Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) Residency Program

The Mount Sinai Health System, in association with Jacobi Medical Center and Albert Einstein School of Medicine offers an advanced education program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS). This integrated clinical and didactic program is designed to meet the certification requirements of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program is guided by an experienced, dedicated full time faculty that provide a strong didactic component as well as vast clinical experience. The educational experience is progressive, offering increasing responsibilities as residents proceed through the program.  

Background and Setting
The Mount Sinai/Jacobi/Einstein residency was created in 2006.  Its sponsoring institution was the Beth Israel Medical Center, with its partners and major educational site, Jacobi Medical Center and its medical school, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  The program graduated its first dual degreed Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in 2013.

Beth Israel was part of the Continuum Health systems which merged with the Mount Sinai Health System in 2014.  The merged system resulted in the renaming of Beth Israel to Mount Sinai Beth Israel and the sponsorship of the program being transferred to the Graduate Medical Education department of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  In 2019, the Mount Sinai Beth Israel/Jacobi/Einstein program merged with the Mount Sinai Hospital Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency to form one of the largest six-year Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training programs in the country.

Jacobi Medical Center
With more than 500 beds, Jacobi Medical Center has grown into the largest public hospital in the Bronx. It offers a complete range of acute, specialty, general and psychiatric services. Jacobi also operates community-based health care centers that provide general adult and pediatric examinations and health screenings for a variety of concerns, including hypertension, diabetes, breast cancer and prostate cancer. Jacobi Medical Center is a member of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, and a partner in the North Bronx Healthcare Network. The North Bronx Healthcare Network consists of Jacobi Medical Center (JMC), North Central Bronx Hospital (NCBH) and affiliated community health care centers.

A major academic affiliate and teaching site of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, offers a complete range of acute, specialty, general care and psychiatric services. It is an American College of Surgeons Level I Trauma Center, serving the North Bronx and Lower Westchester as well as being the regional Hyperbaric Center and Regional Snakebite Center for the Tristate area.

Jacobi operates the only multi-person emergency hyperbaric chamber in New York City and the only Burn Unit in the Bronx, the second largest in New York City, with 30 years of clinical research and teaching experience, pioneering in early surgical intervention to preserve skin and minimize infection and injury.  It operates a Level III Neonatal ICU with one of the best outcome records in the United States.  Jacobi is recognized by the communities it serves as the socially responsible, experienced provider of choice for the more vulnerable populations – medically underserved, uninsured, Medicaid/Medicare recipients and uniformed services personnel.

Mount Sinai Hospital
Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is one of the oldest and largest teaching hospitals in the United States. It is located in East Harlem in the New York City borough of Manhattan, on the eastern border of Central Park stretching along Madison and Fifth Avenues, between East 98th Street and East 103rd Street. The entire Mount Sinai health system has over 7,400 physicians, as well as 3,815 beds, and delivers over 16,000 babies a year. In 2019–20, the hospital was ranked 14th among the nearly 5,000 hospitals in the US by the U.S. News & World Report. Adjacent to the hospital is the Kravis Children's Hospital which provides comprehensive pediatric specialties and subspecialties to infants, children, teens, and young adults aged 0–21 throughout the region.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
The Albert Einstein College of Medicine is one of the nation’s premier institutions for medical education, basic research and clinical investigation. A full-time faculty of more than 2,000 teaches, delivers health care and conducts research in every major biomedical specialty.

From an original class size of 56, the College of Medicine has evolved into one of the largest medical schools in the country. Today, the student body includes 750 MD students, 394 PhD students attending the Sue Golding Graduate Division, (117 of whom are in the combined MD/PhD program), and approximately 360 postdoctoral investigators currently receiving advance training at the Belfer Institute for Advanced Biomedical Studies. Approximately 7,000 Einstein alumni are among the nation’s foremost clinicians, biomedical scientists, and medical educators.

When the medical school opened its doors to its first class in 1955, The New York Times was already noting “the new medical school’s distinguished and talented faculty assured the institution of a place in the ranks of the great medical schools in the world.” Among its pioneering educational initiatives, Einstein was among the first of the major medical schools to integrate bedside experience with learning, bringing first-year students into contact with patients and linking classroom study to case experience. In addition, the College of Medicine is widely known for its socially conscious approach to medicine. During the 1970s and 1980s, it was a pioneer in the development of medical ethics as an accepted academic discipline in medical school curricula. Einstein was also the first private medical school in New York City to establish an academic Department of Family Medicine (1993), and it created New York’s first residency program in internal medicine with an emphasis on women’s health (1994).

