The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery offers a one to two week hospital-based extern program in oral and maxillofacial surgery. The program is designed for those highly motivated students who plan to make application to an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency and who seek more intensive exposure to the specialty beyond what is traditionally incorporated in undergraduate dental education.

Externs will be able to perform basic dentoalveolar surgery in the outpatient clinic and assist resident house staff with the more advanced clinical procedures performed by oral and maxillofacial surgery specialists. Externs also are exposed to the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery including spending ample time in the operating room, as well as assisting the on-call resident with emergency room and ward care procedures. Participants make daily hospital rounds and attend all resident educational seminars and conferences. In addition, the extern is exposed to the practice of pain control, including outpatient general anesthesia as well as the techniques used for both conscious and deep sedation.