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Eastman Institute for Oral Health / Educational Programs / Orofacial Pain Residency Program

Orofacial Pain Residency Program


Junad Khan, B.D.S., M.S.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Program Director
Eliav-Khan Lab

Eastman Institute for Oral Health provides a two-year CODA accredited certificate program in Advanced General Dentistry in Orofacial Pain. A preceptorship program is available for selected candidates. An optional Master of Science Degree (MS), is available for candidates interested in additional clinical, academic and teaching careers.

Program options available are:

  • 2-year certificate advanced certificate training program
  • 2-year advanced certificate training program and a Master of Science in Dental Science degree

Number of Positions: 4

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Orofacial Pain Research

The Orofacial Pain lab at the Center for Oral Biology is focusing on nerve injury related pains, pain modulation and its clinical application. The nervous system has the ability to either facilitate or inhibit pain. Pain, arising from external painful signals or injury, may undergo modulation in the Central Nervous System (CNS) prior to reaching the primary somatosensory cortex, thus modifying the pain experience. Faulty pain modulation mechanisms have been linked to chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, tension-type headache, musculoskeletal pain, chronic low back pain, trigeminal posttraumatic neuropathies, and irritable bowel syndrome. Exercise is a known trigger of pain modulation that has been used to evaluate pain modulation efficacy by means of an effect commonly termed Exercise-Induced Hypoalgesia (EIH).

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What Sets Us Apart

About the Program

A resident is trained to be a competent orofacial pain dentist and demonstrate knowledge, diagnostic skills, and treatment expertise in areas such as musculoskeletal, neurovascular, painful post traumatic trigeminal neuropathies, neuropathic pain, sleep disorders, and more.

Flexible Curriculum

Residents develop clinical expertise with an understanding of differential diagnosis, treatment planning, and outcomes assessment of patients with facial pain. Orofacial Pain students rotate through several clinics during their training.

Resident Life

Our emphasis on work/life balance is an important reason residents choose URMC. A focus on trainees well-being enables you to learn and thrive in Rochester.

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