Core Curriculum Didactic Course Information

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    Simulation clinic

    Residents during orientation verifying a femoral pulse.

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    Simulation clinic

    Dr. Pamela Hughes debriefing residents after completion of the patient simulation.

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    Simulation Control Room, where mannequins are controlled.

Core Curriculum Didactic Course Information

Core Didactic Course Format

Advanced Training Education at the University of Minnesota
Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


To provide oral and maxillofacial surgery residents with a standardized curriculum of the fundamental concepts of oral and maxillofacial surgery and medicine.


The core courses are planned to be presented over a two year period on Thursday afternoons. A quality assurance component will be incorporated within the cores as well as having individual designated time frames. The curriculum will be designed for the maximum benefit of the third and fourth year residents. Additional Thursday afternoon seminars presented by the residents occur during the summer months to supplement the core courses. This schedule will be planned to complement the core curriculum's strengths and weaknesses.

All residents rotating on the following services are required to attend Core Curriculum: U of MN, VA, HCMC.

Course Content

Each course will consist of approximately 10 hours of lecture to be presented in a case based interactive format. Content should include basic as well as advanced concepts of surgery and medicine. A syllabus will be created for each course. Lectures may be presented by faculty, individuals from other disciplines when appropriate, and occasionally by residents.

Course Faculty

The assigned faculty will ultimately be responsible for total coordination of the individual core courses.

Core Topics

OrthognathicSurgical Anatomy
Pharmacology/MicrobiologyPractice Management
Dental ImplantsCosmetic Surgery
Pathology Associated with the TMJOncology/Reconstruction

Note: The topics of Anesthesia and Oral Pathology are covered on a weekly basis during the calendar year on Friday a.m. and Thursday afternoons respectively.

Anesthesia Core – Simulation Clinic

In May of 2009, the oral and maxillofacial surgery residents participated in a simulation clinic at the University of Minnesota IERC Center. In a more “real world” type of setting, the residents reviewed emergency conscious sedation anesthesia concepts.

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