School of Dentistry


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery externships are limited to a one-week rotation for dental students on the UT Health San Antonio Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service.

OMS externships are primarily intended for those dental students who are seriously considering specialization in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Externs are scheduled with OMS residents in OMS clinics, operating rooms, academic sessions, and also take on call duties with OMS Residents at the University Hospital.

OMS Externships

The UT Health San Antonio OMS externship provides dental students an opportunity to:

  • Develop a more complete understanding of the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Evaluate the structure of OMS training at the UT Health San Antonio and understand the academic and clinical duties of OMS residents and the functions of all members of the OMS faculty-resident-supporting staff team
  • Observe the spectrum of services and cases treated in the OMS program
  • Acquire more experience in outpatient surgical experience in patient assessment, minor trauma surgery and dentoalveolar surgery, involvement in major surgery is generally limited to 1st or 2nd assistant roles


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Completion of at least one year of dental school in the U.S.
  • Interest in surgery and medicine
  • Dental school GPA > 3.0
  • Dedication to ethical work practices and honesty

Externship Schedules

In order to give all dental students an equal opportunity to participate, our Oral and Maxillofacial externship is a year-round program. 

  • In order to avoid diluting the externship experience, only one extern is accepted at a time.
  • The best time to serve in externships is in the summer following the junior year of dental school since minimal clinical skills have been acquired by that time. However, the summer after sophomore year may be considered for outstanding students.
  • Applications are accepted July 1 to June 31 each year.

We are not able to provide malpractice insurance for externs. If accepted, You must show proof of malpractice insurance prior to your arrival for the externship. The request to fill an externship position, once accepted, represents a serious commitment. If an applicant withdraws without sufficient notice to the UT Health San Antonio Program Director, he or she is essentially robbing other applicants of an externship opportunity.


Dental students interested in this experience should download, complete, and submit by email the Extern Application Form to:

Phone: 210-450-3133

Additional information on OMS Externships or the application process may be obtained through the Administrative Assistant of the OMS program, Carter McCray, at 210-450-3133 or via email at