Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology Fellowship

Available to U.S. and Foreign Dental Graduates

Course Description

The Continuing Education Fellowship in Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology is a one year 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 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. This is designed for an Oral & Maxillofacial Pathologist.

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 residents, 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.

Fellows are continually supervised by the three graduate faculty, who are diplomates of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. Fellows 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 fellows 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 fellow.  The responsibility for learning and attainment of proficiency is, therefore, the joint responsibility of the faculty and the individual fellow.

The final goal of the curriculum is also to provide the fellow the tools to achieve all the necessary knowledge and skills to competently utilize in his or her own country as an Oral and maxillofacial pathologist.

Program Details

This course is for one calendar year beginning on July 1st. The tuition for the program is $50,000.00. The program will follow a semester schedule similar to the University’s schedule. Upon acceptance into the program, a non-refundable deposit of $50,000.00 must be submitted to the Office of Continuing Dental Education by June 1.

Upon completion of the fellowship, a certificate of attendance and twelve hundred (1200) continuing education units (CEUs) are awarded.

Completion of the Continuing Education Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology Fellowship Program is an educational goal in itself. Although many resources will be provided by the selected Department, this is a Continuing Education program and is not listed on the University of Florida Registrar’s records.

Course Objectives

At the completion of the program, it is expected that the 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 pathology report with final diagnosis and appropriate comments and recommendations for faculty to provide feedback on.
  • 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 plan 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

Graduate Oral Pathology Faculty

Nadim M. Islam, DDS, BDS. Clinical Professor & Residency Program Director, Oral Pathology Graduate Program, Internship Director and Laboratory Director, Oral Pathology Biopsy Service, Diplomate, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology – Faculty Website

  • “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.”

Donald M. Cohen, DMD, MS, MBA. Professor and Interim-Chair, Oral and Maxillofacial Diagnostic Sciences, Diplomate, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology – Faculty Website

  • “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.”

Indraneel Bhattacharyya, DDS, MSD. Professor & Division Director, Division of Oral Pathology. Diplomate, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology – Faculty Website

  • “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.”

Sarah Fitzpatrick, DDS. Adjunct Faculty. Diplomate, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology

  • “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.”

Facilities and 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.

Your schedule will be posted in Outlook; your time will be divided among clinical activities, didactic and teaching.

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

Contact

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Offices – (352) 273-6689
  • For questions regarding the program, please contact the Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Department – (352) 273-6675
  • For questions regarding the application process, please contact the School of Advanced Dental Sciences – (352) 273-7800

Location

UF College of Dentistry
1395 Center Drive
Gainesville, FL 32610

888-550-4590 (toll free)

University of Florida building

Continuing Dental Education Units

1,200 contact hours. Lecture/Participation

Hands-on CourseHands-On Workshop

M-F, 8am – 5pm (excluding University holidays)
Registration Fee
$50,000

Application Process

* Application deadline January 31st, all applications must be submitted online.


Applicants must submit the following documentation:

 

  1. Application (available here) – Download and complete application, then submit via the link at the bottom of this page.
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. TOEFL scores (Test of English as a Foreign Language); the minimum acceptable score is 550 for the paper exam or 80 for the computer exam. Upon acceptance you will be required to send an original.
  5. Financial Guarantee (Government Sponsored)Upon acceptance, Non-US residents requiring a visa must submit all required documentation, including proof of sufficient funds to support the cost of fees and living expenses (Student $1,500/month; Spouse $1,000/month; Per Child $500/month; plus tuition and fees).Application, application fee and all required documents must be received on or before January 31st to be considered.
    • Fees (all fees are non-refundable):
    • Application Fee $50.00 (due with application)
    • Processing Fee $300.00 (due upon acceptance)

     

    Notice to all applicants: Acceptance into any program is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check and obtaining the appropriate visa if you are a non-US citizen.

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