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Advanced Specialty Education Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology

Program Director: Mina Mahdian, DDS, MDSc

The purpose of the Stony Brook University Advanced Specialty 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 will work closely with the other post-doctoral dental specialty education programs at the School of Dental Medicine and the General Practice Residency program.  The residents will learn an interdisciplinary approach to providing dental care, so upon completion of the program, they will have the necessary background and training to work well with other dental professionals.  The program director will strive to ensure that all program faculty members are current with prevailing Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology theories 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 Specialty 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 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 exams in the maxillofacial region as well as providing the residents with multidisciplinary approach in the diagnosis and treatment planning for patients with malignancy, syndromic conditions and complicated maxillofacial developmental abnormalities.

Emphasis is placed on developing radiographic interpretative and diagnostic skills based on scientific literature with 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 and teaching as well as 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 will participate in mock board exams provided by the program, in order to become prepared 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 Specialty Educational Programs in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and the multidisciplinary scope of the certifying examination of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.

YEAR I CURRICULUM
• Advanced Imaging Techniques
• Biomedical Sciences: Core Courses for Advanced Education Programs
• Biostatistical Analysis
• Clinical Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
• Dentofacial Deformities (DFD) Conference
• Ethics and Professionalism in Dental Practice
• Evidenced Based Dentistry
• Geriatrics
• Head and Neck Tumor Board Meeting
• Implant Dentistry – Current Topics
• Implant Dentistry – Introduction
• Medical Emergencies
• Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Case Conference
• Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Interpretation Seminar
• Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Literature Review
• Oral Pathology and Medicine (LIJ)
• Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine (SDM)
• Practice Pre-Clinical Teaching – Radiology I
• Practice Pre-Doctoral Clinical Teaching – Year 2, 3 & 4 Radiology Clinics
• Radiation Physics
• Radiobiology/Radiation Protection
• Research Methodology
• Teaching Methodology

YEAR II CURRICULUM
• Clinical Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
• Dentofacial Deformities (DFD) Conference
• Head and Neck Tumor Board Meeting
• Medical Emergencies
• Medical Radiology Rotation
• Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Board Preparation
• Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Case Conference
• Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Literature Review
• Practice Management
• Practice Pre-Doctoral Clinical Teaching – Year 2, 3 & 4 Radiology Clinics
• Research Methodology
• Teaching Methodology

NON-COURSE REQUIREMENTS
• Research Project

Admissions Information
To apply to the advanced specialty 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