• Background Info

    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.

    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

  • Participants


    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

    Thomas Brader, DDS, MD

    University of North Carolina

    Jeffrey Dyke, DDS

    University of Mississippi Medical Center

    Gabriel Hayek, DMD, MD


    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

    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


    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
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  • 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

    San Francisco, CA

    Teresa G. Biggerstaff
    DDS, MD


    Michael S. Block

    New Orleans, LA

    Gordon Brady

    Atlanta, GA

    Capital Center For Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

    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
    DDS, MDS

    Sarasota, FL

    Peter K. Moy

    Los Angeles, CA

    Debra M. Sacco
    DMD, MD

    Chapel Hill, NC

    Daniel B. Spagnoli
    DDS, PhD

    Southport, NC
  • Process & 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.

  • 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.  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 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

    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).
  • 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.

  • Apply Now

    Next application submission cycle opens December 1. Check back here to access the application.


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