The purpose of the UCLA Maxillofacial Prosthetics Residency Program is to provide advanced training in the diagnosis and supportive treatment of patients with maxillofacial anomalies. Residents will have the opportunity to treat patients with severe oral and facial deformities from cancer, trauma, or congenital malformations. Training is enhanced by a modern and well-equipped facility, the Maxillofacial Prosthetics/Hospital Dentistry Clinic. This clinic is an outpatient clinic of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, which enables residents to have close interactions with faculty, interns, and residents from other disciplines.
The didactic portion of this program is flexible and takes into account the individual’s prior training and experience. Courses are available in head and neck anatomy, oral pathology, pharmacology, fixed and removable prosthodontics, radiation biology, and biostatistics. Didactic training in research methodology is available, with an original research project if residents are so motivated. Required courses are presented in various phases of maxillofacial rehabilitation, including speech pathology, speech therapy, restoration of congenital and developmental defects, and restoration of various acquired maxillofacial defects. Periodic seminars with regular review of pertinent subjects in the literature are a regular part of the program.
Clinical training includes cleft palate prosthodontics, restoration of acquired oral and facial defects and implant prosthodontics. Residents are also afforded the opportunity to work with radiotherapists and evaluate and maintain the oral and dental health of patients before, during, and after their radiation therapy. Residents work closely with surgical disciplines in restoring a variety of defects, including construction of cranial and soft tissue implants, immediate surgical obturators, surgical splints, and other required prostheses.