The Oral Medicine Residency Program prepares residents Oral Medicine to treat medically complex patients, diagnose and treat medically-related disorders and conditions affecting the oral and maxillofacial region, including salivary gland disorders, oral mucosal diseases, and orofacial pain syndromes.
Since the establishment of Oral Medicine as a dental specialty in the 1950’s, the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine has been in the forefront in 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 other institutions both in the United States and abroad, examiners on the Board of the American Academy of Oral Medicine, and internationally respected researchers and leaders in the field of 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, there is a didactic curriculum that runs throughout the residency program. Opportunities for residents to explore particular areas of interest in the field of 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 the field of 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 12-chair Oral Diagnosis, Emergency Care, and Radiology Clinic. In addition, the School’s Oral Medicine Clinic is equipped to carry out comprehensive dental care on medically challenging patients in a seven-chair 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 in a 10-chair office, which includes three surgical rooms, a nurses’ station, a fully-equipped dental laboratory, and resident and faculty offices in one the Hospital’s main buildings.
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 advanced general dentistry education program in oral medicine is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [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 or at 2ll East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 6061 l. The Commission’s web address is http://www.ada.org/100.aspx.
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.
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