Program Overview

At the University of Michigan, you will find a comprehensive education program that provides a broad exposure to oral and maxillofacial surgery across a diverse and complex clinical population.

Clinical Experience

The University of Michigan offers a 6-year, MD-integrated Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) Residency Program. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association. Upon completion of residency, graduates obtain a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, a two-year certificate of completion of General Surgery training, and a certificate of completion of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency. Three categorical residents are admitted per year.

Residents rotate on surgical services across Michigan Medicine, a highly ranked academic medical center home to three hospitals and six specialty centers in Ann Arbor.

Home to a Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center, the University of Michigan attracts patients from around the region, the country, and the world. Residents are exposed to a high volume of cases, including advanced and complex cases not found at other institutions.

Training covers the breadth of OMS and includes but is not limited to:

  • Dentoalveolar surgery
  • Dental implantology, maxillofacial implants, and CAD/CAM technology
  • Trauma of the head and neck
  • Outpatient and general anesthesia in adults and pediatrics
  • Surgical management of the airway
  • Minimally invasive and open temporomandibular joint disorder treatments
  • Orthognathic surgery and computer-aided surgery
  • Pediatric maxillofacial surgery and congenital anomalies
  • Cleft lip and palate surgery
  • Benign and malignant pathology
  • Local, regional and free flap reconstruction
  • Nerve repair surgery
  • Minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures


The first two years of residency are focused in medical school, learning patient care and basic surgical skills, as well as completing USMLE step 1 and step 2. The third year of residency emphasizes clinical/surgical experiences on anesthesia and general surgery rotations. The fourth year of residency includes rotations on general surgery as well as oral and maxillofacial surgery. General surgery rotations include otolaryngology, plastic surgery, intensive care unit, minimally invasive/endocrine surgery, and others. In final two years of residency are focused on further developing and gaining proficiency in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

All previous University fo Michigan OMS residents have passed the qualifying exam of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

  • Year 1: Medical School (OMS Pathway)
  • Year 2: Medical School (OMS Pathway)
  • Year 3: Anesthesia (3 months adult, 2 months pediatric), General Surgery
  • Year 4: General Surgery, OMS
  • Year 5: OMS
  • Year 6: OMS

Conferences & Lectures 

Residents participate in a rigorous didactic schedule including lectures, case conferences, multidisciplinary conferences, hands-on dissection courses, and journal clubs that emphasizes topics beyond the level of a pre-doctoral OMFS curriculum. 

Research & Academic Opportunities

OMS residents have the opportunity to actively engage in meaningful research in clinical, basic science, translational and surgical education topics. Residents are supported in travel nationally and internationally to present their research.

Salary & Benefits

The University of Michigan offers highly competitive salaries and tremendous benefits to our residents/fellows. An overview of salary, benefits and employment eligibility is available on the University of Michigan Medical School website.