OMFS Clinical Fellowship Admission Procedures
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Clinical Fellowship Program in Temporomandibular Joint and Orthognathic Surgery (TJO)
This is a post-residency training program and runs from August 1st for 12 months ending on July 31st of the following year.
This training program is dedicated to clinical and scientific training in the management of temporomandibular joint disorders and the treatment of dentofacial deformities. The TJO Fellow will be involved in initial assessment, pre-operative planning, surgical treatment and post-operative management of patients undergoing surgical treatment of temporomandibular disorders. The TJO Fellow will also gain experience in the medical and non-surgical management of temporomandibular disorder and facial pain, working alongside OMF surgeons, orthodontists, periodontists, oral medicine and oral pathologists, neurologists and pain specialists through Mt. Sinai Hospital.
Clinical care is the primary focus of the fellowship. Through the Centre for Excellence in TMJ reconstructive surgery program at Mt. Sinai hospital, the fellow will be involved in roughly 30 alloplastic total joint replacements over the 12-month period. Autogenous joint replacements as well as other open-joint procedures are part of the training. Additionally, there is a significant volume of TMJ arthroscopy, including single and multi-port arthroscopic surgery. These will be focused at Mount Sinai Hospital, with some opportunities at other clinics. Fellows will work with the residents in the management of the relevant inpatients and outpatients on a daily basis, and are expected to develop their skills teaching residents informally and formally throughout the year and to cover call.
Orthognathic surgery will be the secondary focus. The Fellow will act as a mentor/clinician in the combined orthodontic and surgical clinic at the Faculty of Dentistry. The Fellow will supervise the surgical orthodontic management, treatment planning, Virtual Surgical Planning and the complete digital component of patients in the clinic about to undergo orthognathic surgery. These Faculty patients are composed of facial deformities of congenital or traumatic origin as well as craniofacial anomalies and those requiring maxillomandibular advancements for the management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Also, the fellow will be expected to attend and participate in the role of surgeon or first assist in the over 200 orthognathic cases derived from private and Faculty patients, which are performed in the teaching hospitals alongside staff and residents.
Teaching and Research
Teaching and original research are the tertiary focuses but not exclusive. These will be key elements of the TJO Fellowship. Fellows are required to work on two projects (one in TMJ reconstruction and the other related to facial deformity correction or education) and then present these original research papers at a major OMFS meeting and publish at least two original articles in the OMFS literature. Research topics will be discussed and worked on prior to commencement of the Fellowship.
The TJO Fellow applicant should be a graduate of an accredited residency program in oral and maxillofacial surgery, hold DDS/DMD and/or MD degrees (or equivalents) and obtain an Educational or General Ontario dental license through the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario or medical license through the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. International applicants are required to obtain the appropriate visa to work in Ontario for the 12-month fellowship. Upon acceptance, the prospective fellow will be required to ensure that the appropriate institutional immunization and pre-employment health screening is complete.
All applicants must submit the following to the Admissions office by the February 1st application deadline:
A) a paper application form found below
B) an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
C) a letter of intent describing interest in the fellowship program and plans to utilize the training provided through it
D) two letters of reference; one from department chair or program director, one from an additional mentor or colleague
E) the non-refundable application service fee of $275 CDN (money order payable to the University of Toronto -- we do not accept personal cheques or credit card payments)
Admission documents may be mailed to the following address:
Admissions Office, Faculty of Dentistry
124 Edward Street, Room 104
Toronto, ON, M5G 1G6
Interviews are an integral part of the application process. Shortlisted applicants to the Oral Surgery fellowship program will be invited for an interview via e-mail. Those not invited for interviews will be informed at this time as well via e-mail.
Registration & Fees
Prior to the their appointment, the oral surgery fellow must remit the current registration fee of $700, thereby registering as a student in the program. The TJO Fellow will be paid a stipend through the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Toronto for the 12-month program, equivalent to PGY-5 (approximately $70,000 CAD).