Application Requirements


Applicants must be graduates or seniors in the upper 25% of their class of dental schools recognized by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association.  Participation in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) program is required. Additional experience beyond dental school (general practice residency, anesthesia residency, private practice, graduate school, etc.) may strengthen the applicant’s credentials.  A $50.00 processing fee payable to the LSU School of Dentistry is required of those applying.  After all applications have been received and reviewed, invitations for interviews will be sent out by the Residency Program Coordinator of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency program.

Applications must be received before October 1st of the preceding year, and applicants must agree to participate in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residents Matching Program, the description of which is excerpt from the AAOMS below.

The use of the matching program for first year residents in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Programs has been utilized for residency positions since 1986.  This program is sponsored by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and administered through the National Matching Service.  The matching program is financed by fees paid by the AAOMS, applicants, and programs participating.

The matching program provides an orderly method to enable applicants to obtain positions in the first year residency program of their choice and also help programs obtain applicants of their choice.  This will eliminate an inequitable recruitment process that forces premature decisions, which put unnecessary pressure on both applicants as well as programs.  This is very similar to the National Matching Program, which involves medical students applying to medical residency programs throughout the United States.  Applicants and programs continue to contact each other directly and interview and evaluate each other independently of the Matching Program.  However, no offers are made during this period.  After all the interviews are completed, both applicants and residency programs submit a confidential “Rank Order List” in which they list the applicants or programs in order of their preference.  Both applicants and programs may safely list preferred choices first without consideration for how they will be ranked by the other party.  All information submitted to the Matching Program would be kept confidential.

Participating programs must offer all first year positions through the Matching Program.  Programs may not make or require any commitments or contracts with anyone prior to the release of the Match results.  Similarly, applicants may apply only to programs that are participating in the Matching Program or until the results of the Match are released.  The confidential “Rank Order List” submitted by each program and applicant are the sole determinants of their respective order or preference of the match.

The Match results constitute a binding commitment from which neither the applicant nor the program can withdraw without mutual written agreement.  The program must offer appointments to each applicant with whom it is matched and the applicant must accept the offer from the program unless both parties agree to release each other from the Match result.  The program may not accept any applicant who was matched elsewhere and subsequently not released from that match.


Key Information


Program Director: Dr. Jeffrey James, MD, DDS, MBA, FACS, FAACS

Length of Program: 6 Years

Matching Participant: Yes

PASS Participant: Yes

Certificate Awarded: Yes

Degree Awarded: Yes - MD

Fees: Yes

International Students Accepted: Must be a U.S. or Canadian Dental School Graduate AND a U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident.

PASS Application Deadline: October 1

Program Start Date: July 1st

Program End Date: June 30th

Application Materials Required: PASS applications only:

LSU Processing Fee: As mentioned above - $50.00 paid on the Online Payment Portal"


If paying by check, it can be mailed directly to the OMFS Department at the following address (Be sure and mention that the payment is for the application fee for OMFS residency:

Jessica Helgeson Markey, MBA

LSUHSC School of Dentistry

1100 Florida Avenue, Box 18

New Orleans, LA  70119


For admission and applications requirements, contact:

Paul Armbruster, MS, DDS

Director, Office of Advanced Education

LSUHSC School of Dentistry

1100 Florida Avenue, Box 230

New Orleans, LA  70119

Office 504-941-8113; fax 504-941-8180



For all other questions, contact:

Jessica Helgeson Markey, MBA

Residency Program Coordinator

LSUHSC Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery