Mayo Clinic Oral and Maxillofacial residents preparing for surgery
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The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is a full-scope, active, and engaging training program based in a world-class hospital. Our mission is to transform trainees from dental students into exceptionally skilled, compassionate, and thoughtful surgeons. It is our privilege to combine education with caregiving in an exciting and meaningful specialty.

Surgical Residency

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Surgical Residency

As a trainee in the OMS Residency, you will learn to provide the highest standards of patient care in a hospital known throughout the world for its primary value: “The needs of the patient come first.” You will learn from five dedicated full-time staff surgeons and fellow residents how to care for complex patients across the entire scope of the specialty. You will develop knowledge and skills applicable across all types of professional practice and fellowship training. 

As a resident, you will enjoy:

  • An apprenticeship/preceptorship model, with one-on-one surgeon and trainee working and teaching rotations
  • A friendly environment and camaraderie among the residents, staff surgeons, and support staff
  • A world-class medical education, culminating in receiving your Doctor of Medicine degree from Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
  • Two years of ACGME general surgical credit toward medical licensure
  • Outstanding health care benefits
  • Generous travel and presentation policy
  • A reasonable work-life balance
  • A high-volume, full-scope practice
  • Comprehensive didactic curriculum
  • Superb facilities and resources, including in-house 3D printing and virtual surgical planning, and an in-house dental lab


The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, which operates under the auspices of the American Dental Association.


After successfully completing the program, you are eligible to take the board certification examinations offered by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Frequently asked questions (and answers)

What type of surgery is performed in the OMS Residency?

Our residents are exposed to a variety of surgeries such as:

  • Full-scope craniomaxillofacial trauma
  • Orthognathic and obstructive sleep apnea surgery
  • Maxillofacial pathology and reconstruction, including oncology and microvascular surgery
  • Surgical management of temporomandibular disorders
  • Management of head and neck infections
  • Dental and craniofacial implants
  • Outpatient sedation and general anesthesia for children and adults
  • Dentoalveolar surgery
  • Pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Craniofacial surgery
  • Trigeminal nerve injuries
  • Management of head and neck infections

Does Mayo Clinic see a lot of maxillofacial trauma?

We are part of a Level I Trauma Center and a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. In addition, Rochester continues to grow in population and is expected to increase up to 50% in the next 20 years, which would likely continue to increase our trauma experience. However, to supplement this experience, OMS residents participate in a six-week away rotation with the express goal of maximizing exposure and solidifying confidence in managing these complex patients. Currently, residents have a choice of rotating in Portland, Oregon, or San Juan, Puerto Rico. The training program covers the cost of housing and transportation during these rotations.

How can I prepare for a residency in OMS?

Learn what you can about the specialty by discussing your interest with local oral and maxillofacial surgeons and spending time working with them and shadowing. This will help you know if the workload, patient mix, and variety of practice suits you. 

Be honest and hard-working, and work to really connect with your patients. These are characteristics that make great residents.

Be a great dental student and learn all about dentistry. What separates OMS from other specialties that operate in the head and neck? It is our unique background with dental training that we are able to apply to surgical, medical, and anesthesia training. You can magnify that advantage by learning all you can during dental school and developing your hand skills; you have the rest of your career to learn OMS.

Is there a stipend offered for this residency?

The OMS Residency is unique in that you still receive a stipend while in medical school, although it is slightly reduced to account for less time performing clinical duties as a resident. Find out more about benefits available to trainees at Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education.

Resident educational stipends: 2021-2022 academic year*

LevelAnnual stipend equivalent**Biweekly**
Graduate Level 1 $60,859 $2,341
Medical School Year 1 $40,571 $1,560
Medical School Year 2 $40,571 $1,560
Graduate Level 2 $62,979 $2,422
Graduate Level 3 $65,584 $2,522
Graduate Level 4 $68,327 $2,628

*Effective July 21, 2021

**Mayo Clinic payroll runs on an every-other-week schedule. The annual amount is only an approximation due to Mayo's payroll structure. In addition to the annual stipend, appointees to the M.D.-O.M.S. program may be eligible for Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine scholarship funds to offset medical school tuition expenses.

Is there an OMS externship offered at Mayo Clinic?

Yes, we welcome visiting dental students for a one to two-week week externship. It is a great way to gain experience and see what Mayo Clinic is like. For more information, see the application process page.

Mayo OMS is currently accepting applications for one week externships for students from schools where there is no OMS program. In addition, we are opening applications on April 15, 2021 for normal externships for all third and fourth year dental students starting July 1, 2021.

Joshua Bednar, D.D.S., M.D.

Meet our trainees

I was attracted to OMS because of the drastic changes an oral and maxillofacial surgeon can make in a patient’s life. The ability to relieve pain, restore form and function, remove pathology, and improve a patient’s self-esteem is unparalleled in other dental specialties.

Joshua Bednar, D.D.S., M.D.
Chief resident

Jonathan Fillmore, M.D., D.M.D.

Meet the faculty

As the residency program director, it is a privilege to oversee the mentorship of our trainees by all of our staff surgeons. The preceptor model of surgical education allows for cultivation of many mentorship relationships, and I certainly benefitted from this system while I trained at Mayo Clinic myself.

Jonathan Fillmore, D.M.D., M.D.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency program director

Mayo Clinic resident checking heartbeat of teen patient

Choosing Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota.
Campus and community

Rochester, MN

Group of consultant, nurse, and residents discussing case in hallway at Mayo Clinic.

Stipend and benefits