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Residency Division


Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry offers a variety of training programs, depending on the needs of the department.

The Postgraduate (Residency) division conducts one of the most highly prized and sought after OMS Residency programs in the country, attracting the brightest and most-talented applicants each year from the graduating dental school classes, private practice dentists, and even from some medical professions.

Resident Study 

There are two levels of training currently offered: 1) a 6 year-MD/Certificate program in conjunction with Texas Tech University School of Medicine; 2) a 4-year Certificate-only program (not offered every year). The Director of Residency Training is Dr. Likith V. Reddy.

An outstanding aspect of the program is the ability of the residents to participate in treatment planning and direct consultation with other dental and foundational knowledge (basic science) specialists within the dental school while working with the Medical Staff of the Baylor University Medical Center (BUMC). Residents assume responsibilities while on-call for the management of maxillofacial emergencies on a 24 hours/day basis through the BUMC Emergency Department. BUMC's location proximate to downtown Dallas results in a substantial case load of trauma, infection, and pathology cases, yielding a voluminous but well-balanced experience foundation for all residents in the program. With a base of more than 500 admissions per year, the program embraces the full spectrum of contemporary oral and maxillofacial surgery practice.

The goals of the training program are to prepare the Resident academically and surgically to complete the certification examinations of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; to meet the requirements for accreditation in oral and maxillofacial surgery; to foster an attitude of critical inquiry, intellectual self-renewal, and lifelong learning throughout the resident's professional career; to stimulate the desire to deliver ethical, compassionate, and effective health care services to the public; to develop surgical expertise, diagnostic acumen, and patient management skills that will enable the resident to pursue an academic- and/or practice-based career in OMS.

Combined MD/OMS Certificate Program

In the combined MD degree/oral and maxillofacial surgery certificate program, the resident begins his/her training at Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Medicine in Lubbock, Texas as a full-time medical student with advance standing in the second year class. Currently, residents spend the entire duration of the second and third years of medical school at Texas Tech, completing the required class work and rotations in General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, OB/Gyn, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry. During the fourth year of medical school, the resident remains at Texas Tech until approximately the end of October, completing elective rotations in Neurosurgery, Neurology, or repeat rotations in other specialty departments listed above. The resident returns to Dallas in November of the fourth year to begin 3 months of training in Anesthesiology at BUMC and Parkland Memorial Hospital, also in Dallas. The resident returns to Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry for 5 months of oral and maxillofacial surgery training and then begins a one-year Internship in General Surgery at the BUMC Department of Surgery. The resident then returns to Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry for the final 24 months of oral and maxillofacial surgery training, augmented with periodic rotations for advanced levels of training and experience.

Year 1

Advance Placement - Year 2 of Medical School - Texas Tech U.

Year 2

Continues in Medical School, Year 3

Year 3

Continues in Medical School Year 4 level; OMS Rotation

Year 4

General Surgery Internship, Baylor Univ. Medical Center, MD Degree

2,700 Clock Hours

Year 5

OMS Surgery Clinic, Rotations, Seminars, BCD

2,700 Clock Hours

Year 6

OMS Surgery Clinic, 
BCD Selected Rotations 
Certificate Awarded

2,700 Clock Hours

OMS Certificate Program

When funding and manpower needs permit, the program selects residents for a 4-year OMS residency program that results in a certificate. These residency positions, when available, are fully accredited and meet all requirements of the ADA, and the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Unlike the MD program participants, these residents spend the entire time of training working in the clinics at BCD and participating in rotations at BCD-affiliated locations. On some occasions, these positions are filled with approved residents from Federal agencies, and are not available through the open application process. For more information on availability during any particular period, call Dr. Likith V. Reddy at 214-828-8455 for more information.

Resident Stipends 

Stipends for residents going through medical school provide minimal financial subsidy for the students while attending Texas Tech University School of Medicine. Stipends during the year as a General Surgery intern are determined, in part, by BUMC, and are competitive with other similar programs. Stipends as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Resident are competitive with stipends offered at other institutions. The Cost of Living in the Dallas area is among the most moderate in the United States, including affordable housing. 

Resident Requirements

  • All applicants must be currently enrolled in an ADA-accredited U.S. or Canadian dental school, or hold a DDS or DMD degree from an ADA-accredited U.S. or Canadian dental school.  Dentists with degrees from foreign countries are not eligible for the combined 6-year MD/OMS Certification Program. Applicants with dental degrees from foreign dental schools are eligible for the 4-year Certificate Program on a case by case basis.
  • All applicants should have a composite score of at least 90 on Part I of the National Board Examination to be considered eligible for application.
  • Due to the highly competitive nature of the TAMBCD OMS residency application process, all applicants should ideally be in the top 15% of their dental school class, have a high GPA, and have letters that attest to demonstrated interest and potential in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Although others will be reviewed and considered, in all likelihood their applications will not be competitive.
  • Interviews are by invitation. If invited, all applicants are expected to interview in person to be considered for residency appointment. All interviews are held on one day, usually in early December, and substantial notice is given of the date so applicants can try and get favorable airfares to and from Dallas/Fort Worth airport. Interviewees should plan on arriving the night prior to the interviews, because they begin very early in the morning. Do not plan to depart Dallas on the day of the interviews before 7 pm, so you have time to travel to the airport (about 45 minutes) and arrive with sufficient lead time for security clearance at the airport. Interviews often run until 4:00-5:00 in the afternoon, depending on how many applicants have accepted invitations.
  • Housing and transportation needs are the responsibility of the applicants but we will assist as much as possible in locating affordable housing. Contact the OMS Residency Training office at 214-828-8170 for information and assistance.

U.S. Department of Education regulations (Federal Register [75 FR 66665 and FR 66832], October 2010) require institutions that participate in the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (the HEA), to report certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV-eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE Programs). 

 This data must include the name and U.S. Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code, graduation rate, tuition and fees, book and supply costs, job placement rate and median loan debt for each program. The data pertaining to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program may be reviewed at:

Last edited by: aupton 10/19/2015

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