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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, M.D.-O.M.S. (Minnesota)

Meet Our Trainees

Mayo Clinic Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon educating a patient

Our residents come from dental schools around the U.S. and outside the country. See what a few of them have to say about our program:

Angel Wu, D.D.S.

Angel Wu, D.D.S.

What have you liked about Mayo Clinic since you have been here?

“There’s never a shortage of things I can learn, which is exactly what I wanted from a residency. Because of the patient pool, I’ve gotten exposure to almost every oral pathology we had talked about back in dental school and being able to correlate the clinical profile to the didactics is a great learning experience.”

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Dental school: University of California, Los Angeles

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

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

Why did you choose Mayo Clinic for an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency?

“I was drawn to Mayo Clinic for residency training because it is a world-class institution that cares for complex patients in a comprehensive manner. I completed an externship with the OMS program prior to residency match and was astounded by the comprehensive training provided to the residents here. I feel that residents trained in this program are trained to competence in the full range of oral and maxillofacial surgery.”

Hometown: Maple Grove, Minnesota

Dental school: University of Minnesota

Ben Heggestad, D.D.S., M.D.

Ben Heggestad, D.D.S., M.D.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic?

“I visited Mayo Clinic during dental school and was attracted to the diverse scope of the practice, the autonomy of the residents, and the world-class reputation the institution has developed.”

Hometown: Duluth, Minnesota

Dental school: University of Minnesota

John Nathan, D.D.S.

John Nathan, D.D.S.

 What makes Mayo Clinic's OMS training unique?

"A true mentorship model allows residents to build trust with consultants. This allows residents have the opportunity for increased autonomy and hands on experience. Mayo also has resources unlike any other institution which allows residents to focus on education, patient care, and self-growth."

Hometown: Southlake, Texas

Dental school: Columbia University