9-Month Oral Pathology Internship Program

UF ADVANCED DENTAL EDUCATION

Internship in Oral Pathology for the General Practitioner

The curriculum is specifically designed to provide in-depth exposure to a sufficient quantity and quality of material to allow the intern/fellow to accumulate knowledge and become proficient in the various objectives

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Details

The Continuing Education Intern/Fellow in Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology is a nine (9) month program. A CE certificate is awarded on program completion. The curriculum is specifically designed to provide in-depth exposure to a sufficient quantity and quality of material to allow the intern/fellow to accumulate knowledge and become proficient in the various objectives. This is accomplished through a combination of didactic classes, clinical patient contacts, patient consultations, surgical sign-out sessions, clinical-pathologic conferences, seminars, individual interaction with the mentors, and personal study.

Clinical experience is gained through treatment of patients in the Oral Medicine and Oncology Clinic, as well as through clinical consultations requested by pre-doctoral and post-graduate intern/fellows. This provides a broad exposure to a multitude of simple and complex clinical situations that build an experience base in evaluation, diagnosis, and management of pathologic conditions in the head and neck area.

Interns are continually supervised by the three graduate faculty, who are Diplomates of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. Interns are challenged by an ever-increasing level of difficulty in the material to which they are exposed. This is regulated directly by the faculty in the selection of surgical unknown cases, clinical pathologic conference cases, and in oral question-and-answer sessions at the daily sign-out conference. The interns are expected to review cases in detail and research the diagnoses during the workday when they are not specifically scheduled elsewhere. This adheres to our philosophy that learning should have an active component on the part of the intern. The responsibility for learning and attainment of proficiency is, therefore, the joint responsibility of the faculty and the individual intern.

The final goal of the curriculum is also to provide the intern the tools to achieve all the necessary knowledge and skills to competently apply and succeed in a three year residency program and get Board certification to practice Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.


Objectives

At the completion of the program, it is expected that the intern/fellow will be able to:

  • Examine, interpret and prepare gross tissue specimens for tissue embedding and processing
  • Recognize normal tissue microscopically
  • Recognize and interpret pathologic changes, separating diseases by histopathologic patterns into well-defined differential diagnostic categories
  • Arrive at a final histopathologic diagnosis, using critical thinking skills combined with application of knowledge, to narrow the histopathologic differential diagnosis to a single entity
  • Apply and interpret special histochemical procedures as an aid to microscopic diagnosis
  • Apply and interpret advanced immunohistochemical techniques to difficult diagnostic situations to assist in arriving at a final microscopic diagnosis
  • Apply and interpret immunofluorescent techniques to vesiculo-bullous and lichenoid lesions to arrive at a definitive diagnosis
  • Apply and interpret in-situ hybridization studies where indicated
  • Provide a written final pathology report with final diagnosis and appropriate comments and recommendations
  • Communicate effectively with contributing clinicians and general pathologists
  • Record a complete and comprehensive medical/dental history, highlighting salient points that impact on clinical pathology present in the patient
  • Interpret clinical pathologic changes, grouping diseases according to the clinical presentation, in order to arrive at a differential diagnosis, and ultimately a final diagnosis
  • Interpret appropriate clinical laboratory studies to assist in arriving at a final diagnosis
  • Interpret appropriate radiographic studies to assist in arriving at a final diagnosis
  • Observe, evaluate and participate in providing treatment for patients with a wide variety of oral mucosal diseases and conditions
  • Critically evaluate scientific literature, with particular emphasis on literature involving the head and neck area

Facilities & Resources

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Offices and Oral Medicine Clinic

The Oral Medicine and Oncology Clinic is a separate clinic intended to be shared by the Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. The facilities are also used by other oral medicine faculty. The clinic is located on the first floor of the College of Dentistry building, and is immediately adjacent to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic. The section offices are in the same building, located on the 8th floor. Hence, offices, study areas, and conference rooms are separate from the clinic facilities.


Typical Schedule

Routine Weekly schedule
Time 8:00-10:00 10:00-12:00 12:00-1:00 1:00-3:30 3:30-5:00
Monday Individual study time Morning sign-out conference Lunch Literature Review Individual study time
Tuesday Oral Surg Conference Morning sign-out conference Lunch Clinical patient management Clinical patient management
Wednesday Patient letters Self study Lunch Self study/ Research Self study/ Research
Thursday Oral Surg conference Morning sign-out conference Lunch Tumor board Individual study time
Friday Individual study time Morning sign-out conference Lunch Individual study time Literature review

Faculty

Mohammed N Islam

Department:

DN-ORAL PATHOLOGY

Mohammed N Islam BDS DDS

Clinical Professor & Residency Program Director

Donald M Cohen

Department:

MD-PATHOLOGY-GENERAL

Donald M Cohen DMD, MBA, MS

Professor & Chair, Oral & Maxillofacial Diagnostic Sciences

Indraneel Bhattacharyya

Department:

DN-ORAL PATHOLOGY

Indraneel Bhattacharyya

Professor & Division Director, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

Sarah G Fitzpatrick

Department:

DN-ORAL PATHOLOGY

Sarah G Fitzpatrick DDS

Adjunct Research Assistant Professor

  • “I declare that neither I nor any member of my family has a financial arrangement or affiliation with any corporate organization offering financial support or grant monies for this continuing dental education program greater than $999, nor do I have a financial interest greater than $1,000 in any commercial product(s) I will discuss in the presentation.”

Program Information and Application

Schedule & Acceptance Criteria

Open to any Dentist (U.S. or International) with US citizenship or a green card

9-Month Program
October 1st through June 30th


Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm (excluding University holidays)

Certification

Contact Hours: Varies with individual schedule selected by the participant.
Participation/Lecture
Hands-On Workshop

Upon completion of the Internship, Continuing Education Units (CEU) and a certificate of completion from the Continuing Education Department is awarded.

Includes Limited Patient Care

 

Fees

Tuition: $ 37,500

Payable in a single non-refundable payment or in four non-refundable quarterly payments of $9,375.00.

Additional expenses may include the purchase of a laptop (College’s choice), scrubs, and textbooks. Details provided upon acceptance.

$25 Application Fee: Non-Refundable

Location & Contact

UF College of Dentistry
1395 Center Drive
Gainesville, FL 32610
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Offices
(352) 273-6689

Questions regarding the program:
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Department – (352) 273-6675
Questions regarding the application process:

School of Advanced Dental Sciences – (352) 273-7800

Applying to the Program

Application Deadline August 1st

Comprehensive application must be submitted online prior to deadline to be considered.

1. Completed Application Form
2. $25 Application Fee: Non-Refundable
3. Current Curriculum Vitae
4. Two letters of recommendation

Due Upon Acceptance

$100 Processing Fee: Non-Refundable