Advanced Education Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology

Program Director: Mina Mahdian, DDS, MDSc 

The purpose of the Stony Brook University Advanced Education Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology is to prepare residents for Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology private practice, teaching and service to the specialty and the dental community.  The residency program works closely with other post-doctoral dental specialty education programs at the School of Dental Medicine and the Department of Radiology at the Stony Brook University Hospital to provide the residents with exposure to an interdisciplinary approach to providing dental care, so upon completion of the program, they have the necessary background and training to work well with other medical and dental professionals.  The program director strives to ensure that all program faculty members are current with prevailing Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology principles and techniques.

The program integrates all facets of the biomedical sciences culminating in the award of the certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. 

Overall Goal of the Advanced Education Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology

To provide post-doctoral education in oral and maxillofacial radiology that is committed to comprehensively train residents to become proficient oral and maxillofacial radiologists, competent teachers who are familiar with the foundations of research methodology, and who are prepared to contribute their skills and knowledge in the service of the profession. The interrelation with other medical/dental clinical specialties is also emphasized.

The Advanced Education Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology has the following goals and objectives:

Goal 1: 

Education of knowledgeable and skilled specialists in oral and maxillofacial radiology with an appropriate level of foundational theoretical and clinical knowledge, integrated with other healthcare disciplines, to result in optimum comprehensive oral care.

Objective 1:  Prepare residents to effectively work in cooperation with referring health care providers.
Goal 2:  Prepare residents to successfully challenge the certifying examination of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.
Goal 3:

Provide residents with an understanding of basic research methodology in order to critically evaluate the oral and maxillofacial radiology literature and conduct innovative, high quality research that contributes to the advancement of the field.

Goal 4:  Encourage service to the profession including, but not limited to, didactic and clinical education, involvement in organized dentistry and leadership experience.

The 24-month Graduate Medical Education (GME) funded post-doctoral level program in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology provides the resident with comprehensive knowledge of the technique and interpretation of conventional and advanced imaging modalities in dentistry. The curriculum includes didactic and clinical instruction in the fundamentals of image acquisition and interpretation of conventional and advanced radiographic modalities in the maxillofacial region as well as exposing the residents to a multidisciplinary approach in the diagnosis and treatment planning for patients with neoplasms, syndromic conditions and complex maxillofacial developmental abnormalities.

Emphasis is placed on developing radiographic interpretative and diagnostic skills that are based on scientific literature and founded on clinical and pathophysiological correlation.

Additionally, all residents are expected to perform a research project culminating in presentation of their project at a national or international meeting and/or publication in a peer reviewed journal.  It is important for a well-rounded Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology resident to experience all aspects of the specialty including research, teaching and the aforementioned interpretative and diagnostic skills.

The intensive and systematized library reading assignments and literature review seminars are an important aspect of the curriculum. They are designed to acquaint the resident with the contemporary topics of the Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology specialty, evidence-based health care and methods of critically reviewing the dental literature.

All residents are encouraged to plan on pursuing certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.  Residents participate in simulated mock board exams provided by the program to strengthen their preparation for their board exam. Residents are eligible to challenge the certifying examination of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology upon completion of the 24-month training program.

This program follows the guidelines established by the ADA for Advanced Educational Programs in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and the multidisciplinary scope of the certifying examination of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.

Admissions Information
To apply to the advanced education program in oral and maxillofacial radiology, please submit an application through the ADEA/PASS portal (link: http://www.adea.org/PASSapp/)

Questions regarding the Advanced Education Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology can be directed to:

Elizabeth Schroeder, Department of Prosthodontics and Digital Technology
Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine
Rm. 1105 Westchester Hall
Stony Brook, New York 11794-8712
Fax: (631) 632-3961
Email:  SDM_OMFR@stonybrookmedicine.edu