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OMS Curriculum, Rotations, and Course Descriptions

The curriculum has been developed to relate basic science principles to clinical application through the mechanism of rotation with other disciplines, regularly scheduled seminars, grand rounds, and conferences. Special courses are conducted for surgical anatomy, oral and maxillofacial pathology. Regular rotation to other disciplines includes general anesthesia, general surgery, internal medicine, and trauma. Residents are certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Advanced Trauma Life Support during the program.

The deadline for application to the program is October 1. All applications must be provided through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Late applications will not be accepted. Potential candidate applications will then be reviewed and screened for interviews. If selected, the candidates will be contacted to visit for a formal interview. Interviews take place during late fall into early winter. Match results are announced in late January, and two residents are selected each year to begin training on July 1 of that year.

For additional information, please contact our Residency Application Coordinator Bea Davis at 901.448.6234.

Conferences and Seminars

Grand Rounds: This biweekly conference series allows the residents to make presentations on various academic topics and formal case presentations of interesting patients being treated on the service.

Case Conference: This triweekly conference series is dedicated to the review and discussion of current patient cases with emphasis in mortality and morbidity review.

Literature Review Seminar: A two-hour seminar held monthly, in which articles from the current literature are reviewed. Experience in evaluation of written material and verbal presentation before a group is the purpose of this seminar.

Oral Pathology Conference: This biweekly conference is designed to familiarize the resident with information and knowledge within the scope of OMS presented in lecture and CPC format.

Orthognathic Case Conference: This is a monthly conference held in conjunction with the Department of Orthodontics involving joint surgical-orthodontic cases.

Implant Seminar (January-June): A multidisciplinary lecture series presented by guest lecturers, attendings, and residents of the OMS, prosthodontic, and periodontic programs focusing on the various aspects of dental implants and their placement, soft and hard tissue augmentation, restoration, and potential complications.

Rotations

Year One

  • July: OMS Service
  • August-October: Internal Medicine/ICU
  • November-December: OMS Service/Cardiology
  • January-March: General Anesthesia
  • April-June: OMS Service

Year Two

  • July-August: General Anesthesia/Pediatric Anesthesia
  • September: Research/Pathology
  • October-December: OMS Service
  • January-March: General Surgery/Trauma
  • April-June: OMS service

Year Three

  • July-Sept: OMS
  • Oct: Oncological Surgery
  • Nov: Otolaryngology
  • Dec: Research
  • Jan-Mar: OMS service
  • Apr: Oculoplastic Surgery
  • May: Plastic Surgery
  • June: OMS service

Year Four

  • 12 Months OMS

Course Descriptions

Note: Postgraduate Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery courses are designated POMS. No POMS courses carry CGHS credit.

POMS 301 – Oral & Maxillofacial Clinical Rotations: In addition to the oral & maxillofacial surgery service, residents rotate through the following disciplines during the 4-year training program: internal medicine, cardiology, general anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia, pathology, general surgery, trauma, reconstructive surgery, craniofacial surgery, otolaryngology, oculoplastics, and OMS private practice. [Course Director: Dr. Jim Christian; MDS Credit Hours: NA; Offered: Fall & Spring]

POMS 303 – Head and Neck Anatomy: An intense study of gross structures of the head and neck by systematic dissection supplemented by UT medical school lectures and demonstrations oriented toward practical surgical applications. [Course Director: Dr. Randall Nelson; MDS Credit Hours: NA; Offered: Fall & Spring]

POMS 305 – Physical Diagnosis: This comprehensive week long course is provided by the VAMC Department of Internal Medicine for first year residents every July. Lecture, demonstration, and clinical participation are used to familiarize the student with patient evaluation and techniques of physical examination. [Course Director: VAMC Dept. of Internal Medicine; MDS Credit Hours: NA; Offered: Summer]

POMS 307 – Radiography: Technology proficiency and interpretation of extra-oral radiographic procedures of the head and its temporomandibular joint as they relate to oral surgery are the goals of this course. Special intra-oral techniques are also presented. Radiologist directed study, slides, and lecture format with actual resident participation are utilized. [Course Director: Dr. Jeff Brooks; MDS Credit Hours: NA; Offered: Fall & Spring]

POMS 310 – Oral & Maxillofacial Literature Review Seminar: A two-hour seminar held monthly, in which articles from the current literature are reviewed. Experience in evaluation of written material and verbal presentation before a group is the purpose of this seminar. [Course Director: Dr. Jim Christian; MDS Credit Hours: NA; Offered: Fall & Spring]

POMS 315 – Grand Rounds: This triweekly conference series allows the residents to make presentations on various academic topics and formal case presentations of interesting patients being treated on the service. [Course Director: Dr. Jim Christian; MDS Credit Hours: NA; Offered: Fall & Spring]

POMS 320 - Case Conference: This triweekly conference series is dedicated to the review and discussion of current patient cases with emphasis in mortality and morbidity review. [Course Director: Dr. Jim Christian; MDS Credit Hours: NA; Offered: Fall & Spring]

POMS 325 - Oral Pathology Conference: Bi-weekly 1-hour conference designed to familiarize the resident with information and knowledge within the scope of OMS presented in lecture and CPC format. [Course Director: Dr. Mark Anderson; MDS Credit Hours: NA; Offered: Fall & Spring]

POMS 330 - Orthognathic Case Conference: This is a monthly conference held in conjunction with the Department of Orthodontics involving joint surgical-orthodontic cases. [Course Director: Dr. Jim Christian; MDS Credit Hours: NA; Offered: Fall & Spring]

Last Published: Aug 16, 2018