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2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 15, 2024
2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

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The School of Dental Medicine Department of Diagnostic Sciences Residency Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology is a 3-year residency certificate program offered through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Medical Education (UPMCME). This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The program will accept a maximum of two residents a 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.


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, head and neck pain, 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 three 4-week rotations in head and neck anatomic pathology, 6 weeks in dermatopathology, 4 weeks in hematopathology-lymph node, 2 weeks in immunopathology, and 2 weeks in autopsy, with additional opportunities in. gastrointestinal pathology (“GI quicks”), thoracic pathology, bone and soft tissue pathology, pediatric pathology, and molecular pathology. 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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