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Graduate Dental Education Programs » Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency/M.D

Program Director: Dr. Helen Giannakopoulos, contact

Program Overview

The six-year integrated Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/MD Program includes the awarding of a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, a two-year certificate of General Surgery and a certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS).

Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation*, the dual-degree track has been carefully designed to provide a comprehensive approach to both the medical school and residency components of the program. Candidates who complete the program are eligible for examination by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

The hallmark of Penn’s medical school is based on an innovative, and highly acclaimed curriculum, which fuses basic and clinical sciences. This, coupled with core clinical clerkships, allows the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery resident to receive a medical education without compromise. The core rotations in medical school are structured to include rotations which also meet mandated residency requirements.

Medical School – After completing a six-month rotation on the OMFS service, residents begin medical school in the winter of their first year. Residents begin in Module 2 of the curriculum 2000 at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. During the medical school period of OMFS training, residents receive a stipend and benefits. In addition, residents will be responsible for occasional on-call nights with the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery to gain clinical experience during medical school.

When accepted, a candidate is enrolled in a combined educational program between the University of Pennsylvania Department Of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Receipt of the MD degree can occur only after a matriculant has met all of the academic, personal, and clinical requirements of both the OMS Residency Program and the School of Medicine. Withdrawal or termination from the OMS Residency Program will terminate admission/enrollment in the School of Medicine. Withdrawal or termination from the School of Medicine will also terminate participation in the OMS residency program.

USMLE – Beginning in the second year, residents are encouraged to sit for the four-part United States Medical Licensing Examination to continue in the program.

General Surgery – Residents serve in Penn’s general surgery program for 24 months. During this time, they have the full responsibilities given to interns on the general surgery service. Specialty rotations include: anesthesia, plastic surgery, surgical oncology, gastrointestinal surgery, thoracic surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, transplant surgery, trauma surgery, surgical intensive care, and oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Clinical Education

Rotations in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery are scheduled at the following affiliated institutions:

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) – The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, located on the 5th floor of the White Building, is a multidisciplinary group of medical and dental specialists whose services include: oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral medicine, orthodontics, and maxillofacial prosthetics. The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service provides a broad range of surgical treatments that include correction of congenital and traumatic deformities of the jaws; treatment of tumors, cysts, and infections of the jaws; surgery of temporomandibular joint; surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea; surgical placement of dental implants; facial cosmetic surgery; and dentoalveolar surgeries. The oral and maxillofacial surgery suites are also equipped with state-of-the-art monitoring equipment for the delivery of sedation and general anesthesia during in-office procedures. In addition, the department is responsible for all hospital facial trauma on a three-month rotation cycle with Otorhinolaryngology and Plastic Surgery.

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center – A member of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Presbyterian offers patients a full array of state-of-the-art services, from primary and family care to the most complex medical and surgical treatment by a world-renowned team of medical professionals. The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery provides the rotating resident a unique one-to-one learning experience. The service performs a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including dentoalveolar surgery, salivary gland lesions, implants, orthognathic surgery, nerve repair, facial trauma and others.

Fifth-year residents function as the chief resident during their rotation at Presbyterian Hospital. This gives them the unique opportunity to serve patients with similar responsibilities given to chief residents at the main campus, located at HUP. The fifth-year resident works directly with their attending surgeon, providing for a well-structured educational experience. The clinic is located in the W565 Wright-Saunders Building, and it is fully equipped with modern monitors and sedation units for outpatient sedation and minor oral surgical procedures.

Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center — Located two blocks from the Hospital of’ the University of Pennsylvania, the hospital has an active Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service. The service handles many aspects of oral surgery, including dentoalveolar surgery, preprosthetic surgery, implantology, and facial trauma. Fifth-year residents function as the chief resident during their rotation at the VA Medical Center, giving them the unique opportunity to serve patients with similar responsibilities given to chief residents at the main campus, located at HUP. Residents work directly with the attending for a well-structured educational experience.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) – Since its founding in 1855, CHOP has provided world-renowned medical and surgical care to children from around the globe. CHOP has also been a pioneer of pediatric medicine, responsible for many clinical innovations. The CHOP rotation exposes residents to the full scope of pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery. These experiences include the management of vascular malformations, congenital or developmental jaw deformities, pediatric facial trauma, pediatric dentoalveolar surgery, oral pathology, facial infections and others.

Pennsylvania Hospital – Established in 1751, Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital, is an acute care facility that provides a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic medical services and functions as a major teaching and clinical research institution. Known for its general and specialty surgical services, including orthopedics, vascular medicine/surgery, neurosurgery, otorhinolaryngology (ENT), urology, and obstetrics program — especially high-risk maternal and fetal services, neonatology, neurosciences, and behavioral health, it is part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery currently provides consultative services at Pennsylvania Hospital, which is located at 8th and Spruce Streets in the historic Society Hill district of Philadelphia.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine – Penn Dental Medicine is among the oldest university affiliated dental institutions in the nation with a history deeply rooted in forging precedents in dental education, research, and patient care. The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic within Penn Dental Medicine features seven operatories, three of which are equipped as minor operating rooms for more advanced cases.

*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 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residents

There are three residency positions each year in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program. The University of Pennsylvania invites diversity in the application pool. Please feel free to contact any of the residents with questions or comments about the program by writing to: 

Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery
University of Pennsylvania 
5th Floor, White Building 

3400 Spruce Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Paul Deitrick
Muhlenberg College

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
DMD
, MD
6th Year
Frederick Liu
Tufts University
Columbia University College of Medicine
DDS, MD
6th Year
Michael Walker
Idaho State Unviersity
Creighton University Boyne School of Dental Science
DDS
, MD
6th Year
Brian Ford
Gettysburg College

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

DMD, MD
5th Year
Andrew Steinkeler

Tufts University

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
DMD, MD
5th Year
Steven Wang

Trinity University and The George Washington University
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

DMD
, MD
5th Year
John Y. Kim
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

DMD
, MD
4th Year
Prem Patel
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
DMD
, MD
4thYear
Bo Wang
University of Southern California
University of California in San Francisco

DDS
, MD
4th Year
Clark Andelin
University of Utah
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
DMD

3rd Year
Rhae Anna Riegelo
Lafayette College
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
DMD
3rd Year
Kevin Sweeney
University of San Diego
University of Washington
DDS
3rd Year
Laura Barunas
Boston University
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
DMD
2nd Year
Andrew Henry
University of Dayton
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
DMD
2nd Year
William Noh
University of California, San Diego
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
DDS
2nd Year
William J. Boggess
Auburn University and University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry
DMD
1st Year
Jennifer Paress Caroline
Cornell University and Columbia University
DDS
1st Year
Mohammad Okasha
Florida State University and University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
DMD
1st Year

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University of Pennsylvania
School of Dental Medicine
240 South 40th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6030