Two residents are matched each academic year for the four-year residency program, and one resident is matched each academic year for the six-year integrated residency and MD program. Both programs are designed to provide the resident with the opportunity for sufficient didactic and clinical education, to meet the requirements for certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and to become a knowledgeable and competent practitioner in either an academic environment or private practice.
The department also provides the opportunity for graduates of the four year residency program to complete a Doctor of Medicine degree at the conclusion of the four year program. Four board-certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and one basic science researcher comprise the full-time faculty. The residency is also supported by five, active part-time volunteer faculty. Many of the faculty have distinguished themselves with international reputations for their subspecialty clinical activities.
The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery conducts four-year and six-year residency programs.
Thirty-five months are spent on the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery service, with thirteen months spent on off-service rotations. These off-service rotations include the following
The sequence and timing of off-service rotations is determined according to resident and service needs. In general, first year residents will complete the Internal Medicine and Elective Medicine rotations and initiate the Anesthesiology rotation, while the second year resident will complete Anesthesiology rotation and initiate the Surgery rotations. The third year resident completes the Surgery rotations. The fourth year resident assumes the responsibilities of the chief resident that involves general coordination and supervision of all clinical and didactic activities. The busy clinical activities of the department are supported by a well-defined didactic program. An optional MD program exists at the conclusion of the four-year residency. This program is two years in duration, leading to the MD degree at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis.
Thirty-one months will be spent on the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery service. This includes eight months in the PGY-1 year, eight months in the PGY-2 year, three months in the PGY-3 year, and twelve months in the PGY-4 year (chief residency). All off-service rotations are accomplished in the clinical component of the medical school curriculum with the exception of two months on the Anesthesiology service and one month on the Pediatric Anesthesiology service. The twenty-six month medical school curriculum includes representative didactic and clinical experiences in all four years of medical school. Three months of the first year of medical school didactics and eight months of the second year of medical school didactics are completed at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis. Twelve months of the third year medical school clerkships and three months of the fourth year medical school clerkships are completed in Knoxville. A PGY-1 year of General Surgery is completed in Knoxville following receiving the MD degree. Questions regarding the specific didactic and clinical components of the medical school curriculum should be addressed to Dr. Carlson.
The four-year OMFS and the six-year OMFS/MD residency programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
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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