Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine

Overview – Master of Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine

If you are interested in TMD, headaches, neuropathies, Sleep Apnea, oral medicine, or intraoral pathology, consider applying to the Online Master of Science in OFPOM (Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine). This program is a unique and innovative opportunity for practicing dentists who want to learn more about a wide variety of issues while focusing on Orofacial Pain, Oral Medicine and Sleep Disorders.
  • We are accredited by WASC and UCAR
  • We are not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
  • We do not provide a stipend and this is not a clinical training program
For further questions, please contact our Admissions team.
Student TypeUS/International Dentists
Required Work ExperienceDDS (or equivalent)
Rolling AdmissionSummer, Fall, Spring
Estimated Program Length**37 months**
Courses17 courses
Units32.5
Delivery Format(90%) online learning and (10%) educational activities
Typical Week2-3 weekly streaming video lectures, one live weekly video conference and online quizzes
Employment ImpactAbility to continue working full time with classes
On-Ground Bootcamp (summer only)Yes (1 week)
Capstone ProjectStudents to prepare and present a research paper (usually a systematic review) on a topic in orofacial pain, oral medicine or dental sleep medicine
Program Typepart time
Estimated Tuition*$1928 unit
**Following the approved program of study. Actual completion time may vary depending on the length of time required to complete your courses.
*adjusted annually

Curriculum

The OFPOM Master’s is a 3-year program. Courses outlined by trimester are completed throughout the 3-year period. 

Online Courses

Summer Trimester

OFPM 702a Soft Tissue Disease for Dental Residents (1 unit)

Seminars on local anesthesia methods and minor surgical procedures appropriate for the oral and maxillofacial region.

OFPM 704 Bony Pathology, Radiology and Advanced Imaging for Dental Residents (1 unit)

Review of the oral and maxillofacial region osseous and odontogenic pathologies and the various imaging methods used to examine this anatomic region.

OFPM 723 Systems Physiology, Motor Disorders and Sleep Apnea for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on various topics relating to oral motor and sleep disorders.

OFPM 729d Capstone Project Defense (½ units)

This is a 2-unit course where residents must complete their capstone report in the area of their chosen focus/specialization. The preliminary declaration of focus will occur during the first trimester but final determination will subject to approval by the program director. 

  • Residents must write a protocol/plan for their capstone project in the Research Methods class (which is offered online) in their first year. 
  • All capstone projects should involve some original research (e.g. a meta-analysis of the literature or a new analysis of existing datasets). The traditional format for the capstone project is either a research paper that demonstrates a significant understanding of a specific topic (either through primary or secondary research), or an original medical hypothesis style paper that describes the candidate’s in-depth understanding of a specific issue in orofacial pain, sleep disorders or oral medicine.

Fall Trimester

ADNT 701 Research Methodologies in Dentistry (2 units)

Focuses on the basic elements of clinical research design, as well as how to critically assess the literature. 

OFPM 702b Soft Tissue Disease for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on local anesthesia methods and minor surgical procedures appropriate for the oral and maxillofacial region.

OFPM 706 TMD, Orthopedics, Rheumatology and Physical Therapy for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on topics relating to the diagnosis and management of TM disorders.

OFPM 707 Pharmacology Series for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on common medications used in the practice of oral medicine and chronic orofacial pain.

OFPM 724 Psychological and Psychometric Assessment for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on various topics relating to bio behavioral diagnosis and psychological management of patients with chronic illness in the orofacial region.

OFPM 725 Epidemiology, Nutrition and Aging for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminar on the epidemiology of oral disease and nutritional topics as related to the aging patient.

OFPM 726 Immunology and Immunosuppression for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on immunology and immunosuppression for oral and maxillofacial disease.

OFPM 727 Infectious Disease, Oral Microbiology and Virology for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminar on infectious diseases in the oral, pharyngeal and nasal region

OFPM 729b Capstone Project for OFPOM Residents (½ unit)

This is a 2-unit course where residents must complete their capstone report in the area of their chosen focus/specialization. The preliminary declaration of focus will occur during the first trimester but final determination will subject to approval by the program director. 

  • Residents must write a protocol/plan for their capstone project in the Research Methods class (which is offered online) in their first year. 
  • All capstone projects should involve some original research (e.g. a meta-analysis of the literature or a new analysis of existing datasets). The traditional format for the capstone project is either a research paper that demonstrates a significant understanding of a specific topic (either through primary or secondary research), or an original medical hypothesis style paper that describes the candidate’s in-depth understanding of a specific issue in orofacial pain, sleep disorders or oral medicine.

OFPM 730a Case Portfolio Preparation by Online OFPOM Residents (½ unit)

This course involves 3 elements: 

  • on a weekly basis, online residents will be prepared to discuss unique aspects of their currently appointed patient cases; 
  • as part of their competency assessment, online residents will be assigned two virtual patient cases a month to interview, examine, diagnose and recommend treatment. The residents will have to take and pass 18 virtual patient cases (6 in oral medicine, 6 in orofacial pain and 6 with temporomandibular disorders). 
  • the online residents will select their cases (after consultation with the course director) and prepare a portfolio on these cases. The portfolio will include a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation: a review of the current literature, and all interactions between the resident and the patient. 

