Clinical Curriculum


General Dentistry Residency Program


The first and second years of training provide the basic core of medical and surgical knowledge for the Resident. During this period, emphasis is placed on physical diagnosis; management of medically compromised patients and perioperative care. The following rotations are provided during the first twenty-four months of the program:

Internal Medicine 2 months

Cardiology 1 month

Pulmonary Medicine 1 month

Emergency Medicine 1 month

General Anesthesia 20 weeks

General Surgery 16 weeks

Plastics 3-4 weeks

Otolaryngology/Urology 2 weeks

Neurosurgery 3 weeks

Surgical Intensive Care Unit 4 weeks

Trauma 3-4 weeks

The third year of training are focused on managing most maxillofacial trauma and running an outpatient OMFS clinic.  Each resident spends 3 months running the trauma service which includes performing most surgeries with either a teaching chief resident or an attending staff.  The other 3 months the resident is in charge of the MLK outpatient OMFS clinic which includes managing 6 ancillary staff as well as scheduling and supervising interns and dental students.  After completing those 6 months, the third year resident has their introduction to orthognathic and TMJ surgery during a 4 month Kaiser Permanente (Sunset).

The fourth year Resident serves as Chief Resident for six months. The remaining six months are spent in research and elective surgery rotation at affiliate hospitals (2 months). As Chief Resident, training includes administrative, teaching and surgical responsibilities. During this time, particular emphasis is placed on further development of diagnostic, treatment, planning and surgical skills in various areas of maxillofacial trauma, pathology, acquired and congenital maxillofacial deformities and facial pain management.

This approach will allow adequate preparation for the specialty practice of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as well as being consistent with and promulgate the objective of advanced education as set forth by the following advisory and/or governing bodies:

  • American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Committee Residency Education and Training
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Self-Assessment Tool Committee
  • Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association

Didactic Curriculum

  • Annually
    • Introduction to Hospital Dentistry (first year)
    • Physical diagnosis (first year)
    • Surgical/Advanced Head & Neck anatomy
  • Weekly
    • Wednesdays
      • Journal Club
      • Anatomy Review
      • Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology
    • Fridays
      • Faculty and guest lectures
      • Pre- operative and Post- operative case review
      • Morbidity and Mortality
      • Anesthesia review
      • Resident presentations
    • Monthly
      • Combined GPR & OMFS Implant conference
      • Practice Management and Risk Management Series