The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency is a six-year medical degree certificate program with openings for three positions per year. The six-year course of study is designed to integrate the advanced biological basic sciences into progressive clinical training.
There is an excellent balance between inpatient admissions and outpatient visits encompassing dentoalveolar surgery, maxillofacial trauma, pathology, orthognathic, preprosthetic, temporomandibular and reconstructive surgery. There are approximately 10,000 outpatient procedures performed annually in the oral surgery clinic and 450 hospital admissions.
Emphasis is placed on total health care of the hospitalized patient. Residents are expected to become competent in overall patient management including physical diagnosis, fluid and electrolyte administration, medication, interpretation of laboratory data, etc. Other activities that are used to supplement hospital clinical oral and maxillofacial surgery experiences and rotations include a dental school assignment, emergency room duty, special clinics, conferences and teaching rounds.
Residents are encouraged to participate in dental research during their training. This includes clinical research projects, but there may also be opportunities for basic science research. The products of these efforts are expected to be papers submitted to journals for publication and abstracts for presentation at professional meetings.
Following the successful completion of the internship the resident is eligible to take the state licensure examination in medicine.