Didactic Program


The oral and maxillofacial surgery department has a structured didactic program that is designed to meet the educational needs of the surgeon in training.

1. OMFS case conference: This conference meets once a week. The function of the case conference is to discuss all preoperative and postoperative cases. A chief resident on a rotating schedule organizes the conference. A chief or senior resident will present the cases with an in-depth discussion of the diagnosis and management of the patient.

2. OMFS seminar:  Is a weekly 60 - 90 minute seminar which provides instruction in basic medical and surgical principles. The lecture schedule is arranged in blocks and covers the full scope or oral and maxillofacial surgery including: trauma, orthognathic and cleft surgery, pathology and reconstruction, esthetic surgery, TMD, dentoalveolar surgery, implant surgery, infections.

3. Anesthesia seminar / conference:  A basic anesthesia seminar course is provided during the summer for all incoming dental and oral and maxillofacial surgery residents. In addition to this introductory seminar the department schedules one to two  monthly seminar / conference on advanced anesthetic topics including but not limited to pharmacology, techniques, monitoring, emergency management,  patient assessment, and medicine.  In addition to the seminar and conference the residents participate quarterly in anesthesia / medical emergency simulation.

4. Craniofacial surgical / orthognathic seminar and case conference:  This seminar / case conference consists of two components. Once per month the oral surgery faculty and residents meet with the orthodontic faculty to assess and treatment plan orthognathic cases.  The OMFS department  also provides a monthly seminar on orthognathic  / craniofacial surgery.

5. Head and neck anatomy: A cadaver dissection course reviewing surgical anatomy and illustrating surgical techniques is provided by the OMFS faculty to all OMFS residents.  

6. Literature review: This seminar meets one to two times a month to review JOMFS and other pertinent journals.

7. Pathology seminar: This seminar meets for once per week.  The course includes lectures, microscope teaching and CPCs. The course is currently directed by Dr. Don-John Summerlin a board certified oral and maxillofacial pathologist.

8. Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology seminar: This seminar meets once a month in conjunction with plastic and ENT surgery.  This semniar is currently directed by Dr. Kristine Mosier.