Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Internship

Dental graduates interested in pursuing a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery will gain valuable hands-on experience in our 1-year Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Internship Program at Michigan Medicine.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery interns develop their skills through participation in minor and major surgical procedures, as well as patient management in perioperative settings. As an intern, you’ll train in both hospital-based and ambulatory care settings, and will function in clinical service similar to a first-year integrated trainee.

There are 2 internship positions available each year for this 1-year program.

Clinical Experience

You’ll spend 12 months on the oral and maxillofacial surgery service, gaining experience in outpatient, inpatient and emergency care of both children and adults. Training includes:

  • Management of traumatic injuries and pathologic conditions
  • Dentoalveolar surgery
  • Placement of implants
  • Augmentations and other hard and soft tissue surgery, including surgery of the mucogingival tissues
  • Ambulatory anesthesia
  • Interpreting medical and dental histories
  • Clinical exam skills
  • Interpreting intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs

Trainees also participate in on-call responsibilities.

Conferences & Lectures

As an intern, you’ll attend weekly and monthly departmental seminars, conferences, case presentations, and journal clubs. You’ll also participate in departmental conferences, gaining skill in presenting and discussing cases.

Other training includes practice seminars and risk management seminars, and instruction in coding and nomenclature. Trainees will learn the procedures for obtaining hospital credentials.

How to Apply

First, review the eligibility requirements for the Oral & Maxillofacial Residency Program.

Then submit the following application materials. You must submit the complete packet before it will be reviewed:

  • Curriculum Vita
  • Personal statement
  • Undergraduate transcripts
  • Dental school transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation from the dean of your dental school
  • Letter of recommendation from your clinic director
  • Letter of recommendation from a current faculty member
  • National Board of Dental Education scores
  • 2X2 photo

Your letters of recommendation  must describe your clinical skills and your professionalism to be acceptable.

Send materials to:

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


Contact the Department of Surgery Education Office.