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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency

oral and maxillofacial surgery training

The Division's CODA accredited residency accepts four residents per year in two training tracks: a four-year certificate program or an integrated six-year MD/oral surgery program. Upon successful completion, residents are eligible to apply for examination leading to certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Gary F. Bouloux, DDS, MD, MDSc, is the Emory OMFS residency program director.

Encountering more than 1,400 major inpatient cases per year, residents see inpatients at Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, and also treat inpatients and outpatients at The Emory Clinic, Grady Memorial Hospital, and the Atlanta VA Medical Center.

The scope of the on-service rotations in these facilities gives trainees experience in oral and maxillofacial trauma, pathology and reconstruction cases, tertiary referral, office-based anesthesia, third molar surgery, minor preprosthetic surgery, surgical and non-surgical treatment of TMJ disorders, dental implant and concomitant bone graft cases, and comprehensive reconstruction cases. Senior level residents track patients from initial visits through their surgical workup, respective procedures, and follow-up.

OMFS grand rounds conferences are held every Monday morning, senior level residents conduct weekly evening teaching sessions, and the OMFS journal club convenes monthly. Residents are often sponsored to the AAOMS meeting and other select conferences.

The Division also hosts one to two-week externships that introduce dental students to a wide range of hospital-oriented oral and maxillofacial surgical care. Please see the page dedicated to this program.

Application Procedure

All residency applications are required to have a DDS or DMD from an ADA accredited dental school. Additional requirements for the four-year and six-year certificate tracks are as follows:

Four-Year Certificate Track

A competitive score on the NBME CBSE examination. The specific score required varies from year to year, and depends on the mean score for the particular year and the scores of fellow dental students who are applying for the two residency positions that Emory offers.

Six-Year Certificate/MD Track

A competitive GPA in the applicant's undergraduate and graduate transcripts and an NBME CBSE score of 67 or greater.

All applicants must interview with both OMFS faculty and representatives of the Emory University School of Medicine, since candidates need the support of both groups before being accepted at Emory. Additionally, the School of Medicine will grant credit for subjects taken in dental school and admit students with advanced standing to the third and fourth years of medical school. The School of Medicine requires that all students take and pass the USMLE part I examination and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) PRIOR to starting medical school. One month of preparation time for these examinations will be provided to prospective medical students during their first year of residency while on service for OMFS.

All documents, including the ADEA PASS application, CV, photo, NBME CBSE score, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, NBDE parts 1 and 2, and letters of support, should be sent directly to ADEA Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS).

Program Contact

Tracey Hollingshed, Residency Program Coordinator
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
1365 Clifton Road, NE, Building B, Suite 2300, Atlanta, GA 30322
tracey.hollingshed@emory.edu, 404.778.4555

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