Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program

The Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at the University of Connecticut is a six-year residency approved by the American Dental Association and sponsored by the School of Dental Medicine. The trainee obtains education leading to an MD degree as well as a two year Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education approved General Surgery certificate, and education in oral and maxillofacial surgery leading to a certificate and eligibility for examination by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Oral and maxillofacial surgical training is provided under the auspices of the School of Dental Medicine at the affiliated hospitals. The residents rotate at John Dempsey Hospital (UConn Health Center), Hartford Hospital, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital. Formal medical education is provided through the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and the General Surgery residency is obtained in the Integrated General Surgery program of the School of Medicine. The combination of numerous full-time and part-time faculty in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery provides a unique blend of academic and clinical education. The first year consists of clinical oral and maxillofacial surgery and an anesthesiology rotation. The next 19 months are committed to the mandatory and elective School of Medicine third- and fourth-year clerkships after which the medical degree is awarded. The fourth year and part of the fifth year are accredited by the General Surgery Department and the final one and a half years are in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Master’s and Ph.D. degree programs are available in addition to the oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program. The entire full-time Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery faculty are Diplomates of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Faculty from other departments within the Schools of Dental Medicine and Medicine, as well as staff members of the affiliated hospitals, participate fully in the residency program.

Application Information

Residency requirements: Applicants must have a complete predental education and must be a graduate of an American or Canadian School of Dentistry by the time their program begins. The applicant should have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement during college and dental school and have undertaken activities during dental school which demonstrate special interest in oral and maxillofacial surgery. A minimum of three years undergraduate college with 90 credits is required; however, a bachelor’s degree is preferred. A letter of recommendation is required from the Dean of your dental school, including class rank for each year and the total number of students in the class. All applications and accompanying materials must be received by October 1st of the year preceding appointment. Interviews are on an invitation-only basis and will be held during November. All applications will be processed through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) of the American Association of Dental Schools. Information and an application can be obtained by contacting: PASS All applicants are required to register with: National Matching Services The following materials should be sent directly to the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery:

  • Official college transcript(s) sent directly from all colleges and universities previously attended
  • CV (listing any externships, research and related activities. Please include an explanation if there are gaps in your education)
  • An application fee of $75 payable to the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. Applications will not be processed without receipt of fee
  • Three letters of recommendation: One from the dean of the dental school attended (to include class standing), one from the oral surgery division/department chair or program director, and one from an oral surgery division faculty member
  • NBDE Official Results – Upload into PASS as an attachment or send directly to the program in the supplemental application
  • CBSE Official Results – Upload into PASS as an attachment or send directly to the program in the supplemental application
  • A 2" x 2" recent color photograph

Application deadline is October 1st of the year preceding July 1st matriculation.

Please mail the above documents to:

Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 
Room L-7062
Attention: Kim Giove 
University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine 
263 Farmington Avenue 
Farmington, CT 06030-1720

Externship Requirements:

The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, and its affiliated teaching hospitals are offering an externship for dental students. Its primary objective is to provide students with an opportunity to gain clinical experience to the broad scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery exposure practice.

The University of Connecticut program is based in the School of Dental Medicine, the John Dempsey (University) Hospital in Farmington, Hartford Hospital, and The Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. The University program has four full-time and 20 part-time Board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons as well as 12 residents, with whom the externs will work closely.

Patients requiring a wide variety of types of surgery are seen among the teaching sites. These include patients receiving orthognatic, temporomandibular joint, cleft management, bone graft reconstruction, facial trauma, preprosthetic, and major dentoalveolar surgery. The externs will also be involved in outpatient dentoalveolar surgery. They will assist and learn in the operating room, emergency room, and on the hospital inpatient service. During a typical month, about 50 patients are admitted for major oral and maxillofacial surgery. The student’s time will be divided as is possible to allow maximum exposure to the greatest number and variety of surgical problems. Externships can last from two to four weeks, depending on our schedule and the student’s wishes.

In order to be considered for an externship position, the student is required to be a registered third or fourth year dental student in good standing from an accredited school in the United States, have successfully completed a Fundamentals of Oral Surgery course, and have initial clinical experiences in oral surgery. The student must have letters of recommendation from the chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the student’s dental school and from the dental school Dean’s office. Please fill out and submit the externship application form

“The program does not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, disability or national origin."

