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2015-2016 IAOMS Fellowships


I. Institutional/Program Commitment 
II. Program Director/Teaching Staff
III. Curriculum and Program Duration 
IV. Fellows 
V.Fellowship Programs 
VI. Investigative Study 
VII. Eligibility and Application Process


A. Program Goals and Objectives   

• All programs will have clearly-defined goals and objectives appropriate to the fellowship.  The program provides planning that is broad-based, systematic, continuous, and designed to promote achievement of goals related to education, patient care, research and service.

B. Outcomes Assessment

• A formal assessment of outcomes that includes ongoing and systematically documented measurements must be designed, implemented and used to evaluate the programs effectiveness in meeting its goals and objectives.  

C. Financial Resources

• Resources and time for achievement of educational objectives with adequate financial support that ensures the fulfillment of the program objectives and educational requirements.

D. Administrative Structure

• The administrative structure is dedicated to education as evidenced by: the position of the program being consistent with that of other parallel programs in the institution; the administrator/director has the authority, responsibility and privileges necessary to monitor the program; the fellowship program is not in conflict with the oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program; the fellowship experience does not compete with the oral and maxillofacial surgery program for surgical procedures; and separate statistics are maintained for the fellowship and residency programs.

E. Affiliations

• The primary sponsor of the program must accept full responsibility for the quality of education, including any affiliated institutions, and maintain written affiliation agreements covering the designation of a single program director, teaching staff, educational objectives, period of assignment of the fellow, and each institution’s financial commitment.

F. IAOMS Accreditation

• This will be carried out annually through a predefined questionnaire sent out to the program director and the fellowship trainees. The training centers are expected to obtain recertification by the IAOMS Foundation Fellowship Committee once every five years in order to continue the fellowship training program.  This may be carried out through a review of a written report from the training center or by a site visit by one or more members of the Committee.


• The program director is a single individual and has developed and defined systematic method of assessing goals and objectives of the program.
• Facilities and resources are available to the fellow to meet the goals and objectives of the program. 
• The program director participates in the supervision of the teaching staff and is responsible for at least annual written evaluations of the teaching staff.
• The program director is responsible for the maintenance of appropriate records of the program including fellow and patient statistics, institutional agreements and fellow records.
• The teaching staff must be of adequate size and provides direct supervision in all patient care settings. There must be evidence of scholarly activity among the fellowship faculty. Such evidence may include:
    -Participation in clinical and/or basic research particularly in projects funded following peer review;
    -Publication of the results of innovative thought, data gathering research projects, and thorough reviews of controversial issues        in peer-reviewed scientific media;
    -Presentation at scientific meetings


• The fellowship program is a structured post residency program that is designed to provide special knowledge and skills.  The goals of the fellowship must be clearly identified and documented.
• The duration of the fellowship must be a minimum of twelve months.
• The fellowship program must include a formally structured curriculum.  The curriculum should include a list of topics, which will be discussed in weekly seminars with the fellow(s).
• The fellowship program must provide a complete sequence of patient experiences which includes:
a. Pre-operative evaluation;
b. Adequate operating experience;
c. Diagnosis and management of complications;
d. Post-operative evaluation
• The fellow must maintain a surgical log of all procedures and should include at least the date of the procedure, patient name, patient identification number, geographic location where procedure was performed, type of anesthesia/sedation, preoperative diagnosis, the operative procedure performed and the level of participation (surgeon or first assistant).


• Nondiscriminatory policies must be followed in selecting fellows.
• There must be no discrimination in the selection process based on professional degree(s).
• A system of ongoing evaluation and advancement must assure that, through the director and faculty, each program:
    -Periodically, but at least semiannually, evaluates the knowledge, skills, ethical conduct and professional growth of its fellowship fellows, using appropriate written criteria and procedures
    -Provides to fellowship fellows an assessment of their performance, at least semiannually;
    -Maintain a personal record of evaluation for each fellow that is accessible to the fellowship fellow and available for review during site visits.
    -A copy of the final written evaluation stating that the fellow has demonstrated competency to practice independently should be provided to each fellow upon completion of the fellowship.
    -There must be specific written due process policies and procedures for adjudication of academic and disciplinary complaints, which parallel those established by the sponsoring institution.
    -At the time of enrollment, the fellowship fellows must be apprised in writing of the educational experience to be provided, including the nature of assignments to other departments or institutions and teaching commitments.  Additionally, all fellows must be provided with written information that affirms their obligations and responsibilities to the institution, the program and program faculty