At the final summer session, these cases are presented. The resident will take questions and defend their diagnostic and treatment methods.

FPM 730c Case Portfolio Preparation by Online OFPOM Residents (½ unit)

This course involves 3 elements: 

  • on a weekly basis, online residents will be prepared to discuss unique aspects of their currently appointed patient cases; 
  • as part of their competency assessment, online residents will be assigned two virtual patient cases a month to interview, examine, diagnose and recommend treatment. The residents will have to take and pass 18 virtual patient cases (6 in oral medicine, 6 in orofacial pain and 6 with temporomandibular disorders). 
  • the online residents will select their cases (after consultation with the course director) and prepare a portfolio on these cases. The portfolio will include a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation: a review of the current literature, and all interactions between the resident and the patient. 

At the final summer session, these cases are presented. The resident will take questions and defend their diagnostic and treatment methods.

Spring Trimester

OFPM 705 Neurogenic Based Oral and Facial Pains for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures appropriate for chronic neurogenic based pain disorders that occur in the orofacial region.

OFPM 721 Neuroscience for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on the neurophysiologic and neuroanatomic bases of chronic orofacial pain disorders.

OFPM 722 Internal Medicine and Systemic Disease for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on common systemic diseases and potential interactions with oral disease/treatment.

OFPM 729a Capstone Project for OFPOM Residents (½ unit)

This is a 2-unit course where residents must complete their capstone report in the area of their chosen focus/specialization. The preliminary declaration of focus will occur during the first trimester but final determination will subject to approval by the program director. 

  • Residents must write a protocol/plan for their capstone project in the Research Methods class (which is offered online) in their first year. 
  • All capstone projects should involve some original research (e.g. a meta-analysis of the literature or a new analysis of existing datasets). The traditional format for the capstone project is either a research paper that demonstrates a significant understanding of a specific topic (either through primary or secondary research), or an original medical hypothesis style paper that describes the candidate’s in-depth understanding of a specific issue in orofacial pain, sleep disorders or oral medicine.

OFPM 729c Capstone Project for OFPOM Residents (½ units)

This is a 2-unit course where residents must complete their capstone report in the area of their chosen focus/specialization. The preliminary declaration of focus will occur during the first trimester but final determination will subject to approval by the program director. 

  • Residents must write a protocol/plan for their capstone project in the Research Methods class (which is offered online) in their first year. 
  • All capstone projects should involve some original research (e.g. a meta-analysis of the literature or a new analysis of existing datasets). The traditional format for the capstone project is either a research paper that demonstrates a significant understanding of a specific topic (either through primary or secondary research), or an original medical hypothesis style paper that describes the candidate’s in-depth understanding of a specific issue in orofacial pain, sleep disorders or oral medicine.

OFPM 730b Case Portfolio Preparation by Online OFPOM Residents (½ unit)

This course involves 3 elements: 

  • on a weekly basis, online residents will be prepared to discuss unique aspects of their currently appointed patient cases; 
  • as part of their competency assessment, online residents will be assigned two virtual patient cases a month to interview, examine, diagnose and recommend treatment. The residents will have to take and pass 18 virtual patient cases (6 in oral medicine, 6 in orofacial pain and 6 with temporomandibular disorders). 
  • the online residents will select their cases (after consultation with the course director) and prepare a portfolio on these cases. The portfolio will include a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation: a review of the current literature, and all interactions between the resident and the patient. 

At the final summer session, these cases are presented. The resident will take questions and defend their diagnostic and treatment methods.

OFPM 730d Case Portfolio Preparation by Online OFPOM Residents (½ unit)

This course involves 3 elements: 

  • on a weekly basis, online residents will be prepared to discuss unique aspects of their currently appointed patient cases; 
  • as part of their competency assessment, online residents will be assigned two virtual patient cases a month to interview, examine, diagnose and recommend treatment. The residents will have to take and pass 18 virtual patient cases (6 in oral medicine, 6 in orofacial pain and 6 with temporomandibular disorders). 
  • the online residents will select their cases (after consultation with the course director) and prepare a portfolio on these cases. The portfolio will include a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation: a review of the current literature, and all interactions between the resident and the patient. 

At the final summer session, these cases are presented. The resident will take questions and defend their diagnostic and treatment methods.

