Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology Residency Program


The Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) offers a postdoctoral program in Dental Diagnostic Science which was approved in 1979 and accepted the first student in 1980. The certificate program offers extensive training in radiation physics and radiation biology, radiographic techniques and interpretation and is designed to prepare students to sit for the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology exam. Students will be responsible for performing, interpreting and updating conventional and advanced radiographic procedures such as CT, Cone Beam CT, and magnetic resonance images acquired in the graduate clinic or assigned in courses. Our graduate clinic includes three cone beam CT machines from three different manufacturers. In addition we have a steriolithography machine for modeling body parts and making surgical guides. Our report writing area is similar to that of a medical facility including voice converting dictation equipment and software. Students write reports of scans from across the country as captured on all brands of CBCT machines. A student who is planning for an academic career may extend his/her Certificate program for six months to obtain a Master of Science degree. Our research facilities include our own PhD physicist, laboratory and a designated technician as well as five Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologists.

Each student is required to conduct a research project. Certificate students participate in ongoing research and are required to complete a project for journal publication. Master of Science students are required to complete a thesis following the regulations of the on campus graduate school of biomedical science.

Application and Admissions

Applicants with dental degrees from the U.S.A and Canada are preferred.  A minimum of one year’s experience in a general practice residency or in general practice is desirable.  All other candidates will thoroughly be considered and are encouraged to apply.

Tuition and ancillary school expenses are approximately $5,000 per year, and a stipend of between $10,000-18,000 per year is offered pending the availability of funds to support the training. All students are appointed as Teaching Assistants at the 50% level thereby affording them the opportunity to receive medical benefits at a lower cost as well as the ability to pay in-state tuition as opposed to out of state tuition rates. All applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test. Students from countries where English is not the principal language are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Applications are due November 1st of each year for the following year's matriculating class. For additional information please contact Marcel E. Noujeim, DDS, MS, DUA, DUB
Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology:

Marcel E. Noujeim, DDS
Dept. of Comprehensive Dentistry, MSC 7914
UT Health Science Center
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900
(210) 567-2864 Office
(210) 567-3334 Fax

Academic Coordinator: Ninette Roberson
(210) 567-3341 Office

Curriculum in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology

CERTIFICATE AND MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE:  Dental Diagnostic Science/Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology Track

State-of-the-art training in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology is available through the Advanced Education Program in Dental Diagnostic Science.

The curriculum includes:

  • General dental radiology, including technique and interpretation of intraoral and panoramic images
  • Advanced imaging including intraoral photography, skull radiology, plain film tomography, sialography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and nuclear imaging
  • Rotations in hospital medical radiology, the graduate dental radiology clinic, and tumor board
  • Case conference, and literature review seminars
  • Oral & maxillofacial radiology teaching
  • Digital imaging, image processing, and image analysis
  • Courses in imaging physics, radiation biology, pathology, statistics, and biomedical sciences
  • Rotations in other clinical services such as forensic odontology and teaching skills
  • Selection from a wide range of clinical and basic science electives


  • Lectures and lab experiences in forensic odontology, forensic anthropology, forensic pathology, and forensic dental photography
  • Participation in an active forensic odontology practice including autopsies, dental identification cases, and bitemark cases
  • Collaboration with local and regional, civilian and military, forensic and legal services

Students also learn to practice evidence-based oral health care through routine use of the internet.  Students learn to exploit information technology to improve oral health through the use of personal computers, electronic databases, local networks, diagnostic support software, the Internet, and computer-based instruction.

Board Certification of Successful Candidates

Successful completion of the Certificate and MS Programs can fulfill the formal education requirements of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and the American Board of Forensic Odontology.