Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Internship

Length of Program: 1 year

Number of Positions: 1 for graduates of CODA-accredited dental schools

Financial Arrangement: UC Salary Breakdown

Program Director: Dr. Earl Freymiller

The Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery offers a one-year internship for dentists who are interested in gaining an additional year of education and experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery beyond that which is taught during dental school. This is an excellent program for those dentists who are interested in becoming oral and maxillofacial surgeons, but who desire further experience prior to beginning a formal residency training program. The intern receives similar education, training, and responsibilities as that of an oral and maxillofacial surgery resident in the first year of a six-year program (please refer to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency program). However, this one-year program cannot be counted toward completion of a formal certificate program.

The internship offers strong clinical training, covering the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Surgical cases are performed in the operating rooms of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. A considerable component of training is devoted to the presentation of clinically-oriented basic scientific material.

Integrated with the superb clinic training, strong didactic teaching is also emphasized in the curriculum. The scientific background of oral and maxillofacial surgical practice is featured in seminars, lectures, and conferences throughout the year. Lecture courses are offered in the areas of internal medicine, physical diagnosis, oral pathology, head and neck radiation therapy, dental implantology, and head and neck anatomy (including clinically relevant cadaveric dissection).

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Selection Process & Factors

Selected candidates will be invited to interview. If you have been selected, you will be notified by telephone and/or email. Applications are submitted through PASS.

Timing of Interviews: Early February or week after Match results are published

The admissions committee considers the following criteria in its decisions:

  • Academic achievement

  • Excellent clinical ability

  • Extracurricular achievements

  • Strong work ethic

  • Outstanding interpersonal strengths

Candidates selected to interview for this position are notified by telephone and/or email. Decisions will be available in late February. A letter of acceptance signed by the Program Director and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will be issued upon acceptance. 

This program is not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.