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  • Background Information

    Osteo Science Foundation’s Clinical Observership Program is an innovative program offering intensive training for residents interested in a private practice experience.

    This unique opportunity matches residents in the United States and Canada with senior clinicians for a two to four week assignment, offering intensive, individualized training with leading practitioners in the field of Oral and CranioMaxillofacial Surgery.

    The Clinical Observership Program is specifically designed to help residents get a jump start through a one-on-one training experience in a private practice setting. We recognize that smart training today yields better patient care tomorrow. And it’s for this reason that we remain committed to providing the right professional development to the next generation of clinicians.

  • Participants


    Alisha Desai, DMD

    Weill Cornell New York Presbyterian Hospital

    Taylor Duckworth, DDS

    Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix in affiliation with University of Arizona

    Edwin Eshaghzadeh, DDS, MD

    University of California San Francisco

    Moiz Hasan, DDS

    University at Buffalo

    Jessica Li, DDS

    Nassau University Medical Center

    Paula Munoz, DDS

    Highland Hospital – Alameda Health System

    Alex Romash, DDS, MD

    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

    Vincent Debitetto, DMD

    Weill Cornell

    Charles K. Levin, DDS

    Montefiore Medical Center

    Rachel Lim, DDS, MD

    University of Washington

    Aryeh Mahana, DMD

    New York Medical College

    Tarek Metwally, DDS, MD

    University of Michigan

    Matthew Moore, DMD

    Meharry Medical College

    My Nguyen, DDS

    Highland Hospital

    Drew Roberts, DDS

    Montefiore Medical Center

    Ryane Staples, DMD

    San Antonio Military Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency/Brooke Army Medical Center

    Seth Ebben, DDS

    University of Illinois at Chicago

    Jiasheng David Guo, DDS, MD

    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

    Joseph Gulko, DDS MD

    University of Texas Southernwestern/Parkland Memorial Hospital

    Matthew T. Dailey, DDS, MD

    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

    David Lindon Best, DDS, MD

    University of Michigan

    Soo-Keun Sean Kim, DMD, MD

    Emory University School of Medicine

    Andrew Emery, DMD, MD

    Massachusetts General Hospital Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program

