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POST DOCTORAL CERTIFICATE IN ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY

The Postdoctoral Certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program was established in July, 1963.  The program consists of a minimum of four consecutive years (48 months) of progressive educational experiences and may lead to a master's degree if candidate fulfills additional requirements.
 

 

It meets the requirements of the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association and the requirements for examination and certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  The program uses the facilities and resources of the School of Dental Medicine and is affiliated to the University District Hospital, the Pediatric University Hospital and the San Juan Municipal Hospital. Two residents are accepted every year.

The first year of the program exposes residents to fundamental knowledge related to the evaluation of patients in the hospital environment.  On call duty every third night at the emergency room, work with medically compromised patients at the outpatient clinic, a physical diagnosis course with first year medical students, seminars, literature reviews and case presentations, and an advanced Oral Biology course provide basic knowledge and skills for oral and maxillofacial surgery diagnosis and treatment.  Residents are also introduced to basic research concepts, biostatistics, and scientific methodology so that they may apply them in future situations along their professional lives.

The second year consists of rotations in the medical departments of Anesthesiology (5 months), Internal Medicine (2 months), and
Neurosurgery (1 months).  During the second year, residents also participate in the outpatient clinic and in seminars, literature reviews, and a case presentation course.

The third year includes rotations in Tumor Service (1 month), Trauma Service (2 months), and the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (1 month) of the General Surgery Department.  Residents also have elective rotations in the Oto-Head and Neck Surgery Department (1 month).  On the third year, residents work towards the mastery of basic oral and maxillofacial surgery principles, evaluation of the medically compromised patient, treatment of complicated odontectomies, periodontal surgery, dental implant and site preparation, benign tumors of the oral cavity, fractures of the facial skeleton, debridement and suturing of oral and facial lacerations, and mastering intravenous sedation techniques.

The fourth year seeks to refine surgical techniques.  Residents are expected to treat conditions such as congenital and acquired anomalies of the mouth and face, develop expertise in reconstructive procedures of the maxillofacial area, understand and apply the principles of bone grafting, different tissue, and the use of alloplastic implants; as well evaluation and treatment of facial plastic surgical procedures (cosmetic surgery).  Each resident must complete a significant publishable research project on a clinical subject related to oral and maxillofacial surgery.

The program consists of 48 consecutive months of full-time study.  All courses must be approved in order to obtain certification. The faculty may add or eliminate courses to meet particular circumstances.  Participation is encouraged in other relevant courses. F or detailed information regarding available courses and/or rotations, contact the School of Dental Medicine.

Interested candidates must submit an application through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) in addition to the application form provided by the School of Dental Medicine. Local aplicants most participate in the matching program.

SPECIAL SIX-MONTH TO A YEAR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Besides the four year Post-Doctoral Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the School of Dental Medicine offers a six-month to a year special program, which is not conducive to a degree, certificate, or diploma.  Students receive a letter of completion of the program.  The program provides interested foreign dentists from caribbean basin and latin american, the basic didactic and clinical experiences related to the latest concepts, diagnostic methods, modalities of treatment, and surgical techniques in the field of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Graduation Requirements
Residents must pass all required courses satisfactorily and have a minimum grade point average of 2.75, as certified by the Registrar.

POSTDOCTORAL CERTIFICATE IN ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY

TOTAL CREDIT-HOURS: 74 SEMESTER C.H. + 6 TRIMESTER C.H.

FIRST YEAR

First Semester

Codification

Course Name

Credits

CIOM 9511

Seminars, Literature Review, Case Presentation

4

CIOM 9611

Hospital Procedure I

2

BIOR 9005

Advanced Oral Biology Core Course

5

MEDI 9300

Physical Diagnosis

3

Second Semester

Codification

Course Name

Credits

CIOM 9512

Seminars, Literature Review, Case Presentation II

4

CIOM 9612

Hospital Procedure II

2

BIOR 9005

Advanced Oral Biology Core Course

5

MEDI 9300

Physical Diagnosis

3

 First Trimester

Codification

Course Name

Credits

PDOC 9006

Research Methods and Applied Stadistics for Dental Residents.

5

Second Trimester

Codification

Course Name

Credits

PDOC 9006

Research Methods and Applied Stadistics for Dental Residents.

5

Third Trimester

Codification

Course Name

Credits

PDOC 9101

Introduction to Research Planning. Elective

2


SECOND YEAR
First Semester

Codification

Course Name

Credits

CIOM 9521

Seminars, Literature Review, Case Presentation III

4

CIOM 9621

Hospital Procedure III

2

CIOM 9460

General Anesthesia Rotation

3

Second Semester

Codification

Course Name

Credits

CIOM 9522

Seminars, Literature Review, Case Presentation IV

4

CIOM 9622

Hospital Procedure IV

2

CIOM 9460

General Anesthesia Rotation

3

THIRD YEAR
First Semester

Codification

Course Name

Credits

CIOM 9531

Seminars, Literature Review, Case Presentation V

4

CIOM 9631

Hospital Procedure V

2

CIOM 9731

Cosmetic and Reconstructive Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery I

2

CIOM 9830

Theory and Practice of I.V. Sedation and Ambulatory General Anesthesia

3

Second Semester

Codification

Course Name

Credits

CIOM 9532

Seminars, Literature Review, Case Presentation VI

4

CIOM 9632

Hospital Procedure VI

2

FOURTH YEAR
First Semester

Codification

Course Name

Credits

CIOM 9541

Seminars, Literature Review, Case Presentation VII

4

CIOM 9641

Hospital Procedure VII

2

CIOM 9741

Cosmetic and Reconstructive Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery II

2

Second Semester

Codification

Course Name

Credits

CIOM 9542

Seminars, Literature Review, Case Presentation VII

 4

CIOM 9642

Hospital Procedure VIII

 2

CIOM 9742

Cosmetic and Reconstructive Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery III

 2

CIOM 9847

Research Completion Project

 6

The following additional courses are also required for certification:

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and
- Advanced
Trauma Life Support (ATLS)

- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

Required Rotations 12 Months Total

Neurosurgery 1
General Surgery  4
General Anesthesia 5
Medicine  2

Requirement to fulfill master’s degree:

CIOM 9840 Thesis

6 crs./trim.

INTERNSHIP IN ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY
SPECIAL SIX-MONTH TO A YEAR PROGRAM

Besides the four year Post-Doctoral Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the School of Dental Medicine offers a six-month to a year special program, which is not conductive to a degree, certificate, or diploma.  Students receive a letter of completion of the program.  This program is designed for foreign dentists from caribbean basin and latin american interested in the regular advanced education program and provides the basic didactic and clinical experiences related to the latest concepts, diagnostic methods, modalities of treatment, and surgical techniques in the field of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

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