Residents of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Post-Graduate Program

Dra. Lidia M. Guerrero

Dr. Lidia M. Guerrero Program Director

Welcome to the University of Puerto Rico, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Post-Graduate Program website.  I encourage you to explore our offerings.  Here you will find our program’s mission and vision, the program overview and the admission requirements.  Our training program aims to have graduates who are dynamic and enthusiastic toward this challenging field of dentistry.  We have the privilege of counting with faculty who are committed to develop well rounded professionals while providing quality care to our patients with state of the art surgical techniques and knowledge.



Academic and clinical training of excellence of Puerto Rican and International Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, within the comprehensive context that involves this medical-surgical discipline in the field of health. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is defined as the specialty of Dentistry, which includes the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of disease, injuries, and defects involving both the functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region.

To assist in the development of competent professionals pursuing this profession, while exercising critical thinking, continuous self-learning and bioethical sensitivity, within an interdisciplinary framework, which includes the field of research, while responding to the needs of their patients, and by offering the best possible service, following the contemporary standards of care.


Our goal is to remain as one of the leaders of Graduate Programs in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, with international reach and prestige, serving as an avant-garde model of academic excellence, both in research and service for our country and the Hispanic population of North America, Europe and Latin America.

Program Overview

The Post-Doctoral Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was established on July, 1963.  Our program consists of four (4) consecutive years of progressive educational experiences. It is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association (ADA).  The program also meets the requirements for examination and certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) and is approved by the Commission on Higher Education of Puerto Rico. As an academic clinical training program we are sponsored by the University of Puerto Rico, School of Dentistry.  We are also affiliated to the University District Hospital, the University Pediatric Hospital and to the only State Designated Level I Trauma Center in the Caribbean. The program admits three (3) residents per year.  During the years of training, residents are enrolled in the School of Dental Medicine of the University of Puerto Rico, which entails tuition fees. Stipends are granted for USA citizens and lawful permanent residents of the United States of America.  Foreign candidates are welcome to apply.

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Training Program at the University of Puerto Rico aims to provide the best possible training and education in the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, consisting but not limited to, the following areas of our specialty:

  • Dentoalveolar Surgery
  • Implant Surgery and Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Pediatric Maxillofacial Surgery and Congenital Anomalies
  • Cleft Lip and Palate
  • Surgery for Benign and Malignant Pathology
  • Reconstructive Surgery of the Head and Neck
  • Trauma of the Head and Neck
  • Orthognathic Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgery of the Face and Neck
  • Outpatient IV Sedation in Adult and Pediatric Patients
  • General Anesthesia in Adult and Pediatric Patients
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder treatment


Year 1 OMFS Intern 12 months
Year 2 Anesthesia

Internal Medicine

ENT/ Neurosurgery (elective surgical rotation)

5 months

2 months

2 months


Year 3 General Surgery

OMFS Trauma Chief

4 months

6 months

Year 4 OMFS Chief Resident 12 months


Admission Requirements

  1. The candidate must possess a DMD, DDS degree, or the equivalent from a recognized school or college of dentistry.
  2. Applicants must have a minimum dental general grade index of 3.0
  3. Foreign candidates– Before admission, foreign candidates are encouraged to participate in the six (6) months internship or in a similar educational program in an accredited institution.
  4. Candidates must be bilingual (English and Spanish): International applicants must present evidence of approval of the TOEFL exam.
  5. Local applicants (USA & PR): NBDE I & II and Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE)
  6. Foreign applicants: NBDE I and NBDE II required. Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE) highly recommended.
  7. Candidates must submit an application through the Post Doctoral Application Support System (PASS) in addition to the application form provided by the office of Post Graduate Program of the School of Dentistry. Information is available at:
  8. A completed application should be received not later than October 1st for admission to the program starting July 1st of next year.
  9. All applicants must participate in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. More information about the match is available at

Transfer Applicants

Transfer Applicants will be evaluated individually. Only those candidates from accredited oral and maxillofacial surgery programs will be considered. Application will only be considered if a position is available.
Exchange students – Residents from other accredited program may participate, provided there are formal agreements with the concerned universities or programs.

Accreditation Status

The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. On March 2018, the program underwent its last accreditation process.  The CODA accredited the “program without reporting requirements” until March 2023.

Residents of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Post-Graduate Program

Contact Us

Associated Dean for Graduate Programs
Francheska Labrador
(787)758-2525 x. 1121


Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Program
Ruth Bultron
(787)758-2525 x. 1208