On-Ground Courses

Summer Trimester

OFPM 710a Knowledge Assessment for OFPOM Residents (1 unit)

This course is given during the summer trimester at the end of the first year of the program. The essential elements of this course are detailed below:

  1. Several intensive calibration/training/seminar sessions will be provided by various faculty during the first week of the course. 
  2. There will be multiple practical demonstrations of methods and techniques as well as calibration training in all of these methods will be conducted using both mock patients, virtual patients.
  3. The resident will be given five types of examinations (each exam worth 20% of their grade) including:
    • A short essay examination will be provided. 
    • A 100 item multiple choice/short answer comprehensive based on content for the various courses covered during the year.
    • Multiple different OSCE examinations designed to evaluate the resident’s competence in physical tasks (injections, biopsy, and all physical examination procedures) will be given. 
    • An oral examination by a faculty panel (at least 2 faculty) will be given individually to each resident and the resident will be expected to respond (provide an oral explanation of how they would diagnose and manage a set of cases). 
    • A virtual patient competency test will be given to each resident.

OFPM 710b Knowledge Assessment for OFPOM Residents (1 unit)

This is a 1.0 unit course where residents must attend the USC campus. This course is given during the summer trimester at the end of the program. The essential elements of this course are detailed below:

  1. Several intensive calibration/training/seminar sessions will be provided by various faculty during the first week of the course. 
  2. There will be multiple practical demonstrations of methods and techniques as well as calibration training in all of these methods will be conducted using both mock patients, virtual patients.
  3. After these review and practical demonstration sessions are finished, the resident will be given five types of examinations (each exam worth 20% of their grade) including:
    • A short essay examination will be provided. 
    • A 100 item multiple choice/short answer comprehensive based on content for the various courses covered during the year.
    • Multiple different OSCE examinations designed to evaluate the resident’s competence in physical tasks (procedures related with Oral Medicine and Pathology) will be given.
    • An oral examination by a faculty panel (at least 2 faculty) will be given individually to each resident and the resident will be expected to respond (provide an oral explanation of how they would diagnose and manage a set of cases).
    • A virtual patient competency test will be given to each resident. 

OFPM 730e Case Presentations Course (½ units)

This course involves 3 elements: 

  • on a weekly basis, online residents will be prepared to discuss unique aspects of their currently appointed patient cases; 
  • as part of their competency assessment, online residents will be assigned two virtual patient cases a month to interview, examine, diagnose and recommend treatment. The residents will have to take and pass 18 virtual patient cases (6 in oral medicine, 6 in orofacial pain and 6 with temporomandibular disorders). 
  • the online residents will select their cases (after consultation with the course director) and prepare a portfolio on these cases. The portfolio will include a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation: a review of the current literature, and all interactions between the resident and the patient. 

At the final summer session, these cases are presented. The resident will take questions and defend their diagnostic and treatment methods.

Overview – Certificate of Orofacial Pain

The Online Certificate in Orofacial Pain directed by Dr. Mariela Padilla DDS, MEd., is a hybrid program (face-to-face and online classes) with a total of 8 courses (12.5 academic units), specifically designed for the practicing dental professional who wants to improve skills and gain expertise to deliver the best care for patients with complex conditions.

The curriculum is designed as a series of didactic courses where students gain knowledge about the diagnosis, pathobiology and treatment of different oral diseases in the field of orofacial pain, including masticatory musculoskeletal pain, neurogenic orofacial pain, temporomandibular disorders, headaches, orofacial motor disorders including orofacial dystonias and bruxism, as well as intraoral, intracranial, extracranial and systemic disorders that cause orofacial pain. The students participate in weekly live webinar sessions with the faculty and other residents, ensuring a collaborative and social learning experience. There are 2-3 courses per trimester, with 2-4 streaming video lectures for viewing each week. After each video lecture, students complete an associated online quiz (comprised of multiple choice, short answer or fill-in questions).

The Program is primarily online but also includes a 10-day practical training conducted at the USC campus, with skills development and competence evaluation. At the end of the program, each student presents and defends a case portfolio.

  • We are accredited by WASC and UCAR
  • We are not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
  • We do not provide a stipend and this is not a clinical training program
For further questions, please contact our Admissions team.
Student TypeUS/International Dentists
Required Work ExperienceDDS (or equivalent)
Rolling AdmissionSummer, Fall, Spring
Estimated Program Length**12.5 months
Courses8 courses
Units12.5
Delivery Format(90%) online learning and (10%) educational activities
Typical Week2-3 weekly streaming video lectures, one live weekly video conference and online quizzes
Employment ImpactAbility to continue working full time with classes
On-Ground Bootcamp (summer only)Yes (1 week)
Program Typepart time
Estimated Tuition*$1928 unit
**Following the approved program of study. Actual completion time may vary depending on the length of time required to complete your courses.
*adjusted annually

Curriculum

The OFPOM Certificate is a 12.5-month program. Courses outlined by trimester are completed throughout the 12.5-month period. 

Online Courses

Summer Trimester

OFPM 723 Systems Physiology, Motor Disorders and Sleep Apnea for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on various topics relating to oral motor and sleep disorders.

Fall Trimester

OFPM 706 TMD, Orthopedics, Rheumatology and Physical Therapy for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on topics relating to the diagnosis and management of TM disorders.

OFPM 707 Pharmacology Series for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on common medications used in the practice of oral medicine and chronic orofacial pain.

