Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology

Length of Program: 2 years

Number of Positions: Up to 3 for graduates of a CODA-accredited dental school

Financial Arrangement: UC Salary Breakdown

Program Director: Dr. Sanjay Mallya

The UCLA Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology faculty offers a two-year full-time postgraduate certificate program designed to train specialists in oral and maxillofacial radiology. The mission of the Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Certificate Program is to comprehensively train residents to become proficient radiologists, competent teachers, familiar with the foundations of research methodology, and to contribute their skills and knowledge in the service of the profession.

The comprehensive curriculum consists of didactic education and clinical training in the radiation sciences, including maxillofacial radiological interpretation, radiation physics, and radiation biology and safety.

The residents will actively participate in patient care in the OMR Radiology Practice. The UCLA OMR Practice is well equipped and provides both conventional and state-of-the-art CBCT maxillofacial imaging to patients from the UCLA School of Dentistry as well as community dental providers. Residents will also gain clinical experience in head and neck interpretation using contemporary imaging modalities, through rotations, case conferences and seminars at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and the Santa Monica Medical Center.

Residents will augment their diagnostic skills through formal didactic courses and through clinical experiences in the oral facial pain clinic, craniofacial anomalies clinic, and the oral & maxillofacial pathology service. OMR clinical experiences include considerable interaction with residents and faculty from other specialties. The residents will participate in the pre-doctoral OMR curriculum. Residents are expected to participate in research and scholarly activity and present their findings at national or international meetings.

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Combined Certificate and MS/PhD Program

The UCLA Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology Residency Program may be combined with degree programs leading to a Master of Science degree or PhD degree in Oral Biology. The combined programs typically last three years (MS) or five years (PhD), depending on the research background of the candidate.

The objectives of the combined programs are to develop clinical competence in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology combined with the research expertise to enable the graduate to pursue an academic career involving teaching and independent or collaborative research. Didactic, research, and clinical components develop simultaneously throughout the program, although different components are emphasized at different times.

Selection Process & Factors

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

The admissions committee considers the following criteria in its decisions:

  • Academic achievement

  • Leadership activities

  • Research experience

  • Teaching experience

  • Demonstrated interest in oral and maxillofacial radiology

This program does not participate in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Service. Accepted candidates are notified by telephone. A letter of acceptance signed by the Program Director and Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Personnel will be issued upon acceptance.

Accreditation Statement

The program in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and has been granted the accreditation status of "Approval without Reporting Requirements”. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653, by visiting www.ada.org/coda, or by mail at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678.