ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY RESIDENCY PROGRAM

How to Apply

Program Director:   Bryan Weaver, DDS, MD
                               Professor and Chair
                               Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

General Information
The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at West Virginia University School of Dentistry conducts an Advanced Educational Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  The program is approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and is designed to meet the requirements of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Program Goals

  • Provide a learning environment that will assist the resident in attaining the technical competence, knowledge and professional responsibility needed to meet the oral and maxillofacial surgical needs of the state and region.
  • Prepare residents to competently practice the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery both in knowledge and surgical expertise.
  • Provide didactic instruction and clinical experiences that will prepare the residents for specialty board certification.
  • Enhance the resident’s understanding and application of research through assigned activities and projects in the areas of oral and maxillofacial surgery, and allied sciences.
  • Provide an opportunity to the citizens of the community and region to obtain surgical care through the operation of clinics, and to provide diagnostic, consultative, and treatment services to all patients referred to the WVU School of Dentistry and WVU Hospitals, Inc.
  • Instill in the residents the desire to continue their education throughout their professional career.
  • Produce graduates that are sensitive to the importance of interacting with all health-care professionals optimizing the health status of the citizens of the state and nation.

Requirements for admission to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program:

  • All applicants must be a graduate of an accredited American or Canadian Dental School.   
  • The program is four years in duration and begins on July 1.  Applicants to the program are required to have a DDS or DMD degree.  One resident is selected each year and is expected to obtain a general dentistry license in the State of West Virginia.  Stipends paid to the residents are equal to those of other housestaff officers in the Health Sciences Center.  Residents are prohibited from practicing dentistry or engaging in other employment during the period of their training.
  • Each applicant must apply to the program through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) www.adea.org/pass and have all application materials submitted by October 15.  Each applicant must also have a MATCH number from National Matching Services (www.natmatch.com).  Please see the HOW TO APPLY section for more detailed information.
  • All applicants must submit a CV or resume and photo through PASS.
  • All residents will be subject to a criminal background check by fingerprinting or the most recent technology available. The resident may not begin their training program beyond the orientation phase until the criminal background check has been submitted. A criminal background check will be repeated at least every 24 months during the tenure of the resident with sponsoring institution.
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Hospital and Associated Facilities:
The Health Sciences Center and West Virginia University Hospitals located in Morgantown, West Virginia are the principle centers for dental and medical education in the State and are the main referral centers for an extensive geographic area including eastern Ohio, south-west Pennsylvania and western Maryland with a population of about a half million.  The other affiliated institutions are Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, WV and Monongalia General Hospital in Morgantown, WV.

West Virginia University Hospitals is a fully accredited tertiary care referral center.  It is an integral part of the Health Sciences Center which includes the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy with their respective programs of professional and para-professional education.  The Health Sciences Center is housed in a single comprehensive structure which includes a library holding approximately 2,500 current periodical subscriptions and more than 208,000 bound volumes.

Annual admissions to University Hospitals total approximately 12,000 of which over 200 are referred to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Services.  There are more than 7000 operations performed at the hospital and over 150 involve oral and maxillofacial surgery.  University Hospital has an active emergency room fully staffed twenty-four hours a day.  There are about 40,000 visits per year.  The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service is actively involved in the treatment of maxillofacial trauma patients on an on-call basis.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has an outpatient clinic located in the School of Dentistry and Ruby Memorial Hospital.  There are nearly 210,000 outpatient visits per year and nearly 9,000 of these visits are made to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics.

Residency Program Curriculum:
The program attempts to provide the resident with the didactic and clinical education necessary to produce an oral and maxillofacial surgeon of high professional standards who is capable of practicing the full scope of the specialty.  Biomedical science instruction is incorporated throughout the four year residency.  Formal didactic courses include medicine lecture series, surgery lecture series, advanced oral and maxillofacial surgery, advanced oral pathology, and orthognathic surgery.  Weekly conferences consist of an oral and maxillofacial surgery teaching seminar and an anesthesia lecture series.  Monthly multidisciplinary conferences that require the oral and maxillofacial surgery resident’s participation are the cleft palate and trauma conferences.  Rotations other than oral and maxillofacial surgery at WVU Hospitals and Charleston Area Medical Center include:  medicine, general surgery, trauma surgery, anesthesia, otolaryngology, neurosurgery and plastic surgery.

The resident’s clinical responsibility progressively increases from the first through the fourth year.  Training in the first year includes:  outpatient experiences, less complex inpatient procedures, pre and postoperative care of inpatients and outpatients and night call with a senior resident.  The formal didactic program for the includes:  anesthesia lectures and conferences, medicine lectures and conferences, and advanced oral and maxillofacial surgery and physical diagnosis.  Off-service rotations include medicine, surgery and anesthesia.

Tthe second year is similar to the first in clinical training.  The formal didactic program includes surgical lectures and conferences and lectures in advanced oral and maxillofacial surgery, with off-service rotations including anesthesia, medicine and surgical rotations.

 The third year marks the beginning of direct participation in senior level responsibilities in oral and maxillofacial surgery.  The resident is first-assistant on cases done by the attending staff and chief resident and performs surgery on cases commensurate with the complexity of the procedure and the abilities of the individual resident.  Two months are spent at the Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, WV for additional cosmetic experiences.

The fourth year resident will be designated as Chief Resident and is directly responsible with the faculty for the management of all surgical patients.  The Chief Resident is also responsible for answering consultations from other departments within the dental school and hospital.  In addition, the Chief resident assigns all major surgery cases and takes charge of executing treatment plans.  Finally, the fourth year resident has a major role in all conferences and in the teaching of residents and students who rotate on the service.

Formal teaching rounds are held daily.  Faculty are involved formally and informally at all times when patient care is involved.  Certification in A.C.L.S. (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), A.T.L.S. (Advanced Trauma Life Support) and P.A.L.S. (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) are required.  Each resident takes the yearly O.M.S.S.A.T. (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Self Assessment Tool) of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.  This examination encourages the resident to develop a program of reading in the basic science as well as clinical areas.  Bi-annually the faculty review with the residents’ progress and informs them in writing of their strengths and weaknesses.