Program: The Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is a fully-integrated 72-month (6-year) MD/OMFS accredited program. The UNMC OMFS Residency Program has a rich history of furthering the scope and training of its residents, and providing the highest quality of patient care. Supported by four full-time attending faculty with additional affiliated faculty surgeons, the program prepares residents in the full-scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery and with the skills requisite to enter into fellowship, academic, or private practice positions.
Valmont P. Desa, DDS, MD, FACS
Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery,
984125 Nebraska Medical Center,
Omaha, NE 68198-4125, 402-559-6445.
Number of Residents Each Year: Two (2)
Objectives: The objectives of the program are to:
- provide a well-rounded and balanced clinical residency program covering the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery;
- ensure that residents have a solid foundation in patient medical and surgical evaluation and management;
- combine oral and maxillofacial surgery training with a formalized medical curriculum through the UNMC College of Medicine, leading to a medical degree (MD);
- incorporate one year of General Surgery training and rotations on surgical specialties to enhance surgical exposure and training.
Clinical Experience: The Nebraska Medical Center/UNMC Affiliated Hospitals, Creighton University, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Omaha are the various sites for the surgical clinical experience. Thirty-six (36) months are devoted to clinical oral and maxillofacial surgery. There is a comprehensive didactic curriculum consisting of weekly seminars and grand rounds, clinical pathologic conferences, morbidity reviews, case reviews, oral pathology seminars, implant conference and journal club.
Program History: The UNMC oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program has been fully-integrated with the UNMC College of Medicine, MD Program, since 1971. From 1971 to 1988 the program was five years in length. The first six-year class completed the program in 1994. The program was a 60-month program beginning with the 2002-03 entering residents; however beginning July 2011, the program returned to a 72-month program, thus allowing for additional months of surgical training and to compliment the expanding scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Throughout its history, the program has strived to incorporate state of the art surgical training with an unsurpassed education in patient evaluation and management.
- Weekly OMFS Seminars:Resident Case Conference, OMFS Grand Rounds, Endosseous Implant Treatment Planning
- Endosseous Implant Didactic Lectures
- Clinical-Pathologic Conferences
- Morbidity and Mortality Reviews
- History and Physical Diagnosis
- Plastic Surgery / OMFS Joint Grand Rounds
- Hands-on Education Courses
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