The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency program has been an American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation approved program since its inception more than 60 years ago. Those residents who complete the four-year curriculum (and for those who pursue the M.D. option, two additional years) fulfill all the prerequisites and requirements of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and are eligible for the board’s examination.

Resident responsibility progresses in a linear tract.

Formal teaching rounds are carried out each morning under the guidance of the faculty. Less formal working rounds are held each afternoon under the leadership of the chief resident. Faculty are consulted formally and informally by all levels of trainees involved in patient care. Each patient is admitted to the care of a full-time faculty member who works with the fourth-year resident in planning and implementation of the patient’s treatment.

Resident education in the basic biomedical sciences is enhanced in three ways. First, weekly departmental conferences are designed to cover a broad spectrum of oral and maxillofacial surgical and medical topics, with basic sciences presented as an integral part of the background, diagnosis and treatment. Second, each resident takes part in an oral mock board examination administered yearly by non-faculty surgeons. Third, each resident takes the yearly OMSITE (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Training Examination) of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. These examinations encourage study in the basic sciences as well as clinical areas.

All residents, in conjunction with a faculty preceptor, design and perform a research project, write a textbook chapter, or involve themselves in some other form of scholarly activity. The project should produce a publishable manuscript prior to completion of the program. If the abstract of the research is chosen for presentation by the IADR or AAOMS, the department pays the expenses incurred by the resident to present the abstract. The following list specifies the rotations for each postgraduate year.

The team system

We have three service teams:  an operating room team, a hospital (clinic, emergency room, consults, etc.) team, and a school/practice team.  Each team is comprised of a fourth-year reaident, a third-year resident and a lower-level resident.