Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
The Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology offers
clinical training in oral and maxillofacial radiology through a
24-month clinical certificate program. This program must be
taken combined with a program leading to a Master of Dental
Science or Master of Science in Clinical and Translational
Research degree, and may be taken combined with a Ph.D. in
Biomedical Sciences degree. Strong clinical and research based
faculty members make this a unique program designed to prepare
residents for academic, hospital or private practice careers in
the newest ADA-recognized specialty.
The certificate program prepares residents for OMFR private
practice, hospital or academic careers in teaching and patient
care, with an introduction to research. Residents are expected
to develop the clinical and academic skills needed to function
effectively in private practice, a hospital, or an educational
institution, and to use complex imaging systems in the
diagnosis, study, and management of oral and maxillofacial
diseases and conditions. Residents are educated and eligible to
challenge the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
Certification Examination upon completion of this program. The
combined certificate/degree programs are intended for those who
wish to pursue careers as teacher-researchers. These programs
emphasize scientific methodology and development of skills for
the conduct of collaborative or independent clinical or
laboratory research, manuscript writing, and grant preparation.
The strong and diverse faculty is known for its significant
contributions to the imaging sciences, radiation safety, and
understanding of cancer and radiation biology. Active research
programs are underway in both clinical and laboratory settings.
Flexibility in program structure allows residents to tailor
their training toward personal career goals.
The combined programs (M.Dent.Sc. and Ph.D.) emphasize added
research experience in conjunction with the clinical program.
The clinical imaging facility presently includes digital
imaging equipment, panoramic, cephalometric, and conventional
intraoral x-ray equipment, and small and moderate-large volume
ConeBeam CT instruments. The entire OMFR clinic is converting to
a CCD/PSP imaging facility during the coming year. Further
advanced imaging experience is attained through Diagnostic
Radiology rotations in the John Dempsey Hospital Department of
Diagnostic Imaging and Therapeutics.
Combined Programs in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
The Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology provides
clinical training leading to a certificate of specialty
training. This 24-month certificate program is based in the Oral
and Maxillofacial Radiology Section of the University of
Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. Academic and clinical
studies include radiation physics, radiation biology, radiation
health physics, head and neck anatomy, pathology, imaging
sciences, interpretation of conventional, contrast enhanced, and
digital images, Conebeam CT, CT, MRI and other imaging
modalities. The residents take clinical rotations in medical
diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine with an optional
rotation in radiation oncology. The residents gain substantial
experience teaching in clinical and seminar settings as well as
in the classroom. This program must be taken combined with a
program leading to a Master of Dental Science or Master of
Science in Clinical and Translational Research degree, and may
be taken combined with a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences degree.
The combined programs usually last three years (Masters Degree
Programs) or five years (Ph.D.), depending on the research
background of the candidate. The objectives of the combined
programs are to develop clinical competence in Oral and
Maxillofacial Radiology combined with the research expertise to
enable the graduate to pursue either a clinical career in
private practice, an academic career involving teaching and
independent or collaborative research, or both. Didactic,
research, and clinical components develop simultaneously
throughout the program, although different components are
emphasized at different times. The general program is outlined
Didactic Core Curriculum
1. Radiologic sciences, including: radiation physics,
radiation biology, and health physics; and basic sciences,
including: head and neck anatomy, biostatistics, general
pathology and advanced oral pathology are required for the
2. The above curriculum plus required and elective basic
science courses, including biochemistry, cell biology, and
molecular biology are required for the Ph.D. degree.
3. Both the Masters and Ph.D. degree programs require the
completion of a thesis performed under the guidance of a major
advisor and advisory committee selected during the first one to
two years of the program. The clinical certificate is granted
only after the Masters or Ph.D. thesis has been successfully
Clinical training occurs throughout the program, but is
emphasized after the didactic core curriculum is completed.
Instructional content includes imaging physics and techniques,
image interpretation, radiation health physics, and quality
assurance. Rotations are taken in medical radiology and nuclear
medicine, with an optional rotation in radiation oncology.
Multiplanar anatomy and CBCT image acquisition, processing and
volume interpretation will comprise a significant portion of the
didactic curriculum and clinical practicum. Substantial
predoctoral didactic and clinical teaching experiences are also
important parts of the clinical training.
Fees and Support
The clinic usage fee for the Clinical Certificate Program is
$13,000 per annum. Graduate School tuition and fees are the
responsibility of the trainee. Residents in the OMFR programs
receive support during the two years of their clinical training;
a stipend of $13,500 per annum.
Admission requirements for the Oral and Maxillofacial
Radiology programs include the following:
- $75 application fee payable to the
University of Connecticut Health Center.
- If applicable, $75 application fee payable
to the University of Connecticut Graduate
- Original or official copy of transcripts
from all undergraduate and professional schools.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- A TOEFL score in excess of 550 for
paper-based exam or 215 for computer-based exam
for all graduates from non-English speaking
countries. Part I, Part II or both parts of the
Dental Board Examination are not required for
admission, but are strongly recommended.
- Original or official copy of certificate of
- Original or official copy of dental diploma.
- The application deadline is October 1st of
the year preceding July matriculation.