Salary / Benefits

While on service as a resident, the trainee will be paid a salary commensurate with their level of training.

During the second and third years, while the trainee is enrolled in the School of Medicine, full tuition will be paid by the resident.

Financial aid is also available.

Salary Schedule

Program Year 1 - PGY 1 Salary
Program Year 2 - No Salary (Medical School)
Program Year 3 - July - December No Salary (Medical School), January - June PGY 2 Salary
Program Year 4 - PGY 3 Salary 
Program Year 5 - PGY 4 Salary 
Program Year 6 - PGY 5 Salary 

Employee benefits are included while functioning as a resident.

Residents are covered by the medical Student health plan during their medical school training.

Six Year Schedule

Program Totals

35 months OMFS   
16 months General Surgery 
17 months Medical School 
4 months Anesthesia 

Year I

The first year consists of three basic activities:

1) Graduate Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 
2) Principles of Clinical Medicine
3) Anesthesiology 

Graduate Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery comprises ten months of the first year of training and includes both didactic and clinical components. The clinical component during the first year of training is comprised of performing and assisting in oral and maxillofacial surgery at all levels of patient care, including in-patients and ambulatory patients, in both clinic and operating room settings and in the diagnostic and therapeutic phases of care.

Principles of Clinical Medicine is a formal medical school course that teaches the trainee the basic skills of obtaining a medical history from patients and performing complete medical examinations. The course extends throughout the first year of the program. The trainee is registered as a special medical student during this time period.

Anesthesiology is a two-month rotation in the Department of Anesthesiology where the trainee functions at the resident level. The resident learns principles of anesthesia and delivers anesthesia care to patients from all surgical disciplines.

Year II

The second year consists of the School of Medicine’s core clinical clerkships. The resident has no responsibilities on the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service during this year. This year is divided into eight months of multidisciplinary ambulatory experience and four months of in-patient experience. The ambulatory experience includes rotations in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Ob/Gyn, General Surgery, Orthopedics and ENT. The in-patient experience includes clerkships in Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Beginning to End (BTE). BTE is where students see patients in ED and follow them to whatever service.

Year III

During the third year, the final 10 months of medical school clerkships are completed. The remainder of the medical school rotations consist of three months in advanced in-patient/emergency care/critical care, two months of a research/community health/education selective, and five months of elective time (three of which are OMFS). Upon successful completion of these 10 months, the trainee will have fulfilled the requirements for obtaining a medical degree, which will be awarded during the regularly scheduled graduation in May. The remaining two months of the year are assigned to an anesthesia rotation.

Year IV

The fourth year is a general surgery year in the University of Connecticut School of Medicine Integrated General Surgery Training Program accredited by the Residency Review Committee for Surgery of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education. This year is comprised of rotations on: general surgery, surgical specialties, trauma surgery, plastic surgery, surgery emergency room, surgery intensive care unit, and two months of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Year V

The fifth year consists of six months of continued time on the general surgery service and six months on the OMFS service. For part of the OMFS time, the resident will function at chief resident level.

Year VI

The sixth year is spent as a chief resident on the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service. As chief resident, the trainee has major responsibility for delivery of patient care and for leadership of junior residents. Time is spent as chief resident at each of our affiliated hospitals.

Six Year Resident Schedule

2 New Residents Per Year

Year 1

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery- 10 months

Anesthesia – 2 months

Year 2

Medical School Core -12 Months

Year 3

Med School Core 3 Months

Med School Selective 2 Months

Med School Elective 5 Months (3 Month OMFS)

OMFS On service 2 Months

Anesthesia – 2 months

Year 4

General Surgery- 10 Months

OMFS 2 Months

Year 5

General Surgery-6 Months

OMFS-6 Months (Children’s Hospital)

Year 6

OMFS Chief Resident- 12 Months

Didactics

Throughout all segments of time assigned to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service, each resident is involved in a comprehensive and carefully planned lecture, conference, and seminar activity specifically designed to meet the educational needs of the surgeon-in-training. The didactic program consists of the following activities:

Instructional Core Lectures - a 1-1/2 hour period is devoted weekly to instruction in basic medical and surgical problems as they apply to oral and maxillofacial surgery. Included is material on such disciplines as microbiology, pharmacology, radiology, as well as orthognathic surgery, trauma, infections, tumor surgery, reconstruction, preprosthetic surgery, implant surgery, and temporomandibular joint disorders.

