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Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Admissions & Curriculum

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Application deadline: Oct. 1, 2020

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Admissions Contact

Jocelyn Faye
Postgraduate Programs
Office of Admissions & Outreach

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


The OMFS residency program accepts four residents per year. Applications are reviewed by the Department of OMFS and the School of Medicine, and acceptance is offered jointly.

Program Schedule

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

  • Year 1: 1.5 months OMFS, 10.5 months Medical School
  • Year 2: 4.5 months OMFS, 7.5 months Medical School
  • Year 3: 3 months OMFS, 7 months Medical School, 2 months USMLE Step 1 and 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 and 1 month ENT)
  • Year 6: 12 months OMFS as Chief Resident

Total Medical School: 25 months
Total OMFS: 33 months

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a DDS or DMD degree issued by a dental school accredited by the U.S. ADA’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) by the start of the program
  • Pass the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE), Part 1 by the application deadline. Matched candidates must Pass and submit NBDE Part 2 results by the start of the program. If you already have completed your dental program: Passing score(s) from NBDE Parts 1 & 2 OR the Integrated National Board Exam (INBDE) are required by the application deadline
  • Submit National Board Medical Examiners Comprehensive Basic Science Examination scores by the application deadline
  • Be a U.S. citizen. We no longer accept applications from graduates of non-U.S. or Canadian dental schools or from non-U.S. citizens

Criteria for Selection

In evaluating applications, we look for the following:

  • Placement in the top 20 percent of the dental school class
  • Excellent letters of recommendation
  • Clinical externship experience (encouraged)
  • Research experience (preferred)

Application Procedures

There are three steps to the application process:

  1. Submit your application through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) by the program deadline. You must include the following: personal essay, curriculum vitae (CV), official dental school transcript, unofficial transcripts from all other undergraduate/graduate schools, three PASS evaluation forms (PEFs), dean's institution evaluation and NBDE and NBME CBSE scores.
  2. Register with the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program to obtain a match code number, which you must submit through the PASS application. The Match Program is a centralized selection service that matches applicants to programs.
  3. Following submission of the PASS application, submit the nonrefundable application processing fee of $60 through the UCSF application fee portal.

If you have international coursework:

You must submit to PASS a course-by-course evaluation of all international transcripts by either Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., or World Education Services AND send an official copy of the international transcript directly to the SOD Office of Admissions.

If a WES ICAP report is submitted to PASS this will fulfill the requirement for the evaluation and transcript.

Send these items to:

University of California, San Francisco
School of Dentistry Office of Admissions & Outreach
513 Parnassus Ave., S-630
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430


Interviews during the 2020-21 admissions season will be conducted remotely. Invitations will be sent directly by the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program.


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