The Oral Medicine Residency Program prepares residents to diagnose and treat medically-related disorders and conditions affecting the oral and maxillofacial region, including oral mucosal diseases, orofacial pain syndromes and salivary gland disorders and to treat medically complex dental patients.
The discipline of Oral Medicine was established at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in the 1950’s and since then, Penn Dental Medicine has been at the forefront of training and promoting the study and dissemination of medical-related issues in dentistry. The Oral Medicine Residency Program at Penn Dental Medicine began training qualified practitioners in the early 1960’s, many of whom have gone on to become program directors at institutions both in the United States and abroad, senior dental school administrators, examiners on the American Board of Oral Medicine, and internationally respected clinicians, researchers and leaders in Oral Medicine.
The objective of this Penn Dental Medicine residency is to train a thoroughly qualified clinician and educator in the field of Oral Medicine. See program goals and objectives (PDF).
In addition to extensive clinical experience, foundational knowledge in Oral Medicine is delivered throughout the residency program via a strong didactic curriculum. Opportunities for residents to explore particular areas of interest in Oral Medicine are encouraged. Also, opportunities for clinical and didactic instruction in undergraduate Oral Medicine courses and participation in departmental clinical and laboratory research projects prepare residents for an academic career in Oral Medicine.
The highly respected research environment at Penn Dental Medicine and throughout the University of Pennsylvania provides a valuable opportunity for students applying to residency programs to combine their specialty training with advanced research and academic opportunities. To that end, Penn Dental Medicine offers a Master of Science in Oral Biology (MSOB) and a Doctor of Science in Dentistry (DScD) that can be earned concurrent with a specialty certificate, preparing students to successfully enter the field of academic dentistry while also becoming skilled clinicians in specialty care. Through the MSOB and DScD programs, students are encouraged to pursue their individual research interests with projects that can span the diverse disciplines and research labs within Penn Dental Medicine’s basic and clinical sciences and across the University.
Academic Track: MSOB and certificate (3 years), DScD and certificate (5 years)
Clinical Certificate Track: certificate only (2 years)
Number of residents accepted: up to 4 per year
Residents undergo their clinical training at the following sites: *University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine* — The Department of Oral Medicine at Penn Dental Medicine oversees the School’s Oral Diagnosis, Emergency Care, and Radiology Clinic. In addition, the School’s Oral Medicine Clinic is equipped to deliver comprehensive dental care to medically complex patients in a modern physical facility.
Penn Medicine at Radnor – An outpatient facility in a Main Line suburb of Philadelphia, the Oral Medicine suite is a three-chair facility equipped with digital panoramic radiography and a dental lab.
University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) – UPHS is one of the nation’s premiere health facilities, consistently rated among the nation’s best. The Division of Oral Medicine is located in the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine (PCAM), which houses consultation rooms, surgical rooms, a nurses’ station, a fully-equipped dental laboratory, and resident and faculty offices.
Residents in Oral Medicine will be assigned to various medical services or outpatient clinics. Here, they will function as an integral part of the health care system, directly involved with patient care and performing clinical clerkships. The following represent the core clinical clerkships in the curriculum. These clerkships can be modified according to the interests and experience of the resident.
Residents in Oral Medicine will be assigned to various medical services in medical wards or outpatient clinics. Here, they will function as an integral part of the health care system, directly involved with patient care and performing clinical clerkships. The following represent the core clinical clerkships in the curriculum. These clerkships can be modified according to the interests and experience of the resident.
The Commission on Dental Accreditation has accredited the postdoctoral program in advanced general dentistry in oral medicine. However, this education area is not one of the American Dental Association’s recognized dental specialty areas. Therefore, dentists graduating from this program cannot announce that they are specialists, as recognized by the American Dental Association.
For more information regarding the discipline of oral medicine, visit The American Academy of Oral Medicine website.
Application Deadline: November 1 — See Graduate Dental Education Programs Admissions Requirements and Procedures for detailed information and instructions.
All applications will be reviewed by the Oral Medicine Program Admissions Committee. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Decisions to interview applicants will be made by the Committee and such decisions will be communicated to applicants directly from the Oral Medicine Department.
A personal interview is required as part of the selection process. All selected applicants will be invited to interview at Penn Dental Medicine on a single day in December. Interview invitations will be sent via email shortly after the application deadline. Travel and lodging information will be sent to you via email from the administrative staff of the Oral Medicine department. The interview day will consist of attending departmental conferences, interviews with department faculty, a tour of the facilities, and lunch with faculty, residents and other invited candidates.
The Oral Medicine Program does not participate in the Match Process. Accepted candidates will be notified via email in early January. All admitted candidates are obligated to submit a non-refundable acceptance deposit in the amount of $1,000 within ten business days of acceptance. The Office of Graduate Dental Education will provide assistance to coordinate pre-enrollment activities such as establishing a PennKey for access to the University’s online resources, establishing a university email address, and initiating the visa process for international students.
Associate Professor of Oral Medicine
Director, Postdoctoral Oral Medicine Program
Department of Oral Medicine
Director, Oral Medicine Research Program
Department of Oral Medicine
Associate Dean for Hospital and Extramural Affairs
Professor of Oral Medicine
Director, Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology
Director, Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology Fellowship
Chair and Professor of Oral Medicine