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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program


Program director and director of research: Joseph E. Cillo, Jr., DMD, MPH, PhD, FACS
Accreditation: CODA
Length of program: 4 years (PGY1-PGY4)
Residents per year: 2

Quick guide to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency

About the program
Application information
Contact us

About the program

Our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program is based at Allegheny General Hospital.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery, as defined by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, is the specialty of dentistry which includes the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial regions.

It is the goal of our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program to provide the best possible learning environment, resources, instruction and clinical exposure necessary for each resident to acquire the broad and solid knowledge base and well-developed clinical skills necessary to practice the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgical specialty.

Toward meeting this goal, the program maintains four important objectives:

  1. To educate specialists to a level of competency in the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery through systematic and comprehensive didactic and clinical training which will provide the foundation for the resident to attain proficiency in the specialty.
  2. To educate specialists broadly in the basic sciences, medicine, and surgery through comprehensive didactic and clinical education, whereby the specialist will be competent to identify diseases and disorders for referral, teach on a faculty, engage in investigative research, and pursue additional post-graduate training.
  3. To provide an opportunity for research and submission of a paper for publication.
  4. To prepare for certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
  5. To develop competent, ethical and compassionate practitioners who possess a broad-based world view of the health sciences; appreciate and respect their peers and colleagues in dentistry, medicine and surgery; strive continually for excellence in their profession; and commit to life-long learning.
  6. To attract the highest quality of dental school graduates into the residency program.

Application information

The 4-year Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program is an accredited, advanced dental specialty program designed to prepare residents for practice and consultation in oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS), possible subspecialty training, and academic leadership within the specialty.

Prerequisites for the OMFS Residency Program are as follows:

  • Candidate must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Candidate must have dental degree from a United States and/or Canadian dental school.
  • Foreign graduate must have spent at least his or her third and fourth years of dental school in the United States and/or Canadian ADA-accredited school or currently have a Pennsylvania dental license (State Board of Dentistry, 33.102, Pennsylvania Code).
  • Candidate must have successfully completed National Board Exam Part I.

Applicants should refer to the ADEA PASS website and click on OMFS for program details and application requirements.

About Graduate Medical Education

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency program is part of the graduate medical education (GME) opportunities offered by the AHN Medical Education Consortium. Learn more about graduate medical education.

Contact us

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program

Jennifer Facher, Program Coordinator

Email address:

Mailing address:
    Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    Allegheny General Hospital
    320 East North Avenue, Room 563 South Tower
    Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Phone: (412) 359-3334
Fax: (412) 359-8355



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