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University of Minnesota / Orofacial Pain

Interviews will be virtual 

  1. Program Contact Information ↑ 

      Program Contact:

        Program Director and Clinical Associate Professor  Shanti Kaimal 

        6-320 Moos Tower 

        515 Delaware St SE 

        Minneapolis, Minnesota  55455 

        Phone (Work): 612-625-3984 


        State Program located in: Minnesota 

        Executive Administrative & Office Specialist  Elizabeth Ivory 

        6-320 Moos Tower 

        515 Delaware St. SE 

        Minneapolis, Minnesota  55455 

        Phone (Work): 612-624-3130 


        State Program located in: Minnesota 


      Program Deadline ↑ 

      ADEA PASS Application and Transcript Deadline: September 1

      Program Information ↑ 

        What date will your program start on? 06/01

        Length of Program:  24 months months

        Program Number: OM73

        Is your program located in an academic institution or clinical institution? Academic

        Does your program offer any graduate degrees or certificates? Yes

          If Yes, please list Graduate degrees or certificates offered: 1) Certificate only 2) Certificate with an MS degree

        Does your program participate in MATCH? No

        Estimated number of available positions for current application cycle: 3

        Does your program accept predoctoral students as externs (typically described as 1-2 weeks of voluntary, full-time, primarily observational experiences without formal educational objectives or affiliation)?:  No

      Program Description ↑ 

      This two-year program option leads to a Certificate in Orofacial Pain, and an optional Master of Science degree (MS) in Dentistry. The program involves clinical, didactic, and research training and is designed for dentists interested in clinical, academic or teaching careers.

      The program focuses on acquisition of strong clinical skills in evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of TMD and orofacial pain disorders as well as the treatment of sleep apnea and snoring with intraoral appliances.

      Most of the student's time will be spent in the clinic. Additional time is spent attending courses in pain management, neuroscience, pharmacology, behavioral sciences, and other biomedical areas, as well as journal reviews, seminars, and participation in research projects.

      There is also another option, we offer a two-year program that leads to a certificate degree in Orofacial Pain, but no MS degree in Dentistry. It is designed primarily for the dentist interested in clinical training.

      This program requires completion of all of the courses offered for the Master of Science, but no thesis credits or research project.

      For additional information please see our website:

      Program Requirements Part I ↑ 

        Program Specific Requirements

        ADA ADAT Scores are Required: No

        ADA ADAT Scores are Accepted but Not Required: No

        Must upload unofficial undergraduate transcripts to the ADEA PASS application: No

        Must submit Dental School transcripts to the program (in addition to ADEA PASS): Yes

        Must report GRE scores in the ADEA PASS application: No

        Must submit original GRE scores to the program: No

        Must upload a CV/Resume to the ADEA PASS application: Yes

        Must submit a photocopy or a notarized copy of your dental school diploma to the program: Yes

        Must submit Dental Admissions Test (DAT) score: No

        Must submit official NBDE results to ADEA PASS: Yes

        Must submit official INBDE results to ADEA PASS: No

        Must submit a National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE) score. (OMS only): No

        Must submit a 2" x 2" photo to the program: Yes

        Must contact program for additional requirements: No

        Must visit program website for additional requirements: No

        Additional Information: 

        1. Must submit a letter of intent/personal statement which must include what program you are applying for (MS or Certfifcate), reason for persuing further education in orofacial pain, reasoning for application to our program, characteristics that you will bring to the program and your career goals. MUST NOT EXCEED 1500 WORDS


        2. Must submit 3 recomendation letters, that are no older than 1 year  and preferably specific to our program.


        Program Supplemental Requirements

        Must submit supplemental application to the program: Yes

        Must submit supplemental application processing fee to the program: Yes

        Domestic Applicants:  $ 50.00

        International Applicants: 50.00

        Other (Please explain)  $ N/A

        Additional Information:  $

        Here is the link to paying the application fee:

        Additional Information

        NBDE is optional for international applicants. 

        Interview schedule for the current application cycle: 

      Program Requirements Part II ↑ 

        General Requirements

        Must have passed Part 1, National Dental Board Examination: No

        Must have passed Part 2, National Dental Board Examination: No

        Must have earned a D.M.D./D.D.S. degree, or equivalent: Yes

        Must have completed a one-year residency program: No

        Additional Information: 


        Must be a U.S. Citizen: No

        Can be a permanent resident?: Yes

        Permanent residents must show proof of residency: Yes

        Will accept Canadian citizens: Yes

        Must have a limited permit: Yes

        Must have a U.S. dental license: No

        Must be eligible for state dental license: No

        Must have a valid state dental license: No

        Must be a graduate of: 

        Applicants without U.S. Dental Degrees: May be Considered

        Eligible Citizenship Types: 
        US citizen, US permanent resident
        US/ Canadian citizen, US/ Canadian permanent resident
        Non-US citizen/resident (no sponsorship)

        Additional Information: 

        Additional Requirements for International Applicants

        Will accept foreign citizens (not including Canada): Yes

        Must be proficient in the English language: Yes

        Must report TOEFL score on ADEA PASS application: Yes

        Must submit original TOEFL score report to program: Yes

        Must have foreign transcripts evaluated: Yes

        Must have foreign transcripts submitted to the program: Yes

        May be considered if graduated from non-ADA accredited dental school: Yes

        Additional Information: