I participated in a two-week externship at the UMMC Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery department. During my time there, I was involved with a diversity of experiences that offered a very realistic and in-depth glimpse of life as an oral surgery resident. I was able to observe and assist orthognathic surgery, head and neck oncology, microvascular reconstruction, cleft lip and palate and aesthetic procedures in the operating room. I also followed and assisted the residents as they completed their regular patient rounds and they performed extractions, biopsies and diagnosed oral pathologies in the hospital clinic. Furthermore, I assisted one of the fellows with practicing free flap procedures in the medical school anatomy lab, provided a brief talk to the residents on multiple sclerosis, stapled and sutured incisions and sat in on lectures and case presentations at the nearby dental school. Throughout the two weeks, I felt a strong and overwhelmingly positive rapport with both the staff and the residents. I was made to feel welcome by everyone within the department, who were very willing to let me participate wherever I could and answered all of my questions about the profession. The UMMC is a marvellous facility with a great support staff as well, many of whom I got to know personally. I will forever look back on my time as an extern as a tremendous learning experience and would easily recommend it to anyone else considering oral surgery as a potential career path.
DDS2, Faculty of Dentistry
University of Toronto
Mohamed Abdelhakim, BDS
Case Western Reserve University
Class of 2013
Again I want to thank both faculty and residents for an amazing week and I hope to be back in the coming months!
UF College of Dentistry c/o 2013
I would like to thank the whole team of the department of OMFS at the University of Maryland Medical Center for giving me the amazing opportunity of being part of the OMFS Externship program and for welcoming me and making this experience as pleasurable and memorable as it was. The two weeks that I spent in the Medical Center were exciting, beneficial and enriching to me in many aspects. The high level of professionalism, perseverance and the great spirit of team work are only few of the many qualities that caught my attention. Being part of this program further proved to me what and where I want to be.
I am eager to contribute to your program in the near future.
The internship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Maryland was difficult and pushed me beyond my limits every day. Without this experience, I would not have had all the opportunities to continue my career in oral surgery. I owe everything to the lessons I learned during my time at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Internship Graduate ‘10
OMS Certificate Graduate ‘11
Indiana School of Dentistry Clinical Assistant Professor of Oral Surgery
The benefits of the fellowship may not be appreciated until years after one completes it. My current practice is almost entirely focused on the foundation of what was forged during fellowship. It was perhaps the single most important time period in my professional and personal development to date. I realize now, 5 years after completion of the program how much the experience has shaped my approach to the art and science of treating patients with head and neck cancer. Furthermore, the relationships I have made through fellowship have proved to be the most rewarding and long-lasting.
Director of Head & Neck Oncology