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Sep 29, 2014
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2020-21 University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program Overview


The Residency Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a CODA-accredited six-year M.D. integrated training program based at the Parnassus campus of UCSF Medical Center. Residents achieve a wealth of clinical experience across six affiliate teaching sites, the UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center (Parnassus), UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, UCSF Mount Zion, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, San Francisco VA Medical Center, and UCSF Dental Center.

The program offers four categorical positions per year. One non-categorical internship position is available for those interested in a yearlong OMFS experience. Residents receive their medical education and M.D. from the UCSF School of Medicine.


  • Year 1: 1.5 months OMFS, 10.5 months Medical School
  • Year 2: 4.5 months OMFS, 7.5 months Medical School
  • Year 3: 3 months OMFS, 7 months Medical School, 2 months USMLE Step 1 and 2
  • Year 4: 7 months OMFS, 5 months Anesthesia (including one month of Pediatric Anesthesia)
  • Year 5: 5 months OMFS, 7 months General Surgery (including 1 month Plastic Surgery and 1 month ENT)
  • Year 6: 12 months OMFS as Chief Resident

Total Medical School: 25 months
Total OMFS: 33 months

Strengths of the UCSF program include orthognathic surgery, TMJ, trauma, and dentoalveolar surgery. We average three orthognathics cases per week at UCSF’s Parnassus Hospital. ZSFG is a Level 1 trauma center where OMFS shares facial trauma call with Plastic Surgery and OHNS (ENT), taking facial trauma call every third day. Sedations and dentoalveolar cases occur at the UCSF dental center (where all predoc implant cases are referred to OMFS), as well as at ZSFG’s outpatient oral surgery clinic. Implant experience is built into the SF VA rotation and the D12 clinic at the dental center.

UCSF is a traditional full-scope program with ongoing efforts to expand the variety of cases performed. Below are the focus areas for each hospital:
  • UCSF Medical Center (Parnassus): Orthognathics, benign pathology, TMJ, MRONJ, OSA surgery
  • ZSFG: Facial trauma, infections, dentoalveolar
  • UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital: Pediatric OMFS, cleft, orthognathics, and pediatric craniofacial surgery.
  • SFVA: TMJ, dentoalveolar, implants

Our program has meticulously crafted a healthy, supportive residency culture which includes relationships through all classes as well as approachable attendings who love teaching. Our residents pride themselves on being excellent surgeons who are also able to achieve personal endeavors outside of the OR. Many residents have dogs or cats and UCSF is considered a family-friendly program with a manageable work-life balance. Our residents have multiple talents outside of work including piano, sculptures, cookie art, venture capital, basketball, and surfing.

Each site offers a unique surgical experience for residents. The fast-paced community clinic at ZSFG has a huge resident room, call room, and gym for busy trauma nights. This rotation is a resident favorite because of the direct patient care, incredible patients, autonomy, volume, and fun team atmosphere. The Parnassus rotation is famous for the post-morning-rounds french toast and Peet’s. With Millberry Union being across the street, you can wind down a long TMJ case with a workout at the UCSF gym or pick up some Panda Express and call it a night.


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UCSF has multiple campuses in the city of San Francisco. University shuttles run between all campuses approximately every 15 minutes. Each campus is also accessible by the SF public transportation network.

Training Sites

UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center
  • UCSF’s Flagship hospital and home to the UCSF School of Medicine.
  • Ranked among the top 10 hospitals nationwide for 22 years running.
  • Faculty Clinic and OR: Resident experience includes orthognathic, TMJ reconstruction, sleep surgery, nerve repair, benign pathology, and other OR procedures.
  • OMFS Didactics: Weekly service meeting, Grand Rounds, surgical anatomy and skills course
  • ED: Wide spectrum of emergency care, including odontogenic infections, facial and dental trauma.
  • Inpatient Consults: Dental clearances for inpatients undergoing organ transplants, head and neck radiation, cardiothoracic surgeries, and bisphosphonate therapy.
  • School of Medicine: 25 months spent earning the M.D. at a top-ranked medical school. *See curriculum map for more detail.

