Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, 6-year MD Program


The Advanced Education Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is based at the Bellevue Hospital Center campus of New York University Medical Center. The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery dates back to 1867 when the first organized course in oral surgery was offered by what was then known as the New York College of Dentistry. The long affiliation between NYU and Bellevue Hospital has enabled the program to fulfill its mission in training postdoctoral students to become leaders in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Many surgeons responsible for the changing face of the specialty were also leaders of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, among them Drs. Leo Winter, Harry Seldin, and William Harrigan.

Didactic training in biomedical sciences takes place at the College of Dentistry and the Medical Center. A wealth of clinical experience is achieved at the affiliate teaching hospitals. These include Tisch Hospital- NYU Medical Center, Lenox Hill Hospital, and The Harbor Healthcare System- Veterans Administration Hospital.

Learning Goals for the Program

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Accreditation Status

The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Each year two applicants are accepted into the six-year OMS/MD program and one applicant is accepted into the four-year OMS certificate program.

Residency Program Objectives

The objective of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program is to prepare graduates for a successful and productive career in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The curriculum is designed to develop the clinical, academic, and communicative skills that will provide for diversified career options. The educational experience is progressive in nature offering increasing responsibilities as residents proceed through the program. A unique feature of this program is immediate participation in all aspects of patient care.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to pursue contemporary full scope Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery practice, obtain medical New York state licensure (6 year residents), and be prepared for the rigors of specialty board examination.

Program Outline

Six Year Residency/ Integrated MD Curriculum

The didactic training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery begins with postgraduate courses in craniofacial development, head and neck anatomy, bone biology, and physical diagnosis. These essential foundation courses are supplemented by certification in ACLS, PALS, and ATLS. Each Tuesday morning is dedicated to selected topics in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

This includes but is not limited to:

  • Maxillofacial Trauma
  • Pathologic lesions of the head and neck
  • Correction of dentofacial deformities
  • Maxillofacial Reconstruction
  • Temporomandibular joint surgery
  • Dentoalveolar surgery
  • Ambulatory general anesthesia and deep sedation
  • Cleft lip and palate repair
  • Management of odontogenic infections
  • Dental implants
  • Management of facial pain
  • Facial aesthetic surgery
  • Coding and nomenclature
  • Risk management

Monday morning attending conference reviews each case from the preceding week. The Chair and faculty in the Pathology Department at the College teach Oral Pathology two times a month.

In addition, there are regularly scheduled multidisciplinary conferences in dentofacial deformities, facial trauma, craniofacial-cleft lip and palate, and Head and Neck Tumor Board.

The first year of the program consists of six months on the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service and six months in the C 21 Medical School Curriculum. Curriculum for the 21st Century, or C 21, provides students with patient- centered and diseased- focused medical education. Please visit Education at NYU School of Medicine for further information. In addition the resident completes Basic Science Courses at NYU College of Dentistry and a Physical Diagnosis Course at NYU School of Medicine.

1 Block = 4 weeks

  • Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery: 7 Blocks
  • Medical School: 6 Blocks

The second and third year of the program functions as a continuum of surgical and medical education. In the beginning of the second year the resident spends several months back on the OMS service and continues in the C 21. In January of Year 2 the resident starts the medical school clinical clerkships. The clerkships continue throughout the third year and the USMLE Step I and II are taken after completion of the clerkships. A mandatory rotation on the Anesthesia Service is started during the final months of the third year.

1 Block = 4 Weeks

OMS: 2 Blocks

Medical School: 20 Blocks (including 4 Blocks of Anesthesia)

  • Pathophysiological Basis of Medicine
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Pathology
  • Psychopathology
  • Biostatistic, Epidemiology, and Preventive Medicine
  • Physical Diagnosis


  • Ambulatory Care Clerkship
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Neurology
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery
  • Advanced Electives

The fourth year of the program is a hybrid year where the resident completes the Anesthesia rotation and returns and functions as a junior chief resident on the Oral and Maxillofacial Service. Graduation from medical school is planned the month of January.

1 Block = 4 Weeks

OMS: 9 Blocks
Anesthesia: 2 Blocks
Med School Sub I: 2 Blocks

The fifth year of the program is spent as an R-1 on the General Surgery Service. The resident functions as a full time member of the General Surgery Department. This 12 month rotation is an essential component necessary for New York State medical Licensure. USMLE Step III should be completed during this year of training.

1 Block = 4 Weeks

Core General Surgery: 8 Blocks
Craniofacial Elective: 1 Block
Oral/ Maxillofacial Surgery:
3 Blocks
Vacation: 1 Block

The sixth year of the program consists of 12 months of rotations on the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service at Bellevue Hospital/ New York University Langone Medical Center and affiliated hospitals. The resident will function as a chief resident with experiences and expectations consistent with this level of training. During this final year of training, residents may participate in cleft lip and palate surgical missions to Mexico and South America.

It is required that each resident have an abstract or poster accepted based upon his or her research efforts for presentation at the AAOMS National meeting during their training. Faculty mentors and research supervisors are assigned early during year 1 in the resident's program.

The program participates in PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service) and the National Matching Program (the "Match"). The deadline for receipt of application materials is November 1st of the year prior to expected matriculation. Individuals with the following qualification are eligible for acceptance to the training program:

  1. Graduate from institutions approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.
  2. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Proof of citizenship and/ or green card must be provided before interview will be granted.
  3. All applicants must be eligible for New York State Licensure in Dentistry. This can be accomplished by passage of the North East Regional Dental Board Examination, state reciprocity, or in the case of New York State, by completion of a CODA approved dental advanced education program. Medical Licensure must be obtained before Year 6 of the combined MD-Certificate program. New York State Dental Licensure can only be obtained after completion of the program.  All residents will be listed in the official NY State dental PG program listing. 

For more information, please contact:

Vasiliki Karlis, DMD, MD
Associate Professor and Director
(212) 562-3222

Robert S. Glickman, DMD
Professor and Chair, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery