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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery / Hospital Dentistry

Oral Surgery Residency Program

Program Overview

We accept three candidates into the program each year. Dr. Brent Ward is our chairman and Sean P. Edwards, DDS, MD is our Program Director.

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 approximately 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 the 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.

You must apply to our program through PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service). Our program requirements will be listed on the website. When submitting your photograph, please write your name on the back. There are no additional applications or fees.

NBDE and NBME (CBSE) reports can be uploaded into PASS or emailed to the program coordinator at