Curriculum

Carle's Advanced Educational Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery incorporates didactic and clinical teaching which stresses practical application and clinical correlation. The weekly Case Conference allows residents to gain insight into the full scope of the specialty. The medical, pharmacologic and surgical decision making process is defined to reinforce basic principles of management.

In addition to the weekly Case Conference, residents are given protected academic time on Wednesday afternoons. They attend the OMFS Core Lecture Series, as well as advancing their technical skills in our Simulation Center and Surgical Skills Lab. This protected academic time incorporates lectures given by attending surgeons, guest lecturers, and residents, covering all aspects of the specialty. Additionally, regularly held hospital conferences and clinics allow residents to participate in the Head and Neck Tumor Board, the Cleft Lip and Palate Team, and the Trauma Morbidity and Mortality conferences. Monthly pathology conferences are targeted to review the histopathology of recent cases of interest.

During the first year of the residency program, residents are enrolled in Core Concepts of Physical Diagnosis, giving the residents a formal didactic and clinical program in the methods, techniques and skills necessary to complete a full history and physical examination.

Annually, each resident is sent to an outside conference which will concentrate on areas of interest, in an effort to enhance the resident didactic experience. Specifically, first year residents attend the annual Dental Implant Conference in Chicago. Second year residents attend an advanced craniomaxillofacial trauma course, stressing rigid fixation techniques. Third year residents attend the annual Denver Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Review Course. The Chief resident attends the annual Pathology Review Course in Miami and the Annual AAOMS Meeting.

Clinical Experience

Resident clinical experience at Carle is exceptional. During the first year of the program, residents are assigned nine months on the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service, in addition to three months rotating on the Anesthesia Service. During the second year, residents spend two months on the Internal Medicine Service, one month on Emergency Medicine, two months on the General Surgery Service, one month on the Otolaryngology/ENT Service and one month on Plastics. The remainder of the year is spent on the OMFS Service. In the third year, residents spend an additional two months on the Anesthesia Service, two months on the Trauma and Critical Care Service, two weeks on the Neurosurgery Service and two weeks on the Ophthalmology Service.

The outpatient clinic offers daily traditional dentoalveolar and implant experience. Main operating room patients are also seen in the clinic and residents are able to evaluate, diagnose and plan the management of these patients with the attending surgeons. They are also able to follow the patients postoperatively. Residents can work one on one with the attending surgeons daily to gain the benefit of their clinical experience.

The unique training and skills of the attending staff allow residents to gain experience in all aspects of the specialty. OMFS residents are actively involved in surgical management of all maxillofacial trauma. Residents will gain experience in primary and secondary cleft lip and palate, maxillofacial oncology and reconstruction, dermatologic surgery, as well as surgical airway management.

Rotation Descriptions

For more information about each curriculum rotation, please take a moment to review the following PDF documents:
  Intern Intern Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
July OMFS OMFS OMFS Medicine OMFS OMFS
August OMFS OMFS OMFS Medicine OMFS/Neurosurgery OMFS
September OMFS OMFS OMFS OMFS Anesthesia OMFS
October OMFS OMFS OMFS OMFS Anesthesia OMFS
November OMFS OMFS OMFS General Surgery I OMFS OMFS
December OMFS OMFS Anesthesia General Surgery I OMFS OMFS
January OMFS OMFS Anesthesia ER OMFS OMFS
February OMFS OMFS Anesthesia* ENT Ophthalmology/OMFS OMFS
March OMFS OMFS OMFS OMFS General Surgery II OMFS
April OMFS OMFS OMFS OMFS General Surgery II OMFS
May OMFS OMFS OMFS Plastics OMFS OMFS
June OMFS OMFS OMFS OMFS OMFS OMFS

*February Anesthesia rotation for PGY-1 is dedicated to Pediatric Anesthesia