Choosing an oral surgery school typically begins with reviewing schools for residency programs, which must be completed in order for students to become oral surgeons. Students who have completed an accredited dental school program and obtained a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDM) degree are qualified to apply for oral surgery residencies.
Schools with Oral Surgery Programs
These schools offer oral surgery residency programs:
|University/College||Location||Institution Type||Program Offered|
|Boston University||Boston, MA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Residency|
|Tufts University||Medford, MA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Residency, Doctoral|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City, IA||4-year, Public||Residency|
|University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Residency, Doctoral|
|University of Southern California||Los Angeles, CA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Residency, Doctoral|
|University of Michigan-Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, MI||4-year, Public||Residency|
|Nova Southeastern University||Fort Lauderdale, FL||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Residency|
|Loma Linda University||Loma Linda, CA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Residency, Doctoral|
|University of Washington-Seattle Campus||Seattle, WA||4-year, Public||Residency, Doctoral|
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when choosing an oral surgery school:
- If you have not yet earned a postgraduate degree, find out if the school offers a combined MD/residency option.
- Students who wish to focus on specialty areas within the discipline of oral surgery should enroll in programs that offer courses such as head and neck surgery, trauma surgery, prosthetic surgery, plastic surgery or neurosurgery.
- If you are interested in service opportunities outside the United States, find out if the school provides clinical experience programs abroad.
- Find out what the pay rate is for residents at the school. If you are in a combined doctoral program, explore financial aid opportunities.
Oral Surgery Residency Program
Oral surgery residencies are academic and clinical experiences to be undertaken by aspiring oral surgeons after the successful completion of a DDS or DDM degree program. Many aspects of oral surgery are covered in a typical oral surgery residency program, as well as general surgery residencies in programs resulting in an M.D.
Programs offering extensive financial aid opportunities may have low acceptance rates, allowing only two or three students into the program each year. Coursework typically covers surgical methods pertaining to the face, skull, jaw, head and neck.
After earning a clinical doctoral degree, aspiring oral surgeons can seek well-paying residencies that provide a wide variety of academic opportunities, such as concentrations and study abroad.