Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, 4-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.

Eligibility for Licensure

Completion of the CODA-accredited Advanced Education Program in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery satisfies the training requirements for eligibility for participation in the board certification process for the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Eligibility for dental licensure is based on pre-professional, professional and post-graduate training and varies by state/jurisdiction. Candidates should check the state/jurisdiction regulations for dental licensure for the state(s)/jurisdictions(s) in which they are seeking licensure in order to ensure that they comply with all requirements.

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

The four-year certificate training program has been developed to prepare the graduated dentist an academic and/ or private practice career in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. It is an integrated clinical and didactic program designed to meet the requirements leading to certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Upon completion of the residency program, the candidate will receive a specialty certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

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 seven months on the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service and five months on the Anesthesia Service at NYU Medical Center. The resident functions as a first year anesthesia resident with on call responsibilities. In addition the resident completes Basic Science Courses at NYU Dentistry and a Physical Diagnosis Course.

1 Block = 4 Weeks

Anesthesia: 6 Blocks
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery: 7 Blocks

The second year of the program is dedicated to completion of the off service rotations and gaining experience in major oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures. While on General Surgery and Medicine rotations the resident functions as a first year resident with on-call responsibilities.

1 Block = 4 Weeks

General Surgery: 4 Blocks
Medicine: 2 Blocks
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery: 7 Blocks

In the third year of the program the resident completes 2 additional months of off service rotations (Surgical ICU/ER) and an elective in Craniofacial Surgery at the Institute of Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery.

1 Block = 4 Weeks

SICU: 1 Block
ER: 1 Block
Elective: 1 Block
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery: 9 Blocks

The fourth year of the program consists of 12 months of rotations on the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service at Bellevue Hospital/ New York University 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 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. 


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All members of the NYU community — students, faculty, employees, vendors, affiliates, and campus visitors — are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, to upload proof of their vaccination to NYU's portal, and to have that vaccination documentation accepted by NYU.

NYU Dentistry also must abide by the New York State Department of Health (DOH) regulations "Prevention of COVID-19 Transmission by Covered Entities" (10 NYCRR 2.61). Please note: As of January 13, 2023, the information regarding the applicability and scope of DOH regulations is subject to change, as the regulations are subject to ongoing litigation between the state of New York and a non-NYU party. NYU is monitoring the status of the regulations and this page will be updated prior to matriculation of currently admitted students.

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For more information, please contact:

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

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