"If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants." - Isaac Newton
I'm extremely grateful that I was given the opportunity to spend the past year as an intern with the University of Maryland Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department. This internship has opened up new horizons for me and deepened my love for the specialty in an indescribable way. Here in Maryland, I found limitless exciting opportunities to learn; such as participating in OR cases, hands-on learning in implant workshops, nerve repair lab, cadaver labs, as well as the rich and advanced didactic curriculum and interactive journal clubs.
Some of my favorite memories were made while working side by side with our attendings in the OR. On an average day we have several OR cases in different areas of the specialty such as TMJ procedures, malignant tumors and reconstruction with microvascular free flaps, cleft lip palate, orthognathic, trauma and esthetic procedures. Our faculty members and great mentors made us feel as though we were all one big family. They are always approachable, understanding, friendly, compassionate, and they take a special interest in the well being of their residents and interns be it during normal times and especially in difficult times (COVID19).
I deeply value the amazing friendships I have made here, and I value this wonderful family I have become a part of. Being surrounded by such distinguished intellectuals really inspired me and invigorated my passion for OMFS. Not only did I gain a wealth of knowledge and learn new surgical skills, but I also learned skills that will help me become a better leader and become the best version of myself.
Samer Dahhan, Internship Graduate, 2019
The University of Maryland Medical Center, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery offers a one year internship with responsibilities identical to those of the categorical first year residents; including clinical and didactic responsibilities. Interns take resident level call at the University of Maryland Medical Center and the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. The internship provides a robust clinical and didactic experience, participation in OR cases, outpatient clinics and inpatient care. The patient management experience gained from the variety of conditions treated in the unit will be invaluable towards pursuing a residency and career in oral-maxillofacial surgery. A well-rounded didactic schedule, which includes a physical diagnosis course compliments the clinical experience at Maryland. Interns receive a salary at the PGY-1 level and all interns are required to be on campus for an orientation two weeks before the July 1st start date.
Applications for an internship position are accepted immediately after the MATCH results are released in late January.
How Do I Apply?
Interested students should send:
- A letter recommending the student for the internship from a full time faculty member or the Chair of Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery at the student's school
- Personal statement
- A dental school transcript
- The results of Part I of the National Dental Boards
- The results of NBME/CBSE
- Provide a curriculum vitae or resume
- 2x2 Photo
Please submit your complete application to the Internship Program Coordinator via email by clicking HERE:
For further questions, or for contact info:
Shannon Otto, Academic Program Specialist
650 W. Baltimore St., Room 1216
Baltimore, MD 21201
Deadline is post-MATCH.