Orofacial Pain (TMD)
Advanced Education Program in Orofacial Pain
TMD and Orofacial Pain
This is a two-year program that leads to a Certificate in Orofacial Pain, and an optional Master's of Science degree (M.S.) in the field of Dentistry. The program involves clinical, didactic, and research training and is designed for dentists interested in clinical, academic or teaching careers.
The program focuses on acquisition of strong clinical skills in evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of TMD and orofacial pain disorders as well as the treatment of sleep apnea and snoring with intraoral appliances. Most of the student's time will be spent in the clinic. Additional time is spent attending courses in pain management, neuroscience, pharmacology, behavioral sciences, and other biomedical areas, as well as journal reviews, seminars, and participation in research projects.
Program: Certificate in Orofacial Pain, Master's of Science
Duration: 24 months for certificate program
Class size: 3
Tuition/Stipend: Currently, the program financially supports two residents per year, for 2 years in total. The stipend typically covers the majority of residents’ tuition, single coverage medical insurance, and a modest living allowance.
The third position is unfunded, therefore, the resident would be responsible for all tuition, fees, insurance and living expenses associated with the graduate program.
*Note: International students are welcome to apply and eligible for financial support. Financial support is subject to change based on yearly administrative actions; bi-weekly stipend is considered taxable income and is subject to FICA and Medicare withholding.
CODA: In February 2013, the Advanced Education Program in Orofacial Pain was granted Initial Accreditation by The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). This confirms our continuous dedication and improvement within the following standards:
- Institutional Effectiveness
- Educational Program
- Faculty and Staff
- Educational Support Services
- Patient Care Services
- Research Program
Residents who graduate from our OFP program will be entitled to the academic status and professional benefits gained by completing a CODA-accredited training program.
MN Licensure following graduation: Although the Advanced Education Program in Orofacial Pain is CODA-accredited, TMD and Orofacial Pain is not one of the nine ADA-recognized specialty programs. For questions about how graduating from a CODA-accredited Orofacial Pain program affects licensure requirements, please contact the individual governing authority for the state(s) of interest.
Application deadline for next class: September 1, 2015 for start on June 1, 2016
Contact: Office Administrator Andrea Medina
Program Director Donald Nixdorf, DDS, MS
Address: Division of TMD and Orofacial Pain
University of Minnesota
6-320 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455