Predoctoral Program exposes students to the specialty and helps them develop the knowledge, skills and values to become competent in performing minor oral surgery. The educational program rests on two central elements: a rigorous didactic program that combines lectures with small-group learning, and a clinical program that imparts proficiency in the basics of oral surgical practice. Beyond core surgical competencies, students completing the program will come away with a good understanding of the evaluation, diagnosis and perioperative management of the surgical patient. The strength of our program lies in the breadth and depth of expertise of the participating faculty and their shared passion for education. The blending of critical thinking and a humanistic approach to patient care with the latest techniques of surgical practice is a pervasive theme throughout our curriculum.
Postdoctoral/Residency Program is a six-year training program leading to the M.D. degree and the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency certificate. The program includes three years as a resident on the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service, two years as a full-time student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and one year as an intern/resident on the General Surgery Service of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
Internship Program is a one-year internship position and is intended for dentists who are interested in gaining an additional year of education and experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery beyond that which is taught during dental school. This is an excellent program for those dentists interested in becoming oral and maxillofacial surgeons, but who desire additional experience prior to beginning a formal residency training program. The oral and maxillofacial surgery intern receives similar education and training as that of a resident in the first year of the six year program, with similar responsibilities. The intern also receives the salary and benefits of a first year resident. However, this one year program cannot be counted toward completion of a formal certificate program.