UCSF Dental Center
  • Located a few steps down the street from the Medical Center.
  • OMFS Faculty Practice: Residents are exposed to dentoalveolar surgeries, implants, biopsies, and sedations in a private practice setting.
  • Didactics: Implants, in collaboration with Prosthodontics.
  • All student implants are referred to OMFS at the dental school.

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and Mission Bay Medical Center
  • Located near Chase Center, home of the Golden State Warriors
  • UCSF’s newest campus, built in 2014, with a new Precision Cancer Building that opened in 2019.
  • Dental Oncology Center: Residents care for patients with dental needs prior to and after undergoing cancer surgery / radiotherapy.
  • OR: Residents operate on pediatric and craniofacial cases.
  • ED: Benioff Children’s hospital houses the only freestanding pediatric emergency department in SF. Residents manage any pediatric oral and facial emergencies here.

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center
  • Located in San Francisco’s historic Mission district, home to the #1 burrito in America.
  • Since 1872, considered one of the finest public hospitals in the U.S., ZSFG offers cost-effective and culturally competent care to an international community of patients regardless of their ability to pay.
  • ZSFG is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in San Francisco.
  • Outpatient Clinic: Residents see between 40-50 patients per day for consultations and dentoalveolar surgery. Residents teach UCSF dental students, plastics/ENT residents, and GPRs on rotation. Senior/chief residents complete surgical extractions under sedation.
  • OR: Residents experience trauma surgery, including bony fractures and facial soft tissue injuries.
  • ED: OMFS takes facial trauma call every 3rd day and serves as the primary service for dentoalveolar trauma and head and neck infections year round.
  • Inpatient Consults: Dental clearances for inpatients undergoing organ transplants, head and neck radiation, cardiothoracic surgeries, and bisphosphonate therapy.

SF VA Medical Center
  • Located along the northwest coast of SF and nestled in Land’s End Lookout.
  • SFVAMC is home to the largest funded research program in the Veterans Health Administration with $81 million in research expenditures in FY 2019, with plenty of research opportunities for UCSF residents.
  • Outpatient Clinic and OR: High volume of TMJ, sleep, and implant surgeries, and botox for TMD and myofascial pain. Many procedures are done as sedations or under general anesthesia.
  • ED: Odontogenic infections, facial and dental trauma.

Brian Bast, DMD, MD: Department Chair; UCSF / ZSFG.
Trauma and Orthognathics

Sohail Saghezchi, DDS, MD: Program director; UCSF / ZSFG.
Orthognathics, TMJ, Trauma, Implants.

Sampeter Odera, DMD, MD, FACS: UCSF; Orthognathic fellowship at Dalhousie University, Canada.
Orthognathics, TMJ, OSA, Implants.

Andrew Weeks, MD, DDS: UCSF / Mount Zion / Benioff Children’s Hospital; dual fellowship in pediatric craniofacial surgery at University of Oklahoma and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in the UK
Cleft/Craniofacial, Pediatric OMFS, Orthognathic, Trauma, Dentoalveolar

Rebeka Silva, DMD: SF VA
TMJ and orthognathic surgeries

Stephen Connelly, DDS, MD, PhD, FACS: SF VA
TMJ and orthognathic surgeries

Rishi Gupta, DDS, MD, MBA, FACS: SF VA; Sleep Surgery fellowship at Stanford Otolaryngology; Orthognathics, OSA, TMJ

Shelley Miyasaki, DDS, PhD: SF VA
TMJ, Orthognathics

Jennifer Perkins, DDS, MD: Part-time; UCSF Dental Center / UCSF Mission Bay; Dental oncology and Executive Director of Clinical Education for the School of Dentistry predoctoral program
Dentoalveolar surgery

Newton Gordon, DDS: Part-time; ZSFG Chief emeritus
Dentoalveolar, Sedations

Richard Robert, DDS, MS: Part-time, UCSF
Dentoalveolar, Sedations, Resident didactics

David Trent, DDS, MD: Part-time; UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital; Craniofacial fellowship at Arnold Palmer Hospital, FL.
Craniofacial, Pediatric OMFS

M. Anthony Pogrel, DDS, MD, FACS: UCSF; Professor and Chairman Emeritus; no longer accepts new patients; valuable resource in resident didactics and conferences as well as for those interested in academics.

