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2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 23, 2024
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

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COVID-19 Notice 

All interviews for the residency will be performed remotely (virtually). UPMC/Pitt Dental Medicine Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology will arrange half-day morning or half-day afternoon interview sessions through Zoom on a rolling basis. In-person visits, such as externships are welcomed, but may not be used as an interview. 

Program Description 

The UPMC/Department of Diagnostic Sciences Residency Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology is a 36-month residency certificate program offered through UPMC Medical Education. This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The program accepts one resident per year. Successful completion of the program will lead to a certificate in oral and maxillofacial pathology and will qualify the graduate to sit for the specialty board examination in oral and maxillofacial pathology. 

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Faculty members are certified by their specialty boards of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral Medicine, or Anatomic Pathology, and possess a wide range of clinical, teaching, research, and surgical pathology experience.  The residency program offers a mix of didactic courses, electives, microscopic general and oral pathology, clinical oral pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, hospital rotations, and research. Clinical patients are seen at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and though the faculty practice plan at the University Dental Health Services, Inc., as well as during the rotation in dermatopathology.


Most pathology rotations take place at UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital, in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, across the street from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. UPMC is a major regional, tertiary care and transplant center that will expose the resident to a large volume and a wide variety of experiences. Rotations include 12 weeks in head and neck anatomic pathology, 6 weeks in dermatopathology, 4 weeks in hematopathology-lymph node, 2 weeks in molecular and genomic pathology, 2 weeks in bone and soft tissue pathology, 4 weeks in pediatric pathology, and 2 weeks in autopsy, with additional opportunities in gastrointestinal pathology (“GI quicks”), thoracic pathology, surgical breast pathology, pathology informatics, or research. The program allows some flexibility for the resident to concentrate on a particular area of oral and maxillofacial pathology.

More information including requirements and making an application to the program are available by visiting


The program in dental education is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653, or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611. The Commission’s web address is

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