School of Dentistry


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery observerships are limited to a two-week rotation for dentists and oral surgeons who have completed dental school. College students interested in the OMS field may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Observers are intended to merely and exclusively observe the conduct of business or other professional or vocational activities and are sponsored and supervised by OMS faculty in OMS clinics, operating rooms, and academic sessions.

Observers will only be accepted if they have or have had a previous or ongoing relationship with the faculty member or have met them in some capacity or form. Relationships can include, but not be limited to, having met at a meeting, conference, seminar, etc.

The UT Health San Antonio OMS observership provides an opportunity to:

  • Develop a more complete understanding of the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery within UT Health San Antonio
  • Observe the structure of OMS at UT Health San Antonio and understand the academic and clinical duties of OMS faculty and the functions of all members of the OMS faculty- resident- team
  • Observe the spectrum of services and cases treated in the OMS program

Requirements & Agreements

  • Previously met or had a relationship with a faculty member and agreement that they will sponsor you.
  • Completion of dental school that resulted in a degree.
  • Responsible for arranging and paying for any travel and accommodations and obtaining a B-1 visitor visa or entry under the Visa Waiver program.
  • Prepared to submit proof to the officer at the U.S. consulate and at immigration inspection at the U.S. airport that you have the funds available to support your visit to the U.S. 
  • Your sponsor will supervise you at all times while you participate in the observership
  • You will not be present in any patient care area without your sponsor
  • You shall engage in observational activities only and shall not engage in any patient care, including, but not limited to, providing medical care and/or dental care, conducting patient interviews, recording a medical history, examining a patient, providing medical advice to a patient, or assisting in any procedure.

Additional Information

  • In order to avoid diluting the observership experience, only two observers are accepted at any one time
  • The administrative assistant/visa liaison will work with observers to find alternate dates if necessary
  • We are not able to provide malpractice insurance for observers


If you are interested in this experience, please download, complete, and submit by email, the appropriate Observer Application Form.

Phone: 210-450-3133

Additional information on OMS observerships 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