Oral Radiology Graduate Program

Introduction

The Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (OMFR) Residency Program is a two-year training program leading to a certificate or MSD in OMFR. Residents will be expected to perform and interpret conventional and advanced radiographic procedures such as Cone Beam CT. Images of MDCT, and MRI will be assigned for interpretation in courses. The program places strong emphasis on medical radiology rotation at University Hospital and Harborview medical center, where residents will receive training in advance imaging techniques (MDCT and MRI) and interpretation. There are opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration with Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery, Pediatric dentistry, bio-engineering and neuroradiology department. In addition, the program offers strong Radiation Physics training by the Radiation Physics department in medical school as well as research training by the renowned summer institute. Each resident is required to conduct a research project and are encouraged to complete a project for journal publication.

This is a two year 24 month program. A maximum of 2 students are enrolled each year. Students are expected to be full-time.

Programs Offered

1. Two-year GME funded residency: This track is a residency program leading to a certificate in OMFR.

Successful completion of the Certificate can fulfill the formal education requirements of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (ABOMR) and residents who successfully complete the program will be eligible to apply for the ABOMR Board examination .

2. Two-year MSD: This track is a Masters degree program. The research component will result in the award of a Master of Sciences in Dentistry.  Students must be accepted to both the Oral medicine OMFR MSD Program and the Graduate School at the University of Washington.

Successful completion of the Certificate can fulfill the formal education requirements of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (ABOMR) and residents who successfully complete the program will be eligible to apply for the ABOMR Board examination.

Program Overview, Goals and Objectives

The program mission is to prepare the oral and maxillofacial specialist for a career in academic or private radiology practice. Specialists trained in the program will acquire the following skills:

  1. Prescribe, make or supervise the use of conventional and advanced imaging modalities in the oral and maxillofacial region.
  2. Be able to determine appropriate imaging techniques based on clinical exam and medical/dental histories.
  3. Conduct research related to oral and maxillofacial radiology. Advise OMFR researchers on modern imaging techniques and provide imaging facilities for related dental research.
  4. Interpret radiographs and other diagnostic images. Serve as a consultant on oral and maxillofacial imaging problems in both medicine and dentistry.
  5. Teach modern and traditional diagnostic imaging techniques.
  6. Advise clinicians and researchers on radiation safety and protection.
  7. Successfully complete the OMFR board exam.

Radiology Graduate Program Requirements

  1. Applicant must hold a DDS or DMD degree from accredited college/university in the United States or equivalent degree from a foreign institution.
  2. Applicant should have a GPA of 3.0 (“B”) or better.
  3. Must be eligible for state dental license for GME funded residency tract.
  4. Must have passed Part 1 of the National Board exam for MSD tract.

    Foreign trained dentists do not need to submit National Board scores. Applicants that graduated from dental schools outside the U.S. must submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). These scores must be received prior to the application deadline. International applicants (except those from English-speaking countries) must also submit TOEFL scores. The GRE and TOEFL examinations can be taken online.

  5. Must be proficient in the English language.

Prospective applicants may visit the School and meet with any available students and staff, but informal or preliminary interviews with the faculty are not allowed.

Transfer students with advance standing: OMFR program will accept students with advanced education and credits comparable to the courses and credits awarded from our program required by students regularly enrolled. The type of courses for which advanced standing is granted including, but not limited to, advanced oral pathology, oral medicine, advanced oral radiology, epidemiology and biostatistics.

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