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OMS Residency Program

Staff of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and PathologyThe Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program currently has a 48-month duration certificate program and is designed to complete the requirements of the Commission on Dental Accreditation for an approved advanced educational program in oral and maxillofacial Surgery. We accept no more than two residents each program year.

The program operates out of the UMMC School of Dentistry for outpatient care and the University Hospital for inpatient and outpatient hospital-based care. The program offers a full scope training experience, including extensive training in maxillofacial trauma, head and neck pathology, facial reconstruction, orthognathic surgery, preprosthetic surgery, temporomandibular joint surgery, craniofacial surgery, exodontia and other surgery as it pertains to the specialty.

Program mission

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program at UMMC is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of performance in education, research and health care delivery; educating outstanding oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the broad scope of the specialty; being a leader in the development of innovations that will improve human health; being recognized nationally for our leadership in innovations; being committed to recruiting and retaining high performing faculty, residents and support staff; embracing diversity yet maintaining a commitment to work as a team; finding solutions to the challenges of health disparities in Mississippi and the nation; promoting the value of professionalism and life-long learning in all our faculty, residents and staff; and enhancing the reputation of our university.

Core values: Trust, integrity, teamwork, commitment to excellence, innovation and service.

Residency program goals


  • Provide basic science and medicine didactic education that is required to competently practice oral and maxillofacial surgery and communicate with medical colleagues.
  • Provide an OMS didactic education that is broad scope so that graduates of this program can practice the full scope of the specialty.
  • Provide a training experience that encourages life-long learning and stimulates resident interest in an academic career.


  • Develop a research program that focuses on the development and/or implementation of innovative technologies for clinical practice.
  • Residents are encouraged to perform research projects in conjunction with OMS and other faculty to gain an appreciation for scientific methodology.

Patient care

  • Our first priority is to deliver excellent care for our patients. We will encourage residents to critically think and continuously assess patient outcomes. We will structure a graduated increase in resident responsibility as he/she matriculates through the residency program.
  • Provide a clinical education that is broad scope so that graduates of this program can practice the full scope of the specialty.
  • Deliver patient care in a manner in which residents develop skills and habits that are necessary for establishment of a successful private practice.


  • Residents will appreciate and embrace the opportunity they have to serve patients and community now and in the future as oral and maxillofacial surgeons.
  • Residents will appreciate and embrace the need for an organized voice that represents OMS before the public and that addresses the challenges facing our specialty.

Application procedure

To complete an online application, contact PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service) at Our residency program also participates in the National Matching Service, and all positions are offered through the postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. Applicants are required to register for the MATCH.

More information can be obtained by contacting:

  • National Matching Service, Inc. (primary address)
    20 Holly St., Suite 301
    Toronto, Ontario
    Canada, M4S 3B1
    (416) 977-3431
    Fax: (416) 977-5020
  • National Matching Services Inc. (alternate address)
    P.O. Box 1208
    Lewiston, NY 14092-8208
    (716) 282-4013
    Fax: (716) 282-0611
  • American Dental Education Association
    1400 K St., NW, Suite 1100
    Washington, DC 20005
    (202) 289-7201
    Fax: (202) 289-7204

For more information

  • Debra Jenkins-Black
    Education Administrator, SOD-Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    University of Mississippi Medical Center/School of Dentistry
    2500 N. State St. 
    Jackson, MS 39216
    (601) 815-9934