Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program


About the Program

resident photoThe UT Health Science Center, College of Dentistry offers a formal four-year Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training program (an optional six-year program leading to an MD degree is available in specific cases) which is officially affiliated with the Memphis VA Medical Center and Regional One Health. Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, and Methodist University Hospital provide the other primary sites of activity for the program.

The four-year program is academically divided into eight six-month terms. The Commission on Dental Education of the American Dental Association authorizes acceptance of two trainees each year. The National Resident Match Program is utilized in the selection of residents.

  • PGY-1 7 months OMS, 3 months anesthesia, 2 months internal medicine
  • PGY-2 6 months OMS, 1 month anesthesia, 1 month pediatric anesthesia, 3 months general gurgery, 1 month research
  • PGY-3 7 months OMS, 1 month general surgery, 1 month research, 3 months ENT/plastics/oculoplastics
  • PGY-4 12 months OMS as Chief Resident

The trainee’s clinical involvement is progressive from simple to complex surgical procedures. The first year is more heavily didactic with rotations on the medicine service to develop proficiency in physical diagnosis and patient evaluation. Five months of the second/third years are devoted entirely to general anesthesia. The remainder of the second year has increased responsibilities focusing on advanced dentoalveolar and impaction surgery and complicated trauma. Clinical applications in these areas continue in the third year with added emphasis on orthognathic surgery, implantology, and facial cosmetic surgery. Managing the administrative needs of the OMS service and a significant caseload comprise the responsibilities of the trainee's chief year.


The curriculum has been developed to relate basic science principles to clinical application through the mechanism of rotation with other disciplines, regularly scheduled seminars, grand rounds, and conferences. Special courses are conducted for surgical anatomy, oral and maxillofacial pathology. Regular rotation to other disciplines includes general anesthesia, general surgery, internal medicine, and trauma. Residents are certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Advanced Trauma Life Support during the program.

The deadline for application to the program is October 1. All applications must be provided through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Late applications will not be accepted. Potential candidate applications will then be reviewed and screened for interviews. If selected, the candidates will be contacted to visit for a formal interview. Interviews take place during late fall into early winter. Match results are announced in late January, and two residents are selected each year to begin training on July 1 of that year.

For additional information, please contact our Residency Application Coordinator Mrs. Bea Davis at 901-448-6234.


Our Mission

The overall purpose of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency training program at the University of Tennessee, Health Science Center College of Dentistry is to educate and train residents in the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery. It is the goal of the department that all residents finishing the program be fully capable of becoming certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

This goal is achieved by providing an academic and clinical experience that addresses the curriculum requirements set forth in the accreditation standards for oral and maxillofacial surgery specialty education. The program is devoted to developing a well-trained specialist with cares and concerns for the total health of the patient and an appreciation for the social, civic, and moral responsibilities of the health care professional.