Advanced Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Program for Internationally-Trained Dentists

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

The University of Maryland School of Dentistry offers an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) Program for internationally-trained dentists. This Advanced OMS Program is a one-year full-time program which is designed to meet the needs of internationally trained dentists to enhance their knowledge of the specialty.

The Advanced OMS Program is affiliated with both the School of Dentistry and the University of Maryland Medical Center/R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. This program offers intensive training and covers the contemporary scope of oral-maxillofacial surgery including implants, office anesthesia, dentoalveolar surgery, head and neck pathology, hard and soft tissue facial reconstruction, cleft-craniofacial surgery, TMJ surgery, CMF trauma, facial aesthetic surgery, and corrective jaw surgery.

Participants in this program attend school on a full-time basis, attending classes with the first-year residents. This is a clinical observation program, which includes call at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center,  robust implant experiences, and observation of OR cases.  

This program is not intended to prepare individuals to practice the specialty of OMS. It is expected that the individual will return to his/her country after gaining insight and improving his/her knowledge in the specialty of OMS. Upon completion and meeting the requirements of the Advanced OMS Program, participants will receive a certificate of completion from the Office of Continuing Dental Education.

The Advanced OMS Program certificate awarded for this program is a continuing education program certificate.  This is not the same certificate as the postgraduate program certificate. (The postgraduate program certificate is awarded to full-time international postgraduates in specialty training as a qualification for recognition by the Commission on Dental Accreditation).

Admission Process

Upon submission of all required documentation, the applications will be reviewed by the admissions committee. As required, an in-person or virtual interview may be scheduled with the applicant.  Admission criteria to the Advanced OMS Program includes, but is not limited to, academic achievements, demonstrated interest in oral-maxillofacial surgery, TOEFL scores and performance in previously attended academic programs, clinical experience and letters of recommendation.

Application Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Application fee ($160.00 USD)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Personal statement/letter of intent
  • Notarized copy of dental school diploma/degree
  • Original transcripts/translated in English
  • ECE/WES course-by-course evaluation
  • TOEFL score reports
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Passport biographical page

English Language Test Requirements:

  • TOEFL (minimum 80 internet-based test, 550 paper-based)*
  • IELTS (minimum 7.0 total bandwidth score) please attach results*

*Scores from these exams must be no more than two years old at the time of submission of the J-1 request.

Program Fee
One year: $60,000 (USD)

International Student Admissions Standards
International Students who require J-1 visa sponsorship to attend the University of Maryland must demonstrate English proficiency and financial responsibility before the Office of International Services (OIS) can issue the appropriate visa document for the program of study.

English Proficiency
International students requiring visa sponsorship from the Office of International Services (OIS) must demonstrate English proficiency.  Proficiency is most often verified through the TOEFL or IELTS English Language Proficiency tests.  For students whose native language is English, the TOEFL requirement may be waived. 

Financial Responsibility
International students who require visa sponsorship must ensure they have sufficient funding to cover the cost of the program and living expenses while in Baltimore. Financial responsibility may be proven by a variety of methods. These include the following:

  • Personal or family funds
  • Government or international organization sponsorship

The documentation must state the name of the person or organization that will sponsor the student and specify the amount of the financial support provided to the student.

If using personal or family funds, a bank statement from within the past six months must be provided. Additionally, if the applicant is receiving financial support from a friend or family member, that person must also write a letter specifying the exact amount of funding he or she will provide during the program.

The expenses of a married student are considerably more than that of a single student. In addition to funds for his or her own expenses, the married student must show an additional $5,000 per year for each dependent. A dependent is classified as a spouse and/or children under the age of 21.

Prior to processing visa paperwork, the OIS requires evidence of the minimum financial support amount committed to the applicant's education.

Health Insurance

Health Insurance is required for all University of Maryland students. The applicant must prove that he or she has coverage equivalent to University of Maryland’s minimum requirements.

Contact Information

Students can email their application and documents to:

Keith Groves, DMin, MPC
Director of Continuing Education
University of Maryland School of Dentistry
650 West Baltimore Street, Suite 6207
Baltimore, MD 21201

Michelle Howell
Office of Continuing Education
University of Maryland School of Dentistry
650 West Baltimore Street, Suite 6207
Baltimore, MD 21201

For questions about the Advanced Oral & Maxillofacial Program, contact:

Nicholas Wilken, DDS, MD
Clinical Professor
650 W. Baltimore Street, Room 1217
Baltimore, MD 21201