A. Oral and Maxillofacial Oncologic & Reconstructive Surgery

Participating Centers:

Shanghai, China                                                             Beijing, China
Ninth People's Hospital                                                 Peking Univ. School & Hospital of Stomatology
Director: Prof. Zhang Chen-ping                                  Director: Professor Guang-yan Yu

• Surgical Experience:  Surgical experience must include the following procedures and must exist in sufficient number and variety to ensure that objectives of the training are met.  No absolute number can ensure adequate training but experience suggests that at least 90 major surgical procedures should be documented.  These procedures include, but are not limited to: extirpative surgery for malignant and benign tumors, supraomohyoid, radical and selective neck dissections, major soft and hard tissue reconstruction, as well as free, local and regional flap procedures.

Category I (Minimum 60 total procedures)

a. Excision of benign/malignant tumors involving hard and soft tissues
b. Excision of benign and malignant salivary gland tumors

Category II (Minimum 20 procedures)

a. Neck dissections

Category III (Minimum 10 procedures)

a. Surgical airway management

• The fellow is expected to participate and be exposed to a comprehensive tumor board team, including a radiation oncologist and medical oncologist.

B. Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniofacial Surgery

Participating Centers:        

Program 1:
Pretoria South Africa   
Director: Prof Kurt Butow  
Length of Training: 3 months 

Orlando, Florida, USA  
Director: Prof Ramon Ruiz  
Length of Training: 3 months

Bandung, Indonesia
Director: Prof. Asri Arumsari
Length of training: 6 months

Program 2:
Bangalore, India
Director:  Prof Kkrishnamurthy Bonanthaya
Length of Training:  10 months

Shreveport, Louisiana USA
Director:  Prof. G. E. Ghali
Length of Training:  2 months

• Surgical Experience:  Surgical experience must include procedures in each of the following areas: orthognathic, reconstruction, and craniofacial. No absolute number of cases can ensure adequate training but experience suggests that a minimum of 80 procedures is required.

Category I (Minimum 60 Cases)

Cleft Lip/Palate Related Surgery
(Of the 60, no more than 30 can be secondary procedures)

Category II (Minimum 20 Cases)

Craniofacial Surgery to include Orthognathic Surgery, Transcranial Surgery, Reconstruction, Distraction Osteogenesis
(Of the 20 procedures no more than 5 can be orthognathic and at least 5 transcranial approaches)

• The fellow is expected to participate and be exposed to a comprehensive team, including a surgeon, speech/language specialist, orthodontist, dentist, otolaryngologist, and geneticist. He/she is expected to participate in at least four comprehensive team meetings. Someone on the team must perform endoscopic evaluation.


Fellows must engage in scholarly activity.  Such a project may take the form of:

  • Participation in clinical and/or basic research particularly in projects funded following peer review
  • Publication of the result of innovative thought, data gathering research projects, and thorough reviews of controversial issues in peer-reviewed scientific media
  • Presentation at scientific meetings and/or continuing education courses at the local, regional, national or international level


Eligibility Criteria for Candidates

Candidates for the fellowships should meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Dental or Medical Degree or both, consistent with candidate's country's requirements
  • Completion of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Training (Residency) Program by June 30, 2015
  • No more than five years after completion of oral and maxillofacial surgery residency
  • Desire to pursue an academic career
  • Member of IAOMS in good standing

How to Apply

Candidates must complete a detailed application form and submit it to IAOMS along with:

1. A personal statement on why you should be considered for the Fellowship
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Letter of recommendation from your Training Program Director
4. Letter from supporting institute documenting your privileges in oral and maxillofacial surgery
5. Letter of recommendation from two members of IAOMS or your affiliated* national OMS association.
   *If no affiliated national association, please send a letter from an OMS that has worked with you.

Applications can be downloaded from the IAOMS website at the following links:

Click Here for the Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniofacial Fellowship Application
Click Here for the Oral and Maxillofacial Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Application

Applications and supporting documents can be submitted:

• By email to Judie Cruse at jcruse@iaoms.org 
• By fax:1(224) 735-2965
• By mail: IAOMS
          5550 Meadowbrook Industrial Court, Suite 210
           Rolling Meadows, IL 60008 USA
          Attention: 2015-2016 Training Fellowship


For further information contact Judie Cruse at jcruse@iaoms.org
or call: 1(630)749-4172

G. E. Ghali, DDS, MD, FACS
Director, IAOMS Foundation Fellowship Programs          

International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

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