Each student will have several rotations in the Oral Surgery department throughout the last two years. The oral surgery didactic course starts during 5th quarter. Initially, in your second year rotations, your main role will be to observe and assist the 3rd years and to perform oral surgery consults and post-operative evaluations. The first day of your first rotation will be an introduction to the clinic and the protocols. Make sure to pay attention to this session, as important information will be discussed. On your next rotations, you will gradually assume a more active independent role throughout the second year. You will have a didactic course on basic oral surgery (OS 101) early in the second year. After this course, you will be allowed to gradually work more independent and switch roles with the senior students from assisting to be assisted and taught by the seniors.
How to Get Started
Make sure to bring your safety glasses and BP Cuff with you to the rotation. Do NOT bring backpacks, as there is no room. Prior to your rotations, always review the didactic material on Canvas. You will be held responsible for this material during your rotations. Look at the schedule posted in the OS study room to see what operatory (3F01-3F07) and which other student you will be working with. Also in the OS study room is a white binder with important information. The content of the binder will be sent to you on e- mail before your first rotation. Go to the operatory and if it has not yet been set up, disinfect the operatory and place the protective barriers as instructed in main clinic. The Front Desk will then assign you a patient when they are ready to be seen for an oral surgery consult, post-operative follow up, or treatment. If the 3rd year student you are working with has a procedure scheduled, you will work with them on suctioning, clean up, and possibly discussing the post-operative instructions (there is a form for this). As second year students gain knowledge and experience, they will gradually engage in more direct patient care. If there are no patients scheduled at the time, you should practice suturing techniques or assist anyone who needs help. Faculty may engage "not busy" students in patient care discussions. You are also always welcome to observe in the back surgical suites where faculty and residents have more complex cases often in IV sedation.