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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/MD Program

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) Advanced Educational Program (AEP) is a six-year combined OMS residency/MD degree program designed to fulfill the educational requirements of the Council on Dental Education (CDE) of the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA).

OMS AEP outline

Program YearCategoryTraining DescriptionDates
1*PGY1OMS Intern7/1 - 5/31
2M33rd-Year Medical Student6/1 - 5/31
3**M44th-Year Medical Student (9 months)6/1 -2/28
OMS Elective (4 months)3/1 - 6/30
4***PGY2General Surgery Intern (8 months)7/1 - 2/30
Anesthesia (4 months)3/1 - 6/30
5PGY3OMS Junior Resident7/1 - 6/30
6PGY4OMS Chief Resident7/1 - 6/30

* Year 1, PGY 1/OMS intern: Non-Mississippi residents may participate in year 1 of the OMS AEP; however, acceptance to School of Medicine (SOM) for transfer to advanced standing as third-year medical (M3) student in year 2 requires:

  • Establishment of Mississippi residency
  • Completion of a SOM application for transfer to advanced standing
  • Passage of U.S. Medical Licensure Examination (USMLE) Step 1. OMS intern may audit or enroll as a graduate in selected second-year medical school courses and take any Step 1 preparation course offered to M2 students.

** Year 3, M4/fourth-year medical student: Upon successful completion of the medical school curriculum and all other related requirements for the degree, such as passage of USMLE Steps 2CK and 2CS, the M.D. degree will be awarded.

*** Year 4, PGY2/general surgery intern, anesthesia: Must fulfill dual purpose of 1) a year of oral and maxillofacial surgery training required for ADA-approved OMS AEP; and 2) AMA-approved year of post-medical school surgical internship training for medical licensure.

Admission criteria

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Must either be a legal resident of Mississippi or establish Mississippi residency as condition for promotion to year 2 and transfer to advanced standing as M3.
  • Must have earned DMD or DDS degree from a dental school accredited by Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association.
  • Must be ranked academically at or above 75th percentile (top 25%) of dental school graduating class. If class rank is not reported, the applicant must be in top unit reported (for example, quartile or quintile).
  • Must have scored in 88th percentile or above on Part I of the National Dental Board Examination or 80th percentile or above on the National Board of Medical Examiners Comprehensive Basic Science Examination.
  • Additional experience beyond dental school (such as general practice residency, anesthesia residency, private practice, graduate school), especially in Mississippi, will make an applicant more competitive.

Selection process

  • Candidates must submit an application and required supporting documentation to the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) Dental Match program.
  • OMS residency program director (or an appropriate SOD OMS departmental selection committee) will screen applications using admission criteria described above and select qualified applicants to be interviewed.
  • Applicants must be interviewed in December by:
    • SOD OMS residency program interview panel;
    • Members of the SOM admissions committee.
  • Based on a discussion of the application and interviews:
    • SOM admissions committee will indicate those applicants found to be acceptable for entrance to the MD program;
    • SOD OMS residency program director/selection committee will select and rank applicants for match to the OMS residency program.
  • An offer of acceptance to the OMS AEP will be extended only to those applicants who are accepted by both the SOD OMS residency program director/selection committee and SOM admissions committee. Acceptance is conditional pending the outcome of a criminal background check.
  • During Year 1, the PGY1/OMS intern must submit a SOM application for transfer to advanced standing to the associate dean for medical school admissions not later than March 31 to enable registration for USMLE Step 1.
  • Dismissal for cause or withdrawal from either the OMS residency program or MD program simultaneously results in the same action in the other program. This will be stated in the acceptance letter that will be signed by both the OMS residency program director and the associate dean for medical school admissions.