Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery


The goal of the Advanced Training Program in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is to train individuals within an ethical and service based framework to be competent in all phases of the specialty.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery traineesWe aim to provide opportunities to interface and collaborate with our dental and medical colleagues both locally and abroad. We also provide experiences in research to enable a better appreciation for the scientific bases of the specialty and biomedical sciences.

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Overview & history

Overview & history

Formal training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Minnesota has existed since 1946. Over 130 oral and maxillofacial surgeons have successfully completed the requirements for certification in the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Alumni of the Advanced Training Program in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery are prominent and recognized professionals.

Our graduates are well-trained in the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Additional training is available for those interested in academic pursuits for advanced degrees and research methodology. The training program is a full-time 48-month program. The program includes didactic courses and clinical exposure to topics related to the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

The course of study is organized to allow the student to work closely with the full and part-time faculty at the primary and affiliate hospitals. The resident will acquire the skills necessary to assume positions of increasing responsibility in the medical and surgical care of the OMS patient.

Our division

Our division

The Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery provides consultative, diagnostic, and therapeutic services to patients with problems of the oral cavity, maxillofacial region, and head & neck and training for students in the full scope of the specialty. Our mission is to train future academic leaders in the profession, to provide excellent patient care, and to contribute to clinical research.  


Conditions treated in the division include: odontogenic infections, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, facial trauma, dentofacial deformities, head & neck cancer, pathological conditions of and/or injuries to the maxillo-mandibular complex, cleft and craniofacial abnormalities, cosmetic deformities of the head & neck, extraction of teeth and repair of supporting bone, surgical management of the complex airway, and snoring and sleep apnea.


Patients are referred to us for interdisciplinary care by other dentists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, and physicians. Residents are closely involved with patient management under direct supervision of the faculty. Our faculty have specialized knowledge in anesthesia, maxillofacial trauma, cosmetic facial surgery, TMJ surgery, implant surgery, infections, reconstruction dentoalveolar surgery, orthognathic surgery, cleft lip and palate/craniofacial surgery, maxillofacial pathology and medical assessment and patient management. We offer outpatient based sedation and GA services.

Sample year

Sample year

Year 1

Clinical Rotations:

  • Anesthesia: 4 months (UMMC-Fairview)
  • Medicine: 2 months (UMMC-Fairview)
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery: 6 months (Hennepin County Medical Center, and the University of Minnesota)

Didactic courses: – Summer, start of 1st year

  • History and Physical Diagnosis
  • Head and Neck Anatomy
  • Interdisciplinary Care of the Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Patient

ATLS: Complete ATLS course in first or second year.

Year 2

Clinical Rotations:

  • General Surgery / Surgical ICU / Neurosurgery: 6 months (Hennepin County Medical Center)
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery: 6 months

Year 3

Clinical Rotations:

  • Plastic Surgery: 3 months (Regions Hospital)
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: 9 months
  • Pediatric Anesthesia: Weekly (Friday mornings) third or fourth year

Trauma Call: North Memorial (on-call, carry pager 24/7)

Year 4

Clinical Rotations:

  • Opthalmology: (optional)
  • Oral Pathology: 1 week
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery: 10-12 months (at the chief level at the University of Minnesota and Hennepin County Medical Center)
  • Foreign Rotation: 2 months – Scotland, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
  • Pediatric Anesthesia: Weekly (Friday mornings) third or fourth year



Core Didactic Course Format

Advanced Training Education at the University of Minnesota

Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


To provide oral and maxillofacial surgery residents with a standardized curriculum of the fundamental concepts of oral and maxillofacial surgery and medicine.


The core courses are planned to be presented over a two year period on Thursday afternoons. A quality assurance component will be incorporated within the cores as well as having individual designated time frames. The curriculum will be designed for the maximum benefit of the third and fourth year residents. Additional Thursday afternoon seminars presented by the residents occur during the summer months to supplement the core courses. This schedule will be planned to complement the core curriculum's strengths and weaknesses.

All residents rotating on the following services are required to attend Core Curriculum: U of MN, VA, HCMC.

Course Content

Each course will consist of approximately 10 hours of lecture to be presented in a case based interactive format. Content should include basic as well as advanced concepts of surgery and medicine. A syllabus will be created for each course. Lectures may be presented by faculty, individuals from other disciplines when appropriate, and occasionally by residents.

Course Faculty

The assigned faculty will ultimately be responsible for total coordination of the individual core courses.

Core Topics

  • Orthognathic
  • Pharmacology/Microbiology
  • Dental Implants
  • Pathology Associated with the TMJ
  • Trauma
  • Medicine/Physiology
  • Surgical Anatomy
  • Practice Management
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Oncology/Reconstruction
  • Cleft/Craniofacial
  • Dentoalveolar

Note: The topics of Anesthesia and Oral Pathology are covered on a weekly basis during the calendar year on Friday a.m. and Thursday afternoons respectively.

Anesthesia Core – Simulation Clinic

In May of 2009, the oral and maxillofacial surgery residents participated in a simulation clinic at the University of Minnesota IERC Center. In a more “real world” type of setting, the residents reviewed emergency conscious sedation anesthesia concepts.

Program fees & additional info

Program fees & additional info

Stipends and fees

Resident stipends for 2010-11


  • $50,032

  • $51,753

  • $53,603

University educational fees

There are University and School of Dentistry fees that total approximately $2650 per year for which a resident is responsible to pay. Tuition is currently funded through GME dollars. However, it is not a guarantee that tuition will be paid next year. Currently the tuition amount is approximately $945 per semester. Additionally, there is an annual resident license fee of $55.

Health insurance

The University will provide full single health insurance coverage during the 4-year training period. The resident is responsible for a portion of the monthly fee. ($38 or $83 depending upon chosen plan) Additional dependent care coverage must be paid entirely by the resident. See more information on resident health insurance.

Obtaining a medical degree

Several graduates of the University of Minnesota’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Advanced Training program have obtained a medical degree after completing their training program. At the current time, however, the University of Minnesota’s program is not an integrated program, nor does it have a formal agreement with any medical schools. Direction and advice will be offered to those residents wishing to seek medical training after their residency training program.

Program at a glance

Length: 4 years
Program contact: James Q. Swift, 612-624-7133, kmolsen@umn.edu

Division contacts: 
Harold K. Tu, MD, DMD
James Q. Swift, DDS
Lance W. Svoboda, DDS
Robert Nadeau, DDS
Reba Taleb, DMD

Affiliate institutions

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