Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Residency at The Mount Sinai Hospital

The Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Residency is a three-year, hospital-based residency program designed using methods similar to that of the general pathology residency. One new position is available each year.

Our goal is to prepare highly qualified dentists to be competent in the practice of oral and maxillofacial pathology.

We provide you with integrated and well-supervised practical and didactic experiences in our world-class academic health center. These experiences include:

  • Supervised patient contact and review of selected oral and maxillofacial pathology cases
  • Coursework in oral and maxillofacial pathology and anatomic and clinical pathology
  • Practice in pathology research
  • Exposure to new and developing technologies in pathology (e.g., immunopathology, molecular pathology, ultrastructure)
  • Exposure to new and developing subspecialty pathology (e.g., dermatopathology, bone, and hematopathology)

In addition to fulfilling the educational objectives of this program, residents will feel comfortable in the hospital environment and will be competent and confident in their interactions with medical colleagues.

Following successful completion of this residency program, residents will meet eligibility requirements for the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and can become board eligible.

The Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Service at Mount Sinai receives approximately 5,900 cases each year, which serve as the basis of the residency experience. Residents learn at the microscope and prepare a written gross and microscopic description for each case. This is an intense teaching and learning experience essential to your educational development.   

In addition, you learn from spending  time in clinical diagnosis and treatment of patients that have oral mucosal disease and/or symptoms that are referred and seen in the Department of Dentistry’s clinical oral medicine/oral pathology clinic.  

An important component of the residency program is rotations in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. These rotations include anatomic and surgical pathology, autopsy, biochemistry, microbiology, cytopathology, immunology, electron microscopy, hematology, hematopathology, tumor cytogenetics, radiology, and dermatopathology.

Residents also conduct a research project.

The educational objectives of the program are to train oral maxillofacial pathology specialists who are able to: 

  • Understand and correlate the gross and microscopic features of biopsy specimens in order to accurately diagnose diseased tissue(s)
  • Provide the highest level of microscopy diagnostic skills using new technologies in immunohistochemistry and molecular studies
  • Write gross and microscopic descriptions and formulate pathology reports
  • Know the effects of systemic diseases on the oral soft tissues
  • Participate in the teaching and education of medical students, residents, and other health care professionals
  • Present cases at hospital conferences and to the tumor board
  • Perform clinico-pathological research
  • Write manuscripts for publication
  • Direct an oral and maxillofacial pathology laboratory

Salaries for the 2023-2024 academic year are $79,697 for the 1st year, $84,916 for the 2nd year and $90,313 for the 3rd year. Each resident is provided with a full range of medical and dental benefits. In addition, all residents receive an annual food stipend of $840 and an annual educational allowance of $600 - $1100.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled for a July 1 start date. Prospective students must download and fill out the application and submit it with the following supporting materials:

  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one from an oral pathology faculty member at your dental school, if possible) and one Dean's letter
  • Dental school transcript
  • Graduate school transcripts, if applicable
  • All national board scores
  • Curriculum vitae

Send your completed application to:

Dr. Naomi Ramer
Mount Sinai Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Program Director
The Mount Sinai Hospital
Annenberg 15th Floor, Room 26
1 Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY 10029

All application questions should be directed to naomi.ramer@mssm.edu

Eligible applicants must have graduated from American or Canadian dental schools prior to beginning the training program. International applicants are eligible to apply and applications should be submitted through the PASS web site. Our program code is OMP1043.