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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Training experts in face, mouth, and jaw surgery

Program Director

Sohail Saghezchi, DDS, MD
Box 0440, 533 Parnassus Ave, UB-10
San Francisco, CA 94143-0440

Program Coordinator

Pearl Zulueta
Box 0440, 533 Parnassus Ave, UB-10
San Francisco, CA 94143-0440
415.476.8226 (voice)
415.476.0665 (fax)

Admissions Contact

Jocelyn Faye
Postgraduate Programs
Office of Admissions & Outreach

513 Parnassus Ave, S-619
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430


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The residency program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) is designed to meet the requirements of the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The program leads to an MD degree and certification in OMFS and can be combined with a PhD, depending on satisfactory progress.

This program will provide you with sufficient didactic and clinical education to meet the requirements of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and to become a knowledgeable practitioner. Along with preparation for a career in clinical practice, UCSF offers many opportunities to develop teaching and clinical research skills necessary for an academic career.


The schedule of the six-year program is as follows:

  • Year 1: 3 months OMFS, 9 months Medical School
  • Year 2: 3 months OMFS, 9 months Medical School
  • Year 3: 3 months OMFS, 7 months Medical School, 2 months USMLE Step 1 & 2
  • Year 4: 7 months OMFS, 5 months Anesthesia (including one month of Pediatric Anesthesia)
  • Year 5: 5 months OMFS, 7 months General Surgery (including 1 month Plastic Surgery & 1 month ENT)
  • Year 6: 12 months OMFS as Chief Resident

Total Medical School: 25 months
Total OMFS: 33 months

We accept four residents per year. Applications are reviewed by the Department of OMFS and the School of Medicine and acceptance is offered jointly.


UCSF Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery offers 1-2 weeks at UCSF Medical Center and ZSFG Hospital to dental students interested in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Interested students should submit the following paperwork to Pearl Zulueta (pearl.zulueta@ucsf.edu):

  1. Email stating your preferred week(s) of externship
  2. Unofficial dental school transcript and letter of good standing from a dean
  3. Proof of liability insurance
  4. Completed immunization form*
  5. Completed UCSF Confidentiality of Patient Employee Agreement (HIPAA)*

*Forms can be found here.

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