Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Externships


The University of Louisville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. We accept two residents per year into our integrated MD/Certificate program.  Facilities in which we currently provide care include University of Louisville Hospital (a Level-1 Trauma Center), Norton Children’s Hospital (a Level-1 Pediatric Trauma Center) and Jewish Hospital.

The externship program is designed for D3 and D4 students who intend to apply to an OMS residency and who seek more intensive exposure to the specialty.  Externs are accepted year-round with some exceptions (see below).  The externships range from one to four weeks, based on candidate and program availability. Up to two externs per session may be scheduled.  Externs will participate in all educational, clinical, emergency and operating room activities with our resident staff exposing them to the wide scope of our specialty.  If staying in the hospital call room, externs will participate in regular and trauma call.

A call room may be open in the hospital, free of charge.  The residency coordinator can inform you of the availability when booking your externship dates.  Garage parking is available at a discount for those driving to campus; Uber or other ride services can be used if flying in from out of town.  Food options include the hospital cafeteria in the basement of our building, nearby food trucks and restaurants.



Please redact social security number and birthdate from documents you are sending via email!

  • Dental student in good standing at a CODA-accredited dental school (minimum 3rd year)

  • Completed University of Louisville School of Dentistry externship application

  • Letter from your school dean, stating your standing, GPA and ranking

  • Letter of recommendation from an OMS faculty member of your school

  • Completed Immunization Compliance form + all required supporting immunization documents, including COVID-19 vaccination records

  • Proof of liability insurance

  • Proof of medical insurance (photocopy of health insurance card)

  • Photo copy of your INDBE or CBSE scores, or note when you are planning to take

  • Brief, current curricula vitae (CV) or resume

  • Color photo (can be embedded in CV)

  • Photocopy of current CPR certification

  • Official  school transcripts

Application Timeline

  • It is not unusual for the entire process to take up to 12 weeks, therefore it is okay to send documents as you get them.
  • Immunizations must be reviewed and approved by Faculty Affairs
  • Two to three weeks prior, faculty review and approval of completed dossier
  • Two weeks prior:  Acceptance email
  • One week prior:  Logistics and welcome email


Externs are accepted year-round with the following exceptions:

June last week/July first week           Outgoing Chiefs/Incoming Residents

November                                        OMS Candidate Interviews

TBD Feb/Early March                       Winter Review/Ski Trip

Events of note:

Thunder Over Louisville and Derby festivities begin two weeks before the first weekend in May

Derby is always the first Saturday in May

UofL’s holiday calendar:  https://louisville.edu/calendars/holidays

Academic calendars for fall, winter and spring breaks:  https://louisville.edu/calendars/academic/undergrad-grad


For more information or to check for available dates please contact:

Caitlin Carter
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 502-852-5083
Email: Clinic Address: UofL Health Jackson Street Outpatient Center, A2A07 | 550 South Jackson Street | Louisville, KY 40202
Mailing Address: UofL School of Dentistry, Room 020 | 501 South Preston Street | Louisville, KY 40202