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Curriculum & Conferences

Rotation Duration (blocks)
First Year
General Medicine 2
Oral Surgery 6
Anesthesiology 5
Second Year
Oral Surgery 9
General Surgery 3
Surgical Intensive Care Unit 1
Third Year
Otolaryngology 2
Oral Surgery 11
Fourth Year
Oral Surgery 13


The purpose of monthly rotations is to provide the residents with the most comprehensive Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery training possible. The above rotations have been developed within the guidelines of the AAOMS. Residents are given some flexibility within these guidelines to take other rotations based on their individual interests.


Residents work individually with one of the department's anesthesiologists to learn airway management, support of the anesthetized patient, regional anesthesia, respiratory care and care of ICU patients. Challenging cases are discussed at monthly conferences.

Introduction to Graduate Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

First-year residents learn treatment of outpatients, ward rounds, operating room procedures and attend clinical conferences. During this period, residents assist at operations, receive instruction and guidance in admissions and discharge of patients, perform minor surgery, and are introduced to the management of facial trauma and the role of the oral and maxillofacial surgeon in the hospital.

Physical Diagnosis and Clinical Medicine

Residents are assigned to the chief resident in medicine, participating in the Department of Medicine's rounds and conferences. General medicine has four inpatient services, each with an attending physician who changes every three weeks. Each service averages 15 patients with two admissions per day and four to nine on night call. The emphasis for oral surgery residents is on cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine.

Call Schedules, Vacation & Conference Time

Residents are on call no more than every third or fourth night and may take call from home. They have one weekend a month off from hospital responsibility from Friday evening until Monday morning. Residents in the trauma and emergency center work five 10-hour shifts per week for a month and have two days off each week. Three weeks of vacation and one week of conference time (maximum one week per month) can be taken any month except during General Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Intensive Care Unit or Neurosurgery.


  • Maxillofacial Trauma
  • Morbidity/Mortality
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology
  • Orthognathic Surgery
  • Dental Implants
  • Basic Sciences
  • Journal Club

During the month of January each year, all conference time is dedicated to the study of head and neck anatomy. The first year resident performs the dissections and presents at conferences, while the third year resident is responsible for guiding and teaching. The result is an annual comprehensive review of head and neck anatomy.

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