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Dr. Anthony S. Mecca Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
S. Glickman, D.M.D., Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Mission: The mission of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial
Surgery is to train clinicians and scientists to advance current knowledge
in the field, to encourage the discovery of improved therapies and to
serve the public by providing quality surgical care.
The Anthony S. Mecca 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 course consisted of
didactic lectures supplemented by cadaver operations and weekly clinics. As the
specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery evolved, so too did the department.
By 1915 daily clinics in diagnosis and treatment of surgical conditions including
impactions, neoplasms, fractures, and infections were taught. Later, classes
in local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, general anesthesia, and patient assessment
were added. Many surgeons responsible for the changing face of the specialty
were also leaders of the Anthony S. Mecca Department of Oral and Maxillofacial
Surgery at NYU—among them Drs. Leo Winter, Harry Seldin, and William Harrigan.
The oral and maxillofacial surgery faculty at NYU today embraces the traditions
of the past while contributing to the future development of the specialty.
The didactic curriculum in oral and maxillofacial surgery focuses on surgical
application of the basic biomedical sciences. This is accomplished via a series
of lectures in the second and third years and augmented by small group seminars
and case discussions scheduled during the assigned clinical rotations in the
The second-year lecture series in oral and maxillofacial surgery occurs as part
of the Survey of Dental Specialties course. An introduction to the basic principles
of the discipline including techniques of administration of local anesthesia,
basic exodontias armamentarium and technique, fundamental surgical principles
including asepsis, wound healing and hemostasis, complex exodontias, management
of dentoalveolar infections, management of soft tissue and dentoalveolar injuries,
prevention and management of surgical complications, and surgical considerations
in management of the cleft lip/palate patient are all addressed in a multidisciplinary
case-based format. A series of bench lab exercises in local anesthesia technique,
flap design and suture technique, and vital signs and management of medical emergencies
complement this lecture series.
The third-year didactic course in advanced oral and maxillofacial surgery focuses
on more advanced surgical topics including impactions, preprosthetic surgery,
implants, bone grafts and reconstructive surgery, management of benign and malignant
lesions of the jaws, temporomandibular joint surgery, orthognathic surgery and
correction of dentofacial anomalies, mandibular and midface trauma management.
This core of lectures is supplemented by daily small group seminars and complex
case discussion sessions, which are scheduled during the clinical rotation in
oral and maxillofacial surgery.
The third-year clinical course in oral and maxillofacial surgery consists of
two one-week rotations during which the students are fully immersed in all of
the activities of the department including performing exodontias procedures,
surgical consultations, and postoperative evaluations; assisting complex dentoalveolar
surgical cases; and assisting or observing sedation cases and operating room
cases at the College and at affiliate hospitals. Students attend weekly departmental
rounds and daily small group seminars. The emphasis is placed on total perioperative
patient management skills in addition to clinical surgical experiences.
The fourth-year clinical course in oral and maxillofacial surgery consists of
a one-week OMS hospital rotation assignment during which the student hones skills
in dentoalveolar surgery and gains additional exposure to complex major oral
and maxillofacial procedures including ambulatory anesthesia cases and operating
room assisting and observation. The students participate in all service activities
including rounds, lectures, seminars, and clinical assignments. Students are
also assigned to sessions in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic where
they gain experience in the management of oral surgery emergencies.
The Honors Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery accepts two senior students
each year. These students are assigned faculty mentors on a rotating basis to
ensure exposure to all activities within the department. Students spend one half-day
per week in the clinic where they are assigned advanced dentoalveolar cases.
In addition they attend resident lectures and seminars and/or cases on a rotating
basis. The students also work with faculty mentors on research projects or case
reports and abstracts suitable for presentation.
Basic Life Support and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Training in basic life support and cardiopulmonary resuscitation occurs biannually
to ensure that all students are certified according to the standards of the American
Heart Association. Basic life support training includes recognition of early
warning signs and appropriate entry into the emergency medical system. The students
are taught recognition of and appropriate intervention for respiratory arrest,
cardiac arrest, and foreign body airway obstruction in the conscious and unconscious
individual. This training is supplemented by lectures on management of common
medical emergencies and review of the NYUCD medical emergency protocol during
the third-year OMS clinical course.