OFPM 730a Case Portfolio Preparation by Online OFPOM Residents (½ unit)

This course involves 3 elements: 

  • on a weekly basis, online residents will be prepared to discuss unique aspects of their currently appointed patient cases; 
  • as part of their competency assessment, online residents will be assigned two virtual patient cases a month to interview, examine, diagnose and recommend treatment. The residents will have to take and pass 18 virtual patient cases (6 in oral medicine, 6 in orofacial pain and 6 with temporomandibular disorders). 
  • the online residents will select their cases (after consultation with the course director) and prepare a portfolio on these cases. The portfolio will include a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation: a review of the current literature, and all interactions between the resident and the patient. 

At the final summer session, these cases are presented. The resident will take questions and defend their diagnostic and treatment methods.

Spring Trimester

OFPM 705 Neurogenic Based Oral and Facial Pains for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures appropriate for chronic neurogenic based pain disorders that occur in the orofacial region.

OFP-724 Psychological & Psychometric Assessment For Dental Residents (2 unit)

Seminars on various topics relating to bio behavioral diagnosis and psychological management of patients with chronic illness in the orofacial region.

OFP-730b Case Portfolio Preparation Course for OFP Students (0.5 units)

This course involves 3 elements: 

  • on a weekly basis, online residents will be prepared to discuss unique aspects of their currently appointed patient cases; 
  • as part of their competency assessment, online residents will be assigned two virtual patient cases a month to interview, examine, diagnose and recommend treatment. The residents will have to take and pass 18 virtual patient cases (6 in oral medicine, 6 in orofacial pain and 6 with temporomandibular disorders). 
  • the online residents will select their cases (after consultation with the course director) and prepare a portfolio on these cases. The portfolio will include a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation: a review of the current literature, and all interactions between the resident and the patient. 

At the final summer session, these cases are presented. The resident will take questions and defend their diagnostic and treatment methods.

On-Ground Courses

Summer Trimester

OFP-710 Knowledge Assessment for OFP Residents (1 unit)

This course is given during the summer trimester at the end of the first year of the program. The essential elements of this course are detailed below: 

  1. Several intensive calibration/training/seminar sessions will be provided by various faculty during the first week of the course. 
  2. There will be multiple practical demonstrations of methods and techniques as well as calibration training in all of these methods will be conducted using both mock patients, virtual patients.
  3. The resident will be given five types of examinations (each exam worth 20% of their grade) including:
    • A short essay examination will be provided. =
    • A 100 item multiple choice/short answer comprehensive based on content for the various courses covered during the year.
    • Multiple different OSCE examinations designed to evaluate the resident’s competence in physical tasks (injections, biopsy, and all physical examination procedures) will be given.
    • An oral examination by a faculty panel (at least 2 faculty) will be given individually to each resident and the resident will be expected to respond (provide an oral explanation of how they would diagnose and manage a set of cases).
    • A virtual patient competency test will be given to each resident. The resident will be required to interview and diagnose and recommend treatment procedures for each virtual patient.

OFP-730c Case Portfolio Preparation (0.5 unit)

This course involves 3 elements: 

  • on a weekly basis, online residents will be prepared to discuss unique aspects of their currently appointed patient cases; 
  • as part of their competency assessment, online residents will be assigned two virtual patient cases a month to interview, examine, diagnose and recommend treatment. The residents will have to take and pass 18 virtual patient cases (6 in oral medicine, 6 in orofacial pain and 6 with temporomandibular disorders). 
  • the online residents will select their cases (after consultation with the course director) and prepare a portfolio on these cases. The portfolio will include a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation: a review of the current literature, and all interactions between the resident and the patient. 

At the final summer session, these cases are presented. The resident will take questions and defend their diagnostic and treatment methods.

Limited Status Enrollment

The Limited Status Enrollment program is intended for individuals who wish to take a limited number of courses at USC without enrolling in a full program. Limited Status Students still have access to all the same resources that traditional, full-time students have; they’re able to interact with the cohort and join a collaborative learning experience. Becoming a Limited Status Student is the perfect way to see if a complete Master or Certificate program is a good fit!

Instructions to Register as a Limited Status Student:

  1. Contact us at ostrowon@usc.edu. We will provide further instructions on registering.
  2. Complete the Limited Status Registration Form.
  3. Submit the form and $100 processing fee to the Registrar One Stop Center in person or by mail.

If you are unable to submit the form in person, you may designate a representative to act on your behalf. Please contact ostrowon@usc.edu for specifics on the documentation needed to designate a representative.

If you wish to mail in your form, please include a copy of your driver’s license or passport. If you wish to mail your payment, please consider using certified mail.

Registrar One Stop Center
700 Childs Way, JHH 106
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0912
Phone: (213) 740-8500

Setting Up Your Account and Paying Fees:

Once we process your request, we will email you confirmation of your registration. To pay your tuition bill and to activate other student services, please view the post-registration instructions.

  • Financial Aid is not available for limited status students.

