Externships

We welcome externs interested in careers in oral and maxillofacial surgery and hospital dentistry to join us for a week of observational training at Michigan Medicine.

These 1-week externships provide dental students with an invaluable experience shadowing residents and faculty. Externs observe a broad scope of surgical procedures and gain insight into the life of a resident by participating in morning rounds, daily clinics, OR cases, and all residency educational activities.

We offer externships in oral and maxillofacial surgery and hospital dentistry.


Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Externship

We accept externs throughout the year, with a limit of 1 extern per week. Externships are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

To qualify, you must have completed a basic clinical course in oral and maxillofacial surgery and be competent in dentoalveolar surgery and the administration of local anesthesia. You must be a student in good standing.

To apply, please submit:

  • Dental school transcripts
  • A letter from your dean supporting your application to the externship
  • A copy of your current TB, HepB immunizations and flu vaccination verification

When applying, indicate which week you would be available for the externship, and provide a backup date, as well.

Send your application to:

Program Coordinator
University of Michigan
1515 E. Hospital Drive
Towsley Center G1218, SPC 5222
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5222


General Practice Residency in Dentistry Externship

Third- and fourth-year dental students interested in a career in hospital dentistry are invited to apply. You’ll gain familiarity with diagnosis and clinical management of complex dental patients.

To apply, please submit:

  • Dental school transcripts
  • A letter from your dean supporting your application to the externship
  • A copy of your current TB and HepB immunizations and flu vaccination verification

When applying, indicate which week you would be available for the externship, and provide a backup date, as well. On rare occasions, we consider shorter or longer visits.

Send your application to:

Program Coordinator
University of Michigan
1515 E. Hospital Drive
Towsley Center G1218, SPC 5222
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5222


Orofacial Pain Externship

Fourth year dental students as well as house officers in a post graduate training program are invited to apply to the Orofacial Pain Externship. You will gain exposure to the history and physical process, knowing when to treat and when to refer, diagnosis and clinical and/or surgical management of the orofacial pain patient.

To apply, please submit:

  • Dental school transcripts,
  • A letter from your dean supporting your application to extern and are in good standing,
  • Copies of your current TB and HepB immunizations and Flu vaccination verification.

When applying, please provide 2 weeks in which you would be interested in visiting the program.

Send your application documents to:

Program Administrator
University of Michigan
1515 E. Hospital Drive
Towsley Center G1100, SPC 5222
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5222