Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency

Earn a certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery

The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Hospital Dentistry accepts three residents each year for its oral and maxillofacial surgery residency, a four-year certificate program fully accredited by the American Dental Association. As a resident, you will receive training in the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, participating in a structured didactic program and a variety of clinical rotations.

Didactic program

Our didactic program is designed to meet your educational needs as a surgeon in training.

The function of the weekly case conference is to discuss all preoperative and postoperative cases. A chief resident on a rotating schedule organizes the conference, and a chief or senior resident presents the cases with an in-depth discussion of the diagnosis and management of the patient.

This weekly 60- to 90-minute seminar provides instruction in basic medical and surgical principles. The lecture schedule is arranged in blocks and covers the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including trauma, orthognathic and cleft surgery, pathology and reconstruction, esthetic surgery, TMD, dentoalveolar surgery, implant surgery, and infections.

A basic anesthesia seminar course is provided during the summer for all incoming dental and oral and maxillofacial surgery residents. In addition to this introductory seminar the department schedules one to two monthly seminars or conferences on advanced anesthetic topics such as pharmacology, techniques, monitoring, emergency management, patient assessment, and medicine. Residents also participate in quarterly anesthesia/medical emergency simulations at the IU Health Simulation Center

This seminar/case conference has two components:

  • OMFS faculty provide a monthly seminar on craniofacial/orthognathic surgery.
  • OMFS faculty and residents meet monthly with the orthodontics faculty to assess and plan treatment for orthognathic cases.

OMFS faculty present this cadaver dissection course that reviews surgical anatomy and illustrates surgical techniques. 

This seminar meets one to two times a month to review the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and other pertinent journals.

This weekly seminar includes lectures, microscope teaching, and CPCs.

This seminar meets once a month in conjunction with plastic and ENT surgery.

Clinical rotations

During the four years of the residency program, you will spend a minimum of 30 months on the oral and maxillofacial surgery service. You also will be assigned to formal rotations in anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia, medicine, general surgery, trauma surgery, oral pathology, head and neck surgery, and the ICU.

Your clinical rotations will take place at facilities in the IU Health and Eskenazi Health systems and at the Roudebush VA Medical Center. Among them, these facilities have three level-one trauma centers, a cancer center, and a craniofacial/cleft center.

Surgical scope

You’ll get comprehensive training in all aspects of anesthesia during your residency, spending a total of six months on the anesthesia service, including two full months at Riley Hospital for Children. In addition to the formal anesthesia rotation, you’ll participate in office-based ambulatory anesthetics in the School of Dentistry’s oral and maxillofacial surgery outpatient clinics, which have full anesthesia capabilities and perform LMA and intubated care.

The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Hospital Dentistry is an integral part of the cleft and craniofacial anomalies team at Riley Hospital for Children. During your residency, you will participate in primary and secondary alveolar cleft repair and orthognathic surgery of the cleft patient under the supervision of departmental faculty.

As a resident, you’ll get extensive experience in dentoalveolar surgery at three outpatient clinics: the Oral Surgery Resident Dental Clinic at the School of Dentistry and clinics at IU Health University Hospital and the IUPUI Health Sciences Building.

You’ll have opportunities to perform orthognathic surgery at several different facilities. Cases at IU Health University Hospital are treated in conjunction with the School of Dentistry’s Department of Orthodontics and Oral Facial Genetics. You’ll also work closely with several private practitioners that operate at Methodist Hospital and at an ambulatory surgical center. As a resident, you will  participate fully in treatment planning and preoperative and postoperative office management.

You’ll get extensive experience in treatment planning and surgical placement of osseointegrated implants. Many of the patients you treat during your residency will require various types of bone grafts. You’ll also work closely with the School of Dentistry’s Department of Prosthodontics to place facial implants.

During your residency, you’ll get extensive training in the management of maxillofacial pathology and do a two-month rotation on head and neck surgery. You’ll also do a rotation on oral and maxillofacial pathology and participate in a weekly pathology conference.

As a resident, you'll have opportunities to perform numerous reconstructive procedures, including hard and soft tissue grafts. 

During your residency, you’ll get experience performing a variety of procedures for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, including maxillomandibular advancement, genial tubercle advancement, and hyoid suspension.

You’ll participate in the full scope of diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular disorders during your residency.

You’ll perform the full scope of maxillofacial trauma management during your residency. Most mandible fractures are referred to the department, and craniofacial trauma is divided between three services equally.

In addition to treating cases at affiliated hospitals, the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Hospital Dentistry is a resource for many surgeons throughout the state.

Admission requirements

To be eligible to apply to the oral and maxillofacial surgery residency, you must:

If you do not meet these requirements but have significant clinical experience, you may be considered for admission if you have strong references to support your application.