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Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology


The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) now offers an advanced education residency program in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. This program has received initial accreditation from the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation. This 36-month residency is based at the UCSF Medical Center, a recognized world leader in healthcare delivery, research and education. One resident per year will be accepted. Upon program completion, graduates will be eligible for board certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

Based within the UCSF Dermatopathology & Oral Pathology Service, this program draws on the rich and diverse academic and clinical strengths of UCSF.   These strengths include integration with the Department of Pathology and close clinical, scientific and administrative interactions with other UCSF Medical Center patient care settings including the Oral Medicine Clinical Center, the Departments of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Radiation Oncology and the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Training takes place primarily within the UCSF Derrmatopathology & Oral Pathology Service supplemented with 12-months of anatomic pathology training within the UCSF Department of Pathology. Rotations in molecular medicine, hematopathology, cytopathology, laboratory medicine, and oral medicine provide important foundations for future clinical excellence.  Opportunities to engage in leading research with world-class scientists to generate new knowledge are also an integral part of the program.

In addition, all residents will have the opportunity to enroll in graduate education leading to a PhD degree in either fundamental (basic) sciences or clinical & translational sciences. This combined oral & maxillofacial pathology residency and PhD degree requires 7 years to complete. Expected resident salary stipends begin at $42,525 and increase each year of the residency program. Benefits are also provided. PhD candidates will receive salary support for graduate education through a T32 NIH funding mechanism.

UCSF is an equal opportunity institution: women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.


Dr. Richard Jordan
Professor of Oral Pathology, Pathology & Radiation Oncology
UCSF Dermatopathology & Oral Pathology Service
1701 Divisadero Street Room 280
San Francisco, CA 94115


  • must have a DDS/DMD degree
  • must have completed a dental school program in a school accredited by the American Dental Association
  • must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • National Boards part I and II


The completed UCSF Application with supporting documentation must be received on or before September 1st; this information should be mailed to:

University of California, San Francisco

Dental Admissions Office
513 Parnassus Avenue, S-630
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430

UCSF Supplemental Application

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official transcript(s) sent directly from the issuing institution from all colleges and universities attended (including transcripts from foreign universities and Canadian institutions where English was not the official language of instruction)
  • Official course-by-course evaluation from Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. or World Education Services for ALL foreign transcripts received outside of the US including Canadian schools where English was not the official language of instruction
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Official National Board scores part I and II from the National Board of Dental Examiners
Residency Fee Form with non-refundable $60 fee to:

UCSF Office of the Registrar
P.O. Box 742908
Los Angeles, CA 90074-2908

Do not send any transcripts, letters of recommendation, other documents or correspondence to this address.

PLEASE NOTE: Only those applicants who meet all admissions qualifications and submit all required documentation within the deadline, including the UCSF application with fee, will be considered for a position.


For questions regarding admissions and application procedures, please contact:

Daliah Williams
Admissions Coordinator
Office of Admissions
513 Parnassus Avenue, S-630
San Francisco, CA. 94143-0430
(415) 476-2737 (voice) Ext. #3
(415) 476-4226 (fax)


American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology

American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology

International Association of Oral Pathologists