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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program

Program director and director of research:  Joseph E. Cillo Jr , DMD, MPH, PhD
Accreditation:  CODA
Length of program: 4 years (PGY1-PGY4)
Residents per year: 1-2
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About the Program

Our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program is based at Allegheny General Hospital.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery, as defined by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, is the specialty of dentistry which includes the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial regions.

 


 

Program Goals and Objectives

It is the goal of our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program to provide the best possible learning environment, resources, instruction and clinical exposure necessary for each resident to acquire the broad and solid knowledge base and well-developed clinical skills necessary to practice the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgical specialty.

Toward meeting this goal, the program maintains four important objectives:

  1. To educate specialists to a level of competency in the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery through systematic and comprehensive didactic and clinical training which will provide the foundation for the resident to attain proficiency in the specialty.
  2. To educate specialists broadly in the basic sciences, medicine, and surgery through comprehensive didactic and clinical education, whereby the specialist will be competent to identify diseases and disorders for referral, teach on a faculty, engage in investigative research, and pursue additional post-graduate training.
  3. To provide an opportunity for research and submission of a paper for publication.
  4. To prepare for certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
  5. To develop competent, ethical and compassionate practitioners who possess a broad-based world view of the health sciences; appreciate and respect their peers and colleagues in dentistry, medicine and surgery; strive continually for excellence in their profession; and commit to life-long learning.
  6. To attract the highest quality of dental school graduates into the residency program.
     

Program Structure

Our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) Residency Program, based at Allgheny General Hospital, is an ADA-accredited 4-year certificate program. In order to achieve the objectives of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program, the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery offers a well-structured program that integrates intensive clinical experience, didactic lectures and off-service clinical rotations.

The 4 years of training are designed to integrate advanced biologic sciences with progressive clinical training. The first year is primarily outpatient dentoalveolar surgery, and the final year is the chief year for a total of 36 months of OMFS experience. Off-service rotations include four months anesthesia, including one month devoted exclusively to pediatric anesthesia, four months of general surgery, two months of medicine, and one month each of ENT-Head and Neck Surgery and Plastic Surgery. Additional opportunities and excellent facilities are available for the resident to pursue clinically relevant research or in-depth study within a specific discipline of interest.

The OMFS Core Conferences cover the full scope of the specialty, are presented by the resident house staff, members of the adjunctive teaching staff and guest lecturers, and form the backbone to the OMFS didactic curriculum. The Core Conference schedule includes Head and Neck Tumor Board, Orthognathic Surgery Treatment Planning, OMFS Journal Club, Dental Implant Treatment Planning, Interdisciplinary Journal Club, Chief Conference/M&M, Medicine/Cardiology Grand Rounds, OMFS Lecture Series, and Acute Care Surgery Lectures.

Emphasis is placed on the total healthcare of the hospitalized patient. Residents are expected to become competent in overall patient management. Off-service rotations are used to supplement the experience along with full-time Emergency Department assignment and Trauma Team participation.
 


Conferences

The OMFS Core Conferences cover the full scope of the specialty, are presented by the resident house staff members of the adjunctive teaching staff and guest lecturers, and form the backbone to the OMFS didactic curriculum.

The Core Conference schedule includes the following:

  • Head and Neck Tumor Board
  • Orthognathic Surgery Treatment Planning
  • OMFS Journal Club
  • Dental Implant Treatment Planning
  • Interdisciplinary Journal Club
  • Chief Conference/Morbidity and Mortality (M&M)
  • Medicine/Cardiology Grand Rounds
  • OMFS Lecture Series
  • Acute Care Surgery Lectures

Emphasis is placed on the total healthcare of the hospitalized patient. Residents are expected to become competent in overall patient management. Off-service rotations are used to supplement the experience along with full-time Emergency Department assignment and Trauma Team participation.


Resident Rotation Schedule

PGY1 - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Intern, 12 months

PGY2 - Off-Service Rotations (months):

  • General Surgery (4)
  • ENT (1)
  • Plastic Surgery (1)
  • General Anesthesia (3)
  • Pediatric Anesthesia (1) off-site
  • Internal Medicine (2)

PGY3 - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service

  • Junior Resident (12 months)
  • Sleep Medicine (2 weeks)

PGY4 - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service

  • Chief Resident (12 months)

Contact Us

Donna Voyce

Mailing address:
   Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
   Allegheny General Hospital
   320 East North Avenue, Suite 0107 S.T.
   Pittsburgh, PA  15212

Telephone:  412.359.4723

 

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