Excellence in health care begins with the acquisition of knowledge and skillful techniques. This knowledge must be applied with compassion for the patient and their family. In the residency education process we strive to achieve a balance in the amount of patient care, didactic education and research experience to produce the next leaders in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
“We must continue to strive for excellence.”
- Dr. Patrick Louis
The program begins on July 1 of each year. The clinical training includes mainly outpatient and minor surgery. The resident is expected to master dentoalveolar surgery and pain control. They work closely with faculty and senior residents in the management of inpatients and outpatients. They take trauma call and are assigned to hospital care. The formal didactic program for the first year includes physical diagnosis, conscious sedation, dentoalveolar surgery, infection control, surgical implants, growth and development, oral pathology, head and neck anatomy and other related courses. A major objective of this year is to successfully complete Step I of the USMLE in June before advancing to the second year.
Years II and III
Enrollment in the School of Medicine begins in the second year of the program. The present curriculum (2013) as outlined by the School of Medicine includes eight weeks of internal medicine, eight weeks of surgery, eight weeks of obstetrics and gynecology, eight weeks of pediatrics, four weeks of family medicine, four weeks of neurology, four weeks of psychiatry, four weeks of selective/rural medicine, two weeks of special topics, four weeks (each) acting internship in medicine, surgery (critical care) and ambulatory care, twenty weeks of electives and additional requirements as outlined by the School of Medicine. Additionally, offsite rotations are available. Expected academic performance is on par with the other medical students. Following successful completion of this program, the resident is awarded the M.D. degree. Step II of the USMLE is also taken during this period . Following this period, the resident returns to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department for a three month period of advanced oral and maxillofacial surgery.
The fourth year of the program involves intensive training in surgery and anesthesia. The resident is also enrolled in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program and this year fulfills the dual purpose of a year of oral and maxillofacial surgery training and an AMA approved year of post-medical school surgical internship training for medical licensure. The program includes four months of general anesthesia, and eight months of general surgeral. Rotation include Trauma Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Oncologic Surgery and Surgical Intensive Care. In addition, the resident must successfully complete Step III of the USMLE during this period.
The clinical training includes: inpatient experiences, assisting in the operating rooms, pre and postoperative care of inpatients and outpatients and night call. Pharmacology, microbiology and biochemistry as related to oral and maxillofacial surgery are emphasized during daily teaching rounds, and didactic conferences. The resident works closely with the chief resident and provides primary hospital care. Fifth year didactics include Implantology, maxillofacial pathology, orthognathic surgery, reconstructive surgery, maxillofacial trauma, and cosmetic surgery. The resident must begin a research project in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
A senior resident may be designated as Chief Resident and is directly responsible to the faculty of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for the management of all surgical patients. The Chief Resident is also responsible for answering consultations from other departments within the dental school and hospitals. In addition, the Chief Resident assigns all major oral and maxillofacial surgical cases to other residents and performs administrative duties as assigned.Time in the program is predicated on satisfactory performance as determined by the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the School of Medicine and normally encompasses six calendar years. In addition to courses and major cases in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery, the resident must complete a research project in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery.