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Predoctoral Program


The Predoctoral curriculum in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry is one of the top-rated curriculums in the nation, based on several measurement tools.

The program is known not only for it innovative approach to teaching but for the wealth of clinical experience afforded to each dental student. Faculty in this program are serving as leaders in developing competency measurement tools for students in the area of local anesthesia, pain and anxiety control, dentoalveolar surgery, and management of medical emergencies during dental treatment.

Graduating dental students over the past decade have accomplished an average of 128 surgical procedures (minimum: 100), 8 pre prosthetic procedures (minimum: 6) and 6 inhalation sedation cases managed (minimum: 5). This level of clinical experience is highly unique, making BCD graduates highly sought after for graduate training. They also gain a lot of practical patient management experience associated with our walk-in emergency patients who have infections, dental pain, and other acute conditions.

For more information about courses, admission to the College, and current information, go to the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry Home Page link. The Director for Undergraduate Studies is Dr. Marianela Gonzalez.


The OMS Department encourages 3rd and 4th year dental students who have an interest in further training in oral and maxillofacial surgery to seek externships at other teaching institutions to enhance their education and the exposure they receive in the traditional curriculum.

In turn, the Department accepts applications from students in good standing from all other dental schools to participate in our externship program. These opportunities provide 3rd and 4th year dental students who have potential interest in graduate training in OMS with the opportunity to experience a close-up look at the residency training program at BCD. Externs observe the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery practice while they are still in predoctoral training.

Last edited by: aupton 10/19/2015

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