    Kristi Agari, DMD, MD

    LAC+USC, University of Southern California

    Jeanne Kiernan, DMD

    Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

    Rodrigo Sarmento, DMD, MD

    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Parkland Medical Center

    Tapan Dalal, DMD

    New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell

    Alexander Flynn, DDS

    San Antonio Military Medical Center/Brooke Army Medical Center

    Sebastian Graca, DMD

    University of Illinois Chicago

    Steven Halepas, DMD, MD

    New York-Presbyterian/Columbia

    Felix Hong, DDS, MD

    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Tzvi M. Krupka, DDS

    New York Medical College

    Steven Licht, DMD

    University of Illinois Chicago

    Jason Middleton, DMD

    Highland General Hospital

    Benjamin Palla, DMD, MD

    University of Illinois Chicago

    Olga Saniukovich, DMD

    MedStar Washington Hospital Center

    Sarah Wicheta, DMD, MD

    Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard


    Rambod Abedni, DMD

    Christiana Memorial Hospital

    Kimiko Agari, DDS, MD

    University of Southern California

    Andrew Choi, DMD

    Highland Hospital

    Chad Dammling, DDS, MD

    University of Alabama

    Lorenza A. Donnelly, DDS, MD

    University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

    Grant Fisher, DDS

    Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

    Michael Forman, DMD, MD

    Columbia University Medical Center-New York Presbyterian Hospital

    Julene Funk, DDS

    Highland Hospital

    Jesse Han, DDS, MD

    University of Washington

    Nam Hoang, DMD

    NY Medical College

    Maciej Kosakowski, DMD

    New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell

    Mia Kutner, DMD

    Tufts School of Dental Medicine

    Young Kwon, DMD, MD

    University of Michigan

    Jason Lee, DDS

    New York Medical College

    Jonathan Morcos, DDS

    Nassau University Medical Center

    Ali Salehpour, DDS, MD

    UCLA Medical Center

    Robert M. Sansevere, DMD

    The Medical University of South Carolina

    Ishepreet Shergill, DDS

    Parkland Memorial Hospital/UTSW

    James Singer, DDS

    New York Medical College

    Alexandra Zega, DMD

    Montefiore Medical Center


    Adam Abel, DMD, MD

    New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical Center

    Sloan Ashabranner, DDS

    University of Illinois at Chicago

    Dharma Bayron-Vazquez, DMD

    Brookdale Hospital

    Austin Be, DDS, MD

    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Thomas Brader, DDS, MD

    University of North Carolina

    Jeffrey Dyke, DDS

    University of Mississippi Medical Center

    Gabriel Hayek, DMD, MD

    University of Connecticut

    Owen Insel, DMD

    New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College

    Nina Karwowska, DDS, MD

    The Mount Sinai Hospital

    Chris Kim, DMD

    Louisiana State University

    Alexander John McMahon, DDS, MD

    UCLA Medical Center

    Junaid Mundiya, DMD

    The Brooklyn Hospital Center

    Cody Mumma, DDS

    Nassau University Medical Center

    David Roe, DMD

    Montefiore Medical Center

    Luke Soletic, DDS, MD

    NYU-Langone/Bellevue Hospitals

    Michael Spatafora, DDS

    New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center

    Matthew D. Van Hoof, DDS

    Brooke Army Medical Center

    Andy T. Vu, DDS

    New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

    Yakov Yakubov, DDS, MD

    New York Presbyterian Hospital – Columbia University


    Christopher Chan, DDS, MD

    USC Medical Center

    Joy Chen, DMD, MD

    Columbia University Medical Center – New York Presbyterian Hospital

    Furkan Dogan, DMD

    Howard University Hospital

    Brittany Ecker, DDS

    Montefiore Medical Center

    J. Brian Jackson, DMD, MD

    University of Mississippi Medical Center

    Ian Lehrer, DDS

    Nassau University Medical Center

    Brian Mitchell, DDS

    Carle Foundation Hospital

    Joshua Munson, DDS, MD

    University of North Carolina

    Shouvik Ponnusamy, DMD

    University of Illinois, College of Dentistry

    Joshua Wohlgemuth, DDS, MD

    UCLA Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


    Garrick Alex, DDS, MD

    Columbia University New York Presbyterian Hospital

    Jennifer Caroline, DDS, MD

    University of Pennsylvania

    Brian Cheung, DDS, MD

    University of Kentucky

    John Full, DMD

    New York Medical College

    Colleen Holewa, DMD, MD

    University of North Carolina

    Jorge Mancia, DMD

    New York Medical College

    Chip Niquette, DDS

    New York Medical College

    Mark Park, DMD, MD

    Columbia University New York Presbyterian Hospital

    Matthew Pham, DMD

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Nicholas P. Saggese, DMD

    Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center

    Eric Silver, DMD

    Kings County Hospital Center

    Ryan Sterk, DDS

    Montefiore Medical Center

    Devin Wahlstrom, DMD

    Brooke Army Medical Center

    Brian Wolf, DMD

    Nassau University Medical Center


    Wade Barker, DDS, MD

    Texas A&M University

    John J. Costandi, DDS, MD

    Columbia University

    Patrick Gaus, DDS, Major, USAF

    San Antonio Military Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program

    Matthew P. Green, DMD

    Nassau University Medical Center in New York

    Matthew Seena Hamedani, DDS

    Jackson Memorial Hospital

    Diego Hurtado, DDS, MD

    University of Kentucky

    Timothy Kunkle, DDS, MD

    Columbia University

    Wendall Mascarenhas, DDS, MD

    University of Western Ontario

    Brent Newby, DDS, MD

    University of Kentucky

    Matthew C. Nimmich, DMD

    University of Mississippi

    Adam Samji, DMD

    Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein School of Medicine

    Francesco Sebastiani, DMD

    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio


    Akeyla Brown, DDS

    Howard University Hospital

    Kevin Coppelson, DDS, MD

    University of Maryland & Shock Trauma Center

    Daniel Yang, DDS, MD

    Parkland Memorial Hospital


    Karin Davis, DMD, MPAS, PA-C

    Meharry Medical College
  • Senior Clinical Mentors

    Experience is the best teacher and, because of this, Osteo Science Foundation is grateful to the following Clinician Mentors for donating their time to this important program.

