Graduate Certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Acquire intensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries and defects of the oral and maxillofacial region with the Graduate Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University. This 30-month, postdoctoral specialty certificate program is part of a six-year dual degree/certificate residency program comprised of an advanced standing Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree and the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery certificate.

Residents are trained to become skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeons, providing surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases involving both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues. Residents also have opportunities to increase and improve patient care in the local community. 

The program’s curriculum blends didactic and clinical education and is strengthened by general scholarly activities and professional development opportunities. Students gain the skills and training to become professional oral and maxillofacial surgeons, including advanced expertise in oral biology, as well as increased knowledge in the administration of outpatient pediatric anesthesia and research methodology and study design.

You will participate in interdisciplinary patient care by working closely with general dentists, oral and maxillofacial prosthodontics, and other postgraduate training programs within the Kornberg School of Dentistry. You will also study the care administered by oral and maxillofacial surgery practices, including implant dentistry, oral pathology and oral medicine, outpatient pediatric anesthesia, and temporomandibular and orthognathic surgery.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is one of the ten dental specialties approved by the American Dental Association.

Program Format & Curriculum

Students complete the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program over a minimum of 30 months, which are dedicated to learning experiences specific to the certificate requirements. The innovative curriculum places significant emphasis on experiential learning supported by various didactic, formal and informal educational experiences. 

Students complete the program’s CORE lecture series, designed specifically for postdoctoral students, with emphasis on biostatistics and research methodology. Residents also participate in weekly seminars and lectures, in addition to monthly grand rounds with topics ranging from surgical anatomy to professionalism and practice management.

The additional program time is allocated to the completion of the MD degree, off-service rotations and general surgery requirements for medical licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Learn more about courses in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery certificate.

Dual Certificate/MD Program

Upon completion of the full six-year Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery certificate program with an MD, you will have

  • completed an MD degree; 
  • passed the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination;
  • completed the General Surgery training toward eligibility for medical licensure;
  • completed requirements of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Certificate program; and
  • demonstrated competency in all aspects of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Certificate, residency program and MD degree.

Residents in the program receive a stipend. 

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Certificate in Dentistry offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. 

Learn more about the tuition rates for the 2019–2020 academic year.

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