School of Dentistry

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at OHSU


At OHSU's Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we pride ourselves in giving the best patient care and quality of surgical service possible, as well as the Highest Quality education to our students and residents.

The Oregon Health & Science University offers a six-year program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery that leads to a certificate as well as a medical degree from OHSU School of Medicine. The goal of this program is to produce a well-rounded Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon who will become an exceptional practitioner of his or her specialty within, both dentistry and medicine, a candidate for a competitive post-residency fellowship, or an outstanding academic.

Clinical and didactic education and training takes place at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry, School of Medicine, the Legacy Emanuel Hospital, and at other affiliated institutions. Both primary sites are Level 1 trauma centers for Portland, Oregon, a beautiful Northwest city with a metropolitan population of over one million people.

Residents in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery perform about 1,000 major hospital surgical procedures per year including 420 trauma, 80 temporomandibular joint, 100 reconstructive, 160 pathology, 60 craniofacial & clefts, 50 cosmetic and 75 orthognathic. There are over 6,000 outpatients visits per year. Oral and Maxillofacial residents gain extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of a wide variety of oral and maxillofacial problems on both inpatients and outpatients including dental implants, orthognathic problems, oncology, temporomandibular joint, facial plastics, dentoalveolar, cosmetic, craniofacial, cleft lip, and palate repair and many other aspects of head and neck surgery.

The didactic curriculum in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery includes pain and anxiety control, dentoalveolar surgery, implants, orthognathic and reconstructive surgery, trauma, temporomandibular joint, pathology and practice management. The curriculum is designed to allow residents to assimilate basic facts and to apply them to their clinical practice through a process of deductive reasoning.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association (ADA).

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Leadership

James Katancik, D.D.S, Ph.D. - Professor of Periodontics  and Interim Department Chair

Mark E. Engelstad, D.D.S., M.D., M.H.I. - Associate Professor and Residency Program Director

Meet our Residents and Faculty

The current six year curriculum is outlined in the following document:
OHSU OMS 6 year curriculum overview

Health coverage, vacation time, and liability coverage are provided through the University for years 1, 4, 5 and 6. 

All incoming residents will spend five months on the anesthesia service.

The OHSU OMS externship offers qualified third and fourth year dental students an opportunity to gain firsthand experience within an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency, while providing an opportunity to learn from our residents and faculty. Externs will participate in rounds, conferences, operating rooms, clinics, and on-call duties. Our externship duration is one week at OHSU. We accept one extern at a time; application can be competitive.

Externs are expected to participate in our program to the fullest extent possible by taking night call, attending surgical rounds, journal clubs, and scrubbing in to O.R. cases. Each extern will also give a brief presentation on an OMS topic of their choice during our weekly OHSU teaching conference.  

No application will be considered until it is fully complete. OHSU does not have student housing; it's the extern's responsibility to make their own housing arrangements here in Portland, as well as cover their travel and personal expenses. 


  • You must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien with a green card indicating that you are a permanent resident of the United States.
  • You must be a student in good standing at an ADA accredited School of Dentistry. 

You must submit a complete application, including:

  • OHSU Externship application form
  • A brief description of your reasons for doing an externship including why, specifically, you'd like to do one at OHSU
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Your CBSE score report, if available
  • Your class rank, if you have one
  • A brief letter of recommendation from a member of your school's OMS faculty (brief email will suffice)
  • Professional malpractice insurance coverage with a minimum of $1 million peroccurrence, valid for the state of Oregon
  • Verification of the following immunizations: Rubella, Rubeolaand Varicella; as well as Tuberculin and Hepatitis B status.

Please scan all application materials in a single attachment and email to Mark Engelstad
Subject: Externship Program Application

OHSU OMS Internship available 2022 - 2023

We will be hiring one OMS Intern for a one-year full-time commitment from approximately June 20, 2022, through June 20, 2023. The optimal candidate is typically an individual who is a strong candidate for OMS residency whom did not match or perhaps did not apply this year. This clinical position has the same benefits, salary, PTO, and insurance as any other first-year resident at OHSU and functions with the clinical duties of a "first-year OMS learner", but is not enrolled in an accredited training program. The selection process starts on match day and moves quickly, so email Dr. Mark Engelstad immediately after the match if you are interested. Those who do not participate in the match can apply sooner, but may not receive a response until after Match Day 2022.


  • US Citizen or US Permanent Resident
  • Able to start by June 20, 2022
  • Qualified for Oregon dental licensure by the start date


  • Hospital duties like rounding, responding to consults, assisting in the O.R., and presenting at seminars.
  • OHSU School of Dentistry clinical oral surgery, including assistance with pre-doc clinics.

Application to full residency:

  • Interns are usually applying to OMS and may be preparing to take the CBSE exam. We do our best to facilitate some time to study for your exam and attend in-person OMS interviews.

If interested, please email Dr. Mark Engelstad 

Use the subject: OHSU OMS Intern Position

In your email, include:

1: Your full PASS application in PDF format (If you have one)

2: A brief statement of why you are interested in this particular internship, your career plans

3: If you do not have a PASS application, include the names and email address of two references