Program Curriculum

Resident Didactics

Didactic sessions are held weekly on Friday mornings from 7am-11am.  Each month is dedicated to broad learning topics beginning with Trauma in the first two months and then moving onto other topics of Dentoalveolar, Implants and Head & Neck Oncology, to name a few. 

These four hour sessions provide a compilation of faculty and resident lectures, case discussion and new this year, implementation of the SCORE curriculum. 

Morning Report

Assigned residents provide either a review of a recent clinical case or provide a didactic learning session that correlates to the OMFS topic of the month.

The PGY-1 resident is specifically assigned clinical case presentations to emphasize the formulation of differential diagnosis and appropriate evaluation and subsequent patient management. 

Oral Pathology Lecture Series

Dr. Brent Accurso and Dr. Brent Martin, both Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Pathologists, provide the Oral Pathology curriculum for the program.  The first 6 months of the year provide the resident with the basics of surgical pathology/oral & maxillofacial surgical pathology.   The second half of the year focuses mainly on clinicopathologic cases conferences with some sessions incorporating a literature review, as needed.  


The program utilizes the SCORE platform as an educational resource.  The residents typically play rounds of jeopardy as a group to maximize their learning on different modules.

Ancillary Lectures

Throughout the year, lectures pertaining to resident research, ethics and professionalism, risk management and patient management.

Monthly Tuesday Implant Conference

This one hour conference is held monthly during resident didactics.

The format of this resident learning session varies between lectures, case review and treatment planning including M&M on completed cases, and clinical manikin exercises. The format will allow for oral surgery residents to present cases, give surgical technique lectures and participate in discussions regarding implant topics and clinical scenarios. Residents will be participating in case based learning in the treatment planning seminars and get additional hands on experience in impression taking and provisional fabrication. The goal is to emphasize the team's multidisciplinary approach to restorative driven implants.


Journal Club

Held bi-monthly, Journal Club provides the resident opportunities to review and critique  current medical literature and initiate discussion among those present.  The ultimate goal of this learning session is to improve patient care by incorporating  evidence into practice.

Guest Speakers

Leaders in the field of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery lecture either in person or virtually.  The goal is to disseminate the most up to date techniques in the specialty and provide increased medical knowledge to the resident. 

Head & Neck Tumor Boards

Four times monthly, the residents attend Head & Neck Tumor Boards at both Ascension Macomb Hospital and Ascension St. John Hospital.