Oral and Head and Neck Pathology - A one hour conference three weeks per month is devoted to a formal course in pathology of the oral and maxillofacial regions. The course is directed by full-time oral pathologists and includes lectures, CPC’s, histopathology slide sessions, and reviews of current biopsy material.

Joint Orthodontic/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Seminar Series - One hour monthly is devoted to a meeting between faculty and residents of both orthodontics and oral and maxillofacial surgery during which either a formal lecture is presented or an interesting orthognathic surgery case is jointly presented and reviewed.

Journal Review and Resident Seminar - Three times monthly, current and classic articles pertaining to oral and maxillofacial surgery are reviewed at a meeting of the residents and faculty. In addition, a resident seminar is conducted during these meetings.

Teaching Rounds - Residents and faculty hold weekly teaching rounds at each hospital during which in-patients and upcoming surgical patients are reviewed.

Trauma Conference - Each month, a trauma conference is held which includes residents and faculty from all of the surgical services involved in trauma care.

Quality Assurance Conference - A two-hour, city-wide conference is held quarterly to review complications encountered in the practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Methods of prevention, recognition, and management of problems are discussed.

Craniofacial Deformities Team - A four-hour meeting, including faculty and residents from the various specialties which manage major craniofacial anomalies is held bi-weekly during which patients are examined and treatment planned.

Tumor Board - A weekly tumor board is held and attended by faculty and residents, during which patients with malignant diseases are examined and comprehensive treatment discussed.

Surgical Scope

Orthognathics

Full-scope orthognathic surgery is performed in all teaching hospitals, with 75-100 cases performed annually. A surgical-orthodontics seminar in conjunction with the Department of Orthodontics occurs on a monthly basis for treatment planning, case presentation, etc. In addition, residents benefit from the involvement of Dr. Joseph Piecuch, currently the section editor of Orthognathic Surgery/Trauma/TMJ for the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Trauma The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery covers all oral, maxillofacial and craniofacial trauma for the University of Connecticut, New Britain General Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital, Hartford Hospital, and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. A monthly trauma conference is held at Hartford Hospital for discussion of recent trauma cases.

TMJ Full-scope diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the Temporomandibular Joints is performed throughout the residency. Treatment ranges from arthrocentesis to arthrotomy/condylectomy and reconstruction with autogenous or prosthetic sources.

Pathology Extensive exposure to pathology of the head and neck occurs throughout the residency program, both while on the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery service, and while rotating though General Surgery / ENT. Experience in the management of both benign and malignant disease of the head and neck is gained, including their preoperative and postoperative management. In addition, residents benefit from the teaching of Dr. Ellen Eisenberg, currently the section editor of Pathology for the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Reconstruction Maxillofacial reconstruction is performed in all teaching institutions for post-ablative or post-traumatic injuries. Treatment ranges from simple autogenous bone grafts to autogenous free-flaps, done in conjunction with the Plastic Surgery Department.

Cosmetics Full-scope facial cosmetic surgery procedures are performed with Attendings from both the Departments of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Plastic Surgery Department.

Craniofacial Residents are an integral member of the Craniofacial Team at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and act as the only surgical resident assigned to cover the Craniofacial Cases. Exposure includes surgical repair of cleft lip, cleft palate, alveolar cleft repair, orthognathic surgery, distraction osteogenesis, cranioplasty for craniosynostosis, and secondary soft tissue refinements in the maxillofacial region. Surgical procedures occur every Friday, with cases by Attendings from both Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Plastic Surgery.

Residents are encouraged to participate in short overseas surgical programs, which are regularly organized by Dr. Topazian and Dr. Martin. Surgical scope on such trips includes dentoalveolar, cleft lip/palate and head/neck pathology. In the past, resident have been involved in programs in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Peru and Ecuador.

Osseointegrated Implants Residents are extensively involved in treatment planning / surgical placement of osseointegrated implants, and all adjunctive surgical procedures, at the University of Connecticut Health Center and Hartford Hospital. In addition, a monthly Implant Conference is held at the University of Connecticut Health Center in conjunction with the Departments of Periodontics and Prosthodontics.

