Prospective Students/Residents

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Training Program

OMFS Residents and Faculty

Program Description

The OMS residency training program offers two postgraduate tracks: a 4 year OMFS Certificate program, and a 6 year MD-integrated OMFS Certificate program. The Advanced Educational Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago is a 48-month (four-year) postdoctoral Certificate program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The last site accreditation visit occurred in October 2012. As part of the 48 month program, the opportunity exists to pursue a Masters degree (M.S.) in Oral Sciences concurrently. In addition to the 48 month program that accepts two residents per year, there is an integrated 72 month (six-year) MD-integrated program that accepts one resident per year, with granting of a Medical degree (M.D.) and a Certificate for an Internship in General Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. All applications are accepted through PASS, and the OMFS program participates in the Dental Match.

Number of residents each year: Two (2) appointments for residency positions in the 48 month OMS Certificate program, and one (1) appointment for a residency position in the 72 month MD-Integrated OMS Certificate program.

Number of one-year OMS internship positions each year: Two (2)

Total number of residents/interns in program each year: 15

Detailed information about the program is available at the bottom of this page. Please contact us with any questions.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must participate in the National Matching Program of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) of the American Association of Dental Schools. Contact: PASS, 1625 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 101, Washington D.C. 20036.

Applications will be considered from graduates or senior dental students of United States dental schools accredited by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be eligible for dental licensure in the State of Illinois.

How to Apply

The Department participates in the National Matching Services and PASS application process.

  • Applicants assume full responsibility for submitting the required materials to PASS before October 1, 2015.
  • The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program Director and faculty members will review the application materials when they are complete with PASS. During review, the application will be considered without regard to sex, race, age, color, religion, or national origin. Criteria for selection include class rank, research experience, extracurricular experience in dental school, postgraduate education or experience, and letters of recommendation.
  • Promising candidates will be invited to the University of Illinois at Chicago for a formal interview in November or December. The personal interview is required for final consideration. A separate medical school interview may be required for candidates for the 72 month MD-integrated program.
  • During the formal interview, the applicant will meet with the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery faculty members, who will ask questions and also answer the applicant's questions about the program. Applicants will also be evaluated by the current OMFS residents. The evaluation is subjective, but will encompass such factors as: motivation for a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery; suitability specifically for the UIC Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency program; professional demeanor; and future career goals.

Please remember that these are only guidelines.

Supplemental materials required: 2 x 2 photograph, print name on the back and send to Maria Limon, below.

Tuition & Fees

Estimated costs for the program are provided in this tuition & fees document.


During the four years of the residency training program, the OMFS residents are compensated a resident’s salary, and are provided with University-paid health care benefits. In addition to standard house officer benefits, the Department of OMFS provides support for travel and presentation of scientific papers at various meetings in the United States. For the 72 month MD-integrated program, during the third and fourth years of medical school (second and third years of the residency program), in-state tuition will be assessed by the College of Medicine, and no stipend will be provided. The resident will be paid the usual stipend during the one year of General Surgery following medical school, and during the first, fifth, and sixth years of the 72 month program.

Estimated salaries information for professional Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons can be found on the ONET website using the SOC code 29-1022.

Program Details


The objectives of the program are to:

  • Provide a well-rounded and balanced didactic program and clinical inpatient and outpatient residency experience encompassing the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery;
  • Ensure that residents develop a solid foundation in patient evaluation, treatment planning, and management;
  • Facilitate an environment for scholarly activity and collaboration, including research and publication;
  • Recruit highly qualified dental students into the OMFS residency program;
  • Encourage life-long learning and education;
  • Train leaders in the field of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.


Clinical Experience

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Outpatient Clinic at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry, the University of Illinois Medical Center, Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Christ Hospital, are the current sites employed for surgical clinical experience. Thirty-six (36) months are devoted to clinical Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. There is a comprehensive didactic curriculum consisting of weekly seminars, clinical pathologic conferences, morbidity and mortality reviews, case reviews, oral pathology seminars, surgical-orthodontic conferences, journal club, multidisciplinary implant conferences, and head and neck tumor boards.


