Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program Overview

The 4 year program is divided into 52 4-week “months” with rotations on a variety of adult and pediatric surgical services. In addition to the required rotations in general surgery, medicine, and anesthesia, residents serve on pediatric surgery, surgical intensive care service, emergency medicine, otolaryngology, and plastic surgery.

The oral and maxillofacial surgery inpatient experience is gained at the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital. Residents gain balanced experience in a wide spectrum of oral and maxillofacial case types, including orthognathic, temporomandibular joint, trauma, reconstructive, cleft palate, and pathology cases. The majority of our inpatient elective operating room cases are now completed at the MUSC Ashley River Tower.

This hospital is designed to accommodate the most modern medical equipment available and provide the latest technologies with a staff of world-renowned surgeons in a setting that rivals the comfort of a fine hotel. The facility includes three intensive care units; laboratories; interventional radiology and endoscopy suites; a specialized chest pain center; and nine operating rooms with integrated IT systems and specialized equipment for oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Outpatient care is also completed at The James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine Clinics. Ambulatory general anesthesia for outpatients is given two mornings per week, and intravenous sedation every day. There is ample opportunity to learn dentoalveolar surgery and minor pre-prosthetic surgery, including exhaustive dental implant experience.

During the on-service rotation there is a core of regularly scheduled conferences. These conferences are designed to provide the academic-didactic background for the clinical training. They include a weekly lecture series in basic and applied clinical sciences, Case Presentations, Oral Pathology Case Conferences, Journal Clubs, Orthognathic Case Conference (in conjunction with the MUSC Orthodontic Department), and Multidisciplinary Implant Conference. The department also participates in the MUSC Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Team and Head and Neck Tumor Board.

While the primary goal of the residency program is to provide excellent clinical training, emphasis is also placed on research activity. All of the full-time faculty members have a major interest in and commitment to research. All residents must propose and carry out a research project and prepare a paper for publication.

MUSC Resident Goals and Objectives by PGY Level 2 (PDF)

Salaries range from $48,450 to $53,500 commensurate with the year of training. No university fees or tuition are charged. Health insurance and parking fees are paid by the individual. Meals and housing are not supplied.