An opportunity for dental students who have a special interest in oral and maxillofacial surgery as a future career choice to gain additional knowledge, clinical experience and insight that is not gained in most predoctoral dental school curricula.
OMS externs gain experience in performing dentoalveolar surgery, observing major craniofacial surgery procedures, making rounds with OMS residents, attending hospital and departmental meetings, standing Emergency Room call with OMS residents. Externs generally acknowledge acquiring considerable knowledge while attending the various meetings and conferences in both the College and at Baylor University Medical Center.
Only clinically qualified 3rd and 4th year dental student applicants from ADA-accredited dental schools are accepted. Since students are generally not allowed to work on patients until that point in their education, they therefore aren't considered until they have finished their 2nd year, so that they might maximize their experiences and involvement while on the rotation.
Most externs rotate here during the summer months, when their normal academic responsibilities are lightened or suspended for the summer. We will accept externs at other times, upon request, if we have staffing and facilities to accommodate them.
Externs are usually asked to spend a minimum of 4 weeks with us, in order to maximize their experiences and fully participate. However, shorter periods are considered upon request.
We accept a maximum of 3 externs per month during the year, and 5-6 externs during the month of August, when BCD Predoctoral clinic operations are suspended for about 4 weeks. During the month of August, externs assist BCD volunteer students in managing Emergency Surgery Clinic patients each morning.
Call 214-828-8170 (M-F, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm CST/CDT, USA) for information on how to apply. Written requests must be accompanied by letters of recommendation from the student's Dean and at least one OMS faculty at the student's school. The student must provide evidence of malpractice and medical care insurance coverage. Requests are processed on a first-received-first-served basis. Standbys will be called in the event of cancellations, if that is requested at the time of application.
Department of OMS
ATTN: Externship Administrator
Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry
P.O. Box 660677
Dallas, TX 75266-0677
Housing arrangements are the responsibility of the Extern. We will help as much as possible but on-campus housing cannot be guaranteed. Discounts are often available from nearby hotels, dorms, or apartment complexes with short-term leasing. Unfortunately, many of those opportunities are away from the campus and require daily transportation to the college (car or bus).
Externs are expected to provide their own surgical scrub attire (tops and bottoms) for the entire rotation period and a clean, white laboratory-style, doctor's coat. Students should also bring OSHA-approved protective eye wear. The College does not provide laundry facilities but there are commercial laundries within walking distance of the college.
Summers in Dallas are often very hot, with temperatures frequently over 100 degrees. All of the workings spaces are air conditioned, however. Winters tend to be relatively mild and only infrequently do temperatures dip below 40 degrees. Snow and ice are possible but unusual and usually short-lived. The College and the hospital are interconnected, so it is not generally necessary to go outside to move between institutions.
For more information:
Contact the residency training office at 214-828-8170.