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Residency Program Description


   The Advanced Educational Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Louisville is a hospital-based program co-sponsored by the School of Dentistry and the School of Medicine.  The primary hospital for the program is the University of Louisville Hospital, a state-of-the-art, 400-bed Level 1 trauma center.  The Chairman of Surgical and Hospital Dentistry also serves as Chief, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Dentistry at the University of Louisville Hospital.  The outpatient clinic is located in an attached, modern ambulatory care building.  The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Dentistry utilizes a 4800-square-foot clinic providing ambulatory surgery suites and complete support facilities.

   The program is administratively based in the Department of Surgical and Hospital Dentistry within the School of Dentistry.  In addition to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, this department includes OMF Pathology, OMF Imaging Services, Sterilizer Monitoring Service, Hospital Dentistry, and Pain and Anxiety Control.  The General Practice Residency Program is also based in this department.


   The purpose of the training program at the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center is to train graduate dentists in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery.  The program is approved by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association.

   Upon successful completion of this program, candidates are eligible for examination by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  The requirements necessary to complete the doctor of medicine degree (M.D.) and to complete the core year of surgical residency necessary for medical licensure will also have been met.


   The philosophy at the University of Louisville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program is designed to provide the resident with increasing responsibility in patient care, culminating in a resident being the individual who makes treatment decisions.  There is an excellent patient mix between private and ward service.  The faculty provides guidance and advice, but allows the chief residents to assume responsibility for the care of the patient and the administration of the service.  Balance in training is stressed so that the entire scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery is experienced by the program’s residents.  The aim is for the graduates of this program to be competent and comfortable with the entire field, from dentoalveolar surgery under ambulatory general anesthesia to osteotomies.  Principles are stressed so that our graduates will be able to "grow" with the field through decades of practice.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program

   The educational program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery begins July 1 of each year and extends through seventy-two (72) calendar months.  Two residents are selected each year.  

   Stipends vary, based on the specific year of residency.  For the medical school years (years two and three of the six-year program), a $6,000+ per year stipend is awarded.  Single health-care coverage and malpractice insurance are also provided during the medical school segment of the program.  For the years one, four, five and six, the general House Staff compensation and benefits package is provided, in accordance with University of Louisville Affiliated Hospitals.

   Two weeks of paid vacation are provided for first-year residents.  To offset their stipend, the second- and third-year residents work in the oral and maxillofacial surgery service during their regular vacation time from medical school.  The fourth-, fifth- and sixth-year residents receive three weeks of vacation.

   Educational requirements for each year of the residency, with respect to didactic and clinical experiences are provided in the links on the right navigation bar.

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