Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery Residency

About the Program

The program requires 48 months of full-time study. Sponsored by the School of Dentistry, the program uses Metropolitan Nashville General Hospital for training. Metropolitan Nashville General Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.


While the program is affiliated with other institutions, the School of Dentistry accepts full responsibility for the quality of education provided at the affiliated institutions:


Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, KY

Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Nashville

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine at Knoxville, Tennessee

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee


Program Goals and Objectives

Eligibility & Requirements

The Selection Committee meets in October, November, and December to interview applicants for admission. The selected applicant is notified in writing. Other applicants are sent a letter of thanks for applying to our program.


Dentists who meet the following criteria are eligible for admission to this program, upon submission of the information listed. The Program admits only one (1) resident each academic term. The following information should be submitted to the program Director for review and then forwarded to the Selection Committee (Admissions Committee):

  • Recent passport photograph notarized and signed on back. Affix to application
  • Dental School transcript
  • Copy of National Board scores
  • National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE) Scores
  • Personal Statement of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which should be from the Dean of the Dental School from which you graduated

–A State Dental License is required at some of our rotational sites

–Appearance for personal interview

To apply, submit:

The admission procedure is an orderly process that will provide the Admissions Committee (Selection Committee) with the information needed, and eliminates variability and inequities in the resident selection process. The Selection Committee is comprised of basic science and clinical science faculty.

  1. Upon receipt of a Letter of Inquiry about the Advanced Education Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Meharry, the applicant is sent an Application Form or the applicants may apply online here.
  2. The application form is the instrument utilized initially to document program qualification.
  3. A Resident Screening Form is completed and submitted, along with the applicant’s folder, to the Program Director for his/her review.
  4. Candidates are invited for interview only if the applicant folder is complete.

Contact Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program

1005 Dr. D.B. Todd, Jr. Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37208

Mr. Donald Odom
Email: dodom@mmc.edu

Telephone: 615.327.6148
Fax: 615.327.5722

Kimberley Perkins-Davis, D.D.S., MBA

Associate Professor and Director
Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program
School: Dentistry

Email: kperkins@mmc.edu

Rotation Curriculum

Basic Science Education in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is provided by instructors through the completion of structured didactic courses, seminars/conferences, or problem-solving, clinically oriented laboratories. Program-specific courses are integrated into clinical training to include Surgical Anatomy, Physiology, Clinical Pharmacology, Clinical Microbiology, and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.


Clinical training and education requires a demonstration of competency in the coursework for:

  • physical diagnosis
  • clinical medicine and pathophysiology
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery didactic lectures
  • seminars/conferences
  • off-service assignments to Internal Medicine, Anesthesia, General Surgery to include sub-specialty surgery, and thirty months on clinical Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


This permits the residents to practice the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery on an outpatient, ambulatory, inpatient basis, and to teach, advance the profession, and engage in other forms of intellectual pursuits.