Residency Program

The goal of the Residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is to train graduates in Dental Medicine to diagnose and treat surgically diseases and pathological disorders, injuries and malformations in the oral cavity, jaws and surrounding structures.

The residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is a five year program, intended for graduates in Dental Medicine. The program includes clinical practice and theoretical studies in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and in related clinical Medical Departments in the Medical Center.

1. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery - 3.5 years
The resident will diagnose and perform surgical procedures in the clinics and ambulatory operating rooms of the department, in the Emergency Room, in the General Surgery theater and in the wards in which the patients are hospitalized. During this period, the resident will assist and perform under supervision all the surgical procedures according to the requirements of the Scientific Council of the Israel Dental Association.

The Resident will also have to actively participate in weekly scheduled seminars, journal clubs, CPC's, Orthognathic Surgery conferences, radiology seminars and all other activities planned by the Chairman of the Department.

During the first year, the resident will have to admit and examine patients and perform mainly minor surgical procedures in oral surgery .

During the second year, the resident will treat all trauma cases in the emergency room and OR as well as perform different minor procedures in the OR.

During the third and fourth years, the resident will perform different elective and emergency major surgical procedures, such as Orthognathic Surgery, major trauma, oncology and many others.

During the last year, the Resident will act as 'Chief Resident'. He will work independently under supervision of the head of the program and Head of the Department and supervise all the other Residents.

2. Rotations in different Departments
a) General Surgery: The Residents will acquire necessary knowledge for pre and postoperative treatment, learn the basic surgical technics and handling of tissues. The Resident will participate in the major operations as a second and first assistant and learn to diagnose and treat medical emergencies.

b) General Anesthesia: The Residents will acquire necessary basic understanding and techniques in General Anesthesia, principles of homeostasis and cardio-pulmonary function in physiological and pathological states.

c) Respiratory Unit: The Residents will learn to diagnose and treat respiratory hazards after trauma and medical emergencies.

d) Plastic Surgery: The Resident will learn basic principles of treating soft tissue wounds, planning incisions and soft tissue flaps and different types of skin grafts.

e) Otolaryngology (ENT): The Resident will learn to examine the sinuses, nose, throat and ears, using the appropriate equipment. He will also be exposed to common hearing and speech disturbances as well as to pathological disturbances of nasal cavity and neck as well as perform tracheotomies.

f) Internal Medicine: The Resident will learn physical diagnosis, including heart and respiratory sounds, EKG, treatment of medical and cardiac emergencies and methods of treatment of internal diseases.

g) Oral Pathology: The Resident will learn diagnostic methods and differential diagnosis of the various lesions of head and neck. Special emphasis will be directed towards the histopathologic diagnoses of those lesions.

h) Basic Science: The resident will be required to conduct basic research in one of the basic science laboratories, as it has been recommended by the Scientific Council of the Israel Dental Association.

3. Completion of the Residency Program
Upon completion of the Residency Program, the resident will have to Submit to the Scientific Committee of the IDA as follows:

The signed booklet, which was given to him at the beginning of his program.

The Head of the Department will certify a list of surgical performances that he has completed.

A summarizing letter of the Chairman of the Department he has been specialized in.

4. Board examinations
The resident will have to take Board Examinations in two stages:

  • A written examination.
  • An Oral Examination, for those who have passed the first part.

5. Certification
Those residents, who will fulfill successfully all the required steps, including the Board Examinations, will receive their license from the Ministry of Health.