Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Residents & Residency Information

Residents in our annual head and neck microneural repair workshop

Program Objectives:

  • To provide the resident an academic background that meets the requirements for certification in oral and maxillofacial surgery;
  • To develop in the resident skills for critical inquiry and assessment needed to provide high quality, ethical, and competent care to patients;
  • To develop the diagnostic, patient management, and surgical skills necessary for the pursuit of a career in academics or private practice;
  • To provide a teaching and clinical environment that prepares the resident for completion of the certification examination of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery;
  • To develop in the resident an attitude of life long learning for continued high quality humane care to the public.

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program is approved by the Council of Dental Education of the American Dental Association and, upon satisfactory completion, graduates become eligible for certification examination by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

The rotations for trainees during the four-year program include: Anesthesiology, General Surgery, Medicine, Otolaryngology, Cardiology, Plastic Surgery and Trauma Surgery.

PGY-1 - Off Service Rotations, ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), and ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support) Courses

RotationsMonths On
Internal Medicine2
General Surgery4
Elective RotationsMonths On
Emergency Room1
Surgical Intensive Care1
Trauma Surgery1

PGY-2 - involved in clinic management and begins
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery trauma call

Months On
Plastic Surgery

PGY-3 - growing OR responsibilities, continued clinic responsibilities,
and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery trauma call

Months On

PGY-4 - OR and general Oral & Maxillofacial
Surgery service coordinator

Months On

Extensive training is obtained in the diagnosis and management of facial fractures, oral maxillofacial infections, benign and malignant lesions of the maxillofacial region, congenital anomalies of the head and neck including clefts, dentofacial deformities, and temporomandibular disorders. Training is also provided in maxillofacial reconstruction, anterior alveolar cleft repair, placement of dental implants, and ambulatory anesthesia including IV sedation and general anesthesia.

Emphasis is placed on training in the management of anterior alveolar clefts and dentofacial deformities. Preprosthetic surgery is a large part of the program, including placement of osseous-integrated implants.

Typical Schedule of Instruction

Ward Bedside Teaching Rounds7 Days/Week
Oral Surgery ConferenceWeekly
Faculty and House Staff Guest LecturersWeekly
Oral Pathology ConferenceMonthly
Medicine Conference - Physical DiagnosisWeekly
Operating Room ScheduleWednesday and Friday
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic5 Days/Week
Oral Pathology LecturesWeekly
General Surgery Case Conference and Basic
Science Lecture
Anesthesiology LectureMonthly
Implant LectureMonthly

Application Procedure

Applicants may apply to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program by enrolling in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (adea.org). If further information is needed, please see the contact information below.

Supplemental requirements: Curriculum Vitae and a 2-inch x 2-inch photograph should be sent directly to the program at the address below.

Rotesha Buckley
Residency Coordinator
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
The University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-0531
(409) 772-1546
email: rrbuckle@utmb.edu