About the Program
The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Advanced Education Program at Georgia Health Sciences University is a four-year program fulfilling the requirements for advanced training in oral and maxillofacial surgery as outlined by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The residency program consists of didactic education in basic and clinical sciences, surgical subspecialty, off service rotations, daily patient care exposures in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, and research.
The first year of training includes clinical rotations in oral and maxillofacial surgery, medicine, and anesthesiology. The second year includes clinical rotations in general surgery, emergency medicine, GHSU trauma service, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and oral and maxillofacial surgery. The third year resident rotations are with the otolaryngology service and oral and maxillofacial sugery. Also included in the third year are elective rotations which are arranged according to specific interests of the resident. The fourth year of training, or chief resident year, is spent entirely in oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Admission to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program is competitive, with initial screening of candidates based upon previous academic performance, letters of recommendation and professional experience. Applicants with professional experience following graduation from dental school, such as oral and maxillofacial surgery one year internship, or a general practice residency, are preferred. The list of candidates submitted by the program to the MATCH program is based upon the factors described above, together with the results of a personal interview.
Tuition, Stipends, Equipment and Benefits
Tuition/Program Fee: There is no tuition associated with the Certificate Program in oral and maxillofacial surgery. The annual program fee for international candidates with degrees from other dental schools is $18,500. If the resident is enrolled in the Master of Science in Oral Biology degree program, he/she must pay tuition for courses taken through the College of Graduate Studies.
Stipends: Residents in oral and maxillofacial surgery receive a stipend during each of the four years of training subject to availability of funds. The amount of the stipend has recently ranged from approximately $42,737 to $47,067 per year. Augusta, Georgia is a beautiful city with a low cost of living. This makes it ideal for residency training from a financial standpoint.
Equipment: All supplies and equipment associated with the clinical program are provided by the institution.
Benefits: The College of Dental Medicine provides malpractice insurance coverage for residents while providing patient care at Georgia Health Sciences University. This insurance does not cover any outside dental practice. Additional benefits for oral surgery housestaff include healthcare insurance, free life insurance of $25,000, meal tickets for use on call, and three weeks annual vacation.
Residents are encouraged to attend courses, conferences, and professional meetings as time permits, and the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery will fund these activities on an individual basis as permitted by its budget.
The MCGHealth System Medical Centerwas established in 1956 as the primary teaching hospital for the Medical College of Georgia. It is the Level 1 Trauma Center for the state of Georgia’s second largest city. The College of Dental Medicine is located next door to the main hospital building and contains an eight operatory outpatient oral surgery facility, equipped for the full scope of clinical practice, including general anesthesia.
The training program is also affiliated with the Augusta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which is located on the same urban campus as the MCGHealth System Medical Center and College of Dental Medicine.