Mar 21, 2023  
2009-2010 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog 
2009-2010 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certificate in Oral Surgery

About the Program

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Advanced Education Program at the Medical College of Georgia is a four-year program fulfilling the requirements for advanced training in oral and maxillofacial surgery as outlined by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.  The residency program consists of didactic education in basic and clinical sciences, clinical rotations, and research.

The first year of training includes clinical rotations in oral and maxillofacial surgery, medicine, and anesthesiology.  The second year includes clinical rotations in neurosurgery, general surgery, and oral and maxillofacial surgery.  The third year resident rotations are on the shock trauma service and in oral and maxillofacial surgery.  Also included in the third year are elective rotations which are arranged according to specific interests of the resident.  The fourth year of training, or chief resident year, is spent entirely in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program is competitive, with initial screening of candidates based upon previous academic performance, letters of recommendation and professional experience.  Applicants with professional experience following graduation from dental school, such as a general practice residency, are preferred.  The list of candidates submitted by the program to the MATCH program is based upon the factors described above, together with the results of a personal interview. 

Tuition, Stipends, Equipment and Benefits

Tuition / Program Fee :  There is no tuition associated with the Certificate Program in oral and maxillofacial surgery. The annual program fee for international candidates with degrees from other dental schools is $18,500.  If the resident is enrolled in the Master of Science in Oral Biology degree program, he must pay tuition for courses taken through the School of Graduate Studies.

Stipends:  Residents in oral and maxillofacial surgery receive a stipend during each of the four years of training subject to availability of funds.  The amount of the stipend has recently ranged from approximately $42,737 to $47,067 per year.  Augusta, Georgia is a beautiful city with a low cost of living. This makes it ideal for residency training from a financial standpoint.

Equipment:  All supplies and equipment associated with the clinical program are provided by the institution.

Benefits:  The School of Dentistry provides malpractice insurance coverage for residents while providing patient care at the Medical College of Georgia.  This insurance does not cover any outside dental practice. Additional benefits for oral surgery housestaff include health care insurance, free life insurance of $25,000, meal tickets for use on call, and three weeks annual vacation.
 Residents are encouraged to attend courses, conferences, and professional meetings as time permits, and the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery will fund these activities on an individual basis as permitted by its budget.

The Facilities

The Medical College of Georgia Hospital was established in 1956 as the primary teaching hospital for the School of Medicine.  It is the Level 1 Trauma Center for the state of Georgia’s second largest city.   The School of Dentistry is located next door to the main hospital building and contains an eight operatory outpatient oral surgery facility, equipped for the full scope of clinical practice, including general anesthesia.

The training program is also affiliated with the Augusta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which is located on the same urban campus as the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and School of Dentistry.