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Periodontics and Oral Medicine

Advanced Education Program in Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology

About the Program

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is pleased to announce the establishment of a 36-month advanced education program in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, sponsored by the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine.

The program has received Initial Accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Successful completion of the program will lead to a certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and will qualify the graduate to take the specialty examination of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. A Master of Science in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology is available through the Rackham Graduate School. The opportunity to enroll in a PhD program in Oral Health Sciences is available to qualified candidates.

The program offers a broad range of training in microscopic (anatomic) pathology, clinical pathology, clinical oral pathology/oral medicine and research. The School of Dentistry runs an active oral and maxillofacial pathology surgical pathology biopsy service. Residents will also spend a minimum of 12 months in the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan Hospital rotating through anatomic and clinical pathology. Although residents will receive a broad exposure to all areas of microscopic pathology, an emphasis will be placed on rotations in head and neck pathology, dermatopathology and oral and maxillofacial pathology.

Clinical oral pathology patients are seen in specialty clinics at the School of Dentistry, the University of Michigan Hospital and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Ann Arbor.

Research opportunities are available within the School of Dentistry, in the Department of Pathology at the Medical School and in other graduate divisions throughout the University.

Program Goals and Objectives

In keeping with the mission of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, the goal of the advanced education program in oral and maxillofacial pathology is to educate future oral and maxillofacial pathologists who will become leaders in the specialty.

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology is an advanced specialty of dentistry that is focused on four general principles: patient care, research, education, and service. The main goal of the program is to teach the scientific basis of oral and maxillofacial pathology specialty practice based on these 4 principles. Specifically, the objectives are:

  1. to train specialists who are capable of providing a high level of care to patients with complex oral and systemic diseases. This includes initial patient assessment/disease diagnosis by means of both clinical patient assessment and the examination of human pathologic tissue (clinical and surgical pathology) as well as subsequent patient management; 
  2. to provide graduates with a strong understanding of research methodology (basic science, translational and/or clinical research); 
  3. to provide the graduating specialist with an understanding of educational methodology; and
  4. to develop future leaders in the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology who possess a strong sense of professional responsibility and social obligation.

Student Eligibility

Residents may be eligible for a competitive stipend and benefits. Applicants must be graduates from institutions in the U.S. accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and from institutions in Canada accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. One resident will be accepted each year.

Applying to the Oral Pathology Graduate Program

For more information, contact the office of admissions
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phone:  734-763-3316
fax:  734-764-1922