As a trainee at the University of Michigan Section of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery / Hospital Dentistry, you’ll experience one of the most diverse learning experiences of any program of its kind in the country — gaining exposure to rare and advanced cases and training in surgical techniques that will make you a content expert among your peers and a future leader in the field.

Excellence in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Hospital Dentistry Education

Trainees at Michigan can expect:

  • Unique case-mix and case volume: As part of Michigan Medicine, a destination care center nationally and internationally, you’ll see conditions you won’t get the chance to treat elsewhere, including arterial venous malformation, avascular necrosis, and squamous cell carcinoma. Our multidisciplinary programs in craniofacial anomalies, sleep disorders, and oral / head and neck cancer treat patients of all ages, broadening your clinical expertise.
  • A collegial and inclusive environment: We pride ourselves on attracting and retaining faculty and residents who reflect the diversity of our communities, and we work hard to maintain a good balance between study, practice, and life beyond work.
  • An emphasis on giving back: From medical mission trips to Mexico and China, to serving the underserved right here in Michigan, our training programs emphasize the importance of health equity.
  • Co-located clinical facilities: With our central medical campus and our School of Dentistry situated within a 1-mile radius, you’ll navigate fluidly between spaces and patient cases — a huge logistical advantage that also makes life easier by reducing commute time.

Our commitment to educating the next generation of oral and maxillofacial surgeons and hospital-trained dentists begins at the undergraduate level and extends to advanced training for fellows.

For medical students, we offer didactics, courses in physical examination of the head and neck, and an elective in oral medicine.

Our externship program welcomes dental students interested in pursuing a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery for a 1-week observational training opportunity.

We offer shadowing experiences to undergraduates interested in a career in oral medicine. Contact our Department of Surgery Education Office for information.