    Luis F. Alicea, DMD

    Orlando, FL

    Edmond Bedrossian, DDS

    Marc H. Bienstock, DDS, MD

    Santa Barbara, CA

    Teresa G. Biggerstaff
    DDS, MD

    Kernersville, NC

    Michael S. Block

    New Orleans, LA

    Gordon Brady

    Atlanta, GA

    Robert S. Clark, DMD

    Lexington, KY

    Pedro Franco, DDS

    Irving, TX

    Richard J. Martin

    Lewisville, TX

    Peter K. Moy

    Los Angeles, CA

    Brunswick Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

    Supply, NC

    Capital Center For Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

    Washington, DC

    Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery

    Charlotte, NC


    Los Angeles, CA

    Malmquist Oral Surgery

    Portland, OR

    Midwest Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery

    St. Louis, MO

    Mosaic Maxillofacial Surgical Arts & Implant Centers

    Clearwater, FL

    Interested in becoming a mentor? Submit an application now to start the process. 

  • Process & Timeline

    First Cycle
    Submission period: June 1 – August 1
    Notification date is September 15

    Second Cycle
    Submission period: December 1 – February 1
    Notification date is March 15

    All applications must be submitted by 5pm eastern time on August 1 and February 1 to be considered.

    The Education Committee will thoroughly review each application and will consult with the clinician mentors before recommending placements to the Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors will then discuss the evaluation results from the Education Committee and decide on acceptance of each applicant. 

    Please keep in mind that the longer lead time you give, the greater flexibility we will have with assigning mentors.

    Also, please keep in mind that the mentors have been selected because they are committed to resident education and are experts in the OMFS field.  While we unfortunately are not able to take requests from residents for specific mentors, we will do our best to match you with a surgeon who has expertise that matches the interest of the resident, as per the essay in the application.  Residents will have a worthwhile experience with every mentor in the program.

  • Objectives

    Below is a list of activities that residents will experience, when applicable, during their observerships  While each resident experience will differ depending on the areas of expertise and focus of the individual clinician, most will address the areas below.  If there is a specific skill that is desired during the program, please address this in your application essay.

      • Orientation to the office, meet personnel, office scheduling, safety concepts, resources
      • Practice management concepts, including meeting with the practice manager and clinical manager
      • Lectures the mentor may have, and literature discussion
      • Treatment planning, especially the use of imaging, modeling, and multidisciplinary interactions
      • Patient care concepts, including patient interactions, patient safety, patient health evaluation, anesthesia case management
      • Methods used to reconstruct or regenerate hard and soft tissue deficiency
        • Socket grafts, Socket reconstruction, alveolar ridge reconstruction, Osteotomies, Interpositional grafts, space maintenance methods, GBR, onlay grafts, ridge splitting, etc.
      • Regenerative and reconstructive materials
        • Autogenous graft applications and procurement methods
        • Recombinant proteins applications and properties
        • Allogeneic graft applications and properties
        • Xenogeneic graft applications and properties
        • Membranes
        • Autogenous Soft tissue grafts
        • Soft tissue graft substitutes
        • Space maintenance devices
      • Dental implant methods and applications
        • Principles of effective dental implant placement
        • Delayed traditional implant placement
        • Immediate implant placement
        • Simultaneous implant and graft techniques hard and soft tissue
        • Single implants
          • Posterior and esthetic zone
        • Multiple implants
          • Posterior and esthetic zone
        • Implants for Hybrid full arch application
          • Traditional implant
          • Zygoma implant
          • Pterygoid implant

      Case Report

      If the mentor and resident agree, we would like each resident to prepare a case report of any treatment provided during the rotation.  OSF will develop a platform to share the reports, and when suitable they can be submitted for other publication.

  • Licensure and Insurance


    For an optimal hands-on experience, licensure is recommended.  Please do confirm with your mentor the level of hands-on involvement desired; some clinicians are more comfortable than others with residents performing surgeries.  At a minimum, all residents will have the opportunity to serve as first-assistant.  Licensure is not possible in Florida or Louisiana (unless you already have a license in these states).  It may be possible to obtain a medical license in these states.  In order to ensure adequate time before your observership, it is best to begin the licensure process at least six months prior to the observership.


    All residents must be insured, regardless of whether they have a license in the state of the observership.  If the residency program does not provide insurance during the observership, Osteo Science Foundation will obtain a policy through OMSNIC.

  • Duration of Observation

      • 2 – 4 weeks
      • Specific time period will depend on resident and clinician availability, and may not take place until the next calendar year
  • Remuneration

    Travel and living expenses are covered by Osteo Science Foundation, including transportation during the observership (rental car or public transportation). Per diem rates for housing are as per the GSA Travel rates. OSF does not cover the cost of food during the observership. Residents will be provided with a credit card, so that no out-of-pocket expenses will be incurred, though receipts must be provided after the observership to support each expense. Housing and flights will be booked directly by OSF, once arrangements have been made with the resident.

    If preferred by the resident or program, an educational grant can be made to the department, instead of reimbursing or pre-paying expenses. If you wish to pursue this option, please indicate as such on your application. Salaries will not be covered.

  • Application Review Process

    Applicants for the Clinical Observership Program will be evaluated with respect to:

      • Year in residency and length of their program
      • OMFS rotations and months on service completed
      • Off service rotations completed
      • Primary clinical area of interest
      • Primary reason for pursuing externship-brief explanation
      • Specific goals for experience
      • Essay outlining the specific goals for experience
      • Letter of support from program director or department chair (required).
  • Eligibility

    Applicants must be enrolled in an OMFS residency program in the United States or Canada in order to be eligible for the Clinical Observership Program.

    Residents should apply to complete the Observership during their chief or penultimate year. Exceptions may be granted with a letter from the department chair, stating the necessity to complete the observership earlier and confirming that the resident’s skill level is appropriate for this level of advanced training.

  • Case Studies

    Clinical Observership Program Case studies started in 2022, and truly demonstrate the mission of advancing hard and soft tissue regeneration in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. We are excited to enhance the program by creating a more in depth and immersive experience where residents will continue to communicate with their mentors even after the conclusion of their visit.

    Residents will need to follow up with their mentor, after the Observership, to obtain follow-up images and radiographs.

    Cases are expected within 6 months of Observership, to allow for follow-up content (listed below).

    Case Requirements


    Informed Consent and Disclosure

    Informed consent is an ethical requirement for most studies involving humans, so before you start writing your case report, take a written consent from the patient as all journals require that you provide it at the time of manuscript submission. In case the patient is a minor, parental consent is required. For adults who are unable to consent to investigation or treatment, consent of closest family members is required.

    Patient anonymity is also an important requirement. Remember not to disclose any information that might reveal the identity of the patient. You need to be particularly careful with pictures, and ensure that pictures of the affected area do not reveal the identity of the patient.


    Photo Release



    Above is an example video to show a case in an iMovie Format but resident submissions may vary and additional components may be required


    OSF cases are provided for informational and educational purposes only, and are not to be construed as providing legal, medical or professional advice of any form whatsoever. It is your responsibility to evaluate the usefulness of the information provided herein. Osteo Science Foundation disclaims any and all warranties, expressed or implied, as to the quality, accuracy or completeness of the information provided herein. Because federal, state and local laws vary by location, nothing in this publication is intended to serve as legal advice or to establish any standard of care. Legal advice, if desired, should be sought from competent counsel in your state. Osteo Science Foundation does not endorse any products depicted in this publication.


    1. The case will be housed on Cases page of website 
    2. Cases will be publicized on social media channels, providing additional opportunities to highlight the success of the COP and the contributions of the individual resident
    3. OSF reserves the right to remove the case from its website at any time without permission from the author, or to decline publication on the OSF website
  • Apply

    All applications must be submitted by 5pm eastern time on February 1 to be considered.

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