Accepting Applications for July 2023 Enrollment
(Twelve-Month Program | July 2023 through June 2024)
The Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences offers an Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (OMFP) preceptorship for dentists who have attained a significant level of OMFP training/experience at institutions outside the U.S., and are interested in pursuing a career in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology or Oral Medicine or Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. This program is also open to graduates of dental schools outside of the United States and Canada.
The objective of the preceptorship is to improve the participants' clinical and microscopic skills for diagnosing oral and maxillofacial diseases. Participants will complete a short-term research project on a subject relevant to OMFP.
This is a full-time, non-provider program consisting of didactic, clinical, microscopic, and research training offered by the department. Due to the demands of the full-time program, outside activities that can interfere with the program are not permitted.
Program participants are expected to obtain advanced knowledge in the following areas:
It is therefore anticipated that the expected level of competence of OMFP preceptors at the end of this program will be such that they are capable of providing an independent diagnostic service at a level that is usually obtained in established centers.
The curriculum involves all aspects of the educational components of OMFP, including but not limited to:
The curriculum does not include direct patient care.
Preceptors will be required to attend the following predoctoral and postdoctoral didactic courses:
In addition to the didactic curriculum, participants will have opportunities to rotate through the Oral Medicine/Clinical Oral Pathology and Diagnostic Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology clinics.
Participants will attend weekly resident seminars discussing clinical and microscopic findings of unknown cases of biopsy specimens taken from the head and neck.
Participants will also be encouraged to complete a short-term research project on a subject relevant to OMFP and publish/disseminate the results.
Total Estimated Program Cost: $36,000
Includes fees for:
Professional Liability Insurance
Student Health Services
Patient and Clinical Services
Technology and Library Fees
As the preceptorship is a non-accredited program, UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry cannot provide financial assistance toward tuition and fees.
Acceptance into the program does not allow for refunds of any tuition and fees. Failure to make program payments in full will result in dismissal from the program.
Applicants are required to submit the following documentation along with the completed application:
Application deadline for July 2023 entry: November 1, 2022
Late applications will be accepted until November 30, 2022 with a $250 late fee.
Our preceptorships are not required for dentists (U.S. and/or internationally-trained) to apply for UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry Advanced Education programs.
Acceptance into a UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry preceptorship does not guarantee acceptance into any of our Advanced Education programs. Interested individuals must apply through standard procedures.
Our dental preceptorships do not award academic credit. Participants will receive a letter of completion upon completing the program.
For inquires regarding licensure in Texas, visit the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners website. Information about licensure in other states is available from the ADA website under 'licensures.
If you are a Non-U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident applicant, we will work with our Office of International Affairs to assist with the appropriate documentation needed for you to enter the U.S. to participate in the program.
The process can take between 8 - 12 weeks and must be completed before you enter the U.S. Please be aware that the Office of International Affairs will require you to submit documents of financial support in order to process a visa.
UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry
PACE Center, Continuing Dental Education
7500 Cambridge Street, Suite 6152
Houston, TX 77054
Contact the PACE Center for application process questions.
OMFP Preceptorship Director:
Nadarajah Vigneswaran, BDS, DrMedDent, DMD
Contact Preceptorship Director for didactic and clinical questions.