The faculty’s consistent high level of scientific achievement resulted in the last year alone in the awarding of more than $152 million in peer-reviewed grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Six major Einstein programs have been designated NIH “Centers of Excellence:” the Albert Einstein Cancer Center, the Brain and Neuroscience Center, the Diabetes Center, the Liver Research Center, the Sickle Cell Center and the Center for AIDS Research. In addition, Einstein was the only New York City institution selected to participate in the federally funded mapping of the human genome. The medical school has also established a Center for the Study of Reproductive Biology and Women’s Health, with a mission to develop research programs in fundamental issues in female reproductive biology and their applications to clinical areas. The Einstein research centers are integrated with the College’s education and training programs, providing the opportunity for students to train in a stimulating environment that reflects the dramatic changing nature of medicine as it advances into the 21st century.

The College of Medicine maintains its special character as a community in which students, faculty and administrators share—on a personal as well as professional basis—the challenges of learning, teaching, providing clinical care to a diverse urban population, managing health care delivery systems, and exploring the newest vistas of biomedical research.

Mount Sinai West
Roosevelt Hospital's first building opened and it began operations on November 2, 1871, seven years after its establishment. It was renamed Mount Sinai West when it entered into the Mount Sinai Health System.

The 514-bed facility is located in the Midtown West neighborhood of New York City. The facility provides numerous clinical specialties including, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthopedics, hand surgery, breast surgery, colorectal surgery, vascular surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency department, intensive care and urology.

In 2007, Mount Sinai West received advanced certification in total hip and knee replacement surgery from The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). It is designated a Level III Perinatal Center, AIDS Center, Primary Stroke Center, and designated Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program Hospital.

Elmhurst Hospital Medical Center
Elmhurst Hospital Center (EHC), also known as NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, is a 545-bed public hospital in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens in New York City. The current structure opened in 1957, assuming the operations of the former City Hospital, founded in 1832 on Roosevelt Island. It was renovated in the 1990s. It is one of the 11 acute care hospitals of NYC Health + Hospitals, a public benefit corporation of the city.  By the 2000s, due to the high ethnic diversity of surrounding areas, Elmhurst Hospital implemented programs to cater to patients' different cultural practices. In 2005, The New York Times reported that the 500,000 patients that visited Elmhurst Hospital the previous year spoke over 100 languages or dialects, and that "roughly half" needed an interpreter because they spoke so little English. As a result, signs were ordered in several additional languages, and dozens of multilingual staff members were given extra training.  Elmhurst Hospital Center has a catchment area, which includes nearly a million people in northwestern Queens.

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center 
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center is a private, non-profit teaching hospital and emergency facility in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, New York City.  Jamaica Hospital's first permanent location opened on June 18, 1898, near the Union Hall Street station on the east side of New York Avenue (Guy Brewer Blvd), a short distance north of South Street. The new hospital building opened on May 1, and despite not being ready to fully receive patients, admitted its first patients several days later. Due to an influx of wounded during the Spanish–American War, by July every available space was occupied by soldiers.  Recognized as one of the leading hospitals in Queens New York since then, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center has proudly served the community for over a century. Today, they continue to meet the needs of the diverse population of Queens by providing a wide range of quality healthcare services.

Their mission is “To serve our patients and the community in a way that is second to none.”

The James J. Peters VA Medical Center
The James J. Peters VA Medical Center, (also known as the Bronx Veterans Hospital), is a US Department of Veterans Affairs hospital complex located at 130 West Kingsbridge Road in West Fordham, Bronx, New York City. The hospital is the headquarters of the Veterans Integrated Service Networks New York/New Jersey VA Health Care Network. This network is also the parent network to VA New York Harbor Healthcare System. During the American Revolutionary War, the site of the medical center was the location of British '"Fort Number 6" (1777–1779). During the 19th century, the land was part of the estate of Nathaniel Platt Bailey. The site then became the property of the Sisters of Charity of New York who turned it into the Bronx Roman Catholic Orphan Asylum. The hospital opened as United States Veterans' Hospital no. 81 on April 15, 1922. The Bronx Veterans Hospital was renamed after James J. Peters in 2002. Peters, a US Army veteran, was patient of the Bronx Veterans Hospital who founded several organizations to address the needs of patients with spinal cord injuries, including the United Spinal Association.

Student Learning Outcomes
Maxillofacial surgery is the specialty, which includes the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the maxillofacial regions. The following learning outcomes have been developed and adopted by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The goals, skills, and knowledge every graduate must demonstrate to qualify for graduation will be assessed through the didactic sessions, the outpatient clinic, hospital operating rooms, mock Board exercises, seminars, presentations, and one-on-one discussions.

The graduate in oral and maxillofacial surgery will be able to demonstrate applied knowledge and clinical skills to be able to practice the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Program Outline
A regular didactic program of hospital rounds, seminars, and conferences is supplemented by specific courses in surgical anatomy and oral and head and neck pathology. All residents will be trained and certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatrics Advanced Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support (ACLS/PALS/ATLS) during the Program.

