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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Units of Credit

One unit of credit is awarded for ten hours of lecture or seminar, twenty hours of laboratory or clinic, or thirty hours of independent study per term. In the predoctoral programs (DDS and IDS), students are assigned to comprehensive care clinics for approximately 500 hours during the second year and 1,000 hours during the third, in addition to specialty clinic rotations. Units of credit are assigned in the comprehensive care clinical disciplines in proportion to the amount of time students spend providing specific types of care for assigned patterns.

Full-time enrollment in the predoctoral programs at the School of Dentistry (DDS and IDS) is defined as 16 or more units per term.  Full-time enrollment in the graduate residency programs in orthodontics and endodontics is defined as 20 or more units per term.  For the graduate certificate programs in Advanced Education in General Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, full-time enrollment is defined as 16 or more units per term.

Personalized Instructional Program

Beginning with the DDS class of 2020 and IDS class of 2019, successful completion of a Personalized Instructional Program (PIP) is required for graduation. This is reflected on the transcript as a stand-alone course (SL 999) with comments indicating customized detail. Unit values will vary based upon contact hours.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program

The sponsoring Institutions for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency program are the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and the Alameda Health System/Highland Hospital.   Residents receive a thorough foundation in the basic biomedical sciences, including anatomy, pathology, pharmacology, and physiology.

The residency is 48 months in length, and is divided into 34 months of oral and maxillofacial surgery, 2 months of internal medicine, 5 months of anesthesia (2 months of adult anesthesia and 1 month of pediatric anesthesia), 5 months of surgery (2 months of general surgery, 2 months of trauma surgery and 1 month of SICU), and 2 months of plastic surgery/oral pathology.  There are several hospitals and clinics utilized for clinical training.  The main hospital and training site is Alameda Health System/Highland Hospital, and the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.  Affiliated hospitals include University of California San Francisco's Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and Kaiser Hospital in Oakland. 

Training is rigorous and includes experience in:

  • Adult and pediatric conscious sedation and general anesthesia
  • Dentoalveolar surgery and implant surgery
  • Complex maxillofacial trauma of adult and pediatric population
  • Maxillofacial reconstructive surgery
  • Orthognathic surgery
  • Oral and maxillofacial pathology
  • Cleft surgeries
  • Facial cosmetic surgery
  • Temporomandibular joint surgery


Residents receive salaries from PGY1 to PGY4.

Admission Requirements and Application

To apply to the program, a candidate requires an undergraduate degree, transcripts showing a DDS or DMD degree, a completed PASS application, National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE) score, and three letters of recommendation. University of the Pacific/Highland participates in the National Matching Service. Please see the Alameda Health System webpage for complete admission requirements.

For more information please contact:

Rachelle Surdilla
OMS Program Coordinator
Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
University of the Pacific/Alameda Health System - Highland Hospital
1411 East 31st Street
Oakland, CA 94602
Phone: (510) 437-4101