Overview – Master of Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine

If you are interested in TMD, headaches, neuropathies, Sleep Apnea, oral medicine, or intraoral pathology, consider applying to the Online Master of Science in OFPOM (Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine). This program is a unique and innovative opportunity for practicing dentists who want to learn more about a wide variety of issues while focusing on Orofacial Pain, Oral Medicine and Sleep Disorders.
  • We are accredited by WASC and UCAR
  • We are not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
  • We do not provide a stipend and this is not a clinical training program
For further questions, please contact our Admissions team.
Student TypeUS/International Dentists
Required Work ExperienceDDS (or equivalent)
Rolling AdmissionSummer, Fall, Spring
Estimated Program Length**37 months**
Courses17 courses
Units32.5
Delivery Format(90%) online learning and (10%) educational activities
Typical Week2-3 weekly streaming video lectures, one live weekly video conference and online quizzes
Employment ImpactAbility to continue working full time with classes
On-Ground Bootcamp (summer only)Yes (1 week)
Capstone ProjectStudents to prepare and present a research paper (usually a systematic review) on a topic in orofacial pain, oral medicine or dental sleep medicine
Program Typepart time
Estimated Tuition*$1928 unit
**Following the approved program of study. Actual completion time may vary depending on the length of time required to complete your courses.
*adjusted annually

Curriculum

The OFPOM Master’s is a 3-year program. Courses outlined by trimester are completed throughout the 3-year period. 

Online Courses

Summer Trimester

OFPM 702a Soft Tissue Disease for Dental Residents (1 unit)

Seminars on local anesthesia methods and minor surgical procedures appropriate for the oral and maxillofacial region.

OFPM 704 Bony Pathology, Radiology and Advanced Imaging for Dental Residents (1 unit)

Review of the oral and maxillofacial region osseous and odontogenic pathologies and the various imaging methods used to examine this anatomic region.

OFPM 723 Systems Physiology, Motor Disorders and Sleep Apnea for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on various topics relating to oral motor and sleep disorders.

OFPM 729d Capstone Project Defense (½ units)

This is a 2-unit course where residents must complete their capstone report in the area of their chosen focus/specialization. The preliminary declaration of focus will occur during the first trimester but final determination will subject to approval by the program director. 

  • Residents must write a protocol/plan for their capstone project in the Research Methods class (which is offered online) in their first year. 
  • All capstone projects should involve some original research (e.g. a meta-analysis of the literature or a new analysis of existing datasets). The traditional format for the capstone project is either a research paper that demonstrates a significant understanding of a specific topic (either through primary or secondary research), or an original medical hypothesis style paper that describes the candidate’s in-depth understanding of a specific issue in orofacial pain, sleep disorders or oral medicine.

Fall Trimester

ADNT 701 Research Methodologies in Dentistry (2 units)

Focuses on the basic elements of clinical research design, as well as how to critically assess the literature. 

OFPM 702b Soft Tissue Disease for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on local anesthesia methods and minor surgical procedures appropriate for the oral and maxillofacial region.

OFPM 706 TMD, Orthopedics, Rheumatology and Physical Therapy for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on topics relating to the diagnosis and management of TM disorders.

OFPM 707 Pharmacology Series for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on common medications used in the practice of oral medicine and chronic orofacial pain.

OFPM 724 Psychological and Psychometric Assessment for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on various topics relating to bio behavioral diagnosis and psychological management of patients with chronic illness in the orofacial region.

OFPM 725 Epidemiology, Nutrition and Aging for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminar on the epidemiology of oral disease and nutritional topics as related to the aging patient.

OFPM 726 Immunology and Immunosuppression for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on immunology and immunosuppression for oral and maxillofacial disease.

OFPM 727 Infectious Disease, Oral Microbiology and Virology for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminar on infectious diseases in the oral, pharyngeal and nasal region

OFPM 729b Capstone Project for OFPOM Residents (½ unit)

This is a 2-unit course where residents must complete their capstone report in the area of their chosen focus/specialization. The preliminary declaration of focus will occur during the first trimester but final determination will subject to approval by the program director. 

  • Residents must write a protocol/plan for their capstone project in the Research Methods class (which is offered online) in their first year. 
  • All capstone projects should involve some original research (e.g. a meta-analysis of the literature or a new analysis of existing datasets). The traditional format for the capstone project is either a research paper that demonstrates a significant understanding of a specific topic (either through primary or secondary research), or an original medical hypothesis style paper that describes the candidate’s in-depth understanding of a specific issue in orofacial pain, sleep disorders or oral medicine.

OFPM 730a Case Portfolio Preparation by Online OFPOM Residents (½ unit)

This course involves 3 elements: 

  • on a weekly basis, online residents will be prepared to discuss unique aspects of their currently appointed patient cases; 
  • as part of their competency assessment, online residents will be assigned two virtual patient cases a month to interview, examine, diagnose and recommend treatment. The residents will have to take and pass 18 virtual patient cases (6 in oral medicine, 6 in orofacial pain and 6 with temporomandibular disorders). 
  • the online residents will select their cases (after consultation with the course director) and prepare a portfolio on these cases. The portfolio will include a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation: a review of the current literature, and all interactions between the resident and the patient. 

