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Graduate Dental Education Programs » Oral Medicine Residency

Program Director: Dr. Eric Stoopler, contact

Program Overview

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.

Postgraduate Program Due Process Policy (PDF)
Graduate Medical Education (GME) Policies (PDF)

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

Clinical Education

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.

  • Anesthesia/Pain Clinic
    This rotation will allow residents to gain experience in the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of patients with chronic organic pain syndromes. In addition, residents will gain clinical experience in the use of local anesthetic block injections, physical therapy, and pharmacological treatment of oral mucosal lesions and facial pain.
  • Anesthesia
    This rotation will allow residents to gain basic knowledge of and clinical experience in the pre-operative assessment of patients, principles of intravenous access, local anesthetic techniques, pharmacology, and airway management including intubation, induction, patient monitoring, and recovery from general anesthesia.
  • Dermatology
    This rotation will allow residents to gain knowledge and clinical expertise in the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of dermatopathologic disorders.
  • Hospital Consultation Service
    This will enable residents to gain clinical experience in the diagnosis and management of oral complaints of hospitalized patients and the dental evaluation of pre-surgical, pre-radiation, and pre-chemotherapy patients.
  • Internal Medicine
    This rotation will serve to introduce the resident to the fundamental principle of clinical internal medicine. Residents will function as third-year medical students under the supervision of medical interns in direct care of patients in the medical wards. In addition, this rotation will serve to strengthen the resident’s skills in obtaining a medical history, performing a physical examination, and the principles of laboratory medicine.
  • Neuroradiology
    This rotation will allow residents to gain an understanding of the principles and techniques of head and neck radiology, including plain films, tomography, CT, MRI, and vascular imaging.
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    This rotation will enable residents to gain clinical experience in the management of soft tissue trauma, treatment of fractures to the facial skeleton, and perioperative assessment of patients undergoing various oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures (temporomandibular joint arthroscopy and / or surgery, tumor surgery [of benign and malignant lesions], preprosthetic surgery [including implants], orthognathic surgery, reconstructive surgery, dentoalveolar surgery, cosmetic surgery, craniofacial surgery, cleft lip and palate surgery).
  • Otorhinolaryngology
    This rotation will allow residents to gain knowledge and clinical expertise in the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of common otologic and sinus disorders.
  • Phlebotomy
    This rotation will allow residents to understand and recognize the need for venipuncture in a health-care setting, utilize various instruments, equipment and techniques for venipuncture, and to demonstrate a basic proficiency in venipuncture skills.

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

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.

Program Faculty

Program Director

Standing Faculty

Academic Support Staff/Associated Faculty

  • Arthur S. Kuperstein, DDS

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Oral Medicine
    Director, Oral Diagnosis and Emergency Care Clinics

  • Takako I. Tanaka, DDS FDS RCSEd

    Clinical Professor of Oral Medicine

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