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Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency

Pursue your surgical career with our 4-year Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. You’ll gain experience in all areas of the specialty including robust training in office-based anesthesia – confidently preparing you for independent practice in all practice settings.

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We designed our four-year program to resemble the practice of oral surgeons with a mix of primary and tertiary care experience, collaboration with head and neck specialists and extensive training in office anesthesia. Our Stenger Oral Surgery Learning Center in the Oral & Maxillofacial clinical area provides a state-of-the-art congenial learning environment at our flagship medical center in La Crosse, Wis. During your time here, you’ll author a research paper suitable for publication, and upon graduating, you’re eligible to become a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 

Clinical experience

You’ll gain full-scope training and experience including dentoalveolar, dental implants, trauma, pathology, reconstruction, orthognathic, TMJ surgery and some cosmetic surgery. During your PGY-3 and 4, work alongside our Otolaryngology team to learn ablation techniques and reconstruction of head and neck surgery. You’ll graduate proficient in office anesthesia and outpatient clinical procedures – fully prepared for independent practice in oral and maxillofacial surgery. 


We offer a 1-week externship in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery with complimentary housing. The externship is designed to give highly motivated dental students a full scope experience in OMFS in inpatient and outpatient settings. Selected applicants are integrated onto our OMFS service and provided with a firsthand perspective of residency training. Externships are open to 3rd and 4th year dental students in good academic standing. To apply, email these documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Record of current immunizations
  • Dean's letter stating the student is in good academic standing
Email required documents
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We offer paid medical premiums, funds for educational experiences and more benefits to support you during your residency.

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Resident life at Gundersen

We’re focused on your professional development – and your personal growth and wellness. We support our residents through the physically, emotionally and intellectually challenging residency period so you retain your compassion for patients and passion for oral surgery while living your best life. Some of the ways we encourage work-life balance and resident well-being is by:  

  • Allowing you to manage your clinic schedule and communicate directly with referring providers  
  • Offering affordable resident housing just steps from our flagship medical center in La Crosse  
  • Building in longitudinal time for personal wellness and engaging resident team-building activities 
  • Supporting volunteerism and outreach to help you – and our communities – thrive 

Our renowned system

Rooted in La Crosse, Wis., with our primary medical campus, our integrated medical system spans 3 states and includes more than 65 clinics and 6 critical access hospitals. Our 500+ providers deliver world-class medical care combined with the right amount of love. We call it love + medicine. La Crosse is home to more than 50,000 residents and offers the perks of small-town living with the arts, culture and entertainment of larger cities – all while boasting some of the most scenic landscapes in the country.   

Why Gundersen

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Call La Crosse Home

We have it all in La Crosse, Wis. Our vibrant city and region support your dream lifestyle with a welcoming community, culture and outdoor adventure.

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Single family home near Gundersen's campus.


Steps from our flagship medical center in La Crosse, our housing options allow you to enjoy the company of your family and the comradery of your colleagues.

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Residents kayaking the Kickapoo river.

Prioritizing Your Wellness

As you learn how to become the clinician you aspire to be, we’ll provide space to prioritize your mind and body wellness, and reach the work-life balance you need.

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1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

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