All residents are expected to undertake a significant research project leading to a national presentation. An optional degree can be arranged to include a MS or PhD. Faculty mentors are readily available to assist and direct research projects as needed.

Departmental funds are available to ensure project viability. Research projects span the entire scope from clinical investigations to animal and basic science endeavors.

The residents have ready access to a number of fine medical and dental libraries. The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery maintains an up-to-date compilation of textbooks and journals directly related to the specialty.

The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences has more than 220,000 bound volumes and 3,500 serials and journals. Multiple journals are now available on-line through Hardin Library.