The Department of Diagnostic Sciences Residency Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology is a 36-month residency certificate program offered through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Medical Education (UPMCME). This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The program will accept a maximum of two residents a year. Successful completion of the program will lead to a certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and will qualify the graduate to sit for the specialty board examination in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.
Faculty members are certified by their specialty boards of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral Medicine, or Anatomic Pathology, and possess a wide range of clinical, teaching, research, and surgical pathology experience. The residency program offers a mix of didactic courses, electives, microscopic general and oral pathology, clinical oral pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, head and neck pain, hospital rotations, and research. Clinical patients are seen at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and though the faculty practice plan at the University Dental Health Services, Inc., as well as during the rotation in dermatopathology.
Most pathology rotations take place at UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital, in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, across the street from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. UPMC is a major regional, tertiary care and transplant center that will expose the resident to a large volume and a wide variety of experiences. Rotations include three 4-week rotations in head and neck anatomic pathology, 6 weeks in dermatopathology, 4 weeks in hematopathology-lymph node, 2 weeks in immunopathology, and 2 weeks in autopsy, with additional opportunities in. gastrointestinal pathology ("GI quicks"), thoracic pathology, bone and soft tissue pathology, pediatric pathology, and molecular pathology. The program allows some flexibility for the resident to concentrate on a particular area of oral and maxillofacial pathology.
Applicants must have graduated from a CODA-accredited, U.S. or Canadian dental school.
Residents in the program qualify for graduate medical education stipends. The UPMC first-year graduate medical training annual stipend is approximately $50,000. Residents at UPMC do not pay tuition or fees, unless they wish to pursue a master’s degree.
Application Documents Required
Academic credentials are evaluated by the Admissions Committee of the Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Advanced Education Program. The completed application must include:
- The School of Dental Medicine Self-Managed Application;
- Three letters of recommendation (a dean's letter and two other recommendations). The dean’s letter is an official letter from your dental school indicating that you are a graduate of the institution. The letters of recommendation must be in envelopes that are sealed by the individual writing the recommendation, and this person's signature must also appear on the back flap of the envelope;
- Original or certified (notarized) copies of all original language academic records and transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Certified copies of the original certificates or diplomas awarded at the completion of studies must also be submitted. Where official, original documents are issued in a language other than English, certified (notarized) English translations must also be submitted. English translations of documents alone are not acceptable;
- Current Curriculum Vitae;
- A one-page personal statement stating your reasons and objectives for applying to this specialty and this program;
- A non-refundable application fee of $50 (check in U.S. funds made payable to the University of Pittsburgh);
- If available, National Board Dental Examination (Part I and II) scores;
Place the application, curriculum vitae, personal statement, academic records and transcripts, letters of recommendation, and the application fee in one envelope.
Incomplete applications will not be processed. All materials submitted for consideration become the property of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, and will not be returned to the applicant for any reason.
Mail Applications to:
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
Department of Diagnostic Sciences
Attention: Erin King
G121 Salk Hall Annex, 3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Application deadline is October 1. Applications received at a later date will not be reviewed. As soon as a completed application is received, the applicant will be notified. The program's admissions committee will review the applicant’s credentials, and those applicants whose credentials are deemed adequate will be invited for a personal interview.
Interviews/Selection of Students
With the assistance of the departmental administrator, the invited applicant will arrange for the half-day interview. The applicant is responsible for the cost and arrangement of his/her own travel and lodging. Candidates will be notified of the Admissions Committee decision shortly after the interview.
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