Dr. Sadi Fontaine established the OMS Training Program in 1926. At that time, the training consisted of a one-year internship. In 1967, the program expanded to 48 months in duration.
Today, this four-year program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation and accepts three residents each year. The Alameda County Medical Center Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is under the direction of The University of The Pacific.
Residency education is provided at four campuses: Alameda Health System (AHS), Kaiser Permanente Oakland (KP), Children’s Hospital Oakland (CHO), - UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, and the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry( UOP).
Training is rigorous and includes extensive experience in:
- Sedation and general anesthesia
- Dentoalveolar surgery
- Complex maxillofacial trauma
- Facial reconstructive surgery
- Orthognathic maxillofacial surgery
- Oral pathology
- Preprosthetic surgery Implant reconstruction
- Facial cosmetic surgery
- Temporomandibular joint surgery
- Cleft lip and palate
- Pediatric maxillofacial surgery
The didactic curriculum includes extensive education in all aspects of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery including:
- Head and Neck Anatomy
- Physical Diagnosis
- Oral Pathology
- Pharmacology and Medicine
Weekly evening conferences featuring guest lecturers are presented on an on-going basis. Rotations to affiliated institutions are included in the four year training curriculum to provide the residents with a broad experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery.