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.
Alisha Desai, DMDWeill Cornell New York Presbyterian Hospital
Taylor Duckworth, DDSBanner University Medical Center – Phoenix in affiliation with University of Arizona
Edwin Eshaghzadeh, DDS, MDUniversity of California San Francisco
Moiz Hasan, DDSUniversity at Buffalo
Jessica Li, DDSNassau University Medical Center
Paula Munoz, DDSHighland Hospital – Alameda Health System
Alex Romash, DDS, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Vincent Debitetto, DMDWeill Cornell
Charles K. Levin, DDSMontefiore Medical Center
Rachel Lim, DDS, MDUniversity of Washington
Aryeh Mahana, DMDNew York Medical College
Tarek Metwally, DDS, MDUniversity of Michigan
Matthew Moore, DMDMeharry Medical College
My Nguyen, DDSHighland Hospital
Drew Roberts, DDSMontefiore Medical Center
Ryane Staples, DMDSan Antonio Military Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency/Brooke Army Medical Center
Seth Ebben, DDSUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
Jiasheng David Guo, DDS, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Joseph Gulko, DDS MDUniversity of Texas Southernwestern/Parkland Memorial Hospital
Matthew T. Dailey, DDS, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical Center
David Lindon Best, DDS, MDUniversity of Michigan
Soo-Keun Sean Kim, DMD, MDEmory University School of Medicine
Andrew Emery, DMD, MDMassachusetts General Hospital Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program
Kristi Agari, DMD, MDLAC+USC, University of Southern California
Jeanne Kiernan, DMDWalter Reed National Military Medical Center
Rodrigo Sarmento, DMD, MDUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Parkland Medical Center
Tapan Dalal, DMDNew York Presbyterian Weill Cornell
Alexander Flynn, DDSSan Antonio Military Medical Center/Brooke Army Medical Center
Sebastian Graca, DMDUniversity of Illinois Chicago
Steven Halepas, DMD, MDNew York-Presbyterian/Columbia
Felix Hong, DDS, MDMassachusetts General Hospital
Tzvi M. Krupka, DDSNew York Medical College
Steven Licht, DMDUniversity of Illinois Chicago
Jason Middleton, DMDHighland General Hospital
Benjamin Palla, DMD, MDUniversity of Illinois Chicago
Olga Saniukovich, DMDMedStar Washington Hospital Center
Sarah Wicheta, DMD, MDMassachusetts General Hospital/Harvard
Rambod Abedni, DMDChristiana Memorial Hospital
Kimiko Agari, DDS, MDUniversity of Southern California
Andrew Choi, DMDHighland Hospital
Chad Dammling, DDS, MDUniversity of Alabama
Lorenza A. Donnelly, DDS, MDUniversity of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Grant Fisher, DDSWalter Reed National Military Medical Center
Michael Forman, DMD, MDColumbia University Medical Center-New York Presbyterian Hospital
Julene Funk, DDSHighland Hospital
Jesse Han, DDS, MDUniversity of Washington
Nam Hoang, DMDNY Medical College
Maciej Kosakowski, DMDNew York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell
Mia Kutner, DMDTufts School of Dental Medicine
Young Kwon, DMD, MDUniversity of Michigan
Jason Lee, DDSNew York Medical College
Jonathan Morcos, DDSNassau University Medical Center
Ali Salehpour, DDS, MDUCLA Medical Center
Robert M. Sansevere, DMDThe Medical University of South Carolina
Ishepreet Shergill, DDSParkland Memorial Hospital/UTSW
James Singer, DDSNew York Medical College
Alexandra Zega, DMDMontefiore Medical Center
Adam Abel, DMD, MDNew York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical Center
Sloan Ashabranner, DDSUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
Dharma Bayron-Vazquez, DMDBrookdale Hospital
Austin Be, DDS, MDMassachusetts General Hospital
Thomas Brader, DDS, MDUniversity of North Carolina
Jeffrey Dyke, DDSUniversity of Mississippi Medical Center
Gabriel Hayek, DMD, MDUniversity of Connecticut
Owen Insel, DMDNew York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College
Nina Karwowska, DDS, MDThe Mount Sinai Hospital
Chris Kim, DMDLouisiana State University
Alexander John McMahon, DDS, MDUCLA Medical Center
Junaid Mundiya, DMDThe Brooklyn Hospital Center
Cody Mumma, DDSNassau University Medical Center