Anesthesia/Sedation Residents are comprehensively trained in the administration of deep sedation / general anesthesia, including 4 months rotating on the University of Connecticut Anesthesia Service, acting as an Anesthesia Resident at the respective teaching institutions. Residents administer approximately 600 deep sedation/general anesthetics annually.

Dentoalveolar Extensive, comprehensive exposure to the diagnosis, preoperative planning, and performance of surgical extractions / preprosthetic surgery occurs on a daily basis in each teaching institution.

Research Requirements

An important and required part of the resident educational experience at the University of Connecticut Affiliated Program is submission of an abstract for the Annual AAOMS Scientific Session and preparation of a paper suitable for publication. The abstract must be submitted by April 1st of the year prior to completion of the program and the paper completed by the middle of the final year of the program. The abstract and paper may be a report of cases with literature review, a description of a new technique, an essay dealing with any significant aspect of oral and maxillofacial surgery, a report based on a research project, or any other topic approved by the faculty.

Because of the necessary deadlines, it is essential that each resident choose a topic during the second year. The subject of the paper should be discussed with the assigned faculty advisor. The project does not need to be performed with the assigned advisor; it can be done under the supervision of others among the faculty and attending surgeons community-wide; however, it is the resident’s responsibility to keep the assigned advisor informed of progress on the paper.

The project must progress to the point that by April 1 prior to the year of program completion an abstract can be prepared and submitted for presentation at the Annual AAOMS meeting; attendance at the meeting is contingent upon the submission of an abstract. The final manuscript for submission for publication will be completed by January 30th of the final year.

There are two main opportunities for research projects. First, residents may participate in ongoing faculty research projects. Second, the resident with a strong interest in a specific project will be encouraged to design such a project and will receive faculty support of his/her clinical or laboratory experimental endeavors.

Faculty staff

The vast majority of the thirty-six oral and maxillofacial surgery faculty are Diplomates of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Faculty from other departments within the Schools of Dental Medicine and Medicine, as well as staff members of the affiliated hospitals, participate fully in the residency program.

Division Chair
David M. Shafer, D.M.D. (Associate Professor and Chair, Residency Program Director)
Associate Professor

Professor Emeritus
Richard G. Topazian, D.D.S. 

Associate Professor
Michael T. Goupil, D.D.S., M.Ed., M.B.A 
Regina Landesberg, D.M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor     
Liansheng Song, D.D.S. 

Clinical Professors
Morton H. Goldberg, D.M.D., M.D. 
Stuart E. Lieblich, D.M.D.
Howard I. Mark, D.M.D.
Joseph Piecuch, D.M.D., M.D.

Assistant Clinical Professors 
Riccardo I. Ambrogio, D.M.D.
Avram S. Berger, D.D.S.
Charles Castiglione, M.D.
Norman J. Cavanagh, D.M.D., M.D.
Elie M. Ferneini, D.M.D., M.D.
Mark C. Fletcher, D.M.D. 
David A. Galbraith, D.M.D. 
William A. MacDonnell, D.D.S.    
Barry McGuire, D.M.D.
Steven Reiner, D.D.S
Ian C. Tingey, D.D.S

Clinical Instructors
Roger S. Badwal, D.M.D., M.D. 
Mohammed Banki, D.M.D., M.D.
Richard G. Bevilacqua, D.M.D., M.D.
Judd B. Fink, D.D.S
David Fenton, D.M.D., M.D.
Yolanda P. Frontera, D.D.S., M.D.S.
Daniel Gill, D.D.S., M.D.
Jonathan F. Goldman, D.M.D. 
Frederic R. Googel, D.M.D.
Edward Karban, D.M.D
William P. Marco, II, D.M.D.
Richard Martin, D.M.D., M.D.
Frank Paletta, D.M.D., M.D.  
Lawrence P. Ryan, D.D.S., M.D.
Craig Stasulis, D.M.D., M.D.
Brett Weyman, D.D.S., M.D.

Academic Affiliations
R. Lamont MacNeil, D.D.S., M.Dent.Sc. (Dean, School of Dental Medicine) 
Frank M. Torti, M.D., M.P.H.