About the Division

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Training Program

The best balance is tailored for each trainee of didactic education, service to patients and experience in research so that he/she will become an outstanding oral and maxillofacial surgeon. A weekly two hour conference is scheduled throughout the year for the on service residents and details topics in: Trauma, Orthognathics, Reconstruction, Oral Pathology, Pre-prosthetics, Anesthesia and Patient Care. A second weekly conference is held with discussions on current journal articles, complications, and selected readings. Additionally, resident discussions, which are coordinated by the senior residents, of Medical and Surgical Management, are held 2-3 times weekly. Residents, faculty and guest lecturers present specific identified topics. In given cases, elective studies in the humanities or associated non-medical scientific fields will be encouraged to help develop the quality of life of the oral and maxillofacial surgeon.



The program is as follows:

Year I

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 staff doctors and follow major cases on an outpatient basis. They are expected to take a limited amount of trauma call, but are not assigned to hospital care. The formal didactic program for the first year includes physical diagnosis, conscious sedation, infection control, surgical implants, growth and development, oral pathology, and head and neck anatomy. 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 (2012) 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 and twenty weeks of electives for a total of twenty and a half months. 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 six-month period of advanced oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Year IV


A general surgery PG-1 follows. 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, two months of emergency room medicine, and six months of surgical electives. There is a certain degree of flexibility in the electives, but the rotations must satisfy the essentials for an Advanced Educational Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of the American Dental Association during this period. Each candidate is required to take the above year. In addition, the resident takes Step III of the USMLE during this period. Following this experience, the trainee has completed three years and six months of Council on Dental Education approved oral and maxillofacial surgery training and also is eligible for a state licensure in medicine.

Year V


The clinical training includes: inpatient experiences, assisting in the operating rooms, pre and postoperative care of inpatients and outpatients and night call with a senior resident. 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 implants and oral pathology rotations.

Year VI


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. The educational value of a Chief Resident who recently finished a medical internship is of great value to the program. 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.



Weekly departmental meetings are held throughout the year. The subject matters include multiple courses, topics pertinent to OMS.


 Research and clinical space are available to nearly any type of project. Research may be pursued in the laboratories of the scientists in various disciplines who provide cooperative guidance. A large volume of clinical care is provided and, therefore, multiple areas of clinical research are available and supported by the faculty.

All residents are required to conduct a research project of their choosing, and prepare a manuscript suitable for submission to a peer reviewed journal.