Resident (MOH Funded)

OMFS Residents (MOH Funded)






M.Sc./Ph.D. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery & Anaesthesia Specialty Program

Program length

Four years (48 months) minimum, in order to satisfy the completion of didactic and clinical requirements as well as those of the M.Sc. degree.


Clinical activities are based primarily at Mt. Sinai Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Humber River Hospital, and The Hospital for Sick Children. Other University of Toronto Affiliated Teaching centres also participate:  Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation, Lakeview Health, and the Rouge Valley Health Network.


Residents participate in all areas of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Anaesthesia with increasing responsibilities for patient care in a graduated fashion. There is also a strong component of clinic care within the faculty of Dentistry with teaching opportunities to undergraduate students. 

OMFS Residency by Year


The junior resident is focused primarily on patient care and outpatient clinic management with assistance in the operating room.


The sophomore resident is an off-service rotation with 12 months of clinical rotations.


The senior resident is responsible for managing the operating rooms and developing surgical skills.


The final Chief Resident year demands a leadership role in coordinating the 36 operating rooms days per month and the 42 clinic days per month. In PGY4, external electives may be arranged (to a maximum of one month) in craniofacial surgery, head and neck surgery, reconstructive surgery, cleft lip and palate surgery, cosmetic surgery and maxillofacial trauma. ACLS training is to be completed prior to commencement of Year III; ATLS training must be completed before the end of Year IV. 

Faculty of Dentistry Requirement

Residents, registered into the School of Graduate Studies, will obtain a Masters of Science Degree. This needs to be an original study in either clinical, epidemiological, education or laboratory research and undertaken according to the residents interest and the availability of a graduate research committee. The research must be published in a comprehensive thesis and supported by an oral defense.

Application Information

Available HERE. 

Specialty Program Admission Procedures

MSc/PhD Dental Specialty Training

We are proud to offer programs leading to a M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree with dental specialty training in one of the 10 dental specialties recognized by the Canadian Dental Association, as well as Dental Anaesthesia. The M.Sc. program with specialty training may be course-based or thesis-based, while the Ph.D. program is thesis-based.


To be eligible for admission into the graduate program with Dental Specialty training, applicants must:

A) Hold a D.D.S./D.M.D. degree or its equivalent.

B) Have a final year average of at least a B+ (3.30 GPA) for the M.Sc. program and at least an A- (3.70 GPA) for the Ph.D. program from the University of Toronto, or the equivalent from another recognized university. Applicants from international schools may determine if their degree is considered equivalent by reviewing the International Degree Equivalencies tool (hyperlink, which is also available on the School of Graduate Studies website. Qualifications from International educational systems are listed by country, and the academic standings indicated are normally accepted as equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B grade average if the degree obtained has been awarded from an institution that is recognized by the School of Graduate Studies.


Applicants must demonstrate adequate proficiency in English, as English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Toronto. Regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin, applicants from universities outside Canada where English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application, submitted by the application deadline. Tests must have been taken within 2 years of the time of the application, and official test scores must be sent by the testing agency directly to the University of Toronto (institution code 0982). The following tests are recognized:

Note: we will not exempt from English facility testing any applicant who studied in English in a country where the primary language is not English.

How to apply

To apply to the graduate program with Dental Specialty training, applicants must complete the online application form here, also available on the School of Graduate Studies website.


What kind of recommendation letters are required?

2 letters are required: 1 should be non-academic from someone who can comment on the applicant's work ability and character, 1 should be academic

Is the program going to become a 6-year program with an MD?

Yes, the plan is to become a 6-year MD program beginning in 2024. 

Is an HDR or GPR required for application?

No, however, the application process is very competitive and we have not accepted anyone directly from dental school in recent years.

Are clerkships/externships required?

No, they are a personal choice to help understand programs and get a feel for the field.

Where can I get more information about oral surgery and the program?

Visit for more information. You can also contact any of our attendings but please recognize time constraints may make it difficult for them to respond.