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, clinical rotations, 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 neurosurgery, general surgery, and oral and maxillofacial surgery. The third year resident rotations are with the shock-trauma service and in 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 a general practice residency, are preferred. Applicants born outside of the United States and whose native language is not English must take the internet-based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT TOEFL). Minimum scores are 100, and 26 on the speaking component.
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. However, the annual program fee for international candidates with degrees from foreign dental schools is $100,000. 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. Please see the Tuition and Fees section of this catalog.
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. 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 Center was established in 1956 as the primary teaching hospital for Georgia Health Sciences University. It is the Level 1 Trauma Center for the state of Georgia’s second largest city. The College of Dental Medicine is 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.
The College of Dental Medicine will move into its new facility beginning in July 2011. Please go to the following website to view the facility and follow the progress: http://www.georgiahealth.edu/dentalmedicine/expansion.