Head and Neck Oncology & Microvascular Surgery Fellowship

Head and Neck Oncology & Microvascular Surgery fellows at the University of Michigan benefit from a challenging and multidisciplinary program that spans the breadth and depth of the specialty. You’ll leave the program prepared to lead.

Program Overview

The Head and Neck Oncology & Microvascular Surgery Fellowship is a 1-year program to train oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the diagnosis, treatment, and long-term management of patients with benign and malignant lesions of the head and neck. It is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. 

Fellows can expect:

  • Excellent clinical exposure: Fellows learn techniques of ablation, reconstruction, and evaluation, and gain experience coordinating with a multidisciplinary team through rotations in radiation oncology, medical oncology, pathology, and others. Your training ground is Michigan Medicine, home to 3 hospitals and 6 specialty centers, including the U-M Rogel Cancer Center, which sees nearly 100,000 outpatient visits a year.
  • Skilled teaching faculty: Fellowship faculty specialize in all aspects of oral / head and neck surgery, with backgrounds in oral maxillofacial surgery, pediatric craniofacial surgery, and oncology/microvascular surgery. As a fellow, you’ll benefit from well-rounded training across the discipline, learning from faculty who take education seriously.
  • Top career choices: Program graduates include department chairs and program directors, with a good representation across academic surgery, research, and private practice. 

Clinical Experience 

The Head and Neck Oncologic & Microvascular Surgery Fellowship is 1 year in length, depending on a fellow’s previous experience acquired during an oral-maxillofacial surgery residency.

Clinical training emphasizes extensive operative experience in oral/head and neck microvascular patients. Common cases include malignant excisions, major soft tissue excisions, jaw excisions, neck dissections, and free and regional flaps. A preclinical training center in microvascular surgery allows fellows to gain a high level of proficiency.

Rotations include radiation oncology, medical oncology, and pathology. Fellows also participate in a variety of educational and multidisciplinary conferences.

Fellows are encouraged to participate in basic science, translational, and clinical research within the section. 

Applicants who have completed a course of study at an American Dental Association (ADA)-accredited dental school, and who have graduated with a DDS or DMD are eligible to apply.

  • Applicants must have completed an accredited residency program in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
  • Internationally trained applicants must have attended a medical school and obtained US equivalent credentials, and have completed USMLE Parts I, II, and III.
  • Applicants who are H-1B visa eligible may also pursue enrollment in this program. For more about visa requirements at U-M, contact the U-M International Center.
  • You can apply through AACMFS Match. You’ll be given a program code to apply once you complete an application and receive an interview invitation. AACMFS Match deadline is June 1.

The University of Michigan Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery Oral/Head and Neck Oncologic & Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship program is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.

Learn more about eligibility and our selection policy (PDF) →

Contact Us

Please contact program administrator Ronelle Coffey at [email protected] with any questions.