Prospective Students

Rotations

Our residency program trains residents to perform surgery of the mouth and jaws, including:

  • removal of third molar teeth
  • placement of dental implants
  • management of facial trauma
  • reconstructive surgery
  • facial cosmetic surgery
  • TMJ surgery
  • management of head and neck pathology

The four-year program is divided into 52 4-week “months” with rotations on a variety of adult and pediatric surgical services. In addition to required rotations in general surgery, medicine and anesthesia, you will serve on pediatric surgery, surgical intensive care service, otolaryngology and plastic surgery. Additional months are reserved for dedicated research time or electives. You will also have the opportunity to spend two months in the maxillofacial unit at St. James's Hospital in Dublin, Ireland.

During the oral and maxillofacial surgery inpatient experience at the Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, you will gain balanced experience in a wide spectrum of oral and maxillofacial case types, including orthognathic, temporomandibular joint, trauma, reconstructive, cleft palate and pathology cases. At both hospitals, the division of oral and maxillofacial surgery divides coverage time equally with two other surgical services to provide comprehensive maxillofacial trauma management.

At the College of Dentistry clinics, ambulatory general anesthesia for outpatients is given at least two mornings per week and intravenous sedation every day. You will have ample opportunity to learn dentoalveolar surgery and preprosthetic surgery, including comprehensive experience diagnosing, treatment planning, and performing surgery for implant dentistry.

The department also participates in the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Team, operating and seeing weekly clinics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Off-service rotations include:

Internal Medicine

Objectives of assignment

Learn to:

  • take a complete and comprehensive medical history
  • do physical examinations
  • order and interpret laboratory studies
  • manage patients with general medical problems

Duties of resident (including on-call responsibilities)

Residents are assigned inpatients that are admitted to the internal medicine service and manage their care under the supervision of the attendings and senior medical residents. The oral and maxillofacial surgery resident participates in the diagnosis and management of the patients, and has the same responsibilities as the medical students and residents of the medicine team.

Length

Three months

Location

Grant Medical Center, an affiliated teaching hospital of The Ohio State University

Training received on assignment

Oral and maxillofacial surgery residents devote full time to the medical service and their responsibility for patients is increased by the supervising senior residents and attendings as their level of confidence and skill increases. The residents on assignment attend all meetings and teaching sessions offered to the medical students and residents during the rotation. 

Anesthesia

Objectives of assignment

  • Gain practical experience in patient assessment for general anesthesia and techniques of premedication and administration of intravenous and inhalation anesthesia
  • Gain knowledge of related physiology and pharmacology
  • Learn to manage anesthesia related emergencies and medically compromised patients requiring general anesthesia

Duties of resident (including on-call responsibilities)

Residents have daily assignments to the operating room that are identical to those of the anesthesia residents. They participate equally in the anesthesia on-call roster. Residents are responsible for performing preoperative evaluation of every patient they will be treating and for postoperative follow-ups on the patients treated admitted to the hospital after surgery.

Length

Five months

Location

Four months at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and one additional month at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Training received on assignment

Oral and maxillofacial surgery residents devote full time to the anesthesia service and receive identical training as the anesthesia residents. The residents on assignment attend all meetings and teaching sessions offered to the anesthesia residents during the rotation.

General Surgery

Objectives of assignment

Gain experience in:

  • examination and treatment of patients that require general surgery including special emphasis on the management of the trauma patient
  • examination and treatment of patients presenting to the emergency room needing surgical treatment
  • comprehensive management of critically ill surgical patients in an intensive care setting

Duties of resident (including on-call responsibilities)

Residents function as junior general surgery residents and manage their assigned patients, as do the other interns, under the supervision of the senior surgery residents and attendings. The assigned residents have the same call responsibilities as the other junior surgical residents.

Length

Five months

Location

Four months at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and one additional month with the Pediatric Surgery Service at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Typically, the first portion of the rotation is completed during the first year of residency and the pediatric surgery component is completed during the third year.

Training received on assignment

Oral and maxillofacial surgery residents devote full time to the general surgery service, and their responsibility for patients is increased by the supervising senior residents and attendings as their level of knowledge and skill increases. The residents on assignment attend all meetings and teaching sessions offered to the surgical residents during the rotation.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Rotation at St. James's Hospital (Dublin, Ireland)

Objective of assignment

To expose the resident to a different philosophy and treatment approach for the management of complex oral and maxillofacial surgery cases. There is a large head and neck oncology, maxillofacial trauma and orthognathic surgery experience in this rotation. The added cultural value of spending two months in Europe is without a doubt what makes this rotation particularly appealing to our residents.

Duties of resident (including on-call responsibilities)

Residents function at the senior registrar level (senior resident) and are responsible for working with other senior registrars and supervising registrars (junior residents) and senior house officers (interns). Our residents answer directly to the consultants (attendings). On-call responsibilities are as back up only (no in-house call). The senior house officers and registrars are assigned for in-house coverage.

Length of rotation

One month, typically during the last year of residency

Training received on assignment

Oral and maxillofacial surgery residents devote full time to the oral and maxillofacial surgery service, and their responsibility for patients is increased by the supervising consultants (attendings) as their level of knowledge and skill increases. The residents on assignment attend all meetings and teaching sessions offered during the rotation.

The residents are committed full-time to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Unit at St. James's Hospital while on assignment.

Faculty member responsible for the rotation

Dr. Leo Stassen, Professor and Chairman, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, St. James's Hospital and Dublin Dental School and Dental Hospital