1-Year Oral Pathology Internship

UF Advanced Dental Education

Internship in Oral Pathology

The Continuing Education Intern/Fellow in Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology is a one year 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.


Program Details & Criteria

  • Criteria: For US and International Dentists and Dental Scholars
  • Program Length: 1 Year
  • Program Dates: July 1 through June 30
  • Location: UF College of Dentistry, Gainesville, FL
  • Includes Limited Patient Care
  • Certificate of Internship Completion: 1,200 CEU’s
  • Tuition: $35,000/year | four non-refundable quarterly payments of $8,750.00

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 one-year 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.


  • 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


Mohammed N Islam



Mohammed N Islam BDS DDS

Clinical Professor & Residency Program Director

Indraneel Bhattacharyya



Indraneel Bhattacharyya DDS, MSD

Professor & Division Director, Oral And Maxillofacial Pathology

“I declare that neither I nor any member of my family has a financial arrangement or affiliation with any corporate organization offering financial support or grant monies for this continuing dental education program greater than $999, nor do I have a financial interest greater than $1,000 in any commercial product(s) I will discuss in the presentation.”

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.

Typical Schedule

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

Program Information and Application

Schedule & Acceptance Criteria

Open to any U.S. and Foreign Dental Graduates

1-Year Program
July 1 through June 30

Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm (excluding University holidays)


Contact Hours: 1200 CEU’s Participation/Lecture

Upon completion of the Internship, 1200 CEU’s and a certificate of completion from the Continuing Education Department is awarded.

Includes Limited Patient Care



Tuition: $35,000

Payable in four non-refundable quarterly payments of $8,750.00

$50 Application Fee: Non-Refundable

Location & Contact

UF College of Dentistry
1395 Center Drive
Gainesville, FL 32610

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Offices – (352) 273-6689
Questions regarding the program:
Maxillofacial Diagnostic Services Department – (352)273-6997
Questions regarding the application process:

School of Advanced Dental Sciences – (352) 273-7800

Applying to the Program

Application Deadline January 31st

Comprehensive application must be submitted online prior to deadline to be considered.

1. Application
2. $50 Application Fee: Non-Refundable
3. Current Curriculum Vitae
4. Two letters of recommendation
5. TOEFL Scores: Paper Exam 550 | Computer Exam 80
5. Financial Guarantee (Government Sponsored)

Due Upon Acceptance

Upon acceptance, Non-US residents requiring a visa must submit all required documentation, including proof of sufficient funds to support the cost of fees and living expenses (Student $1,500/month; Spouse $1,000/month; Per Child $500/month; plus tuition and fees).

TOEFL Scores: Upon acceptance you will be required to send an official

$300 Processing Fee: Non-Refundable