Apply to the Program

All applicants for admission must complete a course of study leading to an academic degree of Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) or Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at an accredited US dental school prior to matriculation.

If accepted, a candidate will be responsible for two- and one-half years of tuition and fees at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Financial aid is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. In addition, nonpermanent residents of the US are not eligible for federal or school financial aid programs for tuition and expenses while in medical school. Students in this situation must provide documentation certifying the financial resources that will enable them to meet the cost of medical education by placing the funds in an escrow account prior to matriculation. For applicants who do not meet the above financial aid criteria, payment for the full 2.5 years of tuition is due prior to matriculation.

Students can apply to the program through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) with the American Dental Education Association. The deadline for applications received through PASS is October 1st. Applications can be processed online through the PASS web site.

After applying through PASS, you do not need to submit any fee or supplemental materials, unless contacted directly. If you receive an invitation to interview, you will then be asked to submit official transcripts, etc. Again, please do NOT send any materials.

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
U. Mai Dang,
4 South Pavilion
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104

You may call 215-360-0446 with any questions.


The University of Pennsylvania program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery participates in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program.


Candidates will be interviewed by a committee of faculty and residents. They are ranked for selection through the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. Interviews for candidates are usually conducted in November or December of the year before entrance and we invite about 20 to 30 applicants to visit. All interviews are performed in the morning and early afternoon. The interview process requires the entire day for activities and interviews. In addition, the day includes a presentation by the medical school and candidates will have an opportunity to meet some of the medical school staff to discuss financial aid. A separate medical school interview is not required.

Tours of the hospital and dental school are conducted by our residents. This provides candidates the opportunity to personally meet the residents and ask questions in a relaxed atmosphere. If you require hotel lodging and travel for your interview there are many choices available online at special rates for your interview. Directions to campus.

Additional Information for International Applicants

The School of Dental Medicine is unable to offer financial assistance, including loans, scholarships, and/or assistantship, to those who have residency outside of the United States. Foreign applicants who are accepted into the program must demonstrate proof of adequate personal financial resources to cover all years of the program before an I-20 Student Visa application is issued.

Non-Discrimination Policy Statement

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran in the administration of its educational policies, programs, or activities, admissions policies, and procedures, scholarship and loan programs, employment, recreational, athletic, or other University administered programs. Questions or concerns regarding the University’s equal opportunity and affirmative action programs and activities or accommodations for people with disabilities, should be directed to the Office of Affirmative Action, 1133 Blockley Hall, 418 Service Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021 or 215-898-6993 (Voice) or 215-898-7803 (TDD).