Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Photograph of two residents in the operating room.

Program Description

The Faculty of Graduate Studies at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University and affiliated teaching Hospitals are pleased to invite applications to the residency program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The program commences on the first of July each year and is of six years duration. One candidate is selected per year.

Candidates for this program must possess a DDS or DMD degree from a CDAC accredited university. The MCAT is not required. Applicants who have graduated from a school outside of Canada, the United States, Australia, or Ireland MUST complete an Internationally Trained Program from an accredited school in Canada and/or pass Part I or Part II of the Canadian National Dental Board Exam.

The program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is designed to provide candidates with a comprehensive background for the practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery as a specialty, as well as to prepare them for examinations by the Royal College of Dentists in Canada.

The program is six years in duration and is a combined MD/MSc degree program. Acceptance into the program includes acceptance into the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, medical and graduate studies programs.

This program is based out of the London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care, in London, Ontario. Residents will also rotate through Schulich Dentistry affiliated hospitals in Windsor, Ontario.

Please note that observerships/internships are not currently being offered.

You can read more about the current OMFS residents here.


Course of Study

The program includes extensive training in surgical correction of dentofacial deformities, maxillofacial trauma, maxillofacial pathology, maxillofacial reconstructive surgery, dentoalveolar surgery, implant surgery and ambulatory anesthesia. Each resident will attend the Medical program at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. An important part of the program is devoted to research. Residents will complete and defend an original research project in fulfillment of requirements for a Master of Science degree in Pathology. To see the course descriptions for each year, please click below:


A completed application package includes:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Completed Applicant Information Form
  • University Transcripts (Dental School only)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of reference
  • Personal statement / letter of intention (150 words or less)
  • Application fee of $150 CAD payable by certified cheque payable to Western University, personal cheques, credit card payments & electronic transfers will NOT be accepted

DEADLINE: August 31st of every year.
It is preferred if supporting documents are emailed in pdf format from the original source to:


*If you are applying from Schulich Dentistry and want to submit your application in person please drop it off at HSA29.



  • Applicants who have graduated from a school outside of Canada, the United States, Australia, or Ireland MUST complete an Internationally Trained Program from an accredited school in Canada and/or pass Part I or Part II of the Canadian National Dental Board Exam.
  • Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
  • Eligible for licensure in dentistry in the province of Ontario
  • NDEB certification

Please note we do not reserve admission spaces to our residency program to Internationally trained applicants. All applicants regardless of the location of their training must adhere to the above prerequisites

If you are unsure if your program meets Canadian accreditation standards please visit
The Commission on Dental Accreditation website: https://www.cda-adc.ca/cdacweb/en/


  1. For admission to the program starting July 1, applications are invited immediately and up to the deadline of August 31st of each year.
  2. The Candidates will be selected for interviews on the basis of:
    1. GPA of 3.75 or above, or standing in top 10% of dental school class
    2. Evaluation of references.
    3. Evaluation of personal letter of intent (150 words or less).
    4. Evaluation of CV
  3. The selected candidate will be notified by the program directly and will require a commitment, in writing to accept or refuse the offer within 24 hours.
  4. Acceptance of a candidate will include acceptance into the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program, Medical School (starting in the second year of the OMFS program) and acceptance into Graduate Studies. Acceptance into the residency, Medical School and Graduate Studies are not separate processes.
  5. The successful candidate will be required to begin an orientation program beginning the second last week of June.


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