UT OMS in a Snapshot

Program Structure:  A brief overview of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Chair and Program Director Mark Wong, DDS, describes the structure of the program, curriculum content, OMS faculty members, broad surgical training, research, the program’s history, and rotations in both the four- and six-year tracks. The city of Houston is also highlighted as an exciting and vibrant city to both work and live in.


Looking Back:  UTHealth OMS alumni look back on their residency and discuss the broad scope of training, the wide variety of surgical techniques employed by a large, diverse set of OMS faculty, and the strong relationships formed with co-residents and attendings that will last a lifetime.


Research:  The large volume of cases has garnered the attention and support of various research and commercial entities that have led to ground-breaking sponsored projects in diverse areas such as: Craniofacial bone regeneration, nerve regeneration, cancer immunobiology, in-house 3D printing for fabrication of customized, patient-specific fixation hardware, and enhancement of implant surfaces for accelerated healing.


Our Surgical Experience:  The size of the program and the many institutions participating in the residency offers a wide variety of cases and educational opportunities. The program’s scope of practice includes: Dentoalveolar surgery, outpatient anesthesia, dental implantology, benign and malignant pathology, orthognathic surgery, reconstruction of major maxillofacial defects, management of temporomandibular joint disease, and participation in a team that handles comprehensive management of cleft lip/palate.


TMC & Houston at Large:  Our residency program is located in the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. We realize that your choice of a residency program includes lifestyle choices. Houston is the fourth largest city in the U.S. Residents enjoy a robust and one of the most ethnically diverse restaurant scenes, cultural experiences to meet anyone’s taste, affordable housing for purchase or rent, strong public school systems, and a cost of living index below many major metropolitan areas.