At the final summer session, these cases are presented. The resident will take questions and defend their diagnostic and treatment methods.

FPM 730c Case Portfolio Preparation by Online OFPOM Residents (½ unit)

This course involves 3 elements: 

  • on a weekly basis, online residents will be prepared to discuss unique aspects of their currently appointed patient cases; 
  • as part of their competency assessment, online residents will be assigned two virtual patient cases a month to interview, examine, diagnose and recommend treatment. The residents will have to take and pass 18 virtual patient cases (6 in oral medicine, 6 in orofacial pain and 6 with temporomandibular disorders). 
  • the online residents will select their cases (after consultation with the course director) and prepare a portfolio on these cases. The portfolio will include a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation: a review of the current literature, and all interactions between the resident and the patient. 

At the final summer session, these cases are presented. The resident will take questions and defend their diagnostic and treatment methods.

Spring Trimester

OFPM 705 Neurogenic Based Oral and Facial Pains for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures appropriate for chronic neurogenic based pain disorders that occur in the orofacial region.

OFPM 721 Neuroscience for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on the neurophysiologic and neuroanatomic bases of chronic orofacial pain disorders.

OFPM 722 Internal Medicine and Systemic Disease for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on common systemic diseases and potential interactions with oral disease/treatment.

OFPM 729a Capstone Project for OFPOM Residents (½ unit)

This is a 2-unit course where residents must complete their capstone report in the area of their chosen focus/specialization. The preliminary declaration of focus will occur during the first trimester but final determination will subject to approval by the program director. 

  • Residents must write a protocol/plan for their capstone project in the Research Methods class (which is offered online) in their first year. 
  • All capstone projects should involve some original research (e.g. a meta-analysis of the literature or a new analysis of existing datasets). The traditional format for the capstone project is either a research paper that demonstrates a significant understanding of a specific topic (either through primary or secondary research), or an original medical hypothesis style paper that describes the candidate’s in-depth understanding of a specific issue in orofacial pain, sleep disorders or oral medicine.

OFPM 729c Capstone Project for OFPOM Residents (½ units)

This is a 2-unit course where residents must complete their capstone report in the area of their chosen focus/specialization. The preliminary declaration of focus will occur during the first trimester but final determination will subject to approval by the program director. 

  • Residents must write a protocol/plan for their capstone project in the Research Methods class (which is offered online) in their first year. 
  • All capstone projects should involve some original research (e.g. a meta-analysis of the literature or a new analysis of existing datasets). The traditional format for the capstone project is either a research paper that demonstrates a significant understanding of a specific topic (either through primary or secondary research), or an original medical hypothesis style paper that describes the candidate’s in-depth understanding of a specific issue in orofacial pain, sleep disorders or oral medicine.

OFPM 730b Case Portfolio Preparation by Online OFPOM Residents (½ unit)

This course involves 3 elements: 

  • on a weekly basis, online residents will be prepared to discuss unique aspects of their currently appointed patient cases; 
  • as part of their competency assessment, online residents will be assigned two virtual patient cases a month to interview, examine, diagnose and recommend treatment. The residents will have to take and pass 18 virtual patient cases (6 in oral medicine, 6 in orofacial pain and 6 with temporomandibular disorders). 
  • the online residents will select their cases (after consultation with the course director) and prepare a portfolio on these cases. The portfolio will include a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation: a review of the current literature, and all interactions between the resident and the patient. 

At the final summer session, these cases are presented. The resident will take questions and defend their diagnostic and treatment methods.

OFPM 730d Case Portfolio Preparation by Online OFPOM Residents (½ unit)

This course involves 3 elements: 

  • on a weekly basis, online residents will be prepared to discuss unique aspects of their currently appointed patient cases; 
  • as part of their competency assessment, online residents will be assigned two virtual patient cases a month to interview, examine, diagnose and recommend treatment. The residents will have to take and pass 18 virtual patient cases (6 in oral medicine, 6 in orofacial pain and 6 with temporomandibular disorders). 
  • the online residents will select their cases (after consultation with the course director) and prepare a portfolio on these cases. The portfolio will include a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation: a review of the current literature, and all interactions between the resident and the patient. 

At the final summer session, these cases are presented. The resident will take questions and defend their diagnostic and treatment methods.