Program Highlights

The OMFS clinic is located on the first floor of the UIC College of Dentistry and receives more than adequate referral of patients from the Colleges of Dentistry and Medicine, the University of Illinois itself, as well as the private practice dentists and dental specialists. Residents enjoy a diverse experience in dentoalveolar surgery and outpatient anesthesia. There is a significant amount of implant case referrals, varying in complexity, made possible by COD grants and referrals from both the Department of Prosthodontics and the Undergraduate Implant Center.


The distribution of operating room and major outpatient procedures is:

Pathology 25%
Reconstructive 15%
TMJ 5%
Aesthetic 5%
Orthognathic 10%
Dentoalveolar 20%
Trauma 20%


Research/Publication/Scholarly Activity

During his or her residency, each resident is expected to prepare and submit at least one paper to a peer-reviewed journal for publication. This paper may be the result of laboratory or clinical research, and each resident is encouraged to formulate and implement an original project beginning in their first year of training. However, significant involvement in established faculty research may satisfy this requirement. At the minimum, an abstract must be submitted to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) for presentation by each resident during their senior year of training. In addition, local and regional meeting presentations are encouraged.


48-month Program

PGY I OMFS, 10 months
  Internal Medicine, 2 months
PGY II General Surgery, 4 months
  Trauma Surgery, 2 months
  Anesthesia, 6 months
PGY III OMFS, 12 months
PGY IV OMFS, 12 months


72-month Program

PGY I OMFS, 12 months

3rd year, College of Medicine

PGY III 4th year, College of Medicine
  Anesthesia, 6 months
PGY IV General Surgery Internship
  OMFS, 4 months
PGY V OMFS, 12 months
PGY VI OMFS, 12 months


Resident Duties by Year

The first-year (48 and 72 month programs) resident spends the major portion of his or her time on the oral and maxillofacial surgery service rotating between the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center (UICMC) and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (JBVA). Residents rotate at Jesse Brown VAMC for two months as an Internal Medicine resident. The resident works closely with the senior residents to provide both inpatient and outpatient care. The resident has primary responsibility for examining, diagnosing, and treating patients in the outpatient clinic. The resident also assumes responsibility for inpatients under the supervision of the chief resident, assists the chief resident and staff with operating room cases, and also serves as primary surgeon of many operative cases commensurate to their level of experience.


The second-year (48 month program) or third-year medical school (72 month program) resident functions as an intern in General Surgery for four months, and additional two months is spent as an intern in Trauma Surgery at Christ Hospital. Finally the resident spends six months as a resident in the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Illinois Medical Center, functioning as a first year resident in Anesthesiology. Residents typically perform at or above expectations per rotation based upon their periodic faculty evaluations.


The third-year (48 month program) or third-year (72 month program; 4th year medical school) or fifth-year (72 month program) resident spends his or her time functioning as a senior resident on the UIC Oral and Maxillofacial Service (OMFS) service and acting as the Chief OMFS Resident of the service at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center.


The fourth-year (48 month program) or fourth-year (72 month program; general surgery internship) or sixth-year (72 month program) resident spends his or her time functioning as a Chief OMFS resident, assuming the responsibility for the overall function of the Oral and Maxillofacial Service. The resident is expected to be the primary operating surgeon on all major cases. Responsibilities include duties at the UIC Medical Center Hospital and the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Outpatient Clinic at the University of Illinois, College of Dentistry, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Outcomes Assessment

The program outcomes are assessed and modified on a continuous basis. Residents take the yearly OMSITE examination of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS). The UIC OMS program is designed to meet the educational requirements of the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association, and to prepare the resident to obtain membership in the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), and to obtain Board Certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS).

UIC residents completing the program and taking the ABOMS exam have passed at a rate comparable to the national average. Success on the ABOMS examination is a function of training, experience and, most importantly, individual preparation. However, this is only one measure of the quality of an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program.

Contact Us

Maria G. Limon, Assistant to the Head
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (MC 835)
UIC College of Dentistry
801 South Paulina Street, Room 119G
Chicago, IL 60612-7211

(312) 996-1052
Fax (312) 996-5987


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