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.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 2,650 babies are born with a cleft palate and 4,440 babies are born with a cleft lip with or without cleft palate in the United States each year. The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery offers a one-year accredited fellowship in Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery. By partnering with East Tennessee Children's Hospital's Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic, which is recognized by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and Cleft Palate Foundation as a Cleft Palate Team, the fellow will develop in-depth knowledge and receive hands-on training under the guidance of Mark Ray, MD, Team Leader, and Turner Emery, DDS, MD, a member of the Cleft and Craniofacial team.
The fellow is expected to develop in-depth knowledge of the etiology and epidemiology of cleft lip and palate as well as become proficient in the evaluation process and timing for bone grafting the cleft maxilla. The fellow will develop surgical proficiences regarding the comprehensive mangement of a patient with cleft lip and palate from birth to closure.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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