The Miami Cancer Institute offers a one-year, full-time Oral Oncology Dental Fellowship Program for dentists dedicated to becoming experts in oral oncology and in the management of oral diseases in patients with cancer.

During the fellowship, participants will gain hands-on experience in evaluating, diagnosing, and managing oral diseases for cancer patients through clinical and educational opportunities. The program emphasizes effective communication and collaboration in an interprofessional care model, involving dentists, mid-level providers, trainee physicians, and attending physicians. The patient population served includes both adults and children, encompassing newly diagnosed individuals and long-term cancer survivors. Besides providing clinical care in the oral medicine and oral oncology clinic, fellows will also gain valuable experience through rotations in medical oncology clinics, such as hematology/oncology and head and neck oncology.

The fellowship has specific goals and objectives, which include developing a comprehensive understanding of oncology and its impact on the community, fostering interprofessional teamwork with other healthcare providers, interpreting laboratory and diagnostic tests in the context of Oral Oncology, providing safe and effective oral health care for oncology patients (including preventive care), honing patient management skills (treatment planning, pharmacotherapeutics, patient education, and counseling), and educating both professional and lay communities about the crucial connection between oral health and systemic health.

The educational structure of the fellowship comprises various learning experiences, including patient care in the Oral Medicine and Oral Oncology clinic and inpatient consult service, clinical oncology rotations, seminars, lectures, conferences, and engaging in research and scholarly activities. Overall, the fellowship aims to equip dentists with a foundational level of competency in oral oncology and a focus on promoting oral health within the community.

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Veronica M. Ventura

Program Coordinator

Veronica M. Ventura


Featured Training Sites

Baptist Hospital

Baptist Hospital

The flagship facility of Baptist Health South Florida, Baptist Hospital of Miami has been one of the most respected medical centers in South Florida since its founding in 1960 and is today one of America’s most preferred medical centers. With more than 900 beds, it is the largest of Baptist Health’s 12 hospitals. Three Centers of Excellence are housed on the campus: Miami Cancer Institute, Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute (the largest and most comprehensive cardiovascular facility in the region) and Miami Neuroscience Institute. Baptist Hospital has earned Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence. It is also certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and received the Gold Seal of Approval for consistently meeting high national standards of stroke care. Baptist Hospital was ranked #1 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area for the 2023-2024 U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals Ranking.

Miami Cancer Institute

Miami Cancer Institute

The Miami Cancer Institute, located on the campus of Baptist Hospital, is a destination cancer center known for its innovation and precision in cancer care, exceptional patient experience, advanced clinical research and state-of-the-art technology. The impressive roster of clinicians at Miami Cancer Institute includes renowned oncologists; world-recognized, highly sub-specialized cancer experts and surgeons; clinical researchers and genomic scientists. The Center’s advanced radiation oncology program includes the first proton therapy center from South Florida to South America. As Florida's only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, Miami Cancer Institute is part of a deep and functional collaboration that affords patients access to innovative treatments close to home and ensures that the standards of care developed by the multidisciplinary disease management teams match those at MSK. Miami Cancer Institute received awards in leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma as well as surgery in lung, prostate, and colon cancers in 2023-2024 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital Rankings.

Miami Cancer Institute at Plantation

Miami Cancer Institute at Plantation

Miami Cancer Institute at Plantation provides access to personalized clinical treatments and comprehensive support services delivered with unparalleled compassion. No other cancer program in the region has the cancer-fighting expertise, backed by the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, paired with the innovative technology - including advanced genomic testing, advanced skin cancer detection and proton therapy - that is available here.

South Miami Hospital

South Miami Hospital

South Miami Hospital has served the community with a commitment to excellence since 1960. It is currently licensed for 467 beds and houses such innovative programs as the Center for Robotic Surgery, the Center for Women & Infants, Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The hospital has received honors including Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence, the Florida Governor's Sterling Award and U.S. News & World Report rankings among the best hospitals in the U.S., with High Performing medals.

Eligibility Requirements and Application Schedule

Our program attracts, educates, and retains exceptional healthcare talent to serve the South Florida community. Program participants will be trained in the Baptist Health Way with a focus on quality, inclusion, compassion, and collaboration.

Eligibility Prerequisites

  • Candidates must hold a DMD, DDS, or an equivalent degree.
  • Applicants from non-English speaking countries must submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report.
  • Applicants must be eligible for an unrestricted license to practice dentistry in Florida.

Application Requirements

  • Dental school transcript
  • Written personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • CV/Resume
  • TOEFL Score (for applicants from non-English Speaking countries). TOEFL scores from a test taken within the past two years. The TOEFL exam can only be waived if the dental degree was obtained in the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, or the United Kingdom. The minimum acceptable overall score is 95.

Acceptance and admission to the program is contingent on submission of all requested materials and meeting all eligibility requirements as determined by the program.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Application Timeline

  • Where do applicants go to apply?
    Send your documents and application to
  • When are applications accepted? November
  • When are candidate interviews? December - January
  • When are candidates matched/notified of acceptance? February
  • When does the program start? July (2023-2024 cohort will begin November)


Longitudinal Experiences

Our program curriculum incorporates several longitudinal rotations, immersing trainees in particular areas of study throughout the entire duration of the training program.
Head and neck oncology
Head and neck radiation oncology
Head and neck surgical oncology
Oral Medicine and Oral Oncology

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