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Initial Accreditation for Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Residency Program

CT1A new University of Florida Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (OMR) Residency Program, offered by the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, has received initial accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) following an initial site visit in July 2012.

Specialization in OMR requires the completion of residency in an American Dental Association CODA-accredited program. The program provides a unique opportunity to learn and master complex imaging techniques and develop interpretive skills. The program will work closely with medical radiology at the UF College of Medicine, with residents spending time in the hospital attending rotations in Neuro/Head and Neck Radiology.

The UF Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Division also successfully manages a large teleradiology consultation service used by practitioners in Florida and around the United States.

Dr. Sherin Tooks served as the CODA staff and the site visitors were Dr. James Geist and Dr. Sanjay Mallya. The program will be offered through the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Diagnostic Sciences, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.

The site visitors were very complimentary about the quality and comprehensiveness of the initial site visit documentation, the quality of the program faculty, and the outstanding support provided by the College of Medicine Department of Radiology. There are only six other similar programs in the United States. More information about the UF program can be found here.

Three board-certified oral and maxillofacial radiologists with joint appointments in the colleges of Dentistry and Medicine will staff the program. Dr. Madhu Nair is the program director and additional maxillofacial radiology faculty include Dr. James C. Pettigrew Jr., and Dr. Rujuta Katkar. Medical radiology faculty participating include Dr. Anthony Mancuso, chair of the UF Department of Radiology, Dr. Jeff Bennett, chief of Neuroradiology, and Dr. Manuel Arreola, chief of Clinical Radiological Physics.

The Division of Radiology also offers a one-year internship experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology through the Office of Continuing Education.  This program provides adequate exposure to the discipline to help prepare prospective applicants for a residency program in oral and maxillofacial radiology. Several other continuing education programs are offered as well, including a clerkship experience in cone beam CT interpretation for general practitioners and other specialists.

The Division of Radiology is well equipped with two cone beam CT scanners, and several extraoral digital imaging modalities. The faculty conduct and oversee numerous research projects, several of which are supported by industry grants. A third cone beam CT unit is slated to be installed soon in the division, having been made possible through corporate support for clinical research projects.