Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology Residency

NewYork-Presbyterian Queens

Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology Residency

Conferences & Rotations


One afternoon a week, the entire staff and residents meet to discuss all of the interesting cases of the preceding week. During this conference, the cases are reviewed at a ten-headed microscope where the microscopic features, diagnosis, clinical background, and literature on the various cases selected from the biopsy service and slide exchange cases are discussed. The sign-out diagnoses are not known by the resident before they are discussed at the weekly conference.

At regularly scheduled times during the week the following conferences are held:

  • Literature review -abstracts of current pertinent publications as well as evidence-based medicine/dentistry are presented to the group
  • Basic science review -abstract of textbook chapters are presented and discussed by the group
  • Oral medicine review - presentation of cases seen in private practice by the attendings
  • Good and welfare of the program
  • Ethics review

Rounding out the conference schedule for the residents are:

  • Each member of the faculty reviews interesting slides with the residents at a 6 headed microscope once per week
  • A weekly Tumor Board Conference: Here all the patients in the hospital with malignant tumors are discussed regarding diagnosis, management, and follow-up
  • Quarterly Head and Neck and Oral and Maxillofacial rounds: Patients with head and neck tumors are presented to a joint conference of members of the Divisions of Oral Pathology, Oral Surgery, General Dentistry, Radiotherapy, and Head and Neck Surgery
  • General Pathology Conferences
  • The New York Institute of Clinical Oral Pathology course and monthly clinicopathologic conferences: Our resident's present cases at some of the monthly meetings
  • Presence at an annual oral pathology board review course for oral and maxillofacial surgeons
  • The American Academy of Oral Pathology annual meeting including continuing education courses
  • Eastern Society of Teachers of Oral Pathology (ESTOP) meeting

General pathology training rotations

In the second and third year, the resident is assigned to rotations through the following services:

  • Six months functioning as a medical pathology resident in Surgical General Pathology at New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital Center including:
    • Immunology
    • Chemistry
    • Hematology
    • Bacteriology and Infectious Diseases
  • Four-week Dermatopathology rotation at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

During the general pathology rotation, which lasts for 6 months, the trainee acts as a general pathology resident. The resident has the opportunity to participate actively in numerous autopsies during the 3 years of training, performing some dissections and reviewing the slide material. During their general pathology rotation, the resident has the opportunity to actively participate in "reading" the daily general surgicals.

Interesting general pathology surgicals are studied by the entire oral pathology staff. Pertinent general pathology texts and journals are also studied throughout the 3 years