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The Advanced Program for International Dentists in Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain is a one-year, full-time program that provides the international dentist with a comprehensive experience that focuses on oral health, oral mucosal diseases, salivary gland disorders, and orofacial pain. This program is designed for internationally trained dentists who seek to improve their knowledge and clinical experience in Oral Medicine and Orfocial Pain, and plan on practicing dentistry outside of the United States.


Upon completion of the program, the international dentist will have acquired the knowledge and skills to provide advanced-level care for patients with a wide variety of oral mucosal diseases, salivary gland disorders, and orofacial pain. Examples include ulcerative lichen planus, oral autoimmune bullous disorders, oral cancer and dysplasia, a variety of submucosal and pigmented lesions, cranial neuralgias, neuropathic pain, traumatic neuropathies, headaches, myofascial pain, and temporomandibular joint disorders.

Course Components

This program features an intensive clinical emphasis consisting of 25 credit hours of patient care per week, which will further develop the participant�s expertise in the field of Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain. Students in the Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain program will provide all levels of patient care on a post-graduate level. Students are introduced to New York University College of Dentistry through an intensive orientation seminar series that include courses on Chart Review/Record Keeping, Digital Photography, Research Techniques, Oral Medicine Preclinical, Radiology and Digital Radiology.

The program curriculum exposes students to a variety of Oral Medicine techniques and new modalities of treatment as well as the acquisition of the essential background in pain medicine and pain neuroscience The curriculum includes courses on Basic Science Review, Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning, Literature Review, Practice Management Advanced Oral Diagnosis Case Presentations, Applied Medicine, Pathology and Pharmacology, Clinical Pharmacology, Head & Neck Tumor conference and OFP/Oral Mucosal Disease Seminars.


Dr. Marcela Romero

Dr. Marcela Romero, D.D.S., Ph.D., is the Director of the Orofacial and Head Pain Clinic at New York University College of Dentistry as well as the Program Director for the Advanced Programs for International Dentists Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain program. She is faculty member of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain. Dr. Romero is the first recipient of the AHS/ Migraine Research Foundation Thomas E. Heftler Migraine Research Award. Her research interests engage translational and basic research. Dr. Romero's research involves investigating fundamental signaling pathways and neuroimmune networks involved in the maintenance and processing of orofacial pain and migraine using behavioral models; the development of new orofacial and craniofacial pain model systems in mice (inflammatory/neuropathic/migraine).  



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Certificate Ceremony 2014