University of Maryland Medical Center is now back to allowing in-person vistors and externs.  That being said, we will only allow one visitor at a time.   
Please contact Shannon Otto at to inquire about dates and requirements. 

Externship Program

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The University of Maryland offers a 1 or 2 week externship rotation at the University of Maryland Medical Center for dental students who are interested in pursuing a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Activities include participation in the day-to-day activities of our program - rounds, clinics, inpatient care, assisting in the operating rooms and in the trauma and emergency suites.  Externs also attend at courses and seminars for the residents and often present at didactic conference, but this is not mandatory.

Read about previous externs' experiences like the one below on our testimonials webpage.

‌I would like to thank the whole team in the Department of Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Maryland for allowing me the opportunity to be part of the OMFS Externship program. The two weeks in the Medical Center reaffirmed my desire to pursue a career in oral-maxillofacial after observing the high level of professionalism and work ethic of the faculty, residents and staff. Thanks again!

Ahmed Al-Muzayyen 

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How Do I Apply?

A doctor works at his desk while wearing personal protective equipmentAll prospective externs must submit the following to be considered for the program:

  • A letter recommending the student for the externship from a full time faculty member or the Chair of Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery at the student's school
  • Provide a curriculum vitae or resume
  • Proof of mal practice insurance
  • PPD results (within the last year)
  • A recent photo 2x2

*The Department ONLY accepts students from U.S. or Canadian schools at this time. Thank you for your interest.

Important Documents to return to me along with COVID vaccine card:

Please submit your complete application for review to the Externship Program Coordinator via email by clicking HERE. For further contact information or questions:

Shannon Otto, Academic Program Specialist

Shannon Residency Coordinator

650 W. Baltimore St. Room 1216

Baltimore, MD 21201