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Advanced Education Programs in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
4 year Certificate Program

General Description

The Advanced Education Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is based at the Bellevue Hospital Center campus of New York University Medical Center. The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery dates back to 1867 when the first organized course in oral surgery was offered by what was then known as the New York College of Dentistry. The long affiliation between NYU and Bellevue Hospital has enabled the program to fulfill its mission in training postdoctoral students to become leaders in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Many surgeons responsible for the changing face of the specialty were also leaders of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, among them Drs. Leo Winter, Harry Seldin, and William Harrigan.

Didactic training in biomedical sciences takes place at the College of Dentistry and the Medical Center. A wealth of clinical experience is achieved at the affiliate teaching hospitals. These include Tisch Hospital- NYU Medical Center, Lenox Hill Hospital, and The Harbor Healthcare System- Veterans Administration Hospital.

Accreditation Status
The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Each year two applicants are accepted into the six-year OMS/MD program and one applicant is accepted into the four-year OMS certificate program.

Residency Program Objectives
The objective of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program is to prepare graduates for a successful and productive career in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The curriculum is designed to develop the clinical, academic, and communicative skills that will provide for diversified career options. The educational experience is progressive in nature offering increasing responsibilities as residents proceed through the program. A unique feature of this program is immediate participation in all aspects of patient care.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to pursue contemporary full scope Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery practice, obtain medical New York state licensure (6 year residents), and be prepared for the rigors of specialty board examination.

Program Outline
The four-year certificate training program has been developed to prepare the graduated dentist an academic and/ or private practice career in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. It is an integrated clinical and didactic program designed to meet the requirements leading to certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Upon completion of the residency program, the candidate will receive a specialty certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

The didactic training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery begins with postgraduate courses in craniofacial development, head and neck anatomy, bone biology, and physical diagnosis. These essential foundation courses are supplemented by certification in ACLS, PALS, and ATLS. Each Tuesday morning is dedicated to selected topics in oral and maxillofacial surgery. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Maxillofacial Trauma
  • Pathologic lesions of the head and neck
  • Correction of dentofacial deformities
  • Maxillofacial Reconstruction
  • Temporomandibular joint surgery
  • Dentoalveolar surgery
  • Ambulatory general anesthesia and deep sedation
  • Cleft lip and palate repair
  • Management of odontogenic infections
  • Dental implants
  • Management of facial pain
  • Facial aesthetic surgery
  • Coding and nomenclature
  • Risk management

Monday morning attending conference reviews each case from the preceding week. The Chair and faculty in the Pathology Department at the College teach Oral Pathology two times a month.

In addition, there are regularly scheduled multidisciplinary conferences in dentofacial deformities, facial trauma, craniofacial-cleft lip and palate, and Head and Neck Tumor Board.

Year One
The first year of the program consists of seven months on the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service and five months on the Anesthesia Service at NYU Medical Center. The resident functions as a first year anesthesia resident with on call responsibilities. In addition the resident completes Basic Science Courses at NYU College of Dentistry and a Physical Diagnosis Course.

  Anesthesia   5 months
  Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery   7 months

Year Two
The second year of the program is dedicated to completion of the off service rotations and gaining experience in major oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures. While on General Surgery and Medicine rotations the resident functions as a first year resident with on-call responsibilities.

  General Surgery   4 months
  Medicine   2 months
  Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery   6 months

Year Three
In the third year of the program the resident completes 2 additional months of off service rotations (Surgical ICU/ER) and an elective in Craniofacial Surgery at the Institute of Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery.

  SICU   1 month
  ER   1 month
  Elective   1 month
  Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery   9 months

Year Four
The fourth year of the program consists of 12 months of rotations on the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service at Bellevue Hospital/ New York University Medical Center and affiliated hospitals. The resident will function as a chief resident with experiences and expectations consistent with this level of training. During this final year of training, residents participate in cleft lip and palate surgical missions to Mexico and South America.

Research Program
It is required that each resident have an abstract or poster accepted based upon his or her research efforts for presentation at the AAOMS National meeting during their training. Faculty mentors and research supervisors are assigned early during year 1 in the residentís program.

Eligibility and Selection
The program participates in PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service). The deadline for receipt of application materials is November 1st of the year prior to expected matriculation. Individuals with the following qualification are eligible for acceptance to the training program:

  1. Graduate from institutions approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.
  2. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Proof of citizenship and/ or green card must be provided before interview will be granted.
  3. All applicants must be eligible for New York State Licensure in Dentistry. This can be accomplished by passage of the North East Regional Dental Board Examination, state reciprocity, or in the case of New York State, by completion of a CODA approved dental advanced education program. Medical Licensure must be obtained before Year 6 of the combined MD-Certificate program. New York State Dental Licensure can only be obtained after completion of the program. All residents will be listed in the official NY State dental PG program listing.

Vasiliki Karlis, DMD, MD
Associate Professor and Director

Robert S. Glickman, DMD
Professor and Chair

Full Time Faculty
Saul Bahn, DMD
Kenneth Fleisher, DDS
Assistant Professor
Gayle Miranda, DDS
Clinical Assistant Professor
Brendan OíConner
Clinical Assistant Professor
Andrea Schreiber, DMD
Clinical Associate Professor
David Hirsch, DDS, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Marci Levine, DMD, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Part Time Faculty

Stuart Super, DMD
Maurice Edwards, DDS
Steven Caldroney, DDS

Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be directed to:

Vasiliki Karlis, DMD, MD
Advanced Education Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
New York University College of Dentistry
345 East 24 Th Street Room 201
New York, New York 10010
(212) 562-3222
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