Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Program Overview

Earl G. Freymiller, DMD, MD
Program Director

The Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, in conjunction with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, offers a six-year training program leading to the MD degree and a certificate of specialization in oral and maxillofacial surgery. The program includes three years as a resident on the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service, two years as a full-time student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and one year as a resident on the General Surgery Service of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. This comprehensive program is hospital-oriented, with a well-proportioned balance of inpatient and outpatient care. For the oral and maxillofacial surgery resident interested in research, UCLA offers options for year-long research fellowships, MS programs, and PhD programs.

The goal of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program at UCLA is to prepare a clinically superior surgeon who possesses the additional knowledge and ability to pursue a career in any aspect of oral surgery, be it clinical, teaching, or research-oriented. This program offers comprehensive clinical training, covering the full scope of this specialty. Residents can experience rotations in oral and maxillofacial radiology, oral pathology, orthodontics, orthognathic surgery, TMJ pathology, implantology, facial trauma, and facial pain. A considerable component of training is devoted to the presentation of clinically-oriented basic scientific material.

Alongside a superb clinical curriculum, the program also offers strong didactic teaching. The scientific background of oral and maxillofacial surgical practice is emphasized in seminars, lectures, and conferences throughout the training program. Lecture courses are offered in the areas of internal medicine, physical diagnosis, oral pathology, head and neck radiation therapy, dental implantology, and head and neck anatomy (including clinically relevant cadaveric dissection).

This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

The program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of "Approval without Reporting Requirements”. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678, website.

Length of Program: 6 years

Number of Positions: 2

Financial Arrangement: A Salary for 4 of 6 years; please note, students are required to pay tuition for the 2 years at the School of Medicine.

Contact Us

Please email postdds@dentistry.ucla.edu for any questions or for more information.

Kristina Etchison, Senior Administrator
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program
(310) 825-3241
ketchison@dentistry.ucla.edu