USC University of Southern California

Oral Medicine

The Ostrow School of Dentistry’s 24-month, certificate residency program trains one to two residents per year to be an expert clinician in oral medicine with an emphasis on orofacial pain. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

CODA accredits the Ostrow School of Dentistry’s two distinct programs in advanced general dentistry education program in oral medicine and advanced general dentistry education program in orofacial pain as separate and distinct programs.

The field of oral medicine is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of:

  • oral mucosal diseases and infections
  • burning mouth
  • immunopathologic diseases
  • neoplastic diseases
  • osseous diseases including bisphosphonate osteonecrosis
  • salivary gland disorders and dysfunction
  • pharmacologic-related and systemic disorders that cause oral disease

Program Director

Saravanan Ram DDS, MS
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
925 West 34th St, Room 127
Los Angeles, CA, 90089-0641

Application Deadlines

USC application deadline: November 15
PASS deadline: November 15

How to Apply

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC uses the American Dental Education Association’s Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) centralized application for its specialty certificate programs. Choose program code OM82. Supplemental materials are not to be sent to the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.

In addition to the PASS, all Oral Medicine Program applicants must submit a non-refundable processing fee of $85 ($145 for international applicants) to the USC Office of Dental Admissions, File No. 121452, Los Angeles, CA 90074-2145. We will accept a personal check, cashier/bank check, or money order made payable to payable to USC School of Dentistry. Please indicate the program you are applying to and PASS ID number on the check.

NOTE: Please contact Dulce Acosta, our Program Manager at prior to applying for the program to determine if you wish to apply for the Oral Medicine program or Orofacial Pain program as these are two separate programs and require separate applications. If you wish to be considered for either of the two programs you will need to submit separate applications for Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain on the PASS website.

Cost of Attendance

Residents receive a monthly stipend during training. A scholarship of $40,000 per year is available for residents.

Estimated cost of attendance for 2013-2014

Direct Costs Year 1 Year 2
Tuition $0 $0
Instrument Management System Fee $1,847 $1,050
Health Insurance* $1,109 $1,109
Student Health Center Fee $253 $253
Disability insurance $72 $72
Dental Gown Usage Fee $165 $220
Topping Student Aid Fund $16 $16
Grad Student Programming Fee $71 $71
Grad Student Services Fee $25 $25
Total Direct Costs $3,558 $2,816
Allowances for Indirect Costs
Room and Board $21,072 $21,072
Transportation $3,060 $3,060
Personal/Misc $2,436 $2,436
Estimated Cost of Attendance $30,531 $29,789

*Health Insurance fee may be waived if proof of insurance is provided.

U.S. Department of Education Disclosure

Dept of Labor Standard Occupational Classification Code: 29-1023
Dept of Labor Standard Occupational Profile:
On-Time Completion Rate: 100%
Tuition and Fees: $3,558 per year
Scholarship: $40,000 per year
Equipment and Supplies: $0
Job Placement Rate: Not Available
Median Loan Debt
  Federal: Zero
  Private: Zero
  Other: Zero

Financial Aid

A scholarship of $40,000 is available for residents. Click here to learn more about financial aid options or click here for information on how to inform the Financial Aid Office of any changes in circumstance that might affect your eligibility.

Health Requirements

Please note that all matriculating students must comply with the university’s health requirements.