Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists Bulletin Fall 2017 - 45

New and Younger Members

Dr. Riddhi Desai, Orthodontic Resident
Oregon Health & Science University

Dr. Riddhi Desai
Portland, OR

Oregon Health & Science
University, Class of 2018 at GORP:
Drs. Jonathon Yih, Ji Sun Min,
Riddhi Desai, Amelia Stoker

Fall 2017  PCSO Bulletin

Why did you apply to the orthodontic program?
I discovered my passion for orthodontics through
dental school experiences. I was most excited by
cases in which I built long-term relationships
with my patients. While treating patients, I began
to appreciate that orthodontics has the ability to
curtail dental complications, avoid costly treatments, and preserve natural smiles for a lifetime.
I appreciate that each orthodontic treatment
requires a methodical, evidence-based approach,
while still offering tailored therapies to match
each patient's needs. Dentistry allows for continuous intellectual stimulation, manual dexterity,
and patient relationships, but orthodontics adds
a component of creativity and ingenuity unsurpassed by any field within dentistry. I specifically
chose Oregon Health & Science University
(OHSU) for its excellent reputation as a wellrounded program that produces clinically competent orthodontists who can focus on preventive
and cosmetic care. I could not be any happier
with the decision I made!
Tell me about your orthodontic residency program.
I am currently a second-year resident at OHSU. It
is a comprehensive 30-month orthodontic certificate program with a combined Master of Science
degree. The program has a very strong hands-on
clinical learning environment in addition to
didactic teaching and opportunities for research.
Our outstanding faculty facilitates an environment in which residents and faculty are colleagues. The diverse backgrounds of our faculty
provide us with the means of learning various
treatment philosophies. We have many seminars
dedicated to learning the history, technique, and
theory of orthodontics. In addition, we have seminars with other specialty programs and the craniofacial team at Doernbecher Children's Hospital,
which helps us to ensure that our patients
receive the best comprehensive care. The program adequately prepares all of the residents for
the ABO clinical and oral examinations. Many of
our residents have at least three, if not all of their
board cases for the oral examination completed

by the end of the program. One new addition to
our program - and one of my favorites - is the
cadaver course. In a multidisciplinary approach
alongside orthodontists, ENT specialists, and oral
surgeons, residents use cadaver heads to learn
how to place TADs. I can confidently say that
OHSU orthodontics sets the bar high in terms of
producing quality orthodontists and providing
quality treatment to all patients.
What are some highlights of your residency?
A main highlight of my residency is the people
in the program. The staff, assistants, residents,
and faculty are all exceptional people who care
deeply about their profession and pursue excellence in their daily activities. A constant effort
is made by all members of our team to ensure
each resident is able to reach his/her maximum
potential, and to help maintain a healthy work/
life balance. OHSU orthodontics makes an effort
to respect residents' opinions and incorporate
their ideas and needs into the program. My coresidents are amazing individuals to work with,
both in and out of clinic. Although we spend
countless hours together in seminars, clinic,
and the resident room, we still make time to
enjoy the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest, and kick back and relax together, with
potlucks, movie nights, happy hours, and our
annual faculty-resident BrewCycle.
What are your plans for after graduation?
My ultimate goal is to start a private practice in
a small community in an area similar to where
I grew up in Pennsylvania. Eventually, I want to
contribute my experiences and education to a
university-based program as a faculty member,
teaching other young orthodontists. Directly
after graduation, I hope to join a practice as an
associate, and look forward to applying the
methods I have learned at OHSU. I am excited to
begin my journey in the field of orthodontics and
hope to continue to learn, educate others, and
provide excellent treatment for all of my patients.

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