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To be eligible for admission to one of Mayo's graduate dentistry programs, you must be a graduate of an accredited American or Canadian or equivalent dental school.

General Admissions Requirements
Dental and surgical residencies are open to U.S. citizens, permanent U.S. immigrants and international applicants as follows:

  • Dental specialty residencies are open to qualified graduates of approved U.S. and Canadian dental schools.
  • Graduates from dental schools outside the U.S. and Canada must be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates to qualify for admission. Information about certification and visa sponsorship, if required, is available from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
  • Mayo supports ECFMG J-1 visa sponsorship for residents enrolled in graduate dental education. Mayo will support an H-1B temporary work visa under the following circumstances:

    - When J-1 visa sponsorship is unavailable – that is, the program is not eligible for ECFMG certification or the program is non-ACGME accredited and non-ABMS recognized
    - When a foreign national is a graduate of U.S. dental school
    - When a foreign national holds current H-1B status for graduate dental education at another school

  • When applying, all residency applicants must have their dental school transcripts, together with an original letter from the school's dean, sent from their dental school to MSGME.
  • All applicable licensure eligibility requirements must be fulfilled prior to starting a Mayo residency program.
  • A pre-admission health review and current immunization record are required prior to starting an MSGME program.
  • Prospective residents must pass a criminal background check and drug screening.

Please be advised that due to recent government regulations with international graduates, there is a time constraint with visa and licensure issues which, if selected for the residency program, could prohibit you from starting the program on time. This process is very costly and time-consuming.

Appointment Contract
Appointments are confirmed in a formal written letter of appointment from Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education. This letter, a copy of which you will be asked to sign and return, constitutes your formal residency appointment to Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education.

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