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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery / Hospital Dentistry

Oral Surgery Residency Program

Program Overview

The six-year integrated Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Medical Degree program has been developed to prepare the graduate dentist, in a comprehensive way, for a career in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This is a broad spectrum, integrated clinical and academic program designed to provide a wide scope of clinical practice and to meet the requirements leading to certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The residency program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

Following successful completion of this residency program, the graduates will receive:

  • A medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School
  • A certificate of completion for a two-year General Surgery Internship allowing eligibility for medical licensure in all fifty states
  • A specialty certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Three applicants are selected each year for the graduate program that begins the third week in June and continues for six calendar years. Applicants are selected for the program on the basis of scholastic record, research experience, personal qualifications, extracurricular activities, communication skills, commitment to patients, letters of recommendation, and aptitude for graduate studies.


The first year of residency is focused on learning medicine, patient care, basic surgical skills and completing selected first year medical school requirements. The second and third years are mostly devoted to medical school requirements. The fourth through sixth years emphasize the clinical/surgical experiences in general surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery.

How To Apply

You must apply to our program through PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service); the program requirements are listed on the Web site. Our department requires 3 letters of recommendation. One letter should be from the Dean of your dental school. Recommendations should be written in letter format and on letterhead. The University of Michigan Medical Center will not accept your PASS evaluation as a letter of recommendation. Also, when submitting your photograph, please write your name on the back. There are no additional applications or fees.

Please mail undergraduate transcripts, photo and letters of recommendation to:

University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Residency Affairs
TC B1-208
1500 E. Medical Center Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5018

For further Information:

Residency Coordinator