It is the intent of the Program to foster and develop both well-trained clinicians as well as scholars who pursue academic careers and research. Teaching experience will also be gained in the context of the Program. The resident staff will participate in teaching more junior residents as well as general practice and pediatric dentistry residents.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION (YEAR BY YEAR)

Year 1

 

6 Weeks OMFS

AECOM Year 2

Year 2

 

AECOM YEAR 3 and 4 (-Electives)

Year 3

Adult and Pediatric Anesthesia 20 Weeks

OMFS 32 Weeks

Year 4

 

52 Weeks General Surgery

Year 5

 

52 Weeks  OMFS

Year 6

 

52 Weeks OMFS

 

The clinical program provides broad training in all areas of the specialty :
  • Dentoalveolar Surgery
  • Outpatient Anesthesia and Sedation
  • Cranio-Maxillofacial Trauma
  • Preprosthetic Surgery/Implantology
  • Orthognathic and Craniofacial Surgery
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
  • Pathology (benign and malignant) and Reconstruction
  • Minimally Invasive , computer assisted surgical planning and intra-operative navigation

Special Education Adjuncts
Basic science instruction will occur during the resident’s regular duties and at Einstein. Pathological material in the form of CPC’s will be reviewed at OMFS Service Meetings. Numerous didactic sessions are planned, designed primarily for the instruction of the OMFS residents, including morbidity and mortality rounds and grand rounds, tumor board conferences and service rounds. Seminars and lectures will be held throughout the year including formal didactic sessions. Opportunities for attendance at local and national courses and society meetings.

Conference Schedules
Each resident is expected to attend every academic conference sponsored by the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and any conferences which are made available outside the department which the Program Director suggests for the residents. All residents and faculty will receive a monthly schedule of conferences to allow adequate time for preparation. The program will also be posted on the departmental web site. The purpose of the academic schedule is to provide a core knowledge in oral and maxillofacial surgery and to foster a sense of independent study which will aid in board preparation.

Weekly Teaching Rounds
The core lecture series is given every week. A faculty member, resident or invited lecturer gives a formal lecture as part of the core curriculum. This core lecture series occurs in blocks with topics ranging from dentoalveolar surgery to oncologic surgery and reconstruction. The material rotates on a two-year cycle and covers the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery. During the year, there are also mock board sessions during which senior residents are questioned in the oral board format followed by a discussion and critique of resident performance.

Morbidity and Mortality Conference
This mandatory attendance conference meets monthly.  The purpose is to evaluate any untoward treatment outcomes and develop treatment strategies to avoid having similar complications in the future. The management of cases is discussed using the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) Parameters of Care as a guide.

Literature Review (Journal Club)
A topic-based review of the literature is approached from classic and current perspectives each month. The articles will be selected by the faculty mentor and distributed to residents for preparation in advance.

Journal Club reviews current literature from journals related to the specialty of OMFS. There is a rotating journal list from which each resident selects one article and distributes it to the group for advance reading. During the conference, each resident critically reviews their article and discusses its relevance to their daily practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Implant Treatment Planning Conference
This interdisciplinary conference is held once per month. It is attended by representatives from the Departments of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Prosthodontics. Comprehensive treatment plans using computer assisted treatment planning software and other aids as needed are developed, presented and discussed amongst the residents and faculty.

Dentofacial Deformity Conference and Lecture Series
The dentofacial deformities conference is a monthly treatment planning and case presentation session attended by the attending orthodontists, post graduate students in orthodontics and the OMFS residents and faculty.  Cases will be presented for group discussion. This is followed by a clinic session where patients undergo comprehensive evaluation by residents and orthodontic graduate students for presentation at the next conference. Alternatively, formal lectures relating to clinical evaluation and treatment planning will be given. Selected topics are jointly presented by faculty from the Departments of Orthodontics and Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery.

Oral Pathology Seminar
This conference will be attended by OMFS residents and faculty as well as the Oral/Head and Neck pathologist. This conference will take place on a monthly basis throughout the year reviewing pathology topics. Presentations consist of slide review of the interesting cases, formal lectures, case presentations and topic reviews by residents.

Head and Neck Tumor Board
The multidisciplinary tumor board conducts a weekly conference attended by Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Otolaryngologists, Head and Neck Surgeons, Plastic Surgeons, Radiologists, Social Services, Radiation and Medical Oncology, speech and swallowing therapists, Nutrition, Psychiatry and Pain Management and Palliative Care. Individuals present new and interesting cases for group discussion and comprehensive treatment planning. Residents will be called upon to present cases from the oral and maxillofacial surgery service.

