Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Educational Programs

 

         Residency Program

The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) at the University of Pittsburgh offers a six-year, dual degree, and a one four year program. New residents commence training as interns in the department, joining their corresponding medical school class in the spring of the first year, and in the six year of the dual degree program. Residents earn a medical degree and participate in advanced surgical training in oral and maxillofacial surgery, spending a total of 32 months on the oral and maxillofacial surgery service. The program is designed to be truly “integrated” and allow for the maximal benefit of coordinated medical training, and progression of knowledge and skill in oral and maxillofacial surgery.  Residents are exposed to the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery throughout their training—including interdisciplinary care.

Innovation and conducting research is a key aspect of our mission at Pitt.  Scholarly activity, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and presenting at scientific meetings of national scope and merit are strongly encouraged and facilitated. The two residents accepted each year are among the best-prepared and most qualified students in the nation. The department's graduates have accepted positions in both outstanding surgical practices and university attending positions at major medical centers throughout the United States. 

Eight full-time oral and maxillofacial surgery faculty members, as well as part-time faculty and private practice oral and maxillofacial surgeons from the Pittsburgh area, provide surgical training and mentoring. The School of Dental Medicine has, on-site, a modern ambulatory surgical suite with full anesthesia support and facilities that enhance caseload and outpatient surgical management. From day one, new residents work with first professional dental students in a training and supervisory role in the undergraduate OMS clinic. They are involved in managing emergency cases at the UPMC Montefiore Dental Center and in assist the attending surgical faculty in the operating rooms of UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside, Mercy Hospital, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. During the entire sixth year of the program, the chief residents devote a full 12 months to the OMS service, working with an enviable surgical caseload. 

In addition to the medical school curriculum, the department provides instruction in anesthesia, head and neck pathology, cleft and craniofacial disorders, cosmetic surgery, craniofacial trauma, and head and neck anatomy. Residents are also required to attend the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Grand Rounds, Journal Club, treatment planning conferences in the Dentofacial Deformities Program (in conjunction with the Orthodontic Program), and the weekly Surgical Treatment Planning and Trauma Conference.

The deadline for application to the program is October 1. Late applications will not be accepted. Applicants are screened for interviews that occur in November and December. In late January, through the Match Program [http://www.natmatch.com/dentres/], two applicants are selected to matriculate into the first year of residency, which commences in late June. Applicants matched to the University of Pittsburgh are enrolled in both the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Applicants must graduate from an ADA-accredited dental school, must apply through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS), and must participate in the Match selection process. Residents receive a full UPMC post-graduate trainee stipend during each year of the program. In addition, health and disability insurance benefits are provided. Tuition is incurred while residents are enrolled in the medical school phase of the program. The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery adheres to the University of Pittsburgh's non-discrimination policy. More information can be obtained by contacting Andrea Ford at the address provided at the end of this section.

Program Director
Dr. Bernard J. Costello
1112 Kaufmann Building
3471 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-648-6801
Fax: 412-648-6835

Email: fordam@upmc.edu

 

Pediatric Craniomaxillofacial Surgery Fellowship Program

The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh offers a one-year accredited Fellowship in Craniofacial/Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The fellowship is designed to produce highly trained surgeons preparing them for a full-time academic career or allow them to enter a position at a center or within a group, which has a significant need for this experience.

The fellow develops extensive surgical experience in pediatric, adolescent, and adult congenital craniofacial, primary and secondary cleft, orthognathic, reconstructive, esthetic, implant, and pediatric craniofacial trauma surgery. Research opportunities in the areas of tissue engineering, molecular genetics, cranial suture biology, pediatric trauma, cleft, and congenital craniofacial anomalies are also available and encouraged as a critical component to the fellowship program. Research involvement, presentations at scientific meetings of national scope and merit, and publications in peer-reviewed journals are encouraged and supported.

The fellow accepted each year is regularly taken from among the best prepared and most qualified oral and maxillofacial surgery residents in the nation. Our graduates accept positions in both outstanding surgical practices and university attending positions at major medical centers. Fellows receive a full UPMC Health System post-graduate trainee stipend for the year of the program that is commensurate with their experience level. Health and disability insurance benefits are provided. Applicants are screened for interviews that take place in the fall. Eligible applicants include those who have graduated or will graduate from a CODA accredited residency in OMS.

For information and application instructions please call:

Bernard J. Costello, DMD, MD
Chief, Division of Craniofacial and Cleft Surgery
Program Director, Craniofacial Fellowship and Residency
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
412-648-6801

Email: fordam@upmc.edu

 

OMS Externship Program

An externship program is available for interested students from U.S. accredited dental schools.  Please contact the department for additional information and complete the application materials below.

Please see the links below for application materials and information.

Personal data sheet (PDF 39 KB)
Instructions for Visiting Students (PDF 103 KB)

 

OMS Internship Program

A one-year internship program is available for those individuals who are interested in applying for a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery, but would like additional training prior to applying for an OMS position through the MATCH. The program is unique in that a balanced and extensive experience is offered in the clinical setting. This includes rotations in our outpatient clinics as well as the operating room service. Interns are also expected to attend and participate in conferences and our comprehensive didactic coursework. The position is fully funded.  Applications may be made at any time, and the position is usually filled once the MATCH process is complete in late January. 

More information can be obtained by contacting Andrea Ford at the address provided below.

Andrea Ford
Fellowship and Residency Coordinator
3471 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1112
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213

Phone: 412-648-6801

E-mail: fordam@upmc.edu