Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Externship

oral and facial trauma reconstruction

The one-to-two week externship of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) of the Emory University School of Medicine is designed for junior and senior dental students who desire dedicated exposure to a wide variety of hospital-oriented OMS scenarios. For those students interested in pursuing OMS residency positions, the externship also provides an excellent opportunity to experience residency life.

The extern will be exposed to one of the premier facial trauma services at Grady Memorial Hospital, complex operative surgical cases at Emory University Hospital Midtown and the Atlanta VA Medical Center, and pediatric patient care at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Externs are encouraged to take call with the residents and participate in all didactic experiences.

Application Details

In order to maximize the educational experience, externships are limited to two interns per session. Be advised that slots are determined on a first-come-first-serve basis and that all application items should be expedited to reserve the desired date.

The following steps are required to process your application and secure an externship:

  1. Complete the online application, save, and email as an attachment to Tracey Hollingshed at tracey.hollingshed@emory.edu.

  2. Email the following items to Tracey Hollingshed or fax them to her attention at 404.778.5879: (a) CV, (b) one letter of recommendation from an oral and maxillofacial surgery faculty member, (c) dental school transcript, (d) a one-page personal statement describing why you want to do an OMS externship at Emory, (e) proof of COVID vaccination, and (f) proof of liability insurance coverage. Applicants whose schools cover their liability insurance must submit an official notice of that coverage on school letterhead signed by an appropriate representative from the Dean's Office. Applicants without coverage must purchase liability insurance for the duration of their externship. 

If approved following receipt and review of your material, a welcome letter will be mailed to you stating where you should report on the first day of your externship.

Please contact Tracey Hollingshed at 404.778.4555 with any questions or concerns regarding this process.


Emory Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery does not provide housing. Please refer to the listing below for hotels within the surrounding area that offer suitable accommodations. When making your reservations, be certain to inform the desk personnel that you are an extern of the program to qualify for the interview rate.

Emory Conference Center Hotel (one mile from The Emory Clinic)
1615 Clifton road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30322
404.712.6000 or 800.933.6679
Complimentary shuttle to Emory

University Inn (one mile from The Emory Clinic)
1767 North Decatur Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30322
404.634.7327 or 800.654.8591
Emory University Hospital shuttle available, drop off at the Medical School by request

Holiday Inn Express-Decatur (1.7 miles from The Emory Clinic)
2183 North Decatur Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30322
For a small fee, shuttle service from the hotel to the Emory campus is available

Visitor Parking for the Emory Clinic

The parking entrance for The Emory Clinic is 1701 Lowergate Drive, which is located directly across from Emory University Hospital at 1364 Clifton Road NE. Parking attendants accept cash, debit/credit cards, and validation tickets.