Overview

Program Director: Jeffrey James, MD, DDS, FACS
Associate Professor
Program administrative support contact:  
Department phone: (706) 721-2411
Department fax: (706)  721-3511
Program length: 48 months
No. of residents accepted: 2/yr
PASS participant: Yes
MATCH participant: Yes
DMD/DDS: Applicants must have a DMD/DDS from a dental school that is accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) by the program start date.
Accreditation status: The program in Doctor of Dental Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of Approval without Reporting Requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/en/coda.
Beginning date: July 1 each year
National Boards: Applicants must have successfully passed both Parts I and II of the National Board dental examination by the program start date.
National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE) Applicants who received a pass/fail grade on part I of the NBDE are required to take the NBME CBSE in order to apply to OMS.
State Licensure: Applicants must be eligible for licensure by the program start date.  

Admission Requirements:

Dentists graduated from American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited Dental Schools are eligible for admission to the Advanced Education Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

We only accept candidates who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents.

TOEFL: Applications for the Advanced Education Program are received through the PASS program. Applicants born outside the United States and whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language, the Internet-based version of TOEFL (iBT TOEFL). Minimum scores are 100, and 26 in the speaking component.

NBME CBSE: The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE) is required for all OMS applicants who have received only a pass/fail on Part I of the National Dental Boards in order to apply to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program. The AAOMS will offer the NBME CBSE.   

The CBSE is an opportunity to measure the applicants understanding of the basic sciences and provide an enhanced mechanism for OMS programs to evaluate applicants.

Applicants with a numeric score on Part I of the National Dental Boards are not required to take the CBSE, however they may wish to take the opportunity to participate in the examination to strengthen their application. 

Applicants must upload their CBSE score report from NBME to their PASS application. For more information please visit the AAOMS web site.

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.

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The Certificate Program

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Advanced Education Program at Augusta University 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 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 two 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 along with a rotation at Ft. Gordon OMS.

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Tuition, Stipends, Equipment and Benefits

Tuition / Program Fee : 
There is no tuition associated with the Certificate Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. If the resident is enrolled in the Master of Science in Oral Biology degree program, he/she must pay tuition for courses taken through the College of Graduate Studies. References should be made to the current Augusta University Catalog for specific information regarding College of Graduate Studies tuition and fees.

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 $49,000 to $55,000 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 Dental College of Georgia provides malpractice insurance coverage for residents while enrolled in the program and providing patient care. This insurance does not cover any outside dental practice. Residents are eligible for health care insurance if they pay a monthly co-premium. Additional benefits for Oral Surgery residents include meal tickets for use on-call. Residents are encouraged to attend courses, conferences, 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.

Leave:
Residents are entitled to Augusta University employee holidays, though assignments for emergency coverage must be maintained. Residents may be entitled to up to 12 days annual leave, 5 days of professional leave, at the discretion of the Program Director. 12 days of medical leave are also granted to residents as outlined in the Dental College of Georgia Leave Policy for Dental Residents.

The Facilities:
Georgia Regents Medical Center is the Level 1 Trauma Center for the state of Georgia’s second largest city.  The Oral Surgery clinic located in the Dental College of Georgia 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 Augusta University and  the Dental College of Georgia.

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The Master's Degree Program

The College of Graduate Studies  offers a Master of Science in Oral Biology degree which may be taken in conjunction with the certificate curriculum.  This joint program gives the student more extensive experience in research and basic science education and requires an in-depth original research project leading to a defended thesis.  If the applicant desires to concurrently pursue a Master of Science in Oral Biology degree with the specialty program, the program length could be approximately 6-12 months longer.  Tuition is charged on a per hour basis for the graduate courses taken.  The applicant must be accepted by the Graduate School and the Department of Oral Biology.  Application to the graduate program is made after acceptance to the certificate program. 

A PhD. in Oral Biology may also be pursued concurrently with specialty training.

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Gainful Employment Disclosure

Augusta University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educational institution that prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam War Era veteran.