UW School of Dentistry

Oral Radiology Observational Externship

The Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology observational externship is a non-credited externship program within the University of Washington, Department of Oral Medicine, division of Oral Radiology. This program is primarily for colleagues and dentists from countries outside the U.S. and Canada who wish to learn Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology during a limited period of time ranging from one week to one month. The duration of the program will be decided after consultation with the faculty of Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology Residency program.

It is designed to allow the extern to develop an appreciation and understanding of advanced oral radiology curriculum. The extern will participate in academic courses, clinical case conference, review of the scientific literature, and observation of interpretation of images including CBCT, panoramic radiographs and intraoral radiographs with the Oral Radiology Residents and faculty. The extern will also have the opportunity to observe oral radiology clinical teaching to dental students. They will also have the opportunity to interact with Oral Medicine graduate programs that we interrelate with closely. The University of Washington has a world renowned faculty, in both the arenas of clinical and research, within each facet of dentistry.

Each individual, either the private practitioner or dental faculty member, may choose from a list of courses offered by the department. Academic credit is not awarded for the externship, but after successful completion, extern will receive a “certificate of completion” from the department of oral medicine, division of oral radiology.

*Please be aware that we are unable to obtain or sponsor Visas for international applicants at this time.  The applicant will be responsible for obtaining their own Visa.

Fee Structure

  • One week $2,000
  • Four weeks $5,000

Application and Selection Process

If you have an academic appointment at an educational institution that can sponsor you, please read the page on our Visiting Scholars Program to see if you qualify.

A letter of interest or email correspondence from the applicant is sufficient in order to initiate the application process. Once the coordinator or director has verified that there is a space available, please fill out the Application Form (PDF) and follow the directions for submission on the application.  The director and faculty of the Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Residency Program will review the letters of interest. The observational externship can be customized based on the goals of the attendee.

This is an elective non-credit program with no formal language proficiency requirement; however, the externship applicant should have a working knowledge of English. After application materials have been received and reviewed, a phone interview with the Program Director/faculty will be required before admittance in order to assess language proficiency. The interview will confirm the dates of attendance requested by the applicant, and will clarify the applicant’s goals and expectations for the observational externship during their visit to the University of Washington.

Once the application has been approved or denied, the program assistant will send the applicant a formal approval or denial letter.

Schedule of Classes

Sample Schedule (schedule subject to change)

Schedule of Classes
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
AM Resident clinic Oral radiology clinical case conference
Oral Radiology literature review
Oral medicine case conference
Oral medicine literature review
CBCT case conference
Research seminar
Selective topics in oral radiology Resident clinic
PM  Resident clinic Pre-doc clinic teaching Oral Pathology head and neck Tumor Board Resident clinic Radiation Physics Resident clinic