David Roe, DMDMontefiore Medical Center
Luke Soletic, DDS, MDNYU-Langone/Bellevue Hospitals
Michael Spatafora, DDSNew York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center
Matthew D. Van Hoof, DDSBrooke Army Medical Center
Andy T. Vu, DDSNew York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Yakov Yakubov, DDS, MDNew York Presbyterian Hospital – Columbia University
Christopher Chan, DDS, MDUSC Medical Center
Joy Chen, DMD, MDColumbia University Medical Center – New York Presbyterian Hospital
Furkan Dogan, DMDHoward University Hospital
Brittany Ecker, DDSMontefiore Medical Center
J. Brian Jackson, DMD, MDUniversity of Mississippi Medical Center
Ian Lehrer, DDSNassau University Medical Center
Brian Mitchell, DDSCarle Foundation Hospital
Joshua Munson, DDS, MDUniversity of North Carolina
Shouvik Ponnusamy, DMDUniversity of Illinois, College of Dentistry
Joshua Wohlgemuth, DDS, MDUCLA Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Garrick Alex, DDS, MDColumbia University New York Presbyterian Hospital
Jennifer Caroline, DDS, MDUniversity of Pennsylvania
Brian Cheung, DDS, MDUniversity of Kentucky
John Full, DMDNew York Medical College
Colleen Holewa, DMD, MDUniversity of North Carolina
Jorge Mancia, DMDNew York Medical College
Chip Niquette, DDSNew York Medical College
Mark Park, DMD, MDColumbia University New York Presbyterian Hospital
Matthew Pham, DMDUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Nicholas P. Saggese, DMDBrookdale University Hospital and Medical Center
Eric Silver, DMDKings County Hospital Center
Ryan Sterk, DDSMontefiore Medical Center
Devin Wahlstrom, DMDBrooke Army Medical Center
Brian Wolf, DMDNassau University Medical Center
Wade Barker, DDS, MDTexas A&M University
John J. Costandi, DDS, MDColumbia University
Patrick Gaus, DDS, Major, USAFSan Antonio Military Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program
Matthew P. Green, DMDNassau University Medical Center in New York
Matthew Seena Hamedani, DDSJackson Memorial Hospital
Diego Hurtado, DDS, MDUniversity of Kentucky
Timothy Kunkle, DDS, MDColumbia University
Wendall Mascarenhas, DDS, MDUniversity of Western Ontario
Brent Newby, DDS, MDUniversity of Kentucky
Matthew C. Nimmich, DMDUniversity of Mississippi
Adam Samji, DMDMontefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein School of Medicine
Francesco Sebastiani, DMDUniversity of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Akeyla Brown, DDSHoward University Hospital
Kevin Coppelson, DDS, MDUniversity of Maryland & Shock Trauma Center
Daniel Yang, DDS, MDParkland Memorial Hospital
Karin Davis, DMD, MPAS, PA-CMeharry 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, DMDOrlando, FL
Edmond Bedrossian, DDS
Marc H. Bienstock, DDS, MDSanta Barbara, CA
Teresa G. Biggerstaff
DDS, MDKernersville, NC
Michael S. Block
DMDNew Orleans, LA
Gordon BradyAtlanta, GA
Robert S. Clark, DMDLexington, KY
Pedro Franco, DDSIrving, TX
Richard J. Martin
Peter K. Moy
DMDLos Angeles, CA
Brunswick Oral & Maxillofacial SurgerySupply, NC
Capital Center For Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryWashington, DC
Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial SurgeryCharlotte, NC
LACOMSLos Angeles, CA
Malmquist Oral SurgeryPortland, OR
Midwest Oral Maxillofacial & Implant SurgerySt. Louis, MO
Mosaic Maxillofacial Surgical Arts & Implant CentersClearwater, FL
Interested in becoming a mentor? Submit an application now to start the process.
Process & Timeline
Submission period: June 1 – August 1
Notification date is September 15
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.
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
- 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
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
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
- The case will be housed on Cases page of website
- 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
- 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
All applications must be submitted by 5pm eastern time on February 1 to be considered.