Shadowing program

The VCU Orthodontic Shadowing Program is suspended until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this difficult period, our most important concern is for everyone to remain safe and healthy. Please check back here in the weeks to come for updates. Stay safe and be well.

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The VCU Department of Orthodontics offers a new and exciting shadowing program for college students who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of Dentistry and Orthodontics. The program includes a visit to the department and observation of classes, seminars and clinical activities.

The shadowing program is no longer being offered to high school students.

Requests for our shadowing program are accepted between Jan. 1 and June 1 of each year for visits scheduled between March 1 and Aug. 31.  A short application needs to be emailed directly to Dr. Bhavna Shroff at The application should include:

  1. A letter of intent with the reasons for your request
  2. A CV or Resume
  3. The name of your school or college
  4. Proof of liability insurance if you are not a VCU Student.  For the professional liability insurance, we generally see coverage for $1,000,000 per claim/occurrence and $3,000,000 aggregate.
  5. The dates you wish to visit

On the day of your visit, please report at 7:45 a.m. to the Orthodontic Clinic, which is located in the Lyons Dental Building at 520 N. 12th Street, Second Floor, Room 222. Our dress code is business casual (no scrubs please). 

We look forward to your visits and please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Bhavna Shroff or Ms. Darlene Johnson if you have any further questions.