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.

Application Submission Cycle

December 1 - February 1

Senior Clinician 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

San Francisco, CA

Teresa G. Biggerstaff


Michael S. Block

New Orleans, LA

Gordon Brady


Vincent DiFabio

Washington, DC

Pedro Franco, DDS

Irving, TX


Los Angeles, CA

Malmquist Oral Surgery

Portland, OR

Richard J. Martin

Lewisville, TX

Midwest Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery

St. Louis, MO

Craig M. Misch

Sarasota, FL

Peter K. Moy

Los Angeles, CA

Debra M. Sacco

Chapel Hill, NC

Daniel B. Spagnoli

Southport, NC

B.D. Tiner

San Antonio, TX

Residents Get A Jump Start Through Intensive Private Practice Training

Participants in The Foundation’s Clinical Observership Program are the first to agree that the right professional development can mean all the difference – both in one’s career and in bringing about improved outcomes for patients. Designed especially for residents interested in a private practice experience, this innovative program is gaining strong traction among those seeking an edge and insight into the world of private practice.

Guidelines and Policies

Process and Timeline

Beginning in January 2020, applications may be submitted online during two submission periods per year:

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

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

All travel and living expenses are covered by Osteo Science Foundation, including transportation during the observership (rental car or public transportation). Per diem rates for food and housing are as per the GSA Travel rates. 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 OSCF, 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.

Resident Participants


Christopher Chan, DDS, MD

USC Medical Center

Joy Chen, DMD, MD

Columbia University Medical Center – New York Presbyterian Hospital

Jungsuk Cho, DMD, MD

New York Presbyterian Hospital- Weill Cornell Medical College

Ashley Coffey, DDS

Montefiore Medical Center Department of Dentistry

Furkan Dogan, DMD

Howard University Hospital

Brittany Ecker, DDS

Montefiore Medical Center

Heather Fugazy, DDS

New York Medical College

J. Brian Jackson, DMD, MD

University of Mississippi Medical Center

Ian Lehrer, DDS

Nassau University Medical Center

Alexander John McMahon, DDS, MD

UCLA Medical Center

Joshua Munson, DDS, MD

University of Kentucky

Brian Mitchell, DDS

Carle Foundation Hospital

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 Kunckle, 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


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