of the program and requires full day attendance in the Orthodontic Department for five days a week.

MSc Courses

  • Growth and Development of the Craniofacial Complex (4 credits)
  • Development and Function of Occlusion (2 credits)
  • Biomechanic Principles and Application in the Craniofacial System (2 credits)
  • Imaging Methods in Orthodontics (5 credits)
  • Advanced Topics in Research Methodology (3 credits)

Seminars in diverse topics

Seminars take 3 hours a week and cover mandatory literature material. Students need to prepare by reading and summarizing topics on reading lists to be provided 1-2 weeks prior to each seminar.

Following are seminar topics (list is subject to modifications):

1.             Diagnosis

(Each seminar's duration is two hours except when noted)

1.1.      Class II division 1

1.2.      Class II division 2

1.3.      Class III

1.4.      Open bite

1.5.      Dolphin imaging software

1.6.      Congenitally missing teeth

1.7.      Cervical resorption


2.             Appliances

(Each seminar's duration is two hours except when noted)

2.1.      Magnets and their use in Orthodontics

2.2.      New orthodontic wires

2.3.      Wire bending

2.4.      Stability of orthodontic results and retention appliances

2.5.      Non-compliance accessory appliances

2.6.      Bonding and debonding

2.7.      Thurow appliance

2.8.      Self-ligating brackets

2.9.      Biomechanics – Mulligan 2.10.    Invisalign (3 seminars)

2.11.    Light sources in Orthodontics

2.12.    Lasers in Orthodontics

2.13.    Orthodontic implants

2.14.    Extra-oral appliances


3.             Treatment methods

(Each seminar's duration is two hours except when noted)

3.1.      Surgical options in the treatment of clefts

3.2.      Methods of intrusion

3.3.      Early treatment and functional appliances

3.4.      Adult treatment

3.5.      Treatment of children with special needs

3.6.      Stripping

3.7.      Self ligating appliances 3.8.      Distraction osteogenesis

3.9.      Space maintenance

3.10.    Impacted incisors

3.11.    Anchorage

3.12.    Impacted canines


4.             Other topics

4.1.      Dental injuries

4.2.      Malocclusion indexes

4.3.      Informed consent and diagnostic records

4.4.      Orthodontic appliances and allergy

4.5.      Fissure sealants

4.6.      White spot lesions and enamel pigmentation

4.7.      Eating disorders: bulimia and anorexia

4.8.      Decoronation

4.9.      Clinic management (5 seminars)

4.10.    Dental anomalies

4.11.    History of Orthodontics

4.12.    Transpositions

4.13.    Maxillofacial rehabilitation

4.14.    Systemic diseases and orthodontic treatment

4.15.    Computers in Orthodontics

4.16.    Patient co-operation

4.17.    Obstructive Sleep Apnea

4.18.    Tissue damage in orthodontic treatment

4.19.    Root resorption


5.             Treatment planning sessions

Sessions include presentations of treatment plans and discussions before starting treatment or evaluating progress in advanced treatment stages or finished cases using superimpositions, along with clinical photos demonstrating progress.

Orthognatic patient treatment planning seminars in cooperation with maxillofacial surgery – twice monthly.


6.             Interdisciplinary seminars

Interdisciplinary seminars are given in cooperation with the following departments:

6.1.      Pedodontics–4 seminars during the program.

6.2.      Periodontics and Prosthetics – 8-10 seminars during the program.


7.             Seminars in collaboration with Orthodontic programs at other institutions in Israel – 2-3 times during the program.

Students will prepare presentations of cases and/or articles or seminars on diverse topics.


8.             Clinical instruction of the undergraduate program.

Clinical instruction is assigned to students when students accompany a teacher from the Orthodontic department.


Journal clubs

Journal clubs are held for two hours a week and consist of presentations of recent literature from the following publications:

1.     American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

2.     European Journal of Orthodontics

3.     The Angle Orthodontist

4.     Seminars in Orthodontics

5.     Journal of Clinical Orthodontics

Students are required to read and summarize articles from these journals before each journal club session during which a summary and discussion will be carried out.

Clinical hours

Clinical hours are designated for the treatment of new and transferred orthodontic patients. All treatments performed by students are under continuous supervision of qualified Orthodontists with a ratio of specialists to students of 1:3.


Clinics are divided into the following disciplines:

1.       Straight wire

2.       Early treatment

3.       Impacted teeth

4.       Adult interdisciplinary clinic- Ortho-Perio, Ortho-Prosthetics

5.       Invisalign

6.       Lingual Orthodontics

7.       Self-ligating brackets

8.     Interdisciplinary approach to cleft palate and craniofacial malformations

9.     Interdisciplinary orthognathic treatment

10.   Patients with special needs

11.   Screening examination of potential patients and referrals from other departments are performed on a daily basis

The Program Calendar

The IPOP is a 36-month full time program for international students with 46 weeks per year. Israeli students are required to complete an additional 6 months in two rotations at the end of the program. Classes and clinics are held each week Sunday to Thursday.

There are several vacations each year: One week summer vacation at the end of August, about one week (Sukkot) holiday in October, One week in December  (for Christmas/Hanukkah/New Year), and about one week at Passover/Easter.

Site-visits and social outings take place throughout the program. Informal home visits facilitate contact with faculty members and other Israelis.

Apartments can be rented in close proximity to the campus.

Next admission is 2021.


Examinations & Grading

Course grades are based on written or oral examinations, papers, or student presentations, depending on the course. Students must obtain a passing grade of 70 in each course to be eligible to successfully complete the orthodontic program.

At the end of the course, students will take a final written exam. A passing grade of 70 is required in order to participate in the second oral (unseen) exam. A final grade of 70 in the oral exam is mandatory for the IPOP certificate of graduation. 

Requirements & Application

In order to be eligible for the Program the applicant must have an academic degree (DDS or DMD) in general dentistry from a recognized academic institution, at the time of beginning of the Program.  

Applicants must have a good command of the English language and need to submit their TOEFL or equivalent test scores

Students are advised to have at least basic computer skills.

IPOP flyer


For online application go to: http://hsr.huji.ac.il




1. Completed and signed application form

2. Copy of an academic degree and valid transcripts of all previous university studies. If original transcripts are not in the English language they need to be translated and certified by a notary

3. Rank in class and description of grading system at prior academic institutions

4. Certificate of proficiency in English (TOEFL or equivalent test results) required of applicants from countries where English is not the language of instruction.

5. Medical certificate signed by a physician

6. Curriculum Vitae

7. “Personal statement” as to the reasons for wanting to pursue the orthodontic program

8. Letters of recommendation from three senior faculty members or professionals who can attest to the applicant’s qualifications and ability to successfully complete the Program

9. Three color passport-size photographs

10. Photocopy of a valid passport

11.Payment for the registration is 500 NIS, and can be paid at the following link


 Applicants should submit the online application material by August 16, 2021

Be sure to provide an address, telephone number (including country code and area code), fax number and e-mail address on all your communications

Tuition cost of IPOP for international students is NIS 130,000 (about $34,000) per year (Israeli students: see Hebrew online application instructions). This fee is subject to change and does not include the tuition for the International Master's Degree Program (about NIS 17,000 per year). Fees for international students include malpractice insurance. Dormitory accommodations are not included and cannot be guaranteed. In addition, students will be required to buy a set of personal orthodontic tools, camera, laptop and 2 textbooks. These items will remain the property of the students.