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.
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.
Beginning in January 2020, applications may be submitted online during two submission periods per year:
Submission period: June 1 – August 1
Notification date is September 15
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.
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.
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.
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.
Applicants for the Clinical Observership Program will be evaluated with respect to:
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.