MD Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery


This collaborative effort between the Boston University Schools of Medicine (BUSM) and Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) provides the opportunity for 1-2 selected individuals per year in the GSDM Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) residency program to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree concurrently with the Boston University Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. The program 6 years long, including a structured 3-year accelerated medical school program integrated with the existing 4-year traditional OMFS program. Successful applicants are admitted to BUSM as medical students with advanced standing, joining the rising 2nd year class.

Applicants for this combined, concurrent program are individually evaluated by the respective Admissions Committees of the OMFS program and BUSM. The OMFS admissions criteria are the same as those used for the traditional 4-year program and will continue to include evaluation of dental school GPA and class rank as well as performance on the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Comprehensive Basic 2 Science Examination (CBSE) and the required interview. For BUSM, applicants for this new program are evaluated as any other candidate according to current admissions criteria, including a review of undergraduate academic record, experiences, faculty recommendations, research experience, and performance on the required interview. The only exception to the BUSM admissions criteria is that the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) will be waived, in recognition that the MD/OMFS applicants will have already completed the Dental Admissions Test (DAT), one or both parts of the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE I & II), and the aforementioned CBSE. Candidates must have achieved a score on the CBSE that is, at least, at the level equivalent to a passing score on ULMLE Step 1.

Individuals selected for this program are exempted from the 1st year BUSM curriculum. They enter medical school as 2nd year students and must meet all current requirements for that curriculum, including achieving a passing score on USMLE Step 1. The MD/OMFS students then complete all required third- and fourth-year medical clerkships, and their elective clerkships will be those that fulfill both the MD and OMFS accreditation requirements, and achieve a passing score on USMLE Step 2.

Students in the MD-OMFS Program are eligible to receive the MD degree upon completion of the third year of the program (BUSM 4) and the CAGS upon completion of the sixth year of the program.