Research and Library Time
Research and library time is provided on days when there are no scheduled conferences. Residents are given research and library time to use for research or independent study. These sessions will occur at least twice per month.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 1 Year Internships
Our OMFS one year internship positions are designed for the candidates that are genuinely interested in pursuing an OMFS residency and would like to experience a full scope OMFS residency. Duties will include: clinic coverage, on call coverage, ER, OR and inpatient management of OMFS patients. Interns will also attend all didactic departmental conferences.

Our interns are an integral part of the OMFS team. The majority of our past interns were successful in matching with programs immediately following completion of the internship.

Successful candidates will be bright, self-motivated and eager to become part of a dynamic OMFS team. Additionally, they must have completed at least a PGY-1 GPR or AEGD before the start of the program. The OMFS internships are fully funded positions. Salaries start at the PGY-2 level.

Recruitment is on a rolling basis and begins annually each October for the following July. Recruitment will end when the positions are filled. If you are interested, please email your CV and one letter of recommendation to our OMFS internship director, Kerry McEntee, MD (mcenteek@nychhc.org). ​

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 1 Year Externships
Our one week externships are designed for dental students to experience “a day in the life” of our OMFS residents. You will attend all weekly lectures/conferences, observe in clinic/OR settings assisting at the appropriate level and rotate through multiples sites within our program. It allows for a realistic view of our program and OMFS experience for the extern.

Only students whose institutions have created a clinical agreement with our OMFS department via ICAHN will be allowed on campus. If you are interested, please email Mariam Ajose (Mariam.Ajose@mountsinai.org) to confirm your school and an agreement on file and necessary next steps.

The faculty of the program is comprised of board certified oral and maxillofacial surgery faculty, as well as other non OMFS faculty such as orthodontists, prosthodontists, and Dental Anesthesiologists. In addition in the department there are experts in; pain management, head and neck surgery, radiation and medical oncology, pathology, plastic and reconstructive surgery and speech pathology. We consider mentorship and resident wellness a necessity, almost as much as providing a well-rounded and complete education.  We, as a group, encourage our residents to participate in fostering a culture of understanding and respect.

Daniel Buchbinder DMD MD: System Chief of Mount Sinai Health Systems
Michael D. Turner DDS MD MSc FACS: Program Director
Benn Lieberman DMD: Assistant Program Director
Kerry McEntee DDS MD: Internship Director

All applicants must be qualified graduates of a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA). The OMFS/MD Residency Program is six years in duration and leads to qualification for certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Each resident will also complete the requirements for the M.D. degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine as well as a post graduate year in General Surgery at Mount Sinai West/Mount Sinai Morningside which satisfies the current requirements for Medical Licensure in New York State.

Four residents will be selected annually for the combined Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery /MD program. Applicants will be interviewed both by the OMFS faculty as well as the admissions committee at the College of Medicine. Appointments are offered to highly qualified individuals who are committed to a career of excellence in patient care, teaching, and research. The prospective residents are jointly accepted to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine with advanced standing. The residents will join the medical school in the second year and will be required to successfully complete the second, third and fourth years of medical school. All elective time will be spent on the oral and maxillofacial surgery service.  Continuation on to the clinical years of the training program (General Surgery and OMFS) will be contingent upon graduation from the Medical School and satisfactory performance in the USMLE Part I and Part II. Tuition to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine is the responsibility of the resident. Financial aid may be available through the Medical School.

All applications and supporting documents must be received by October 1st for consideration for appointment on the following July 1st. The Selection Committee will not consider any incomplete application. Interviews will be conducted by invitation of the Selection Committee only and will be held usually in November of that year, at a date to be determined.

Application Procedure
Application to the Program is made by completing the appropriate forms provided by the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Applicants should obtain the necessary forms by contacting PASS directly at:

Postdoctoral Application Support Service
655 K Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 289-7201
https://www.adea.org/PASSapp/applicants/

In addition, a secondary application must be completed for entrance into Albert Einstein College of Medicine at https://www.einsteinmed.edu/education/md-program/admissions/secondary-application/default.asp. Secondary application requests that pre professional committee letter from your undergraduate institution be sent to the program either via hard copy or e-mail to the residency program manager. All letters will remain confidential and will be purged following the application cycle. If unable to obtain this letter or your school has no pre-professional committee, substitutions can be found here https://www.einsteinmed.edu/education/md-program/admissions/application-procedure/recommendation-letters.html.

Program Manager
All questions and concerns should be addressed to Mariam Ajose, our residency program manager:

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
10 Union Square East, Suite 5B
New York, NY 10003
Attn: Mariam Ajose
212-844-6578
Mariam.Ajose@mountsinai.org