On-Ground Courses

Summer Trimester

OFPM 710a Knowledge Assessment for OFPOM Residents (1 unit)

This course is given during the summer trimester at the end of the first year of the program. The essential elements of this course are detailed below:

  1. Several intensive calibration/training/seminar sessions will be provided by various faculty during the first week of the course. 
  2. There will be multiple practical demonstrations of methods and techniques as well as calibration training in all of these methods will be conducted using both mock patients, virtual patients.
  3. The resident will be given five types of examinations (each exam worth 20% of their grade) including:
    • A short essay examination will be provided. 
    • A 100 item multiple choice/short answer comprehensive based on content for the various courses covered during the year.
    • Multiple different OSCE examinations designed to evaluate the resident’s competence in physical tasks (injections, biopsy, and all physical examination procedures) will be given. 
    • An oral examination by a faculty panel (at least 2 faculty) will be given individually to each resident and the resident will be expected to respond (provide an oral explanation of how they would diagnose and manage a set of cases). 
    • A virtual patient competency test will be given to each resident.

OFPM 710b Knowledge Assessment for OFPOM Residents (1 unit)

This is a 1.0 unit course where residents must attend the USC campus. This course is given during the summer trimester at the end of the program. The essential elements of this course are detailed below:

  1. Several intensive calibration/training/seminar sessions will be provided by various faculty during the first week of the course. 
  2. There will be multiple practical demonstrations of methods and techniques as well as calibration training in all of these methods will be conducted using both mock patients, virtual patients.
  3. After these review and practical demonstration sessions are finished, the resident will be given five types of examinations (each exam worth 20% of their grade) including:
    • A short essay examination will be provided. 
    • A 100 item multiple choice/short answer comprehensive based on content for the various courses covered during the year.
    • Multiple different OSCE examinations designed to evaluate the resident’s competence in physical tasks (procedures related with Oral Medicine and Pathology) will be given.
    • An oral examination by a faculty panel (at least 2 faculty) will be given individually to each resident and the resident will be expected to respond (provide an oral explanation of how they would diagnose and manage a set of cases).
    • A virtual patient competency test will be given to each resident. 

OFPM 730e Case Presentations Course (½ units)

This course involves 3 elements: 

  • on a weekly basis, online residents will be prepared to discuss unique aspects of their currently appointed patient cases; 
  • as part of their competency assessment, online residents will be assigned two virtual patient cases a month to interview, examine, diagnose and recommend treatment. The residents will have to take and pass 18 virtual patient cases (6 in oral medicine, 6 in orofacial pain and 6 with temporomandibular disorders). 
  • the online residents will select their cases (after consultation with the course director) and prepare a portfolio on these cases. The portfolio will include a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation: a review of the current literature, and all interactions between the resident and the patient. 

At the final summer session, these cases are presented. The resident will take questions and defend their diagnostic and treatment methods.

Overview – Certificate of Orofacial Pain

The Online Certificate in Orofacial Pain directed by Dr. Mariela Padilla DDS, MEd., is a hybrid program (face-to-face and online classes) with a total of 8 courses (12.5 academic units), specifically designed for the practicing dental professional who wants to improve skills and gain expertise to deliver the best care for patients with complex conditions.

The curriculum is designed as a series of didactic courses where students gain knowledge about the diagnosis, pathobiology and treatment of different oral diseases in the field of orofacial pain, including masticatory musculoskeletal pain, neurogenic orofacial pain, temporomandibular disorders, headaches, orofacial motor disorders including orofacial dystonias and bruxism, as well as intraoral, intracranial, extracranial and systemic disorders that cause orofacial pain. The students participate in weekly live webinar sessions with the faculty and other residents, ensuring a collaborative and social learning experience. There are 2-3 courses per trimester, with 2-4 streaming video lectures for viewing each week. After each video lecture, students complete an associated online quiz (comprised of multiple choice, short answer or fill-in questions).

The Program is primarily online but also includes a 10-day practical training conducted at the USC campus, with skills development and competence evaluation. At the end of the program, each student presents and defends a case portfolio.

  • We are accredited by WASC and UCAR
  • We are not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
  • We do not provide a stipend and this is not a clinical training program
For further questions, please contact our Admissions team.
Student TypeUS/International Dentists
Required Work ExperienceDDS (or equivalent)
Rolling AdmissionSummer, Fall, Spring
Estimated Program Length**12.5 months
Courses8 courses
Units12.5
Delivery Format(90%) online learning and (10%) educational activities
Typical Week2-3 weekly streaming video lectures, one live weekly video conference and online quizzes
Employment ImpactAbility to continue working full time with classes
On-Ground Bootcamp (summer only)Yes (1 week)
Program Typepart time
Estimated Tuition*$1928 unit
**Following the approved program of study. Actual completion time may vary depending on the length of time required to complete your courses.
*adjusted annually

Curriculum

The OFPOM Certificate is a 12.5-month program. Courses outlined by trimester are completed throughout the 12.5-month period. 

Online Courses

Summer Trimester

OFPM 723 Systems Physiology, Motor Disorders and Sleep Apnea for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on various topics relating to oral motor and sleep disorders.

Fall Trimester

OFPM 706 TMD, Orthopedics, Rheumatology and Physical Therapy for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on topics relating to the diagnosis and management of TM disorders.

OFPM 707 Pharmacology Series for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on common medications used in the practice of oral medicine and chronic orofacial pain.

