Academic Divisions

Dental Anesthesiology Externship

For Dental Students and Practicing Dentists

The Dental/Maxillofacial Anesthesiology Residency Program offers an externship in anesthesiology to explore this specialized area of dental practice prior to enrolling in a dental/maxillofacial anesthesiology residency training program.

This externship enables practicing dentists and pre-doctoral students in the latter half of their third year of dental education, or currently in their fourth year, and who are in good standing, to observe the full range of anesthesiology training offered in our residency program, including conscious sedation, deep sedation and general anesthesia for both intubated and non-intubated pediatric, adult, and medically/developmentally compromised patients. The extern will also participate in all resident seminars and lectures during this time. The length of the externship varies by arrangement, but is usually 3 days. (Please note: we do not accept externs the last two weeks in June.) This externship is sponsored by the Ohio State University College of Dentistry.


Applicants from an accredited dental college who demonstrate sound academic performance in areas important to anesthesiology (e.g. anxiety & pain control, physiology), will be accepted to compete for an externship position. In addition, pre-doctoral students must have written permission from their home institution.

Application process

Please review the linked documents below that describe the College of Dentistry polices and the Health and Safety requirements regarding externships.

To apply, please provide the following in an email to, with “Externship” in the subject line:

  • A photo (head shot only)
  • A short essay on why you are interested in an externship and your career goals
  • Letter of good standing from your dean (pre-doctoral students only)
  • A copy of your transcripts
  • Immunization records (with Date of Birth) with proof of:
    • Immunity to Hepatitis B, or have received the first three doses of the vaccine followed by an antibody test to indicate conversion to immunity
    • Immunity to measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and varicella, diphtheria, and tetanus (Tdap)
    • During the period of September 1 through March 31 of each year, documentation of the seasonal influenza vaccination
    • Negative PPD test or medical clearance with positive test (required within the past year)
  • Verification of CPR certification. All certifications must be from the American Heart Association, American Health and Safety Institute or the American Red Cross. The certification must be for Health Care Providers and include AED training.
  • Confirmation of health insurance
  • Signed Externship Agreement
  • Signed Information Systems Acceptable Use Policy

Once the above documents have been received, you will receive information on how to complete the following online training:

  • HIPAA Privacy and Security Training
  • OSHA/Annual Blood Borne Pathogens
  • Hazard Communication / Lab Standard