Advanced Graduate Education Program in Oral Medicine

Program Announcement, Please Read.


Program Director: Nathaniel Treister, DMD, DMSc

The Oral Medicine Fellowship 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 Clinical Fellows 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 are no associated tuition fees. 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 position is available each year, beginning in mid-June.

Certificate-Only Program Guide

Certificate and Doctor of Medical Sciences

This is a four-year tuition-bearing program 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; however, partial scholarship support may be available for highly qualified US residents (see below). One position is available each year, beginning in mid-June.

Certificate and Doctor of Medical Sciences Program Guide

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 four full-time faculty board certified in Oral Medicine or Oral Pathology. All records and imaging are digital and fully integrated into the Partners Healthcare System.

Clinical Rotations

In addition to intensive training in oral medicine, fellows 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 fellows take coursework at HSDM and HMS; requirements vary based on the program track. All fellows are expected to gain experience in research; those in the DMSc program complete doctoral level research and defend a thesis. Please refer to the Certificate & Doctor of Medical Science Program Guide for further details.

Board Eligibility and Examination

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

Supervision and Evaluation

All clinical activities are supervised by attending faculty. Fellow 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.

Applications are due November 3rd, 2014 and must be submitted through PASS.


The Division of Oral Medicine and Dentistry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Department of Oral Medicine, Infection, and Immunity at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine provide a two week externship in hospital dentistry and oral medicine to be held annually in June. Information on this externship can be found here. The application deadline for this externship is April 1.

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