Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, and Dentistry

Contact OMS Residency Program

Casey Anne Bridgeman, M.Ed.
Department Education Coordinator
Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
1623 The Vanderbilt Clinic
Nashville, TN 37232
(615) 343-9403
(615) 343-9397


Application, Stipend, & Tuition

We are no longer accepting applications for the Residency year beginning July 1, 2015. For the next cycle, we anticipate that we will accept two residents to the four-year program, and one resident to the six-year, MD-track program. Applications will be accepted via ADEA PASS and residents are matched via the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program.

Our program profiles can be viewed at ADEA PASS:
4-year Program
6-year MD Program

The selection process for our residents emphasizes past academic performance, personal attributes such as a sound work ethic, dedication, honesty, and a demonstrated commitment to post-graduate training in oral and maxillofacial surgery. The latter may be demonstrated through completion of one or more OMS externships each of at least two (2) weeks duration. Letters of recommendation are required and specified by the PASS application information for this program. Such letters are very carefully reviewed and should be provided by dental school faculty who can share personal knowledge of the applicant’s qualifications, commitment, personal attributes, and accomplishments.

The following supplemental materials are required for all applicants:
-Application Fee of $25 for domestic applicants, $50 for international applicants (checks made payable to Vanderbilt Oral Surgery)
-2x2 Passport style photo
-Official NBDE Score report (parts 1 & 2)
-Official CBSE Score report

The applications for the July 1, 2015 start date must be submitted to PASS and supplemental materials must be received by September 15, 2014. The most qualified applicants will be invited for a one-day personal interview in November 2014. Interviews for the 4-year program will take place on November 6 & 15, and interviews for the 6-year program will take place on November 20 & 22.

The Vanderbilt program also participates in the Residency Matching Program sponsored by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Information regarding the postdoctoral matching program may be found on the Internet at the following address: www.natmatch.com/dentres. The 6-year Program Code is 2121. The 4-year program Code is 2122.

The stipend for the first year of residency training during the year 2014-2015 is $51,148, with raises for each additional year of training.

The stipend is not paid while the six-year trainee is receiving course credit as a medical student, unless the credit is for clinical rotations in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery or Anesthesia. In the latter situation, the trainee will receive a stipend and medical school credit. Up to six months of the fourth year of medical school is devoted to the OMS service and, therefore, the resident will receive a stipend for up to 6 months of the fourth year of medical school. The six-year trainee is responsible for the last three years of Vanderbilt Medical School tuition.

Numerous forms of financial assistance are available. All residents in the OMS-MD program receive assistance with medical school tuition through department-sponsored scholarships for at least the first year of the program (second year of medical school). We encourage you to review the Vanderbilt School of Medicine website for additional information on tuition and financial aid.

The four-year trainees receive a stipend continuously for four years and have no tuition responsibility.

We appreciate your interest in the Vanderbilt program. If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact us directly.

Samuel J. McKenna, D.D.S., M.D., F.A.C.S.
Professor and Chairman

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