Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program
Colonya C. Calhoun, DDS, PhD
Program Director, Residency Training
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
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.
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 3-4 weeks
Otolaryngology/Urology 2 weeks
Neurosurgery 3 weeks
Surgical Intensive Care Unit 4 weeks
Trauma 3-4 weeks
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
2015-2016 OMFS Residents
Fourth Year Residents
Mark Wood DDS, Administrative Chief Resident, University of Detroit
Jean-Pierre Rwigema DDS, USC
Third Year Residents
Kenneth Brown DDS, Baylor University
Jessica Koh DDS, UCLA
Second Year Residents
Nathaniel Williams DDS, Meharry
Francisco Suarez DDS, UCLA
First Year Residents
Brittney Barrow DDS, Boston University
Francesca Verratti DDS, New York University
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
The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program must receive the following application documents from PASS:
Recommendation letter from the Chairman of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Three additional letters of recommendation (your choice of faculty)
Dental School Transcripts
In addition to the PASS application, the following documents must be submitted directly to the program:
Official National Board Scores (Part I & 2)
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 10-20 applicants to interview for the two approved positions. All applicants invited for an interview are contacted by mail or email.
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 will not consider gender, race, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status. All applicants are selected through the National Matching Program process.