OFPM 730a Case Portfolio Preparation by Online OFPOM Residents (½ unit)

This course involves 3 elements: 

  • on a weekly basis, online residents will be prepared to discuss unique aspects of their currently appointed patient cases; 
  • as part of their competency assessment, online residents will be assigned two virtual patient cases a month to interview, examine, diagnose and recommend treatment. The residents will have to take and pass 18 virtual patient cases (6 in oral medicine, 6 in orofacial pain and 6 with temporomandibular disorders). 
  • the online residents will select their cases (after consultation with the course director) and prepare a portfolio on these cases. The portfolio will include a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation: a review of the current literature, and all interactions between the resident and the patient. 

At the final summer session, these cases are presented. The resident will take questions and defend their diagnostic and treatment methods.

Spring Trimester

OFPM 705 Neurogenic Based Oral and Facial Pains for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures appropriate for chronic neurogenic based pain disorders that occur in the orofacial region.

OFP-724 Psychological & Psychometric Assessment For Dental Residents (2 unit)

Seminars on various topics relating to bio behavioral diagnosis and psychological management of patients with chronic illness in the orofacial region.

OFP-730b Case Portfolio Preparation Course for OFP Students (0.5 units)

This course involves 3 elements: 

  • on a weekly basis, online residents will be prepared to discuss unique aspects of their currently appointed patient cases; 
  • as part of their competency assessment, online residents will be assigned two virtual patient cases a month to interview, examine, diagnose and recommend treatment. The residents will have to take and pass 18 virtual patient cases (6 in oral medicine, 6 in orofacial pain and 6 with temporomandibular disorders). 
  • the online residents will select their cases (after consultation with the course director) and prepare a portfolio on these cases. The portfolio will include a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation: a review of the current literature, and all interactions between the resident and the patient. 

At the final summer session, these cases are presented. The resident will take questions and defend their diagnostic and treatment methods.

On-Ground Courses

Summer Trimester

OFP-710 Knowledge Assessment for OFP Residents (1 unit)

This course is given during the summer trimester at the end of the first year of the program. The essential elements of this course are detailed below: 

  1. Several intensive calibration/training/seminar sessions will be provided by various faculty during the first week of the course. 
  2. There will be multiple practical demonstrations of methods and techniques as well as calibration training in all of these methods will be conducted using both mock patients, virtual patients.
  3. The resident will be given five types of examinations (each exam worth 20% of their grade) including:
    • A short essay examination will be provided. =
    • A 100 item multiple choice/short answer comprehensive based on content for the various courses covered during the year.
    • Multiple different OSCE examinations designed to evaluate the resident’s competence in physical tasks (injections, biopsy, and all physical examination procedures) will be given.
    • An oral examination by a faculty panel (at least 2 faculty) will be given individually to each resident and the resident will be expected to respond (provide an oral explanation of how they would diagnose and manage a set of cases).
    • A virtual patient competency test will be given to each resident. The resident will be required to interview and diagnose and recommend treatment procedures for each virtual patient.

OFP-730c Case Portfolio Preparation (0.5 unit)

This course involves 3 elements: 

  • on a weekly basis, online residents will be prepared to discuss unique aspects of their currently appointed patient cases; 
  • as part of their competency assessment, online residents will be assigned two virtual patient cases a month to interview, examine, diagnose and recommend treatment. The residents will have to take and pass 18 virtual patient cases (6 in oral medicine, 6 in orofacial pain and 6 with temporomandibular disorders). 
  • the online residents will select their cases (after consultation with the course director) and prepare a portfolio on these cases. The portfolio will include a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation: a review of the current literature, and all interactions between the resident and the patient. 

At the final summer session, these cases are presented. The resident will take questions and defend their diagnostic and treatment methods.

Watch A Lecture

Limited Status Enrollment

The Limited Status Enrollment program is intended for individuals who wish to take a limited number of courses at USC without enrolling in a full program. Limited Status Students still have access to all the same resources that traditional, full-time students have; they’re able to interact with the cohort and join a collaborative learning experience. Becoming a Limited Status Student is the perfect way to see if a complete Master or Certificate program is a good fit!

Instructions to Register as a Limited Status Student:

  1. Contact us at ostrowon@usc.edu. We will provide further instructions on registering.
  2. Complete the Limited Status Registration Form.
  3. Submit the form and $100 processing fee to the Registrar One Stop Center in person or by mail.

If you are unable to submit the form in person, you may designate a representative to act on your behalf. Please contact ostrowon@usc.edu for specifics on the documentation needed to designate a representative.

If you wish to mail in your form, please include a copy of your driver’s license or passport. If you wish to mail your payment, please consider using certified mail.

Registrar One Stop Center
700 Childs Way, JHH 106
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0912
Phone: (213) 740-8500

Setting Up Your Account and Paying Fees:

Once we process your request, we will email you confirmation of your registration. To pay your tuition bill and to activate other student services, please view the post-registration instructions.

  • Financial Aid is not available for limited status students.

Start Your Application