Oral Medicine Advanced Education Program

Oral Medicine is a branch of dentistry engaged in diagnosis and primarily nonsurgical management of local diseases of the oral cavity and surrounding structures as well as oral manifestations of systemic disease. Oral Medicine provides an essential link between dentistry and medicine and practitioners in this field must possess a thorough knowledge of basic physiological and pathological mechanisms that contribute to health and disease. Evaluation and management of oral medicine patients is often a shared responsibility between the dentist and physician and considerable overlap exists between the two professions that is distinguished only by the individual's knowledge and training. The oral medicine clinician must be competent to perform a proper assessment of patients including taking history and physical examination, and develop a management plan based on evidence and consistent with standards set forth by the scientific literature.
The educational program will include a didactic program designed to provide the clinician with the necessary background for the practice of oral medicine. The participant will gain knowledge in several areas including medicine, laboratory diagnostics, oral pathology, oral radiology, oral oncology, orofacial pain, pharmacology, nutrition, special care and geriatric dentistry, as well as management of medical emergencies in a dental setting through didactic/clinical exposure at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM). Based on this philosophy, the participant will have a challenging opportunity to integrate and synthesize basic science and clinical knowledge and apply this information in diagnostic work up, medical risk assessment for dental care and management of oral medicine patients.

Educational Requirements:

The Advanced Education Program in Oral Medicine is a full-time 11 month continuing education program that offers the dentist a collegial environment to accomplish his/her personal objectives and gain the scientific background and training in the practice of oral medicine. The educational program will focus on all aspects of oral medicine such as diagnostic pathology and radiology pertaining to management of local and systemic diseases of the orofacial region including oral mucosa, salivary glands, and the surrounding structures. Also included is comprehensive oral health care services for medically complex patients.
The curriculum is comprised of didactic assignments, clinical experience, intramural rotations and teaching responsibilities. The didactic learning experiences include seminars, lectures, workshops, and self-study activities. Although there is considerable flexibility in the selection and sequencing of the didactic and clinical components, each clinician is required to attend didactic sessions designed to provide the necessary background for management of oral medicine patients.
An important part of the program is the complementary clinical experience in all facets of oral medicine which comprises 50% of the clinician's time. Clinicians are encouraged to prepare a paper of publishable quality for submission to a peer-reviewed scientific journal on a topic mutually determined by the clinician and the program director. The clinician also has the opportunity to participate in research projects conducted within the department Upon satisfactory completion of all requirements, a certificate of attendance in the Advanced Education Program in Oral Medicine will be awarded.

Description of Advanced Education Program components:

The curricular content for the Advanced Education in Oral Medicine Program in Oral Medicine are listed below and each requirement is briefly described on the following pages. Although a specific time period is allocated for each educational activity, the actual time listed is subject to change.

  • Oral Medicine Seminar Series
  • Oral Pathology Seminar Series
  • Orofacial Pain Seminar Series
  • Clinical Care of Oral Medicine patients (medically complex, oral mucosal disease, orofacial pain)
  • Oral Medicine Patient Rounds
  • Oral Pathology Experience
  • Oral Radiology Experience
  • Foundation of Oral Biology (First year Masters core course)
  • Advanced Biomedical Sciences (second year Masters Core course)

Oral Medicine Seminar Series

This seminar series will focus on reinforcing knowledge of topics within the field of Oral Medicine. The curriculum is designed to review the fundamentals with an emphasis on applying this information to clinical practice.

Oral Pathology Seminar Series

This program provides a comprehensive review of oral and maxillofacial pathology and consists of introductory presentations, clinical pathologic conferences and histopathologic sessions, using a multi-headed microscope. Topics covered in the introductory lectures include evaluation and management of oral mucosal diseases, and evaluation and management of hard tissue conditions affecting maxillofacial region, principles of radiographic interpretation and differential diagnosis of jaw lesions.

