Preliminary internship

The preliminary intern ("prelim") is generally a candidate who did not match in the MATCH program or applied too late to match, or did not apply this year for OMS residency. The prelim position is considered a graduate student position within the school, but the prelim is credentialed at MCV Hospitals as a resident with all the same privileges as any other PGY-1 resident.

The prelim's primary role is to assist in the outpatient clinic within the school teaching dental students and performing procedures, but will also take hospital calls, cover hospital clinics, assist in the operating room and participate in all resident academic activities as a PGY-1 resident.

Although this position has no direct correlation to admittance to the VCU/MCV OMS Residency Program, the vast majority of our previous prelims who have shown good effort have matched to an OMS residency somewhere. We take only one prelim each year.

The prelim position, as a graduate student, is provided a moderate stipend to cover living expenses. In addition, the department will cover parking costs and a modest on-call meal allowance. The cost of living in Richmond is equally modest.


Interested candidates should complete and return the following items. The application deadline is March 1, 2016.

  • Formal application (filled out in full)
  • A copy of your PASS application, if at all possible
  • If a PASS application is not available, submit two letters of recommendation preferably from full-time faculty, a copy of any board scores taken, a copy of your dental or medical school transcripts and a 2x2 photo for identification purposes. For intial review, unofficial copies are fine – we do not need official copies.

Return the application and all supporting documentation to:

Dr. Robert A. Strauss
c/o Crystal Brooks 
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
P.O. Box 980566
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0566
Phone: (804) 828-0602
Fax: (804) 828-0056