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The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency program is a minimum of 5 years in length and designed to provide the resident with a thorough background in the field of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. During the program, the residents are trained in diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery conditions including but not limited to dentoalveolar problems, neoplasms, fractures, infection, jaw deformities, cosmetic problems, congenital craniofacial anomalies, soft tissue and bone defects, and temporomandibular joint diseases.

The graduate specialty program consists of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery didactic and clinical courses, Clinical-Pathological Conferences, Journal Clubs, Morning Reports, Grand Rounds, Tumor Board Conferences, Resident Case Presentations, Combined Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Orthodontics Seminars.

During 5-year Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery specialty program, time is allotted to give resident the opportunity to pursue individual research interests. Furthermore, resident is prepared to enter the process for board certification with the Iranian Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

As a formal part of the training program, residents are required to perform an original research. This study must be published in a comprehensive thesis and supported by an oral defense.   

-         Year One

During the first year of the program, residents complete Basic Science courses, and participate in a variety of workshops at the School of Medicine. In addition, they gain experience in minor surgical procedures at the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dentistry.

Outline of Basic Science courses:

Immunology, histology, embryology, head and neck anatomy, chest and abdomen anatomy, nutrition, genetics, pharmacology, physiology, and biology

Outline of workshops:

Educational technology, research methods, research ethics, medical ethics and law, and biostatistics.


-         Years Two and Three

The second and third years of residency program are mainly dedicated to completion of off-service rotations at Hamedan University of Medical Sciences teaching hospitals. During these two years, there are regularly scheduled Dental Implant Training programs at the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dentistry.

Off-service rotations:

Internal Medicine: 5 months

Radiology: One month

Intensive Care Unit: One month

Anesthesia: 3 months

Dermatology: One month 

General Surgery: 3 months

Neurosurgery: 2 months

Otorhinolaryngology: One month

Ophthalmology: One month

Plastic Surgery: 2 months


-         Years Four and Five

During these two years, special emphasis is placed on training programs in major oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures. This part of residency training program is based primarily at Besat Hospital, which is the major teaching hospital in the Western Iran. Resident first observes and then actively participates in a variety of surgical procedures (maxillofacial trauma, orthognathic surgery, facial cosmetic surgery, surgical treatment of head and neck pathologic lesions, cleft lip and palate repair, surgical management of infections, reconstructive surgery, etc.) under supervision of an experienced academic member.


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