Externship Program

Two types of externships in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery are available year-round for rising 3rd or 4th year dental students: Observership and Clinical. 

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Externs are accepted for observership only with the following requirements:


Externs may work in the clinic or the OR as other students from UK with the following requirements:

  • A letter from the dean of their respective school
  • Emergency contact information
  • Copy of background check
  • Copy of recent drug screen (9 panel)
  • Copy of immunization records/recent TB screening
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Proof of medical malpractice (provided by the candidate either through their dental school or independently)
  • Copy of CPR certification

For externs who wish to gain clinical experience through a working externship, the minimum amount of time that he/she should spend at the University of Kentucky is 2 weeks; however, we encourage students to spend a month.  

Externs participate in all the activities of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery service.  This includes the outpatient clinic, operating room, and emergency room call.  All extern activities are supervised by residents and attending faculty.  The extern will also participate in all academic activities that are required of the residents.  We limit participation to two externs at one time and consider applicants on a first come first served basis.


Limited local housing is available at reasonable rates.  Direct information regarding campus housing is available through the Housing’s website, http://www.uky.edu/Housing/graduate, or by phone at 859-257-3722.


If you have questions about the externship program, please contact the OMS residency coordinator at 859-257-2002. 

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for both types of externship must submit the online application here.

Interested students should send a letter of request, Dean’s letter, and the above mentioned requirements to:

Dr. Joseph Van Sickels
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
College of Dentistry
University of Kentucky
D544 Dental Science Blg. 0297
Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0297


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