At SJUMC, residents participate in team meetings of the Regional Craniofacial Center and operate with the center’s craniofacial surgeon, gaining experience in the evaluation and management of clefts and other craniofacial anomalies, craniosynostosis, swallowing disorders and velopharyngeal incompetence. Since SJUMC has no ENT residents and a collaborative relationship with the plastics division, senior oral and maxillofacial surgery residents are utilized to support the plastic surgery, oculoplastics and otolaryngology/head & neck surgery services. The VA Medical Center in East Orange provides additional experience with head and neck oncologic surgery as well as with dentoalveolar, preprosthetic and reconstructive surgery including implant site preparation and placement. Residents also rotate at Monmouth Medical Center and an affiliated ambulatory facial cosmetic surgery center and senior residents spend two days each month performing dentoalveolar surgery at Mountainside Hospital’s dental clinic under the supervision of a faculty member.
The large number of surgical procedures performed by graduating residents spans the full spectrum of oral and maxillofacial surgery. The well-rounded and extensive clinical experience along with a very robust didactic program prepares graduates to enter a practice or fellowships for the process of board certification. Residents who are interested in acquiring an MD degree, may sit for USMLE Step 1 with conditional acceptance from an affiliated medical school. With satisfactory performance on Step 1, and upon successful completion of the OMS program, residents are eligible to enter medical school with advanced standing.