Fully approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA), the residency program in oral and maxillofacial surgery is sponsored by St. Joseph’s and affiliated with New York Medical College, a member of the Touro University System. It is a four-year program with an MD option that offers high-quality educational guidance and broad hands-on experience at several sites:
- The Veteran’s Administration Center, East Orange, NJ;
- Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, NJ; and
- Mountainside Hospital, Montclair, NJ
St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, the primary training location, is a level-two trauma facility and a referral hospital for the full spectrum of maxillofacial trauma from Northern New Jersey and surrounding areas. On the Medical Center’s campus is the Children’s Hospital at St. Joseph’s, home to the Regional Craniofacial Center and the Palestroni Birth Defects Center.
At the Veterans Administration Medical Center, second-year residents place implants, perform dentoalveolar and pre-prosthetic surgery, and gain valuable exposure to head and neck oncology. Other off-site rotations provide residents with enhanced exposure to cosmetic facial surgery, maxillofacial reconstruction and advanced dentoalveolar surgery in a private practice-like setting.
When off-service, senior residents operate with craniofacial and oculoplastic surgeons, as well as with a fellowship-trained cosmetic OMS. The breadth, scope and volume of clinical activity ensure that residents are well-trained in the full scope of OMS. Interested residents may pursue the MD option through New York Medical College where they may be candidates for advanced standing upon successful completion of OMS training.
The core didactic program includes:
- Weekly seminars cycling annually;
- Grand Rounds, monthly;
- Journal Clubs, monthly; and
- Special presentations and “roundtable” sessions.
Teaching is ongoing in the operating room, the clinic and on rounds every day. Residents also participate in a head and neck cadaver dissection course and in simulation and lab-based training programs for donor tissue harvest, osteotomies and other complex procedures. Scholarly activity is required and mentorship is provided by faculty members.
Physical diagnosis training begins within the department and continues with a rotation to Clifton Family Medicine. Residents spend five months in the Department of Anesthesiology, two months in the Department of Medicine and four months in the Department of Surgery. There are also rotations in pathology and in cosmetic maxillofacial surgery.
Close cooperation among general dentistry residents, pediatric dentistry residents and those training in oral and maxillofacial surgery allows for team management of implant cases and a collaborative approach to the care of maxillofacial trauma patients, children with cleft lip and palate and individuals with congenital and acquired dentofacial deformities.
The faculty consists of two full-time and one half-time board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons and a large number of committed part-time faculty members as well as two orthodontists, a maxillofacial prosthodontist, an oral pathologist, an otolaryngologist/head-and-neck surgeon and a craniofacial surgeon who is employed full-time by the institution. Other medical and dental general practitioners and specialists are readily accessible.