TMJ Fellowship

TMJ and endoscopic maxillofacial surgery fellows at the University of Michigan will develop the skills and confidence to manage complex problems and succeed as clinicians and as leaders in any healthcare care setting.

Program Overview

The TMJ & endoscopic maxillofacial surgery fellowship is a 1-year program to train oral and maxillofacial surgeons the diagnosis, treatment, and long-term management of patients with orthopedic temporomandibular joint disorders, as well as unique endoscopic skills needed in the maxillofacial region.

Fellows can expect:

  • Excellent clinical exposure: Fellows will manage a high volume of advanced TMJ arthroscopy and total TMJ arthroplasty cases at Michigan Medicine. Fellows will also perform other endoscopic procedure like sialoendoscopy and sinuscopy
  • Skilled teaching faculty: All three fellowship faculty are fellowship-trained surgeons with backgrounds in pediatric cleft and craniofacial surgery, as well as advanced TMJ arthroscopy and minimally invasive oral and maxillofacial surgery. Fellowship faculty have over 26 years of combined experience as teachers, researchers, and mentors in the academic setting.
  • Career opportunities: Fellows graduating from our program will have unique skills that makes them well positioned to lead in academic surgery, research, and organized healthcare, or gain a competitive advantage in private practice by offering advanced arthroscopic surgery to the community.

The fellowship is a one-year fellowship that is focused on the surgical management of orthopedic TMJ disorder from minimal invasive arthroscopic approach to total joint arthroplasty, in addition to other endoscopic procedures in the maxillofacial region.

Fellows can expect an extensive operative experience in TMJ arthroscopy and total TMJ arthroplasty with custom alloplastic implants, in addition to other endoscopic procedures like sialoendoscopy and maxillary sinuscopy.

Fellows will have the opportunity to attend education conferences and courses to enhance their experience. Fellows will also participate in a variety of educational conferences within our section.

Core Program Faculty

Fellows will develop proficiency in the full spectrum of TMJ surgeries including basic and advanced arthroscopy (including arthroscopic discopexy), and open arthroplasty including total TMJ arthroplasty (TJR). In addition, the fellow will have a significant exposure to minimally invasive endoscopically-assisted surgery.

The field of TMJ, especially advanced arthroscopic surgery, offer great research opportunities that can have a profound impact on the specialty. Fellows will have teaching and research opportunities and will use the scientific method to critically appraise the literature. The fellow will carry out at least one research project which will be submitted for publication.

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 GME Office website.

Applicants who have completed a course of study at an American Dental Association (ADA)-accredited or international 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.
  • 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 for a July 1, 2023 position. 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. For a July 2022 position, applications should be sent directly to our program administrator.

The University of Michigan Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery TMJ & Orthognathic 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 the fellowship program administrator at smata@med.umich.edu with any questions.