CAGS in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/MD Program

The six-year concurrent program culminates in the awarding of a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Boston University School of Medicine in addition to a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery from the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. This program, in which select individuals will be admitted to the Boston University School of Medicine as second-year medical students, combines didactic instruction and core clinical rotations/clerkships to provide comprehensive hybrid training in both the medical school and oral surgery components of the program. The addition of the MD component to the traditional four-year Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) program provides additional education, training, and credentials commensurate with the expanding range and complexity of the oral and maxillofacial surgical repertoire.

Graduates of this program will be well qualified to practice the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery in a private practice or academic setting. They will be eligible for specialty certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Graduates also will be educationally qualified for state medical licensure within the US, and will be able to apply to fellowship programs that require an MD degree.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/MD Curriculum

Year I (Medical School Year II)

The first month of the program begins with hospital orientation at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and concomitant assignment to the OMFS service, during which time students/residents also participate in activities reflecting curriculum content of the BUSM first-year Introduction to Clinical Medicine 1 (ICM 1) course. Subsequently, individuals enter medical school as full-time second-year students. Instruction during this year builds on prerequisite knowledge of normal anatomy and physiology by focusing on abnormalities in structure and function (pathology and pathophysiology). The majority of the second year follows the integrated Disease & Therapy (DRx) curriculum, which includes several individual modules.

Year II (Medical School Year III)

This is the core clerkship year. Students complete their initial clinical rotations, participating in active ambulatory and inpatient practices on major teaching services in medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, family medicine, neurology, radiology, and psychiatry. Students work with house officers and attending physicians in the care of a broad range of patients and clinical conditions through a series of required and elective clinical blocks.

Year III (Medical School Year IV & OMFS-Required Clinical Rotations/Courses)

In the third year of this program (BUSM fourth year), individuals complete advanced clinical rotations in geriatrics and home care, a sub-internship in the specialty of their choice, and one selective (ambulatory medicine or a surgical subspecialty). The year includes 24 weeks of elective time that is fulfilled by 16 weeks in oral and maxillofacial surgery and 8 weeks in anesthesia.

Year IV (OMFS-Required Clinical Rotations/Courses)

During the fourth year of this program, OMFS residents complete advanced clinical rotations in general surgery (7 months), pediatric anesthesia (1 month), and oral and maxillofacial surgery (4 months).

Years V & VI (OMFS-Required Clinical Rotations/Courses)

During the final two years of this program, OMFS residents complete advanced clinical training in oral and maxillofacial surgery (24 months).