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Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology: 30-month certificate program

The program has received initial accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association in February 2013.

The UF graduate OMFR program consists of two and a half years of academic course work, clinical training and research experience, starting July 01, leading to a Certificate in OMFR, and eligibility to challenge the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. Up to four residents will be accepted each year. Eligible applicants must hold a DDS or DMD degree from an accredited dental college in the US or its equivalent from foreign institutions.

The OMFR program provides comprehensive training in clinical skills, teaching and research. The program will also prepare students for the board examination by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.

UF does not offer a PhD in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. It is possible to combine Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology training with a PhD in Oral Biology. Contact the Department of Oral Biology for information on the PhD program.

This program is designed to educate dentists to become leaders in Radiology and is committed to developing the following qualities in the students: ethics, integrity, scholarship, open-mindedness, sound judgment, the ability to communicate, and to relate to patients.

The program is based on the premise that a specialist in OMFR must be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge in:
    • Imaging Sciences (radiation biology, radiation physics, radiation protection, and digital imaging computer science),
    • Clinical Sciences (intraoral, extraoral and cone beam CT radiographic imaging, radiographic interpretation of conditions affecting the oral and maxillofacial region,
    • Medical Sciences (Oral and maxillofacial pathology, head and neck anatomy, MDCT, MRI, nuclear medicine, ultrasound)
    • Research Sciences (research design and basic biostatistics);
  2. Provide patient care using oral and maxillofacial radiology procedures
    These include: Intraoral, panoramic, cephalometric, tomographic and digital based imaging, cone beam computed tomography, conventional computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging;
  3. Apply knowledge of the principles of radiation protection for patients, self and others;
  4. Apply knowledge of oral and general pathology, head and neck anatomy, radiation physics, and radiation protection to radiographic interpretation of conditions affecting the oral facial region
  5. Apply knowledge of computers for the acquisition and processing of radiographic and CT Information in clinical and research settings;
  6. Instruct students at all levels of dental education in clinical and cognitive radiological sciences related to oral and maxillofacial radiology;
  7. Conduct research related to radiology including case reviews, presentations, and imaging techniques
  8. Engage in cooperative efforts with other dental and medical specialists to gather and interpret diagnostic data leading to the interpretation of complicated conditions in the maxillofacial region

Four residents are accepted each year into the 30-month program. Upon completion of the program, the graduate will receive a Certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, with specialization in the discipline. This would enable the graduate to enter into private practice or pursue a career in academia.

A diverse clinical education is provided by three full-time clinical faculty members in OMFR, and four full-time medical radiology faculty members. The clinical experience includes acquiring and reading images and volumes acquired using conventional and advanced imaging modalities. Residents choose a research topic with the help of the faculty and conduct research under the guidance of the OMFR faculty. Residents generally present their research at the annual meetings of the International Association for Dental Research or the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Radiologic Society of North America, American Society of Head and Neck Radiology, and Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine, as well as at the state and regional dental meetings, and this research usually is published in an appropriate scientific journal.

Application Process

1. Apply to PASS

All program applicants must apply through PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service), which is sponsored by the American Association of Dental Schools (www.adea.org). PASS is an application clearinghouse that provides uniform information to participating programs while relieving applicants of the burden of completing multiple individual applications. The PASS website opens for application in late spring/early summer. Participation in the PASS program is mandatory. We advise applicants to apply as early as possible.

You must apply to PASS by the deadline specified in the PASS materials to insure we receive your PASS application by our deadline of December 15.

For an application and instructions, visit the PASS website or contact:

PASS
1400 K Street NW, Suite 1100B
Washington, DC 20035-2403
202-289-8123
800-353-2237

2. Please send all of the following application materials to:

Dr. Pamela Sandow, Assistant Dean of Admissions
University of Florida College of Dentistry
P.O. Box 100402
Gainesville FL 32610-0402

  • Original official undergraduate transcripts sent from the institution
  • National Boards Part I and II scores: request your scores from:
    Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations
    211 East Chicago Ave., #1846
    Chicago, IL 60611
    800-621-8099 ext 465
  • Three letters of recommendation, one from the dean of the dental school you attended and two from dental school faculty who are acquainted with your work.
  • A personal statement outlining career goals is required of all candidates.

Additional Requirements for Internationally-Educated Dentists

International Students

Students having degrees from institutions not accredited by the American Dental Association will be considered for admission only after it has been determined that their academic backgrounds are equivalent to requirements set forth by the Council on Dental Education. International applicants will not qualify for GME funding support. Tuition and fees will be charged for such applicants. Please contact the program director for further details.

Application Status Updates

  • Once the admissions office receives your application, you will be notified via email of any missing documentation throughout the application cycle, and up to the application deadline.
  • Once the application deadline is reached and your application is complete, we will forward your file to the program director. Please contact the program director for future questions on the program selection process.