Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program


Colonya C. Calhoun, DDS, PhD
Chief, Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Dentistry
Program Director,
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Phone: 310-222-3491

The program is forty-eight months in length and structured to qualify the Resident for specialty examination and certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. As admission criteria, students are required to have demonstrated good personal character, academic achievement and the abilities and desire to successfully complete an advanced Residency Training Program. Acceptance into the program does not insure advancement to successive years, or specialty certification. Residents who demonstrate satisfactory academic performance, good surgical judgment and acceptable professional and moral character are allowed to advance to the successive years of training and subsequent satisfactory completion of the Advanced Educational Training Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

The training program is designed to provide continuous, progressive clinical and didactic experience for the resident. The way we achieve this is by all of us being a participant in the “circle of knowledge” in that each resident is responsible for training their junior resident and each junior resident should find their immediate senior as a resource of knowledge and experience. The aim of the program is to insure that each Resident attains the clinical and surgical skills, knowledge and sound judgment which will allow him or her to enter specialty practice with confidence, sensitivity and competence.

In order to provide a diverse surgical experience to practice the full-scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we have added several part-time and volunteer surgeons to our faculty, most of whom are Harbor-UCLA OMFS alumni. To highlight a few, Dr. Julian Wilson (alumni-’13) completed a TMJ fellowship at Kaiser Permanente, Sunset and continues to be the premiere TMJ surgeon for all of Southern California Kaiser Hospitals. Dr. Husam Elias, after completing his dual degree training at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland Ohio, completed a cosmetic surgery fellowship at the Inland Cosmetic Surgery Center in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.  We believe that with the expansion of our faculty to include part-time and volunteer faculty, our residents will get the best surgical experience, even in a county setting.

The first and second years of training provide the basic core of medical and surgical knowledge for the Resident. During this period, emphasis is placed on physical diagnosis; management of medically compromised patients and perioperative care. The following rotations are provided during the first twenty-four months of the program:

  • Internal Medicine 2 months

  • Cardiology 1 month

  • Pulmonary Medicine 1 month

  • Emergency Medicine 1 month

  • General Anesthesia 20 weeks

  • General Surgery 16 weeks (Plastics, Otolaryngology/Urology, Neurosurgery, Surgical Intensive Care Unit and Trauma)

The third year Resident is given increased responsibility for the minor and major surgery in the outpatient clinic. Diagnosis and treatment planning of a broad spectrum of maxillofacial problems is stressed. A significant amount of time is concentrated in clinical oral surgery including management of the maxillofacial trauma patient, ambulatory general anesthesia and intravenous sedation. Increased responsibility for major oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures in the operating room is also afforded for 4 months elective surgery rotation at affiliate hospitals. The fourth year Resident serves as Chief Resident for six months. The remaining six months are spent in research and elective surgery rotation at affiliate hospitals (2 months). As Chief Resident, training includes administrative, teaching and surgical responsibilities. During this time, particular emphasis is placed on further development of diagnostic, treatment, planning and surgical skills in various areas of maxillofacial trauma, pathology, acquired and congenital maxillofacial deformities and facial pain management.

This approach will allow adequate preparation for the specialty practice of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as well as being consistent with and promulgate the objective of advanced education as set forth by the following advisory and/or governing bodies:

  • American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Committee Residency Education and Training

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Self-Assessment Tool Committee

  • Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association

The Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program participates in the National Matching Program www.natmatch.com/dentres and the PASS program www.adea.org. All applicants must apply to the program through these services. The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Training Program begins on the first Monday of June the intern year and July 1st of each year thereafter.

Applicants with the following qualifications are eligible to apply:

  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada
  • Must be a graduate of a U.S. or Canadian dental school
  • Must be proficient in the English language
  • Must have passed Part I, National Dental Board Examination
  • Must have NBME

Application Requirements
The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program must receive the following application documents from PASS:

  • Dean’s Letter
  • Recommendation letter from the Chairman of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Two additional letters of recommendation (your choice of faculty)
  • Personal Statement
  • Dental School Transcripts
  • Match Code
  • NBME scores
  • Official National Board Scores (Part I & 2)
  • Curriculum Vitae

In addition to the PASS application, the following documents must be submitted directly to the program:

  • 2 x 2” Photograph

Applications will be considered complete when the program has received all the above documents on or before October 1st of the year preceding the desired date of entry into the program.

The program invites approximately 15-20 applicants to interview for the two approved positions. All applicants invited for an interview are contacted by mail or email.

Resident Selection
Applicants meeting the eligibility requirements will be considered on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities. The selection process does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status. All applicants are selected through the National Matching Program process.

Annual Stipends as of October 2016
1st Year $50,964
2nd Year $55,365
3rd Year $59,988
4th Year $64,368

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