Mayo Clinic Oral and Maxillofacial residents preparing for surgery

Graduate medical education in dental specialties at Mayo Clinic

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Overview

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 prepared to excel in any practice setting. It is our privilege to combine education with caregiving in an exciting and meaningful specialty.

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
  • Over 40 months of OMS training
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Video: Surgical Residency

Your training experience

Your training experience

As a resident at Mayo Clinic, you'll have access to robust clinical, educational, and research resources. You'll find support both inside and outside of the campus to promote physical and mental wellness and ensure your work/life balance.

More about the curriculum

More about our residents

Director's welcome

Director's welcome

We are a dynamic, full-scope training program that is well-integrated into the multidisciplinary practice of Mayo Clinic. Here, you will learn how to be a high-quality oral and maxillofacial surgeon. 

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Frequently asked questions (and answers)

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: 2022-2023 academic year*

Level Annual stipend equivalent** Biweekly**
Graduate Level 1 $67,091 $2,580
Medical School Year 1 $44,726 $1,720
Medical School Year 2 $44,726 $1,720
Graduate Level 2 $69,428 $2,670
Graduate Level 3 $72,299 $2,780
Graduate Level 4 $75,324 $2,897

*Effective Jan. 4, 2023

**Mayo Clinic payroll runs on an every-other-week schedule. The annual amount is only an approximation due to Mayo's payroll structure.

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
  • Comprehensive 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

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 quickly in population and our trauma experience rises to reflect this. 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. Mayo Clinic covers the cost of housing and transportation during these rotations.

How can I prepare for a residency in OMS?

Learn all you can about the specialty by discussing your interest with local oral and maxillofacial surgeons and spending time working with them and shadowing. Externships are very important to help you know if the intensity, 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 maximize your dental education. 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.

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.

Accreditation

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

Certification

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

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