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College launches new OMFR residents program

AThe University of Florida is launching a new oral and maxillofacial residency program that includes academic course work, clinical training, and research experience through the UF College of Dentistry, and in conjunction with the UF College of Medicine. Program participants will earn a certificate in oral and maxillofacial radiology and eligibility to challenge the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.  The program will accept up to four residents each year; eligible applicants must hold a D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree from an accredited dental college in the United States or its equivalent from foreign institutions.

Several full-time College of Dentistry faculty members will provide a diverse clinical education in OMFR, neuroradiology, and radiation physics. The clinical experience includes acquiring and reading images and volumes from conventional and advanced imaging modalities, with a focus on oral and maxillofacial pathology. Faculty from the College of Medicine’s radiology department will work with the residents for a considerable amount of time, providing extensive training in advanced imaging.

Program faculty from the College of Dentistry include Madhu K. Nair, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., program director and chair of the department of oral and maxillofacial diagnostic sciences; James C. Pettigrew, Jr., D.M.D., and Rujuta Katkar, B.D.S., M.D.S., M.S. From the College of Medicine, Anthony Mancuso, M.D., chair of the department of radiology, and Jeff Bennett, M.D., division chief of neuroradiology, will provide instruction to the residents during their rotations at UF Health Shands Hospital, and Dr. Manuel Arreola, Ph.D., chief of clinical radiological physics, will instruct them in radiation physics and biology. Only seven other programs are in existence in the U.S. and Canada, with fewer than 80 or so board-certified oral and maxillofacial radiologists working in academia.

For more information about the program, please visit the program web page.