Dental School Representation
PGY-1: Columbia, NYU, UCLA, USC
PGY-2: Harvard, UCSF, UCLA, UoP
PGY-3: UCSF, UCLA, UoP, UT San Antonio
PGY-6: Columbia, UCLA, UCLA

Mission Trips
UCSF School of Dentistry goes to Negril, Jamaica with Great Shape!, an NGO founded by our very own Dr. Newton Gordon. Over 500 patients are treated within the week, most of them needing surgical extractions. Residents have a great time teaching and helping out those in need whilst having fun!

Call Schedule

Parnassus: Residents take call every 3-4 days, depending on how many residents are on service at the time.
SFGH: Residents take call every 3-4 days, depending on how many residents are on service at the time. At SFGH, we take facial trauma call every 3rd day.

Stipend (2020-2021)

Monthly*YearlyYearly (inc. housing)

*Monthly housing stipend of $1068.83 added on top of base stipend to offset costs of living in SF
**Paid only while on service

UCSF offers residents university housing at one of three locations (Parnassus, Mission Bay, Dogpatch) at a below-market rate for up to 2 years, with a possibility of extension. More details on housing can be found here, UCSF Campus Life Services | Housing
Many of our residents live in UCSF housing. Others live in apartments around the city. When factoring in the housing stipend ($1068.83 per month), monthly individual rents run from $500 (shared) to $2500 (1 bedroom).

Residency Application Requirements
To be eligible for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program, you must meet the following requirements:
Hold a DDS or DMD degree issued by a dental school accredited by the U.S. ADA’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) by the start of the program
  • Pass the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE), Part 1 by the application deadline. Matched candidates must Pass and submit NBDE Part 2 results by the start of the program. If you already have completed your dental program: Passing score(s) from NBDE Parts 1 & 2 OR the Integrated National Board Exam (INBDE) are required by the application deadline
  • Submit National Board Medical Examiners Comprehensive Basic Science Examination scores by the application deadline
  • Be a U.S. citizen. We no longer accept applications from graduates of non-U.S. or Canadian dental schools or from non-U.S. citizens
In evaluating applications, we look for the following:

  • Placement in the top 20 percent of the dental school class
  • Strong CBSE score >70
  • Excellent letters of recommendation
  • Clinical externship experience (encouraged)
  • Research experience (preferred)
Interviews during the 2020-21 admissions season will be conducted remotely. Invitations will be sent directly by the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program.
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2+ Year Member
May 6, 2018
  1. Dental Student
Excellent review, I really appreciate it.

Is the med school during PGY-1 MS1?
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Apr 3, 2018
  1. Medical Student
Excellent review, I really appreciate it.

Is the med school during PGY-1 MS1?

Yes we start with the other MS1 students. UCSF SOM's curriculum is unique in that the basic sciences (anatomy, pharm, path etc) are integrated into the Organ Systems instead of having it as a separate block in the first year of medschool that is commonly seen in more traditional curriculums.

So for example, when we are on the Airways, Blood, Circulation block (7weeks), we learn everything about the particular system including relevant anatomy and physiology so everything is put in perspective and can be taught in a clinical context. Many residents appreciate the chance to start medschool with regular MS1s and getting to build relationships with classmates like you would at the start of school instead of being thrown in to MS2 or MS3 with advanced standing status and nobody knowing who tf you are. UCSF takes great pride in the medical education they offer and rightfully so I would say :D
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Fantastic review - what is tuition go around with living expenses included?

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