Department of Diagnostic Sciences: Programs


Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Residency Program

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Medical Education (UPMCME) offers a minimum 36-month residency certificate program in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. This program is fully accredited by 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 sit for the specialty board examination in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

The program offers a mix of didactic courses, electives, microscopic general and oral pathology, clinical oral pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, head and neck pain, hospital rotations, and research. Clinical patients will be seen at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and at the University Dental Health Services, Inc. (faculty practice plan). The School of Dental Medicine has an active surgical pathology (biopsy) service, with approximately 2200 accessions per year. Abundant research opportunities are available within the School of Dental Medicine, in other graduate schools of the University, and in the medical center.

A significant portion of the residency is devoted to clinical rotations at the UPMC-Presbyterian University Hospital Department of Pathology. The Medical Center is a major, regional, tertiary care and transplant center that will expose the resident to a large volume and a wide variety of experiences. A unique facet of the program is a 12-week rotation in head and neck anatomic pathology. Other required rotations include gastrointestional pathology ("quicks"), immunopathology, hematopathology-lymph node, thoracic pathology, and dermatopathology. The program is designed to allow some flexibility for the resident to concentrate on a particular area of oral and maxillofacial pathology.


Student residency handbook


Program Faculty

Faculty members are certified by their specialty boards of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral Medicine, or Anatomic Pathology, and possess a wide range of clinical, teaching, research, and surgical pathology experience.



The program will accept a maximum of two residents a year. The applicant must be a graduate of an accredited dental school. If an applicant has been graduated from a dental school outside of the U.S. or Canada, he or she must have a credentials evaluation from an approved organization (i.e., from ECE, WES, or IERF) which states that the graduate has the "equivalent of a US dental degree" in order to obtain a training license from the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry. The Admissions Committee will not review an application from an international dental school graduate without that designation.



Residents in the program qualify for graduate medical education stipends. The UPMC first year graduate medical training annual stipend is approximately $50,000.


Application information

Application Documents Required: Academic credentials will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee of the Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Advanced Education Program. The completed application must include:

  • The School of Dental Medicine Self-Managed Application;
  • Three letters of recommendation (a Dean's Letter and two other recommendations). The Dean’s Letter is an official letter from your dental school indicating that you are a graduate of the institution. The letters of recommendation must be in envelopes that are sealed by the individual writing the recommendation, and this person's signature must also appear on the back flap of the envelope;
  • Original or certified (notarized) copies of all original language academic records and transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Certified copies of the original certificates or diplomas awarded at the completion of studies must also be submitted. Where official, original documents are issued in a language other than English, certified (notarized) English translations must also be submitted. English translations of documents alone are not acceptable;
  • Current Curriculum Vitae;
  • A one-page personal statement stating your reasons and objectives for applying to this specialty and this program;
  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 (check in U.S. funds made payable to the University of Pittsburgh);
  • If available, National Board Dental Examination (Part I and II) scores;
  • TOEFL score, if applicable;
    • If the applicant has taken National Board Dental Examination (Part I and II) and/or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), those scores will enable us to further evaluate the applicant.


Place the application, curriculum vitae, personal statement, academic records and transcripts, letters of recommendation, and the application fee in one envelope. Mail to the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Department of Diagnostic Sciences, Attention: Department Administrator, G121 Salk Hall Annex, 3501 Terrace Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261. Incomplete applications will not be processed. All materials submitted for consideration become the property of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, and will not be returned to the applicant for any reason.


Application Deadline: Application deadline is October 1. Applications received at a later date will not be reviewed. As soon as a completed application is received, the applicant will be notified. The program's admissions committee will review the applicant’s credentials. Those applicants whose credentials are deemed adequate will be invited for a personal interview.

Interviews/Selection of Students

With the assistance of the departmental administrator, the invited applicant will arrange for the half-day interview. The applicant is responsible for the cost and arrangement of his/her own travel and lodging. Candidates will be notified of the Admissions Committee decision shortly after the interview.  

For additional information about residency programs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, please go to the Web site:

For further information, please contact the program director, Kurt Summersgill, DDS, PhD, at, 412-648-8635, or at G134 Salk Hall, 3501 Terrace Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261; or the Department Administrator for the Department of Diagnostic Sciences, at 412-648-8636.