Residency Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

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Program Goals and Objectives For Training of Residents in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  1. To conduct a 72-month Residency Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery that exceeds the minimum requirements set forth in the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation Standards for Advanced Specialty Educaton Programs in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
  2. To incorporate within the program a curriculum that, upon successful completion, will lead to the receipt of the Medical Degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University
  3. To incorporate within the program 12 months of post-graduate medical education which will qualify the resident for medical licensure in most states in the United States.
  4. To provide a training program that will qualify an individual to apply for the Board Examination by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  5. To provide a didactic and clinical curriculum which produces a resident who is capable of managing patients with conditions within the scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
  6. To provide an individual with sufficient exposure to the profession to allow them to choose a career in academic and/or clinical practice.
  7. To help develop within a resident moral and ethical standards that are an integral part of a clinician's responsibility to the patient and society.
  8. To foster within an individual lifelong learning
  9. To teach the resident to read and critically review the scientific literature
  10. To promote clinical and scholarly activity, including basic science and clinical research and teaching
  11. To assure the resident provides compassionate, appropriate, and quality care to their patients
  12. To foster a relationship between dentistry and the medical and surgical services of the hospital
  13. To provide community education as to the role of oral and maxillofacial surgery in health care
  14. To aid in the development of a well-rounded and capable oral and maxillofacial surgeon with a strong background in:
    a. Physical diagnosis, risk assessment, and anesthesia as it relates to oral and maxillofacial surgery
    b. Hospital protocol and the care of the hospitalized patient
    c. Comprehensive evaluation and treatment planning
    d. Classical and state of the art oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures
    e. Philosophical values that will foster life-long learning, leadership, teaching, and contributions to the science of oral and maxillofacial surgery

The residency training program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center is six years in duration. This program includes, in addition to resident training in oral and maxillofacial surgery, a curriculum leading to a medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S), and one year of general surgery residency at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital. The yearly breakdown is as follows:

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During the residency years, a salary is paid at the level of training and while in medical school, tuition payment is required. Financial aid is available. During medical school at Columbia, OMS residents will complete the second half of the first year, second year, third year and core rotations of the fourth year of the P&S curriculum, receiving the M.D. degree at the end of the third year of the OMS training program.

Columbia University Medical Center, located in Northern Manhattan in the shadow of the George Washington Bridge, is a modern health sciences campus committed to academic and clinical excellence. Located at the medical center is New York-Presbyterian Hospital, a 1,000 bed tertiary care hospital, and the Columbia University Medical Center which include the medical, dental, nursing, and public health schools. New York-Presbyterian Hospital opened its 745 bed hospital in January 1990. A 300 bed unit, The Allen Pavilion, was opened by New York-Presbyterian in 1989. It is located ten minutes north of the medical center and provides opportunities for care in a community hospital setting. Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian is the only children's hospital in Manhattan. New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center has been rated among the top six medical centers in the United States and number one in the tri-state region. Also located at the medical center is the Augustus Long Library, the second largest academic health sciences library in the nation, containing over 500,000 volumes, 4400 current periodical subscriptions, and extensive holdings of media, electronic resources, rare books, and archival materials. The research facilities and opportunities at the medical center are also unparalleled in the region. CUMC is one of the top five recipients of NIH research dollars in the United States.

The Residency Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery provides training in the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Close interaction with the faculty and postgraduate students in orthodontics, periodontics and prosthetics at the dental school serves to strengthen the resident's background in comprehensive case management in orthognathic, preprosthetic, and implant surgery. In addition, residents annually travel to South America with a team from the CUMC Craniofacial Center to treat cleft lip and palate children, operating on approximately 175 patients per trip.

We recognize the combined program is academically and financially challenging, of long duration, and not the only option in OMS training. However, we believe that the opportunity to be broadly educated and trained in recognized programs in medicine and dentistry is desired by a growing number of people choosing a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery, and thus we have developed a logical and educationally sound program leading to an MD degree, postgraduate training in general surgery and subspecialty training in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Everyone accepted to this program is expected to complete all six years. If you fail to complete the program because of transfer to another program in medicine or surgery, we will require you to repay any tuition abatement, stipends, or financial support you may receive from Columbia University or Presbyterian Hospital while you are in medical school . You will be asked to withdraw from your course of study at P&S and/or the residency program at CUMC.

Requirements for this program include successful completion of an accredited American or Canadian dental school and one of the following: United States Citizenship, a permanent resident card, or a J-1 visa. Applications are made through PASS, and Columbia participates in the Post Doctoral Dental Matching Program. A supplemental application is required. Further information and application forms may be obtained by contacting:

Dr. Sidney Eisig
Director, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program
New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
622 West 168th St., HP 8-866
New York, NY 10032
(212) 305 - 7626
email: sbe2002@columbia.edu

Externship Information
Dental students seriously interested in pursuing a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery and specifically the training program at Columbia are encouraged to apply for a one month externship in oral and maxillofacial surgery at CUMC.

If accepted, the student will be expected to function at the sub-intern level, holding primary responsibility in the out -patient clinic, assist in the operating room, and spend selected nights on call with the residents in the hospital.

Due to the large number of Columbia dental students rotating through the department, externships are limited for all other dental students to the months of July and August (two per month).

For further information, please call (212) 305 - 7626. Click here to download an Externship Application in MS Word Format. Any potential applicants wishing to speak to a resident regarding the training program or externship may email Dr. Sidney Eisig , sbe2002@columbia.edu


Resident Profile 2014 - 2015

Year 1
Joy Chen, DMD, University of British Columbia, 2014
Kevin Furmanek, DDS, Columbia University, 2014

Year 2
Garrick Alex, DDS, Columbia University, 2013
Mark Park, DMD, University of Pennsylvania 2013
Year 3
John Costandi, DMD,  Boston University, 2012
Timothy Kunkle, DDS, Columbia University, 2012
Year 4
Michelle Carunchio, DDS, Columbia University, 2011
Daniel Bienstock, DMD, Harvard, 2011
Year 5
Whitney Florin, DDS, MD, Columbia University, 2010
Maher Rafai Jandali, DDS, MD, Columbia University, 2010
Year 6
John Hur, DDS, MD, Columbia University, 2009
Ben Yagoubian  DDS, MD, Columbia University, 2009

Alumni