Department Chair: G. E. Ghali, DDS, MD, FACS, FRCS(Ed)
Program Director: Jennifer Woerner, DMD, MD, FACS

OMFS Resident Manual 2017

The Advanced Educational Program in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at Shreveport is a six-year residency program designed to fulfill the educational requirements of the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association, the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and the American Medical Association. Each year, three applicants are selected to begin a 72-month training schedule.

Biomedical Science instruction is incorporated throughout the six-year residency program. Regularly scheduled conferences consist of Preoperative Surgery Conferences, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Teaching Seminars, Journal Club, Morbidity and Mortality Conference, Oral Pathology Conference, Head and Neck Tumor Board, and Orthognathic/Dentofacial Deformities Conference.

Each resident must have taken the Comprehensive Basic Sciences Exam (CBSE) and achieved a score of 70 or higher.  Advanced standing in the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport requires successful completion of Step I of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) before matriculation. Residents will now enroll in the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport during their first year as acting Third Year Medical Students.  The resident then completes the fourth year of the medical school curriculum during which time 9 months of electives will be spent on OMFS and 3 months will be spent learning physical exam techniques, nutrition, and an acting internship in the MICU. Upon graduation from medical school, the residents will spend one year as a general surgery intern, which is divided into 6 months of General Surgery rotations (divided between Burn Unit, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, General Surgery, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Surgical Oncology, and Trauma), 5 months of Anesthesia rotations, and 1 month of Neurological Surgery. At the completion of this year of General Surgery, the residents return to the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery service for 36 months to complete their training as senior and chief residents. The USMLE Steps II and III are completed during their last year of medical school and their first year of post-graduate medical training, respectively. Throughout the course of the residency program, the residents will spend time at our various hospital affiliates including the LSU Shreveport main hospital campus (including the LSU Children’s Hospital), the Ambulatory Care Center, the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, the Willis-Knighton Hospital System, Shriners Hospital for Children, the Christus-Schumpert Hospital System, E.A. Conway Medical Center, and the Overton Brooks V.A. Hospital. 

The goal of the Advanced Education Program in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at LSUHSC Shreveport is ultimately board certification of its graduates. Each resident, once matriculated from the program, is monitored for their performance on the certification examinations of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and the program director contacts each individual to discuss the programs adequacy in preparation for this exam.