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OMS Externship and Internship Programs

Externship Program

The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is accepting applications from interested students from U.S. accredited dental schools for our externship program.  Please contact the department for additional information and complete the application materials below.

Please see the links below for application materials and information.

Information for Visiting Students

Prerequisites for Participation

All students from dental schools accredited by the American Dental Association Council on Education, who will have completed their third year requirements at the time of the desired elective participation, are eligible to apply. Students must be in good academic standing at their parent school and must have their school's approval to participate in the desired elective(s).

Visiting students are permitted to enroll for a continuous 4-6 week Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery elective at the School of Dental Medicine during their fourth year.

Application Procedure

An "Application for Non-Pitt Student Elective" form must be submitted. These applications are available from the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery by writing to the address, below. The application must contain all requested information from both the student and the appropriate dean of the student's school, including original signatures. Incomplete applications will be returned to the student's Student Affairs Office.

The application should be mailed before May 15. Upon receipt the completed application will be reviewed and the student applicant notified about acceptance status.


All students must be covered by malpractice or liability insurance verified by their dean of students. Applicants must provide proof of personal health insurance. We accept no liability for health costs incurred by visiting students while at this school.


The courtesy of a telephone call is requested at least 4 weeks prior to the start of an elective if you find you're unable to participate. Please call directly to the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at 412-648-6801.


The School of Dental Medicine has no short term housing at its disposal. The School of Medicine keeps a reference of students who are scheduled to be away and may wish to sublet. You can get in touch with them by calling Margie Sikorski at 412-648-9040. There is dormitory space available during the months of May, June, July and August, call 412-648-1100. There is also a University Housing Office, available by phone at 412-624-7116, which may be able to refer you. A final suggestion, check to see if you have graduates from your school in this area who may be willing to share or otherwise assist you.

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 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery position through the MATCH program.

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 also are expected to attend and participate in conferences and our comprehensive didactic coursework. The position is fully funded. 

Application Procedure

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 the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Fellowship Residency Coordinator.

For more information about both programs, please contact

Fellowship and Residency Coordinator
203 Lothrop Street, Suite 214
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213