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TMD & Orofacial Pain Program

Applications for Fall 2018 enrollment will be accepted from June 1 - December 1, 2017 

The Advanced Education Program in TMD & Orofacial Pain provides an opportunity to acquire clinical assessment and treatment skills for these disorders, within the context of graduate education that focuses on the acquisition of research skills and a scientific knowledge base. This 24 month graduate program leads to an MS in Oral Sciences and a certificate in TMD & Orofacial Pain.

The focus of the clinical program is to provide the resident with experience in managing a variety of orofacial pain conditions, focusing on diagnosis and interdisciplinary management.

This educational area is not currently recognized by the American Dental Association as a dental specialty area.  Therefore, dentists graduating from this program cannot announce that they are specialists, as recognized by the American Dental Association.  However, this Advanced Certificate Program in Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain is recognized by New York State Education Department.

The program in Advanced General Dentistry Education Program in Orofacial Pain is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and had been granted the acccreditation status of "approval without reporting requirements."  The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.  The Commission on Dental Education can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678.  The Commission's web address is:  The Commission on Dental Accreditation has accredited the postdoctoral program in Orofacial Pain.  However, accreditation of the program does not in itself constitute recognition of any dental specialty status.

Program Goals

The principle goals of the TMD and Orofacial Pain Program are to prepare a graduate to:

  1. Care for patients with TMD and other orofacial pain disorders. 
  2. Understand the structural, biological and behavioral factors underlying pain in general and orofacial pain specifically.
  3. Interact with other health care professionals in order to facilitate the patients' health care.
  4. Utilize critical thinking analysis and evidenced based care in treatment decisions and continuous quality improvement.
  5. Conduct research in TMD, orofacial pain, or in a closely related field.
  6. Teach clinical care of TMD & orofacial pain patients.

Program Admission Requirements

  • DDS, DMD, or equivalent
  • International applicants are required to apply to the Combined TMD & Orofacial Pain and Oral Sciences, MS program.

To apply for the TMD & Orofacial Pain Certificate program please submit all documents listed below on-line in GRADMIT. Your application will not be complete until these items have been received and you have submitted your application for formal review.

1. On-line Application - Apply Now

  • Please Note: Non-immigrants must complete the International On-line Application; check the box for "International Applicant" after selecting degree program on the Interactive Graduate Application Site (GRADMIT)
  • Please complete all questions on the application completely and accurately.

2. $50.00 non-refundable application fee paid on UBePay

  • Once you have submitted your online application for formal review, you will be able to pay the application fee by credit/debit card only. Your application cannot be reviewed until the fee has been paid. Please note that the $50 application fee is non-refundable.

3. CV / Resume

4. Two letters of recommendation and a Dean's letter (if graduated from a US or Canadian dental school), otherwise three letters of recommendation.Recommendation letters must be uploaded electronically:

  • In the recommendation section of this online application, you submit three referees with their email addresses. They will receive an email notification to electronically submit an online recommendation only after you submit your application for formal review.

5. Unofficial transcripts from EVERY college/university attended

  • If you are accepted into the program you will be asked to submit original transcripts with proper signatures, seals or stamps. Academic documents that are not in English must be accompanied by an exact, certified translation.  *** International applicants please include: - Copy of certificate with proof of degree  - Unofficial Course-By-Course Evaluation conducted by ECE (Educational Credential Evaluation)

International Applicants (in addition to the requirements listed above)

6. Unofficial TOEFL Score Report at or above minimum of 550 (written) / 213 (computer based) / 79 (internet based) or better obtained within eighteen months of the application deadline.

  • If you are accepted into the program you will be asked to submit original TOEFL score reports.

7. UB Financial Form / Financial Scholarship or Bank Documents

  • All International applicants must complete and upload to their application the UB financial form documenting all the sources of your financial support with the sponsor's signature. Official supporting documentation as outlined in the instructions must also be uploaded.
  • Official financial documents verifying scholarship support from your goverment- upload in bank documents section (If Applicable)
  • No certificate of eligibility will be issued without satisfactory financial documentation. Financial documentation is required for visa issuance only-documentation may be submitted after acceptance but I-20 documentation cannot be issued without it.

8. Photocopy of passport biographical page

9. Photocopy of your current I-20 AND the F-1 visa stamp in your passport if you are currently an F-1 student

* All documents become property of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and are not returnable to the applicant.


Contact Person

Please contact the Advanced Education Admissions Coordinator via email or by phone: (716) 829-2839.


Program Faculty

  • Heidi C. Crow, DMD, MS, Associate Professor and Chair, Oral Diagnostic Sciences
  • Yoly M. Gonzalez-Stucker, DDS, MS, MPH, Associate Professor, Oral Diagnostic Sciences and Program Director, TMD & Orofacial Pain
  • Willard D. (Scott) McCall, Jr., PhD, Professor, Oral Diagnostic Sciences
  • Richard Ohrbach, DDS, PhD, Professor, Oral Diagnostic Sciences
  • Jeffrey Goldberg, DDS, MS, Clinical Assistant Professor, Oral Diagnostic Sciences
  • John H. Campbell, DDS, MS, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • R. Seiji Ohtake, Physical Therapist, Clinical Instructor, Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences
  • Patricia Nisbet, DNP, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Mental Health Program Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Didactic Curriculum - First Year: Fall Semester

ODS 560: Research Seminar in Pain, 1.0 credit

OS 512: Research Design in the Oral Sciences, 2.0 credits

ODS 513: Bioelectrical Measurements, 3.0 credits

ODS 603: Medical Biophysics, 3.0 credits 

ODS 500: TMD: Conceptional Foundations, 2.0 credits *

ODS 514: Anatomy and Physiology of the Masticatory System, 3.0 credits *

*offered every other year-may be taken second year fall semester                                                                                      

Didactic Curriculum - First Year: Spring Semester

OS 518: Statistical Methods in the Oral Sciences, 4.0 credits

OS 502: Oral Sciences:  Physiology of Pain, 2.0 credits

ODS 560: Research Seminar in Pain, 1.0 credit

ODS 651: Research 2.0 credits

CLD 555: Head and Neck Anatomy, 1.0 credit *

ODS 952: Literature Review, 1.0 credit

NPM 569: Neurobiological Basis of Mental Health and Addictive Disorders

*offered every other year, may be taken second year spring semester

Didactic Curriculum-Second Year: Fall and Spring Semesters

ODS 560: Research Seminar in Pain, 1.0 credit

ODS 651: Research, 4.0 to 6.0 credits

ODS 653: Thesis Guidance, 1.0 credit (spring semester only)

Clinical Curriculum: Year-Long

ODS 942: TMD: Orofacial Pain Clinic, 4.0 credits

ODS 940: TMD: Clinical Pain Seminar (Case Conference), 1.0 credit

ODS 955: Teaching TMD and Orofacial Pain, 1.0 credit

ODS 952: Literature Review, 1.0 credit

Clinical Rotations

Neurology, Headache, Sleep Medicine and Imaging


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does the program provide a stipend or tuition waiver? The combined MS in Oral Sciences and TMD & Orofacial Pain program does not have a stipend or tuition waiver available at this time.
  2. Does successful completion of this program lead to a specialty in TMD & Orofacial Pain? This educational area is not one of the American Dental Association’s recognized dental specialty areas.  Therefore, dentists graduating from this program cannot announce that they are specialists, as recognized by the American Dental Association.