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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Post-Graduate Program

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 Description


The Post-doctoral Advanced Education Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was established in July 1963, as a 36-month program. Since July 1990, the program consists of a minimum of four (4) consecutive years / (48) months of progressive educational experiences. It meets the requirements of the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association (ADA), the requirements for examination and certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is also approved by the Commission on Higher Education of Puerto Rico. The program is sponsored by the University of Puerto Rico, School of Dental Medicine and utilizes the resources and facilities of the School of Dental Medicine, the University District Hospital, the University Pediatric Hospital, and the Administración de Servicios Médicos de Puerto Rico (ASEM). Three (3) residents are accepted per year. Interested candidates must submit an application through the Post-doctoral Application Support Service (PASSWebAdmit for the American Dental Association). 

The first year of the Program exposes residents to fundamental knowledge related to the evaluation of patients in the hospital environment. The resident will be on call duty every third night at the emergency room and work with medically compromised patients, evaluating and treating patients with surgical needs at the outpatient clinics. The residents will also take the following courses: Physical Diagnosis, with the first-year medical students; Seminars, Literature Review, Case Presentations; and the Advanced Oral Biology Core Course, which includes topics in Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pharmachology, Genetics, Growth and Development, and Oral Biology, but beyond the level of a dental student training. These courses will provide the basic knowledge and skills for oral and maxillofacial surgery diagnosis. Residents are also introduced to research concepts, biostatistics, and scientific methodology so they may apply them in future situations along their professional career.
The second year consists of full-time off-service rotations through the Medical Departments: General Anesthesia (20 weeks) which includes at least a full month rotation in pediatric anesthesia, Internal Medicine (8 weeks), and an elective (8 weeks) rotation that may be chosen from Neurosurgery, Oto-Head and Neck, or Pathology, among other medical surgical specialties. In addition, the residents will spend another four (4) weeks rotation under the Internal Medicine Department supervision for an experience on pre-anesthetic risk stratification and perioperative medical assessment of the surgical patient. During the second year, while not in off-service rotations, the resident will also participate in the outpatient clinics, emergency rooms duties, and in Seminars, Literature Review and Case Presentation courses.

During the third year, the resident is assigned to a full-time off-service 16 weeks rotation in the Surgery Department, including Tumor Service, Trauma Service, Pediatric Surgery Service, and the Trauma/Surgery Intensive Care Units. While not in the off-service rotation, the resident will also serve in the Implant Surgery and OMS Trauma Surgery (8 months part-time) clerkship rotations. In the third year, residents work towards the mastery of basic oral and maxillofacial surgery principles, evaluation of the medically compromised patient, treatment of complicated extractions, periodontal surgery, maxillo-facial implantology, benign tumors of the oral cavity, fractures of facial skeleton, debridement and suturing of head face-neck lacerations and mastering intravenous sedation/general anesthesia techniques. Also, they will participate in the Craniofacial Clinic with the ortho residents and are enrolled in the outpatient clinics, emergency room, and in Seminars, Literature Review, and Case Presentation courses.

The fourth year provides for refinement of oral and maxillofacial surgery techniques. Residents are expected to be able to treat conditions such as congenital, developmental, or acquired anomalies of the maxillofacial region. Must develop expertise in reconstructive procedures, understand and apply the principles of bone grafting, tissue engineering, skin transplantation, and the use of alloplastic implants, as well as evaluation and treatment of facial plastic surgical procedures (cosmetic surgery). A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the UPR Medical Sciences Campus and Mayo Clinic at Rochester, Minnesota allows for rotation of residents between both institutions. Our residents are sent for a two (2) weeks rotation on Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstruction Surgery during the second semester of their last year of training. Each resident must complete a publishable research project on a clinical subject related to oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Other activities of the program include clinical instructorships, lecturing to undergraduate students, cleft lip palate team conference, journal club and tumor board presentation as needed. Basic and advanced cardiac life support, as well as advanced trauma life support and pediatric advanced life support courses (CPR, ACLS, ATLS and PALS are required for certification). Wellness activities are scheduled sporadically, along the academic year, as a measure to lower the risk and/or avoidance of burn out among the residents and faculty members. Participation in pertinent continuing dental and medical education courses and in district, regional and national meetings and conferences are encouraged and sponsored by the Program.

