Dental Student Clerkship

Dear Visiting Dental Student:

We thank you for your interest in the Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix Oral and Maxillofacial Externship/Observership program for visiting dental students.

As part of your experience here, we hope that you will gain exposure to the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery as well as insight into our residency program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. We offer the following two distinct rotation opportunities to dental students: (1) the traditional externship rotation which allows for limited active participation in clinical care and (2) an observership rotation in which the student functions solely as an observer during the rotation.

Regardless of the rotation type you choose, there will be opportunities to actively participate/observe in the operating room and clinic in addition to the didactic program of the residency. Students will work closely with departmental faculty and residents during their time here.

This dental student rotation is designed to be one to four weeks in length and is primarily designed for 3rd and 4th year dental students in an ADA-accredited school. Applicants will be taken throughout the entire year and we will make every attempt to accommodate your requested dates. Students are responsible for arranging their own housing, meals and transportation.

Please fill out the required application and background check form and also submit the following:

  • a recent photograph
  • a letter of interest
  • a copy of your national board scores
  • dental school transcripts
  • a letter of recommendation from your school’s OMFS faculty.

Please call or email Lori Warren, our visiting dental student clerkship coordinator for the application and/or if you have any questions, at (602) 839-6910 or send an email.

Again, thank you for your interest in visiting the Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix Oral and Maxillofacial Residency Program.


Sudheer J. Surpure, MD, DDS, FACS
OMFS Residency Program Director, Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix
Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix