Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) Program has a long history as one of the premier oral and maxillofacial Surgery programs in the United States.

Surgical training in all areas of oral and maxillofacial surgery prepares our residents for successful completion of board certification. In fact, 100 percent of graduates within the last 20 years have achieved board certification through the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons or the Canadian Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Many graduates compete fellowship training in specialized areas of oral and maxillofacial surgery including cleft and craniofacial surgery, cosmetic surgery and trauma surgery.

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program boasts some of the most highly recognized and internationally renowned faculty including Raymond White, DDS, PhD, and Timothy Turvey, DDS.

The program also is also home the Adams School of Dentistry Craniofacial Center team and the facial gender affirmation surgery clinic. The program uses technological advances in surgical technique and planning, and takes prides in the UNC system’s support of innovation and advancement.

Didactic education for resident is a paramount foundation and a comprehensive didactic lecture schedule has been implemented to ensure broad knowledge in all areas of surgical care. Supplemental didactic education from field experts was spearheaded by program director, Elda Fisher, MD, whose commitment to resident education is unsurpassed.

We strive to instill values in our residents and throughout the program that exemplify the highest standards in ethics, professionalism and compassion.

We support personal endeavors including family and other personal goals, aim to be a champion of all aspects of resident well-being.

The sense of family within the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program is strong, and we pride ourselves on our commitment to care for each other.

Program Structure

UNC Hospitals and the Adams School of Dentistry residency program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a six-year integrated program ending in completion of an MD degree from the UNC School of Medicine. The six year integrated program includes exposure and/or rotations in general surgery, surgical ICU, plastic surgery, otolaryngology, and pediatric and adult anesthesia.

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program is accredited by CODA and complies with all rules and regulations of CODA and the ACGME. Program completion leads to qualification for certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, completion of the MD degree from the University of North Carolina (the #1 ranked medical school in Primary Care in the country) and eligibility for all CODA accredited fellowship programs and ACGME programs.

Year 1: OMFS (7 months) Anesthesia (4 months), Pediatric Anesthesia (1 month)
Year 2: UNC School of Medicine
Year 3: UNC School of Medicine (6 months), OMFS (6 months)
Year 4: UNC Hospitals General Surgery (11 months), Elective (1 month)
Year 5: OMFS (7 months), Asheville- Mission Hospital ENT/Plastics/Additional Trauma (4 months), Elective (1 month)
Year 6: OMFS Chief Resident

Admissions Information

Applicants must utilize the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) administered by the American Dental Education Association and the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (MATCH).

Click here to access the PASS application materials and instructions. Click here to access the MATCH application materials and instructions.

Each applicant must complete the background check questions and return them to the program director. Final acceptance requires a personal interview.

Application to the UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School is not required until after students have been selected for the program.

Tuition, Stipend Support and Benefits

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry does not charge students for tuition and fees.

During the six years of the dual degree program, residents pay tuition and fees for the third and fourth year of medical school. These fees are found on the UNC School of Medicine website.

The stipend schedule for UNC Hospitals is based on the program level training and is competitive to the Southeast hospitals system. It varies from year to year.

Out-of-state students and international students with permanent resident status (“green card”) are encouraged to establish legal residence in North Carolina and to apply for classification as a state resident for tuition purposes. Guidelines and application forms for establishing residency are available from the UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School.

Regardless of the availability of stipend support, teaching responsibilities are required as a part of the program.

2023-2024 Salary Scale

I $60,052
II $62,194
III $64,445
IV $67,482
V $70,476
VI $73,186

Post Graduate Year Determination
Stipend levels for trainees entering programs beyond their first core residency training program will be determined on the basis of the number of accredited years required by the ACGME for eligibility in that program regardless of any other advanced or GME training the trainee may have completed.


  • Multiple options for health, dental, vision and supplemental insurance
  • Eligible for on-campus parking
  • Additional monthly freedom pay stipend for meals at UNC Health
  • University Gym Access
  • Professional Liability Coverage
  • UNC Peer Support Program
  • Voluntary Legal Plan for personal legal needs
  • Flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care (childcare expenses)

North Carolina Licensure/Intern Permit

Students who are not graduates of an ADA-accredited dental school must complete a simulation exam as part of their NC intern permit process. Such candidates must pass and complete the simulation exam within two months of their formal matriculation in the program. If a candidate does not pass the simulation exam within the two-month interval, he or she cannot advance in the clinical program and will be subject to dismissal from the program.

About UNC Health

UNC Health is a not-for-profit integrated health care system owned by the state of North Carolina and based in Chapel Hill. Originally established as a healthcare system in 1998, UNC Health currently comprises UNC Hospitals and its provider network, the clinical programs of the UNC School of Medicine, and eleven affiliate hospitals and hospital systems across the state.

The UNC School of Medicine, where all oral and maxillofacial surgery residents attend receive their MD degree was first established in 1879, and the integrated MD Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program was initiated with the UNC School of Medicine in 1983.

The UNC School of Medicine has a long tradition as one of the nation’s leading medical schools. The School of Medicine is currently ranked 1st in primary care and 23rd in research by U.S. News and World Report. The school’s 1,700 faculty members provide clinical services in the inpatient units at UNC Hospitals and the outpatient clinics on UNC campus while training the next generation of health care professionals.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, serves North Carolina, the United States, and the world through teaching, research, and public service and embraces an unwavering commitment to excellence as one of the world’s great research universities. The UNC-Chapel Hill is also ranked  9th in the world of the most innovative universities (Reuters). The UNC-Chapel Hill spends over $1 billion dollars annually in research endeavors, and is ranked 5th among research universities for federal funding devoted to development and research.

Contact Us


Program Director, Timothy Turvey, DDS

Program Coordinator, Megan Noble
Email: megan_noble@unc.edu
Phone: (919) 537-3719