Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Program Application Information
The certificate program in Oral Pathology is fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. Following successful completion of the program, the student will be educationally qualified to take the examination for certification offered by the American Board of Oral Pathology.
The first year of the program is primarily devoted to the diagnostic aspects, both clinical and histologic, of specialty training. Course work will be provided in general pathology, oral pathology, pathology laboratory technique, surgical oral pathology and clinical rotations in oral diagnosis/medicine and oral radiology.
The first half of the second year is devoted to hospital service. This training includes three months service in surgical pathology, one month service in anatomic pathology (autopsy), one month in clinical pathology (laboratory medicine) and one month in dermatopathology. A one-month elective rotation is also available in forensic pathology.
During the latter half of the second year and the entire third year, the majority of time will be devoted to research. Each student is expected to develop a research project and carry it to completion, earning a Master of Science degree. Time will also be devoted to developing competence in the clinical and microscopic diagnosis of oral disease. For those individuals who are interested and qualify, the program can be modified so that the student can pursue a PhD degree. The dissertation can be in any of the basic sciences or in Oral Biology. This modified program would require a total of five to six years of training, including the diagnostic portion of the curriculum.
A stipend and tuition waiver is provided throughout the three year program. The stipend for each year is $12,000.00. After the third year, funding for individuals who pursue the PhD program may be obtained from various sources, such as special fellowships or support from existing grants.
During the three years of the program, the student will serve no more than 20% of the time as a graduate teaching assistant, providing support to the undergraduate didactic and clinical courses in oral diagnosis, oral pathology and oral radiology.
To apply to the Graduate Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Program, CLICK here. Please complete the application forms and return them as soon as possible, or apply online as instructed. Acceptance into the program is primarily based on your credentials, although a personal interview may be necessary in most instances. If your qualifications warrant an interview, you will be contacted to arrange a convenient date to meet with our faculty. Again, thank you for your interest. If any further information or assistance is necessary, please feel free to contact me at (614) 292-0197.