Every year the program has consistently provided over 300 admissions, over 350 cases done at the operating room, around 5,000 outpatient visits, and over 1,000 patients treated at the emergency room.


Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery students/residents who complete all the requirements of the 48 months program and approve the course Thesis (CIOM 9840) will obtain the MSD degree, which is a master’s degree in dental sciences. Students/residents enrolled in this course have a maximum of five (5) years (since the date of enrollment in the course) to complete the research project and have the thesis approved by the School of Dental Medicine’s Thesis Committee.


In addition to the 48 months Post-Doctoral Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the School of Dental Medicine offers a special internship program of six (6) or twelve (12) months duration which does not conduct to a degree, certificate, or diploma. A letter of completion is offered. The student participates in all activities of the program at the level of first year resident. It is basically addressed to provide interested foreign dentists with basic didactic and clinical experiences related to the latest concepts, diagnostic methods, modalities of treatment and surgical techniques in the field of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This course runs from July 1st to December 31st and/or from January 1st to June 30th.


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 Dental Medicine. 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 ( Total )
Year 2

Internal Medicine
ENT/ Neurosurgery (elective surgical rotation)

20 Weeks 
8 Weeks
8 Weeks

Year 3

General Surgery
OMFS Trauma Chief

16 Weeks
4 months

Year 4

OMFS Chief Resident Duty

12 months

Admission Requirements

  1. The candidate must possess a DMD of DDS degree, or its equivalent from a recognized school or college of dentistry.
  2. Foreign candidates - For admission, foreign candidate are encouraged to participate in the six (6) months internship education course or in a similar educational program in an accredited institution.
  3. Applicants must have a minimum dental general grade index of 3.25.
  4. Applicants must have passed the first and second parts of the National Board of Dental Examiners (NBDE I & II) or the Integrated National Board of Dental Examiners (INBDE). Dental students applying to the program must present evidence of successfully passed the first part of National Boards and must present evidence of successfully passed the second part or the INBDE prior to the beginning of the program on July 1, in case of their acceptance.
  5. Applicants must be fully bilingual, in the English and Spanish (Foreign applicants must present evidence of approval of the TOEFL exam).
  6. Candidates must apply through the ADEA Post-Doctoral Application Support System (ADEA PASS WebAdmit).
  7. A completed application should be received not later than October 1st for admission to the program starting July 1st of next year. The candidate will be notified of acceptance or rejection not later than January 31st.
  8. A personal interview is mandatory for candidates being considered for admission. In selected cases, a remote tele-conference type of interview may be considered, as per Program decission.  Not all candidates will be re-interviewed in case they are reapplying.
  9. Applicants must complete the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE) as part of the application process.
  10. Although the ADAT scores are not being considered for the candidates evaluation, as part of the Admission’s formula, we encourage taking this exam. This is not a requisite for admission.
  11. All applicants must participate in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program.

Transfer Applicants

Will be evaluated individually. Only candidates from accredited oral and maxillofacial surgery programs will be considered. Application will only be considered if a position is available.

Exchange Rotating Residents/Students – Residents from other accredited program may participate, provided there are formal agreements with the involved universities or programs.

Accreditation Status

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine

Puerto Rico
University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine
Medical Sciences Campus
Main Building-Office #A103B, 1st Floor
San Juan
Program Director: Dr. Lidia M Guerrero-Rodriguez
Discipline Code: OMS
Accreditation Status: Approval without Reporting Requirements (3)
Last Accreditation Visit: 2018
Next Accreditation Visit: 2024

Contact Us

Associated Dean for Graduate Programs
Francheska Labrador
(787)758-2525 x. 1121
The University of Puerto Rico guarantees equal opportunity for its student’s employees and aspirants to study or work at the institution. The institution also promotes equal opportunity for its academic program, services and working conditions. The University does not exclude from participating, nor exclude from its benefits, any person because of reason of age, race, color, place of birth, origin or social condition, physical or mental impediments, sexual preference, political ideals or religion.

Aprobado por la Comisión Estatal de Elecciones CEE-SA-2020-3174
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