Oral Pathology Internship/Fellowship Application

Activity Details

9-Month Oral Pathology Internship
Any time

Registration is currently closed

Contact Information

P.O. Box 100407
1395 Center Drive Room D10-33
Gainesville , Florida 32610

Available to U.S. Dentists and International Dentists with US citizenship or Green Cards

We will be utilizing a rolling admissions process by which applications are considered and evaluated as they are received. However, applications are not reviewed until they are complete. Applicants are highly encouraged to apply as early as possible.

The Continuing Education Internship in Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology is a nine month program. A CE certificate is awarded on program completion. The curriculum is specifically designed to provide in-depth exposure to a sufficient quantity and quality of material to allow the intern/fellow to accumulate knowledge and become proficient in the various objectives. This is accomplished through a combination of didactic classes, clinical patient contacts, patient consultations, surgical sign-out sessions, clinical-pathologic conferences, seminars, individual interaction with the mentors, and personal study.

Clinical experience is gained through treatment of patients in the Oral Medicine and Oncology Clinic, as well as through clinical consultations requested by pre-doctoral and post-graduate intern/fellows. This provides a broad exposure to a multitude of simple and complex clinical situations that build an experience base in evaluation, diagnosis, and management of pathologic conditions in the head and neck area.

Interns/ Fellows are continually supervised by the three graduate faculty, who are diplomates of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. Intern/fellows are challenged by an ever-increasing level of difficulty in the material to which they are exposed. This is regulated directly by the faculty in the selection of surgical unknown cases, clinical pathologic conference cases, and in oral question-and-answer sessions at the daily sign-out conference. The intern/fellows are expected to review cases in detail and research the diagnoses during the workday when they are not specifically scheduled elsewhere. This adheres to our philosophy that learning should have an active component on the part of the intern/fellow. The responsibility for learning and attainment of proficiency is, therefore, the joint responsibility of the faculty and the individual intern/fellow. During the 9 month intern/fellowship the candidate (if foreign trained) is expected to successfully complete the National Board Dental Examination Part I (NBDE I).

The final goal of the curriculum is also to provide the intern/fellow the tools to achieve all the necessary knowledge and skills to competently apply and succeed in a three year residency program and get Board certification to practice Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

Program Details

This course is for nine months beginning on October 1. The tuition is $37,500.00 for nine months, remitted in four (4) equal non-refundable installments of $9,375.00. 1st payment is due by October 1 and the 2nd by January1st and final payment by April1st. Upon completion of the internship, a certificate of attendance and nine hundred (900) continuing education units (CEUs) are awarded.

Completion of the Continuing Education Internship Program is an educational goal in itself, and in no way insures acceptance to a Postgraduate Residency Program. Although many resources will be provided by the selected Department, this is a Continuing Education program and is not listed on the University of Florida Registrar’s records.

Course Objectives

At the completion of the program, it is expected that the intern/fellow will be able to:

  • Examine, interpret, and prepare gross tissue specimens for tissue embedding and processing
  • Recognize normal tissue microscopically
  • Recognize and interpret pathologic changes, separating diseases by histopathologic patterns into well-defined differential diagnostic categories
  • Arrive at a final histopathologic diagnosis, using critical thinking skills combined with application of knowledge, to narrow the histopathologic differential diagnosis to a single entity
  • Apply and interpret special histochemical procedures as an aid to microscopic diagnosis
  • Apply and interpret advanced immunohistochemical techniques to difficult diagnostic situations to assist in arriving at a final microscopic diagnosis
  • Apply and interpret immunofluorescent techniques to vesiculo-bullous and lichenoid lesions to arrive at a definitive diagnosis
  • Apply and interpret in-situ hybridization studies where indicated
  • Provide a written final pathology report with final diagnosis and appropriate comments and recommendations
  • Communicate effectively with contributing clinicians and general pathologists
  • Record a complete and comprehensive medical/dental history, highlighting salient points that impact on clinical pathology present in the patient
  • Interpret clinical pathologic changes, grouping diseases according to the clinical presentation, in order to arrive at a differential diagnosis, and ultimately a final diagnosis
  • Interpret appropriate clinical laboratory studies to assist in arriving at a final diagnosis
  • Interpret appropriate radiographic studies to assist in arriving at a final diagnosis
  • Observe, evaluate and participate in providing treatment for patients with a wide variety of oral mucosal diseases and conditions
  • Critically evaluate scientific literature, with particular emphasis on literature involving the head and neck area

Graduate Oral Pathology Faculty

  • Donald M. Cohen, DMD, MS, MBA. Section-Head, Professor, Diplomate, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology – Faculty Website
  • Indraneel Bhattacharyya, DDS, MSD. Associate Professor & Program Director, Oral Pathology Graduate Program. Diplomate, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology – Faculty Website
  • Nadim M. Islam, DDS, BDS. Associate Professor. Diplomate, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology – Faculty Website
  • Sarah Fitzpatrick, DDS. Adjunct Faculty. Diplomate, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology

Facilities & Resources

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Offices and Oral Medicine Clinic

The Oral Medicine and Oncology Clinic is a separate clinic intended to be shared by the Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. The facilities are also used by other oral medicine faculty. The clinic is located on the first floor of the College of Dentistry building, and is immediately adjacent to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic. The Section offices are in the same building, located on the 8th floor. Hence, offices, study areas, and conference rooms are separate from the clinic facilities.


Your schedule will be posted in Outlook; your time will be divided among clinical activities, didactic and teaching.

Routine weekly schedule

Time 8:00 – 10:00 10:00 – 12:00 12:00 – 1:00 1:00 – 3:30 3:30 – 5:00
Monday Individual study time Morning sign-out conference Lunch Literature Review Individual study time
Tuesday Oral Surg Conference Morning sign-out conference Lunch Clinical patient management Clinical patient management
Wednesday Patient letters Self study Lunch Self study/ Research Self study/ Research
Thursday Oral Surg conference Morning sign-out conference Lunch Tumor board Individual study time
Friday Individual study time Morning sign-out conference Lunch Individual study time Literature review


Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Offices, 352-273-6689352-273-6689


UF College of Dentistry
1395 Center Drive
Gainesville, FL 32610

888-550-4590888-550-4590 (toll-free)

University of Florida

Continuing Education Units

varies upon the participant schedule

Hands-on Course Hands-On Workshop

M-F, 8am – 5pm (excluding University holidays)  
Registration Fee
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