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Advanced Dental Education

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Certificate Program

Dr. George Blakey, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Certificate Program DirectorThe Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Certificate Program is an MD-integrated program which will provide the resident with a medical degree and eligibility for board certification in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

The UNC 6-year program is designed to prepare residents for a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a special focus on developing future academic surgeons.     The program involves a combination of didactic courses, seminars, independent study, along with strong clinical training in all aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

The clinical training is designed to provide the resident with the broadest possible exposure to oral and maxillofacial surgery, to include outpatient and ambulatory anesthesia, trauma, orthognathic and craniofacial surgery, TMJ surgery, preprosthetic reconstructive surgery, implant surgery, and treatment of pathology.

Residents are eligible to receive an MD degree from the UNC School of Medicine.  After satisfactory completion of USMLE Part 1, residents enter the School of Medicine as third year students.  Typically, the medical school component of the program is begun after the first year of residency.  Completion of USMLE Part 2 is required during the integrated program.  After graduation from medical school, residents are required to complete a one-year postgraduate General Surgery Internship.  This general surgery year is structured to occur during year four of the six-year program.

Residency training is primarily at UNC Hospitals and the UNC School of Dentistry.  Additional experience is gained at off-site rotations, including the Durham, NC Veterans Administration Hospital and Mission St. Joseph’s Hospital in Asheville, NC.

All residents are expected to pursue research opportunities.  Electives, including  rotations at international clinical centers, are available.  Residents may integrate degree programs with the residency, including an MPH in the School of Public Health or PhD in the School of Medicine.  These programs require an extended period of time after residency for completion. 


Dr. George Blakey, III
Oral & Maxillofacial Graduate Program Director
UNC School of Dentistry
CB #7450
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7450