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Can MD apply for oral surgery?

Discussion in 'Dental Residents and Practicing Dentists' started by melonaid, Nov 13, 2011.

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  1. melonaid

    melonaid 7+ Year Member

    Feb 15, 2010
    I know this question has been asked in the past, but I am looking for an updated answer. Can an md apply for oral surgery programs? And If so which specific programs have accepted them or are open t accepting them?
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  3. Phidippides

    Phidippides fi-dip'i-deez 7+ Year Member

    Apr 27, 2010
    An MD can apply but that applicant will have had to obtain a DDS degree either before applying or the OMS program will have to train the applicant how to be a dentist with the appropriate pre-clinic and clinical training including doing the lab work for crowns, bridges, dentures etc.

    The rule is: one must have a DDS in order to get a certificate in OMS.

    These programs are rare. I know Harvard has done this and I know Michigan has a program as well. There might be more. I am not sure.
  4. yappy

    yappy 7+ Year Member

    Jul 11, 2008
    If you're in MD school or an MD why not just go for ENT?
  5. drhobie7

    drhobie7 10+ Year Member

    Jun 9, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    I heard through the grapevine that Harvard and Michigan will take an MD and put them through a modified OMS program to include the necessary dental curriculum to attain a DDS. Dont' know the details or even if that's accurate...it's just what I heard...from a little bird...sittin on a turd.
  6. CMistry

    CMistry 10+ Year Member

    Jun 29, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    From what I understand, UAB and Harvard have official tracks set up for MD applicants, though both are slightly longer than the traditional DDS/DMD course.
  7. hotrod0917

    hotrod0917 Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    Ann Arbor
    Michigan has an official track also. Although the specifics seem to change depending on whether or not the applicant already completed a gen surg year or not. Last person who went through the program, who graduated this year, did general surgery first then D-school, then OMFS.

    Although there is quiet an overlap, it's still a very different specialty, offering their own niche.
  8. armorshell

    armorshell One Man Freak Show Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 12, 2006
    There's a bit of a Catch-22 in doing this though. IMO, some PD's are interested in taking MD applicants because they perceive they might have more of an interest in pursuing academic careers. However, were that the case, there doesn't seem to be much of a reason for an MD applicant to seek out OMS specifically if this is the case, considering the overlap in academic scope between ENT/PRS/OMS. So the applicants you're going to get form the MD side are most likely:

    1. Not interested in the academic scope of OMS and are primarily interested in the private practice lifestyle aspect.
    2. Not competitive enough for PRS/ENT, sees OMS as a potential backdoor.

    I really don't see a reason for a large push to accept primary MD applicants, except in a few special cases.
  9. Dig it the most

    Dig it the most Member Delux

    Nov 18, 2011
  10. cannp

    cannp 5+ Year Member

    Jul 4, 2008
    Hi all-
    I’m a 2nd year med student, but I recently gained a little bit of exposure to OMFS thanks to my very own mandibular fracture. I’ve always been interested in doing a sort of smaller/cleaner surgical subspecialty (ie. optho vs cardiothoracic surg), but I am now really intrigued by wide variety of procedures oral surgeons can do. I’m looking for some advice on how/whether I should pursue this interest. Basically, how much overlap is there really between ENT and OMFS? Do you think oral surgeons would be receptive to the idea of me shadowing them to see if it’s something I really like?

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