The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery offers a one-year accredited fellowship in oral/head and neck oncologic surgery, which focuses on the surgical management of benign and malignant tumors of this anatomic region. The applicant must possess an MD and/or DDS/DMD degree and have completed a four- or six-year residency program in oral and maxillofacial surgery. During the program, the fellow gains significant experience in the preoperative workup and operative ablation of patients with oral/head and neck neoplasms, including squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity, sarcomas of the jaws, odontogenic tumors, facial skin cancer and salivary gland tumors. Immediate and delayed reconstructive surgery techniques also are reviewed during the fellowship experience.
The fellow is expected to become involved in a research project during the year. Other activities include participation in head and neck tumor board meetings and review of histology pertaining to extirpated tumors. At the conclusion of the one-year experience, the fellow will be properly equipped to accept a teaching/clinical position in an academic medical center or private practice depending on his or her career interests.Top
In a program unlike any other in the country, residents and fellows in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program participate in patient-care planning conferences, bringing the collective wisdom of many specialties to bear on patient care. "The residents and fellows receive a comprehensive education in diagnosis, management and surgical techniques for our patients," says Eric R. Carlson, DMD, MD, the program's Chair and Program Director
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