Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Overview

This is part of our postgraduate education: MSc or PhD program with specialist clinical training.

Details of our other graduate opportunities in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery are below:

  • The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Internship Program
  • 12 month¬†fellowship in Temporomandibular Joint and Orthognathic Surgery (TJO)¬†

 

Program director 

Dr Marco Caminiti

Email the surgery program

Length of program

MSc: 4 years

PhD: 7 to 8 years

Important dates

Application window: April 1 ‚Äď August 1¬†

Interview notifications: Late November

Program start: First week of July

Number of spaces available across MSc and PhD 3
Main teaching team

Dr Marco Caminiti

Dr Nick Katsikeris

Dr David Psutka

Dr Justin Garbedian

Dr Karl Cuddy

Dr Kristopher Lee

Dr Nick Blanas

Dr Brian Rittenberg

You will participate in all areas of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with increasing responsibilities for patient care. 

You will also have opportunities to teach current undergraduate students.  

Your study will involve:

  • off-service rotations with 12 months of clinical rotations.
  • patient care and outpatient clinic management with assistance in the operating room leading to responsibility for managing the operating rooms and developing surgical skills.
  • you will eventually build your leadership role, coordinating the 36 operating rooms and the 42 clinic days a few days per month.
  • opportunity to take part in external electives (amounting to a maximum of one month) in craniofacial surgery, head and neck surgery, reconstructive surgery, cleft lip and palate surgery, cosmetic surgery and maxillofacial trauma.

Rotations and other clinical activities will be based at:

  • Mount¬†Sinai Hospital
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Humber River Hospital
  • The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation
  • Lakeview Health
  • Rouge Valley Health Network

How you will spend your time

(on average, may vary from year to year)

Clinic (patients) 35%, Lectures/seminars 20%, Laboratories/hands on training (no patients) 5%, Surgery 40%

 

What this program enables you to do

The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada and the Commission on Dental Accreditation in the United States through a reciprocal agreement.

Completion of this program will allow you to take the:

  • National Dental Specialty Examination (the National Dental Examining Board of Canada)
  • Fellowship Examination (Royal College of Dentists of Canada)
  • Diplomate Examination (American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)

How to apply

Follow the standard application process on How to become a specialist dentist.

If you are applying at PhD level

If you are applying for this program at the PhD level, you need to identify an area of research and contact a faculty member before you apply to determine if they are accepting PhD students for supervision.


Other Post-graduate Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery opportunities

In addition to the specialty program above, the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program offers several other opportunities for current DDS students and graduates.

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Internship Program

Important dates

  • Applications close: 1 November
  • Internship runs: 1 July to 30 June

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) internship program is a one year program designed specifically for advanced training in OMFS with the goal towards eventual specializing.

You will shadow a junior resident with didactic participation at Sunnybrook and Mount Sinai hospitals and follow the Hospital Dental Residency curriculum.

Who this is for and eligibility

For Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) graduates who want to get some experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery before committing to a specialized program.

You must have:

  • successfully completed the Doctor of Dental Surgery Program at the University of Toronto, or an equivalent recognized dental program.
  • acquired your Educational Certificate or General Certificate of Registration (licence) to practice in Ontario from Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO).

How to apply for the OMFS Internship Program

Applications close November 1.

To apply, complete all the steps below, sending all documents to:

Admissions Office
Faculty of Dentistry
124 Edward Street, Room 104
Toronto, ON M5G 1G6
Canada
admissions@dentistry.utoronto.ca

  1. Complete the application form (paper version ‚Äď pdf)
  2. Pay the non-refundable application service fee of $275 CDN (money order or bank draft payable to the University of Toronto). Pay online by credit card on the Student Services Payment page.
  3. Your Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
  4. A one- to two-page statement outlining your interest in the program. Include information on your background, interest, aptitude and ability for the internship program.
  5. Arrange for your official dental school transcripts to be sent to the Admissions Office in a sealed envelope directly from the issuing institutions. 
  6. Ask two referees to send letters of reference in sealed envelopes.

Interviews

We will contact you by email in March. 

If you are unsuccessful, we will let you know. If you are successful, you will be invited to an interview.

Registration and payment of fees

You must pay the registration fee of $1,400 (CAD) to register in the program.

You will receive a stipend of approximately $45,000.  

The University of Toronto fellowship in Temporomandibular Joint and Orthognathic Surgery (TJO)

A 12-month post-residency training program dedicated to clinical and scientific training in the management of Temporomandibular joint disorders and the treatment of Dentofacial Deformities.  

You will gain experience in the medical and non-surgical management of temporomandibular disorder and facial pain, working through Mount Sinai Hospital, alongside:

  • OMF surgeons
  • Orthodontists
  • Periodontists
  • Oral medicine and oral pathologists
  • Neurologists; and
  • Pain specialists.

As a TJO Fellow, you will be involved in in the clinical care of patients, including:

  • initial patient assessment
  • pre-operative planning
  • surgical treatment¬†
  • post-operative management of patients undergoing surgical treatment of temporomandibular disorders.

You will also work on two research projects (one in TMJ reconstruction and the other related to facial deformity correction or education), presenting these original research papers at a major Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery meeting, and publishing at least two original articles in relevant literature.

Through the Centre for Excellence in Temporomandibular Joint reconstructive surgery program at Mount Sinai hospital, you will be involved in;

  • approx 30 alloplastic total joint replacements¬†
  • autogenous joint replacements¬†
  • other open joint procedures¬†
  • a significant volume of Temporomandibular joint arthroscopy including single and multi-port arthroscopic surgery.¬†

Through the combined orthodontic and surgical clinic at the Faculty of Dentistry, you will:

  • act as a mentor/clinician in orthognathic surgery
  • supervise the surgical orthodontic management, treatment planning, Virtual Surgical Planning and the complete digital component of patients in the clinic about to undergo orthognathic surgery
  • attend and participate in the role of surgeon or first assist in the over 200 Orthognathic Cases derived from private and Faculty patients which are performed in the teaching hospitals alongside staff and residents.

Who this is for and eligibility

You must have:

  • successfully completed either:
  • completed a residency program in oral and maxillofacial surgery¬†
  • acquired your General Certificate of Registration (licence) to practice in Ontario from Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) or medical license through the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
  • the appropriate visa or residency status to work in Ontario for 12 months.

How to apply for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinical Fellowship

Important dates

  • Application window: April 1 ‚Äď November 1
  • Fellowship runs: August 1 to July 31

To apply, complete all the steps below, sending all documents to:

Admissions Office
Faculty of Dentistry
124 Edward Street, Room 104
Toronto, ON M5G 1G6
Canada
admissions@dentistry.utoronto.ca

  1. Complete the application form (paper version ‚Äď pdf)
  2. Pay the non-refundable application service fee of $275 CAD (money order or bank draft payable to the University of Toronto). Pay online by credit card on the Student Services Payment page.
  3. Your Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
  4. A letter of intent describing your interest in the program and how you plan to use the training provided through the fellowship program. 
  5. Arrange for your official dental school transcripts to be sent to the Admissions Office in a sealed envelope directly from the issuing institutions. 
  6. Two letters of reference; one from department chair or program director, one from an additional mentor or colleague.

Interviews

We will contact you by email.

If you are unsuccessful, we will let you know. If you are successful, you will be invited to an interview.

Registration and payment of fees

You must pay the registration fee of $1,400 (CAD) to register in the program.

You will receive a stipend of approximately $70,000.