Orofacial Pain Seminar Series

This seminar series is offered by the division of Orofacial Pain and will focus on reinforcing knowledge of topics within the field of Orofacial pain and its application to clinical practice. The curriculum is designed to review the fundamentals of Orofacial pain including temporomandibular disorders, musculoskeletal conditions, chemosensory disorders and neuropathic pain disorders. The participant also has the opportunity to attend orofacial pain journal club. The latter provides an overview of the current scientific literature relating to the fundamental of pain and pain management as well as orofacial pain. An informal seminar setting is used to encourage stimulating discussion from all the participants.

Clinical Care of Oral Medicine Patients

This provides the clinician with the clinical experience in diagnostic work up and management of patients referred to the Oral Medicine Service. As the participant progresses, he/she will obtain patient histories, perform examinations, and participate in the care of patients. Direct delivery of oral care to patients is contingent upon participant's satisfactory clinical performance as determined by the attending faculty. All clinical activities are performed under the direct supervision of the faculty.

Oral mucosal diseases clinic


The oral mucosal diseases clinic provides diagnostic assessment including tissue biopsy and hematologic work up, education, preventive oral care, medical therapy and follow-up care for patients with oral mucosal diseases of local and systemic etiology. These include oral manifestations of systemic disease (eg. leukemia, sarcoidosis, lupus, anemia,etc..) and oral complications of chemo/radiotherapy, immune-based (eg. pemphigus, pemphigoid, lichen planus, erythema multiforme), epithelial ( eg. erythroplakia, leukoplakia, dysplaia) pigmented and reactive oral abnormalities, burning mouth, xerostomia, alterd taste and salivary gland disorders. The participant will be exposed to comprehensive oral care of these patients through interdisciplinary communication between immunology, rheumatology, dermatology, ophthalmology and oral medicine practitioners.

Medically complex patient care clinic


The Medically Complex patient clinic provides comprehensive oral/dental care for patients with cardiovascular disease, renal, immune or hematologic compromise, organ transplantation or head and neck malignancy. The oral medicine participant will have the opportunity to observe and/or participate in oral care of medically complex patients. Emphasis will be placed on medical risk assessment and necessary dental care modifications to prevent or manage problems with hemostasis, sepsis, adverse drug interactions and ability to withstand dental care.

Orofacial pain clinic


The participant will also have the opportunity to attend orofacial pain clinic and observe evaluation and management of patients with temporomandibular joint problems, acute and chronic orofacial pain and orofacial neurosensory disorders.

Special needs clinic


The participant will also have the opportunity to attend the special care clinic where faculty and residents evaluate and treat patients with physical, developmental and behavioral disorders.

Oral Medicine Patient Rounds

The rounds takes place in conjunction with the clinical care sessions providing a forum to review chief complaint, diagnostic work up, laboratory and radiographic findings, histopathology, and management strategy for new and follow-up patients seen by the Oral Medicine Service at the RSDM.

Oral-Maxillofacial Pathology Experience

The participant will receive advanced training in oral pathology and enhance their diagnostic skills by participating in the oral pathology service at the RSDM. The clinician will also learn about tissue processing procedures and slide preparation. The Oral Medicine/Oral Pathology Microscope Conference is held complementary to Oral Pathology Seminar Series and is a forum for microscopic review of biopsies submitted to RSDM biopsy service as well as interesting cases presented for learning and discussion of histopathology. The goal is to enhance participant's skills in microscopic interpretation and reaching a definitive diagnosis of diseases affecting oral and maxillofacial region.
The Oral Pathology Quality Assurance and Consensus Conference recently meets weekly to microscopically review and discuss the challenging cases that have been accessioned in the RSDM Biopsy Service. The participants closely examine the lesions of inflammatory, immune mediated and neoplastic nature as well as other relevant cases for consensus and educational purposes.

Oral-Maxillofacial Radiology & Advanced Imaging Experience

The participant has the opportunity to attend didactic seminars in diagnostic head and neck radiology discussing X-ray equipment, Digital Imaging basics, radiation biology, radiation protection principles and radiographic manifestations of local and systemic diseases in the head and neck region. This experience provides fellows with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge in selection and interpretation of standard as well as advanced imaging modalities such as intraoral radiographs, panoramic radiology, plain films, digital radiography, tomography, sialography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, scintigraphy and cone beam CT. Radiology case review sessions are complementary to radiology seminars and provide an interactive forum to discuss challenging/interesting radiology cases and help reinforce diagnostic radiology principles.

Foundation of Oral Biology and Advanced Biomedical Science for Dentistry:

These courses, which are a requirement for all postdoctoral graduate students, are given over a two-year period. The participants in the Master's program are required to attend and successfully complete the first and second years of postgraduate core curriculum. The participant may audit the courses listed below which are pertinent to practice of oral medicine depending upon scheduling and possible conflicts.. Tuesdays 8:00 am to 10:00 am (September to June)

  • Gross Anatomy (16 hours)
  • Pathobiology & Histology (18 hours)
  • Oral Medicine & Pathology (20 hours)
  • Orofacial Pain (14 hours)
  • Advanced dental Therapeutics & Pharmacology (14 hours)
  • Embryology & genetics (10 hours)



In addition to didactic core program, the participant will have the opportunity to attend in a variety of academic activities offered by the Division of Oral Medicine.

Division of Oral Medicine Literature Review (Journal Club)

The journal club is a dynamic forum for critical thinking and examination of pertinent, current scientific literature. Residents and other participants in the division of oral medicine will meet regularly to discuss and critique an assigned article with focus on evidence-based practice of dentistry and medicine. Presentations are made by each participant on a rotating schedule.

Tumor Board

A forum where otolaryngology/head and neck surgery, radiology, pathology, radiation/hematoncology, oral medicine and dentists meet to discuss comprehensive management of current patients with head and neck cancer. During this multidisciplinary approach, discussion will focus on diagnosis and treatment modalities.

Case Presentation

Residents, faculty and other participants in the Division of Oral Medicine may participate in case presentation sessions and have the opportunity to present documented cases related to the dental management of medically complex patients.

Treatment Planning Seminar

Participant has the opportunity to attend small-group discussions sessions offered through the Division of Oral Diagnosis. During these case-based learning sessions faculty and students discuss comprehensive treatment planning of patients aimed at reinforcing relevant concepts to clinical practice.

Advanced topics in Dental Medicine

A series of postgraduate seminars relevant to medical and dental science are presented by the division faculty or invited speakers. Advanced topics focused on clinical dentistry including endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics and implant dentistry are presented and discussed in an open forum.


New Jersey Dental School is located on the Newark Campus of University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The medical and dental schools, graduate school of biomedical sciences, and the University Hospital are grouped together on an attractive campus with convenient private parking. The Division of Oral Medicine maintains a separate clinical facility on the "D" level of the dental school.

Professor and Director
Advanced Education Program in Oral Medicine

Professor and Director
Division of Oral Medicine

Clinical Professor
Division of Orofacial Pain

Associate Professor and Director
General Practice Residency Program

Clinical Professor
Division of Oral Pathology

Associate Professor and Director
Special Care Treatment Center

Professor and Acting Director
Division of Radiology

Professor & Director
Division of Nutrition
In addition to the faculty listed above, many clinicians in other departmental divisions make regular and substantial contributions to the Oral Medicine Advanced Education Program.


For satisfactory completion of the clinical program, the participant must:

  • Complete attendance requirements of the program.
  • Demonstrate didactic and clinical knowledge in oral medicine as determined by the director and attending faculty in the Division of Oral Medicine.

Upon satisfactory completion of all requirements, participants earn 1,430 continuing education credits.
The tuition for this Advanced Education program for the academic year 2016‐2017 will be a total of
$25,000 (US). Some additional fees and expenses may be applicable. A non‐refundable deposit of $1,000is required to hold your place in the program; payment must be received within 20 days of notification. For details regarding the tuition, application fee and processing, please consult: http://sdm.rutgers.edu/CDE/AdvancedEdu/Oral_Medicine.pdf
Applicants to the Advanced Education Program in Oral Medicine are expected to have a strong background in the biological and health sciences. Applicants must

  • Have a DDS/DMD degree or its equivalent from an accredited dental school.
  • Submit a completed application form, curriculum vitae along with copies of the original and translated/certified transcripts, dental school diploma and letters of recommendation.
  • Attend a personal interview, when possible.
  • Be a citizen of the United States, a non-citizen national, or a foreign national with a visa status acceptable to the program.

Applicants with foreign degrees will be considered individually upon an evaluation of their academic credentials certified by an independent agency (NACES, ECE,..), training, curriculum vitae and letters of recommendation.
Applicants with English as a second language will demonstrate proficiency in English through submission of TOEFL examination scores.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and National Board Scores (NDEB) are not required but may be submitted in support of the application together with evidence of additional training.
Application process & deadline for submission of application Sep 15, 2016 for July 1st, 2017 start date. The application for the Advanced Education Program in Oral Medicine is mailed to and processed by the office of Continuing Dental education at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.: http://sdm.rutgers.edu/CDE/advanced_programs/index.html#AppForm
For further information regarding Advanced Education Program in Oral Medicine, contact:
Program Director, Mahnaz Fatahzadeh DMD, MSD
Tel: 973-972-1956 email:

The Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) and Master of Dental Science (MDS) programs provide advanced academic training for those students who want to broaden their understanding of biological sciences. Either of the Dental Master's programs can be pursued in conjunction with oral medicine. Students in this program will obtain didactic and clinical experience in oral medicine while enrolled in Dental Masters program through the Department of Oral Biology culminating in MDS or MSD degree.
Master of Dental Science (MDS) with clinical exposure in oral medicine program is designed to be completed over two years. During the first year, the participant focuses on the oral medicine component of the program, attends postgraduate core course and in consultation with the assigned mentor develops a research proposal. It is expected that by the end of the first year, the clinician has successfully completed the qualifying exam and started on IRB application for the research project as needed. The majority of the clinician's time during the second year is spent on conducting research and thesis preparation although he/she is expected to continue with specific clinical duties/responsibilities. The participants are encouraged to complete a paper of publishable quality for submission to a refereed scientific journal on a topic to be mutually determined by the participant and the program director. The participant also has the opportunity to participate in research projects conducted within the department.
Two degree programs are offered by the Department of Oral Biology.
The Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) program is designed to train students for a career in academic dentistry focused on research. To accomplish this, each student completes a thirty three-credit program. Students who are pursuing a graduate program are required to stay an extra year beyond their graduate program in order to complete an MSD.  Core competencies for the Master of Science in Dentistry include:

  • Thesis formulation including an extensive literature review to support thesis topic
  • innovative problem-solving techniques
  • lab and/or clinic-based experimentation
  • data collection
  • data analysis
  • statistical validation of conclusions
  • thesis completion and oral defense

The Master of Dental Science Program (MDS) is MDS is a more clinically oriented Master's program designed for to give students a more in-depth understanding of the biological processes underlying their clinical discipline. The program is for students who want to learn to interpret the literature and evaluate current practices. The objective of the program is to enable the students to become critical thinkers and evaluators of best practices in dentistry. To accomplish these objectives, each student would have to complete a thirty-credit program.
Admission Requirements
US and Canadian students

  • DDS or DMD or equivalent degree (copy of dental diploma)
  • Completed application form for Dental Master's Program
  • Original transcripts
  • Letter of intent describing their interest in Oral Medicine
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Attendance in a personal interview, when possible

Foreign Students

  • DDS or DMD or equivalent degree (copy of dental diploma)
  • Completed application form for Dental Master's Program
  • Original together with translated/evaluated transcripts (ECE, NACES)
  • Letter of intent describing their interest in Oral Medicine
  • Evidence of successful completion of National Board Part I or GRE exam
  • TOEFL scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Attendance in a personal interview, when possible

Please see oral biology website for tuition details: http://sdm.rutgers.edu/departments/oral-biology/masters/index.htm
Application Deadline
Please see oral biology website for deadline details: http://sdm.rutgers.edu/departments/oral-biology/masters/index.htm
For application guidelines and application for the Master's program go to:
http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/apply/application-guidelines and
24 hours after completing the online application, students can upload supporting documents at:

For further information regarding Dental Master's Program option, contact:
Mahnaz Fatahzadeh DMD, MSD
Tel: 973-972-1956 email: