OMFS Externship


Program Overview

The University of California, San Francisco offers a two-week externship in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The externship program is designed for senior dental students who desire additional training in oral surgery and exposure to hospital-oriented oral and maxillofacial surgery care. For those students inclined towards oral and maxillofacial surgery as a career, the externship provides an excellent opportunity to participate within the framework of the OMFS Residency Training Program. Externs will be supervised by OMFS faculty and residents at the UCSF Medical Center and at San Francisco General Hospital. More information about the OMFS program is discussed on the OMFS Residency Training Program website.

In general, externships begin on the first or third Monday of the month. Externs spend a two-week block in program. No more than two externs per block will be scheduled. Summer months are the most requested times to do externship so please plan ahead if you are interested in coming to UCSF at that time.

Arrangements for room and board must be made by the extern. The housing office website has information about lodging. Their number is (415) 476-1426. There may also be housing available at the Psi Omega Fraternity house during the summer months. Contact

Educational Objectives and Requirements


  • To obtain experience in ambulatory dentoalveolar surgery.
  • To learn the scope of OMFS.
  • To obtain experience in management of the hospitalized patient.
  • To have the opportunity to evaluate the OMFS Residency Program at the University of California.


  • Statement of undergraduate college, degree, major, and GPA.
  • Completion of the Junior year of Dental School.
  • Class Rank in top 20 percent.
  • Availability of 2 weeks.*
  • Completion of application for an elective at the University of California, San Francisco.*
  • Completion of Immunization Form 2015-2016. This is a pre-entry immunization requirement.*
  • Evidence of health insurance to cover the externship period.*
  • Evidence of malpractice insurance to cover the externship period*
  • Evidence of liability insurance to cover the externship period*
  • Enrolled in a Dental school at the time of externship.*
  • We will require a dean’s letter confirming academic good standing.*
  • We will require a letter from a Clinical Faculty confirming clinical competency.
  • $50 application fee. Checks should be payable to UC Regents.*

International Externs

(Externs from dental schools outside the United States and Canada, which are recognized by the World Health Organization)

The above requirements with an asterisk (*) apply to International Externs in addition to those listed here. We are prepared to accept applications from students from overseas dental schools for externships in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at UCSF under the following conditions:

  • You must be in your final year at dental school.
  • An international extern may not have “patient contact.” You may observe patients under selected circumstances but cannot go to the operating room. Applicants wishing to carry out a specific project need to let us know in advance.
  • Visa Requirements: Applicants from approved countries may apply using the Visa Waiver Program (WB). All others require a B1 visa.
  • You must provide evidence of health insurance that will cover you for illnesses in the United States of America.

Application Process

Please send your downloaded and completed application forms to:

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
University of California, San Francisco
Re: OMFS Externship Application
533 Parnassus Avenue, Suite UB10
San Francisco, CA 94143-0440

Brian Bast, DMD, MD
Clinical Professor and Chair
University of California, San Francisco
Box 0440 , 533 Parnassus Ave, Suite UB10
San Francisco, CA 94143-0440

If you have further questions, you can contact the OMFS Residency & Externship Director, Dr. Brian Bast, via email at

Please fill out the following forms and return them to the address listed above:

OMFS Externship Application
Immunization Form 2015-2016
Additional New Student Immunization information and a step-by-step process
Badge Request Form
Confidentiality Agreement (HIPPA)

UCSF Privacy and Confidentiality Handbook
Scrub Application Form