Oral Medicine MSD Program

  • Program Length: Minimum of 24 months
  • Tuition: $67,562 for one year
  • Degree/Certificate: M.S.D.
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admission

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This program is offered by the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, in collaboration with the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and other health systems. This program expands on the established internship program in Oral Medicine, with additional intensive academic training and rigorous clinical or basic research experiences.

The department includes faculty members who are board certified in oral medicine, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, one member with dual medical/dental training, and three members with graduate degrees in basic sciences or public health. Our scope of expertise expands the full scope of oral medicine, orofacial pain, sleep medicine (oral appliance management), oral oncology, head and neck anatomy, and oral and maxillofacial pathology. In addition we collaborate with faculty members trained in oral medicine in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program (AEGD) and at the Cleveland VA Medical Center.

The oral medicine service provides care to a variety of patients with conditions including mucosal disorders, autoimmune disease, rheumatologic disease, transplantation, oncology, salivary dysfunction, and facial pain. The Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain clinic has approximately 4,500 patient visits per year. Research and clinical opportunities exist in synergy with the Departments of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry, Biological Sciences, AEGD, and multiple medical specialty Divisions at the UH Cleveland Medical Center, the Cleveland Clinic, and Metrohealth Medical Center.

The didactic program expands for two years. The student meets with the program director at the beginning on the program to review the course of study, following oral medicine training competencies established by the American Academy of Oral Medicine, with six-month evaluations. Didactics include coursework in research design, statistics and critical assessment of the scientific literature, oral medicine, facial pain, oral and maxillofacial pathology weekly seminars, weekly morbidity and mortality rounds, journal club, and case presentations.

Clinical rotations include two week rotations on medical services at the UH Cleveland Medical Center, Seidman Cancer Center, and other affiliated hospitals. Available rotations include Internal Medicine, ENT, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Pediatric ENT, Dermatology, Neurology, Infectious Diseases, the Bone Marrow Transplant program, and Tumor Board.

Emphasis is placed on preparing the graduate student for interprofessional research and oral medicine care.

Course of Study

The following represents a typical two-year course of study. Additional time to obtain the MSD degree depends on satisfactory progress on the thesis project.

Course Name Credit Hours 1st Year Fall 1st Year Spring 2nd Year Fall 2nd Year Spring
Biological Aspects of the Stomatological System 2   X    
Correlative Medical Science 2   X    
Anatomy of the Head and Neck 3 X      
Advanced Oral Pathology 3 X      
Advanced Dental Training I and II 1-3 X X X X
Orofacial Pain and Sleep 2   X    
Tumor Board 0   X X X
Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3 X      
Management of Medical Emergencies 0 X      
Multidisciplinary Seminar 0 X X X X
Research Methods 1 X      
MSD Thesis 3   X X X
Clinical Pharmacology 2     X  
Behavioral Considerations in Oral Health Care 2     X  
Oral Immunology 2       X
Oral Diag / Oral Medicine Seminar I and II 1 X X X X
Clinical Oral Diag / Oral Medicine I and II 1 X X X X
Clinical OMF Radiology I and II 1 X X X X
Current Concepts in Medicine I and II 1 X X X X
Advanced Oral Radiology 1 X X X X
Oral Medicine On Call Services 0   X X X
Medical Specialty Services 1-3        
          Pain Medicine       X  
          Medical Oncology         X
          Dermatology         X
          Infectious Diseases       X  
          Internal MEdicine         X
          ENT       X  
          Rheumatology       X  
          Neurology       X  
          Radiation Oncology         X

A minimum of 48 credit hours are required; at least 9 of these are for MSD Thesis credit.


Name Teaching Areas
Andres Pinto, DMD, MPH, MSCE, MBA, FDS, RCS (Edin), FICD Oral Medicine, hospital dentistry, pediatric oral medicine, orofacial pain, sleep medicine (oral)
Michael Landers, DMD, MS Oral medicine, physiology, anatomy
Rui Amaral Mendes, DMD, PhD Oral medicine, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial surgery
Andrew Deak, MD, DMD Oral medicine, internal medicine
Ali Syed BDS, MSHA, MS (OMFR) Oral radiology / head and neck radiology
David Weidenthal, DMD Medically complex patients


Applicants must have received a DDS/DMD or equivalent degree. An application must be received with a $145.00 non-refundable application fee. All applications should include official transcripts from all colleges, universities, and dental schools attended and three professional references, including contact information. Official transcripts should include GPA and class rank.

Application Guidelines

  • Admission requires the DMD/DDS or equivalent degree from an accredited institution.
  • Passing grades in the National Dental Board Examination(s) preferred.
  • Only complete application packets are forwarded to the program director for consideration.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all materials are submitted promptly and that the file is complete.

All applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Non-refundable application fee of $145.00, payable at the dental application fee website.
  3. Official undergraduate transcripts
  4. Official dental school transcripts
  5. Current Curriculum Vitae
  6. An official NBDE score report
  7. Three Evaluation Forms from previous instructors; a Dean's letter may be counted as one of the three
  8. Photograph (optional)
  9. International students must also submit a letter of financial support

Additional Requirements

Applicants who have graduated from a non-English speaking dental school and for whom English is not their first language must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). We do accept a score reported from IELTS in lieu of a TOEFL score. Preference will be given to scores above one of the following:

  • TOEFL Paper-Based Test: 550
  • TOEFL Computer-Based Test: 213
  • TOEFL Internet-Based Test: 90
  • IELTS Test: 6.5

The TOEFL identification number for Case Western Reserve University is: 1105. The Department code for the School of Dental Medicine is: 38.

For more information please contact the Office of Graduate Studies:
Email: dentalgrad@case.edu
Phone: 216.368.1168

Please forward application materials to:

Office of Graduate Studies
Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-4905 USA