Advanced Graduate Education Program in Oral Medicine

Program Announcement, Please Read.


Program Director: Alessandro Villa, DDS, MPH, PhD

The Oral Medicine Residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard School of Dental Medicine is an intensive training program for dentists committed to pursuing a full-time academic and/ or institutional career. Trainees are co-appointed as Residents at Brigham Hospital (BWH) and Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM). Clinical training is based at BWH with additional rotations at other Harvard affiliated teaching hospitals including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).


Program Tracks

Certificate Only

This is a three-year program, with stipend support, culminating in a certificate of completion. Salary and benefits follow the Partners Resident Salary Scale for PGY1, PGY2 and PGY3. There is an associated facilities fee every year but no tuition. Trainees in this track are encouraged to consider pursuing further training in clinical research through various available mechanisms to best prepare for a successful academic and/or institutional career. One to two positions are available each year, beginning in mid-June.

Certificate and Master of Medical Sciences (MMSc)

This is a four-year program (three years of tuition and a one-year facilities fee) with master-level course requirements, culminating in a certificate of completion as well as a Master of Medical Sciences (MMSc) degree from HSDM. There is no stipend support. One position is available each year, beginning in mid-June.

Certificate and Doctor of Medical Sciences (DMSc)

This is a five-year program (four years of tuition and a one-year facilities fee) with doctoral-level course requirements and a research thesis, culminating in a certificate of completion as well as a Doctor of Medical Sciences (DMSc) degree from HSDM. There is no stipend support. One position is available each year, beginning in mid-June.

Program Manual

Please click here to access the Oral Medicine Residency Manual.


Facilities and Resources

The clinical, educational, and research resources at BWH, HSDM, and the greater Harvard Medical School (HMS)/Longwood Medical Area campus offer one of the richest and most unique environments for training in oral medicine. The Division of Oral Medicine & Dentistry has a modern clinic in BWH and treats a high volume of inpatients and outpatients with oral medicine conditions. There are five full-time faculty board certified in Oral Medicine. All records and imaging are digital and fully integrated into the Partners Healthcare System.

Clinical Rotations

In addition to intensive training in oral medicine, residents rotate in related medical fields, including surgical oral pathology, internal medicine, inpatient care, otorhinolaryngology, head and neck oncology, dermatology, hematology/oncology, head and neck radiology, cancer imaging, infectious diseases, emergency medicine, rheumatology, immunology and allergy, orofacial pain, headache and complementary & alternative medicine.

Didactics and Research

Core didactics include lectures, oral medicine seminar/literature review and grand rounds. All residents take coursework at HSDM and HMS; requirements vary based on the program track. All residents are expected to gain experience in research; those in the DMSc program complete doctoral level research and defend a thesis. Please refer to the Program Manual for further details.

Board Eligibility and Examination

Certificate recipients are board eligible for the American Board of Oral Medicine (ABOM) as well as the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (RCSEd).

Supervision and Evaluation

All clinical activities are supervised by attending faculty. Resident and preceptor evaluations are completed after every rotation. Performance and progress are formally reviewed with the program director semiannually.


Candidates must possess a DMD, DDS, or equivalent degree. Completion of a hospital-based general practice residency is preferred. Applicants from countries in which English is not the primary language must provide an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report and meet the following minimum requirements without exception. Minimum acceptable score for admission to Harvard AGE programs is 95 on internet-based test with subcategory score minimums of Written 25, Spoken 24, Reading 21, Listening 17.

Applications are due November 2nd, 2015 and must be submitted through PASS.


Two-week externships for dental students interested in pursuing advanced training in Oral Medicine are available on a case by case basis. Inquiries should be directed to the Program Coordinator and should include a CV, transcript and personal statement.  

Gainful Employment Disclosure

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Health Insurance

Every student enrolled in a certificate, diploma or degree-granting program of higher education must participate in the Harvard University student health coverage. This is comprised of two different plans:

1) Student Health Fee (SHF) – basic coverage - $521 per semester (2015-2016)

2) Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) – extended coverage - $1195 per semester (2015-2016)

Note that the SHIP/extended coverage can be waived with proof of comparable coverage. The SHF/basic plan cannot be waived. The Harvard University Student Health Program website includes details regarding coverage and benefits: