Clinical Observership Program
Get a jump start with a one-on-one training experience.
Osteo Science Foundation is pleased to offer this new program, designed especially for residents interested in a private practice experience. This unique and exciting opportunity offers intensive, individualized training with leading practitioners in the field of oral, cranial, and maxillofacial surgery. Residents are carefully matched with participating senior clinicians for a two to four week assignment. Ideally, residents should be in their last two years of training. (i.e. 3rd or 4th year in 4 year program or 5th or 6th year in 6 year program) during the time of the observership. Exceptions, however, will be considered with a letter of support from the Prorgram Directors stating the need to conduct the observership earlier. Applicants must be enrolled in an OMS residency program in the United States or Canada in order to be eligible for the Clinical Observership Program.
Residents who pursue licensure in the state where they will conduct their observership are able to have a more hands-on experience, participating and assisting with surgeries. This is not possible unless the resident is licensed in the state where he or she is conducting the observership. While we recognize that there is strong educational value in purely observing, we strongly encourage residents to pursue licensure prior to their observerships. The responsibility for completing the application is exclusively that of the resident, though OSCF will cover all expenses related to the license application.
We are committed to providing the next generation of clinicians with the tools and knowledge they need for success because we know that the right professional development can mean all the difference in achieving improved outcomes for patients, now and well into the future.
Guidelines and Policies
Process and Timeline
Applicants are notified of the status of their applications by August 1 (Spring submission cycle) or February 1 (Fall submission cycle).
Duration of Observership
- 2 - 4 weeks
- Specific time period will depend on resident and clinician availability, and may not take place until the next calendar year.
- Licensure is optional (Non-licensed residents may only observe)
If preferred by the resident or program, an educational grant can be made to the department, instead of reimbursing or pre-paying expenses. If you wish to pursue this option, please indicate as such on your application.
Edmond Bedrossian, DDS, San Francisco, CA
Since he began teaching in 1990, Dr. Bedrossian has taught in multiple venues and to different levels of students from undergraduates to surgical residents. He conducts a weekly treatment planning conference at both locations. He has also directed the implant program for the AEGD residents. Since 2012, he has offered an annual selective course, “Fundamentals for Understanding Implant Treatment Planning and Techniques”, to the DDS/IDS students in San Francisco.
Dr. Bedrossian is recognized as an expert in the field of dental implants and has given numerous presentations on the subject both nationally and internationally between 2004 and the present. He has also led several long-running study clubs related to this topic. In addition, he has lectured internationally with Professor Brånemark on various topics, specially the rehabilitation of patients with maxillofacial defects.
Dr. Bedrossian is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Bedrossian is on the Editorial Board of The International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants, The Journal of California Dental Association, as well as Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research.
Dr. Bedrossian has obtained fellowships in the following organizations: American Dental Association, the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (1995), American College of Dentists(1993), International College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (1995), the Academy of Osseoinegration (2011) as well as the distinguished Pierre Fauchard Academy (1989).
Michael S. Block, DMD, New Orleans, LA
Dr. Block is the editor-in-chief of five textbooks on dental implants, Endosseous Implants for Maxillofacial Reconstruction, Implants in Dentistry, Color Atlas of Dental Implant Surgery – edition 1, Color Atlas of Dental Implant Surgery edition 2 released in 2007, and the 3rd edition of the Color Atlas of Dental Implant Surgery released in 2010. He is Past President of the Academy of Osseointegration, and has been program chairman for four of their annual programs. Dr. Block serves on the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) Committee on Continuing Education. Dr. Block has been an examiner for the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is a Section Editor on Dental Implants for the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is on the Editorial Board for the journals: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Quintessence International, Implant Dentistry; and Reviews articles for The International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants, Oral Surgery, Medicine and Radiology, Journal of Dental Research, and has reviewed multiple grant proposals for the National Institutes of Health. He is the delegate to the AAOMS House of Delegates. He has lectured in every state in the US and internationally. He recently was a visiting professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Harvard and the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Block is particularly interested in reconstruction of the jaw to provide ideal bone for implant placement and esthetic replacement of missing teeth, the use of multiple techniques and implants to reconstruct significant atrophic conditions, and interceptive strategies for rehabilitating extraction sites with implant restorations.
Vincent DiFabio, Frederick, MD, DDS
he became a part-time faculty member at UMSOD, teaching juniors, seniors, and OMS residents (anesthesia and office based OMS) and currently holds the rank of Associate Clinical Professor in
the Department of OMS. In 2006, he was asked to provide the lecture series to the Senior Oral Surgery Clerks. He continues today in both the private practice of OMS and teaching students at UMSOD. He was recently instrumental in establishing a new Dental Clinic in Frederick, MD and was appointed the Medical Director. This new Dental Clinic is a ground-breaking collaboration between the UMSOD and Frederick Memorial Hospital to serve the underinsured, underserved and poor in the Frederick Community. He also donates time each month, teaching OMS Residents at Nassau County Medical Center in New York.
Dr. DiFabio has practiced the full scope of OMS for over 35 years. His clinical and didactic passion involves teaching Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders including the diagnosis, treatment planning, and appropriate surgery. He is an educator, teaching residents and fellow OMSs cadaver courses in cosmetic facial surgery, arthroscopic TMJ surgery and, now in its 4rd year, a Mini Residency in TMJ Surgery. Dr. DiFabio received the OMS Foundation Practitioner Grant for developing a TMJ 3-D tissue preservation model for teaching anatomy and surgery. He also participated in the AAOMS PBRN 3rd Molar Study. A diplomat of the ABOMS in 1985, he then served on the ABOMS Examination Committee from 2000-2006. He received the AAOMS John F. Freihaut, D.D.S., Outstanding Political Activist Award in 2011. An active reviewer for the JOMS since 2005, he also received the AAOMS award for Reviewer of the Year in 2014 and again in 2015. He was recently appointed as a Consultant to Nexus CMF to help develop a Virtual Reality Simulation Program and Model for TMJ Arthroscopy and Arthroscopic Surgery. He is currently engaged in writing two chapters for publication the first on “The Diagnosis of TMJ Disorders leading to Surgical Treatments” and the second on “The Virtual Reality Simulation of TMJ Diagnosis and Arthroscopic Surgery”.
A keen interest in politics led him to participate in many AAOMS committees related to healthcare and advocacy. He was Chair of both OMSPAC and of the Special Committee on Office Accreditation. He continues to attend many fundraisers with Senators, Congressmen, and Governors to advance the interests of OMS. He has been active and busy over the years in local and national societies and with various leadership positions including: President of the Frederick County Dental Society and Trustee to the Maryland State Dental Association; President of the Maryland Society of OMS; Alternate Delegate and Delegate to AAOMS; President of the Middle Atlantic Society of OMS; Caucus Secretary and Caucus Chair to AAOMS District II and AAOMS District II Trustee; and President of the American Society of TMJ Surgeons. Additionally, he currently serves on the board of directors of three National and State Healthcare Associations.
Andrew C. Hartwig, DDS, PhD, Iowa City, IA
Dr. Hartwig joined Dr. Edward Lorson in 2000 at Oral Surgery Associates of Iowa City, at that time on Arthur Street. Since then the practice has grown significantly and has moved to a beautiful new facility on Northgate Drive. Dr. Hartwig is a surgery staff member at Mercy Hospital of Iowa City. He is a fellow of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, a diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, and a member of numerous local, national and international professional organizations.
Clinically, Dr. Hartwig especially enjoys the challenges of dental implant treatment planning, surgery, and gum tissue and bone grafting; third molar (wisdom tooth) surgery; in-office IV anesthesia; and reconstructive jaw surgery. He has also enjoyed contributing to the profession as a continuing education lecturer on numerous occasions.
John J. Lytle, MD, DDS, Los Angeles, CA
Following an internship at LA County Medical Center he attended dental school at USC. He then completed his oral and maxillofacial training at LAC-USC.
Dr. Lytle is the former Director of Undergraduate Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Southern California. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is a Past President of California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and is also an examiner for the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Jay P. Malmquist, DMD, Portland, Oregon
Dr. Malmquist is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He served as an examiner for the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for seven years. Dr. Malmquist is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. He is on the staff at several Portland-area hospitals providing trauma support for maxillofacial injuries.
He has shared his knowledge with others as a professor at Oregon Health Science University, contributing to the education of students and residents in the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. Malmquist has distinguished himself as the first Treasurer and first President of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons from the Pacific Northwest. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons represent more than 8,000 surgeons throughout the United States. He has also been honored with visiting professorships at the University of California, University of Tennessee, University of Nebraska, University of Alabama, University of Indiana and the University of Minnesota. He is currently a member of the Board of the Academy of Osseointegration.
Craig M. Misch, DDS, MDS, Sarasota, FL
Dr. Misch is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the American Board of Oral Implantology/ Implant Dentistry. He is on faculty at four dental schools including Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Prosthodontics at the University of Florida and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Misch is an honored member of numerous dental organizations including Fellow of the Academy of Osseointegration, Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and Fellow of International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Misch is also active in several professional organizations in dentistry. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Osseointegration (AO). He has also been on several committees for AAOMS, AAID and the AO. In 2014 he was appointed Chairman of the Committee on Bone Augmentation for the Summit on Treatment of the Edentulous Maxilla for the Academy of Osseointegration. He is on the editorial boards of several dental journals including the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants, International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, Journal of Oral Implantology, Implant Dentistry and Dentistry Today.
Dr. Misch has published over fifty scientific articles and fifteen textbook chapters on dental implants, bone grafting and implant prosthodontics. An innovative surgeon, he developed the ramus bone graft technique, one of the most commonly used procedures to reconstruct missing jaw bone. He has been a main podium speaker at numerous conferences including the American Dental Association, Academy of Osseointegration, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Association of Periodontology, American College of Prosthodontics, American Academy of Implant Dentistry and International Congress of Oral Implantologists. In addition, he has lectured extensively throughout North and South America, as well as Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Dentistry Today has recognized Dr. Misch as one of the “Leaders in Continuing Dental Education”. He is also a consultant and has performed clinical research for many dental manufactures including BioHorizons, Dentsply, Medtronic, Nobel Biocare, OsteoHealth, OraPharma, Carestream and Zimmer Biomet.
In 1999 Dr. Misch left Pittsburgh and moved the private practice to Sarasota. In 2005 opened Misch Implant Dentistry, a state of the art office conveniently located near downtown Sarasota. Dr. Misch’s dental peers in Sarasota have voted him a Top Dentist in the area. Clinicians throughout the United States consult and refer to Dr. Misch to manage complex reconstructive and implant cases. Misch Implant Dentistry has been featured in the Academy of Osseointegration newsletter and Dentsply Implants Magazine.
Peter K. Moy, DMD, Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Moy is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed a general practice residency at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii and his oral & maxillofacial surgery training at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center.
Dr. Moy is an associate editor of the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants and a reviewing editor of the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research. He is a member of the Supreme Chapter of Delta Sigma Delta, American Dental Association, Western Dental Society, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Western Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and is a Fellow of the Academy of Osseointegration, the International Academy for Oral-Facial Rehabilitation and the Pierre Fauchard Honorary Dental Society.
Anthony G. Sclar, DMD, Miami, FL
A much sought-after educator and lecturer, Dr. Sclar is the author of numerous publications including the hallmark multi-language textbook, Soft Tissue and Esthetic Considerations in Implant Therapy, (Quintessence 2003). He has made presentations to top dental professionals throughout the USA, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, the UK, Australia, Africa, Taiwan, and Canada.
An accomplished professional, Dr. Sclar is an Adjunct Professor and Director of Clinical Research and Dental Implant Surgery in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Nova Southeastern University College of Dentistry and is an active contributor to numerous global organizations involved in furthering research and education in the field of implant dentistry.
An innovator, Dr. Sclar developed numerous surgical procedures that led to advancements in esthetic and reconstructive implant dentistry resulting in improved outcomes, greater predictability and less discomfort and down time for patients undergoing dental implant and oral surgery procedures.
Daniel B. Spagnoli, DDS, PhD, Southport, NC
Application Review Process
- Year in residency and length of their program
- OMS rotations and months on service completed
- Off service rotations completed
- Primary clinical area of interest
- Primary reason for pursuing externship-brief explanation
- Specific goals for experience
- Essay explaining why the resident wishes to learn from the specific senior clinician mentor requested
- Letter of support from program director or department chair (required).
Akeyla Brown, DDS
Akeyla Brown, DDS - Howard University HospitalObservership with Jay P. Malmquist, Malmquist, DMD
Akeyla Brown is a 4th year resident at Howard University Hospital. Akeyla Brown received her Degree in Dental Surgery From Howard University College of dentistry. Dr. Brown spent a significant amount of her academic career volunteering, completing multiple dental missions to Haiti, Jamaica and Cameroon. Dr. Brown is an active AAMOS member and was a recipient of the Philip J. Boyne Memorial Scholarship. Throughout residency Akeyla Brown has also maintained enthusiasm for research and academia, contributing abstracts to ACOMS and AAMOS meetings and presenting educational community presentations to NBC 4 Your Health Symposium. Dr. Brown is extremely about Oral Surgery and contributing to her global community.
Diego Hurtado, DDS, MD
Diego Hurtado, DDS, MD - University of KentuckyObsesrvership with Anthony G. Sclar, DMD
Dr. Hurtado is a graduate of Baylor College of Dentistry, where he completed his DDS degree. After dental school, he was accepted into the University of Kentucky Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program where he is currently training and also where he received his Medical Degree. In his free time, Dr. Hurtado enjoys scuba diving, spending time with his family, and ranching on the family farm in Holman, New Mexico.
Brent Newby, DDS, MD
Brent Newby, DDS, MD - University of KentuckyObsesrvership with Edmond Bedrossian, DDS
San Francisco, CA
Dr. Brent Newby is a Kansas native where he grew up working on his family’s 3,000 acre farm. Dr. Newby attended Kansas State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. After graduating from Kansas State, he moved to Kansas City where he attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. Dr. Newby graduated top of his class with a special interest in oral surgery. After dental school, Dr. Newby was brought to the Bluegrass state by the University of Kentucky where he was accepted into the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program. Dr. Newby is a graduate of the University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine and is currently in his Chief year in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Matthew Pham, DMD
Matthew Pham, DMD - University of North Carolina, Chapel HillObsesrvership with Craig M. Misch, DDS, MDS
Dr. Pham obtained both his BS and DMD from the University of Pittsburgh. Upon graduating, he received the AAOMS senior dental student award and his school’s research achievement award. He subsequently matched into the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program at the University of North Carolina and will be graduating from medical school there in 2018. He is very much looking forward to gaining more experience in complex reconstructive and implant surgeries during the observership. Outside of OMFS Dr. Pham enjoys eating out, spending time with his dog Tori, and traveling with his wife Linda.
Francesco Sebastiani, DMD
Francesco Sebastiani, DMD - Brooklyn Hospital CenterObservership with Daniel B. Spagnoli, DDS, PhD
Dr. Sebastiani is completing his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training at the Brooklyn
Hospital Center. He has served as chief resident at affiliate Geisinger Medical Center and
Bronx-Lebanon hospitals. Dr. Sebastiani is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh
School of Dental Medicine. Hard work on the basketball court and in the classroom
earned Dr. Francesco Sebastiani a full athletic scholarship and Academic All-American honors at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Sebastiani presented his research titled Dynamic Navigation: Accuracy and Reproducibility in Dental Implant Placement at the 2016 AAOMS annual meeting. Dr.Sebastiani has presented his original research on the precision of virtual surgical planning during orthognathic surgery outcomes and bispectral index monitoring at both national and international meetings. He was awarded the Straumann USA Scholarship Award, which is given to residents actively engaged in implant and regenerative research. Dr. Sebastiani is the primary author on book chapters on topics ranging from oral sedation to infection control. Dr. Sebastiani has recently authored a book chapter on surgical management and antimicrobial therapy of odontogenic infections. His clinical interests include reconstructive surgery, implants, maxillofacial trauma, and orthognathic surgery. He is excited to participate in the Osteo Science clinical observership program.
Andrew Henry, DMD, MD
Andrew Henry, DMD, MD - University of PennsylvaniaObsesrvership with Michael S. Block, DMD
New Orleans, LA
Dr. Henry is a chief resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania/Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He completed both his dental and medical degrees at the University of Pennsylvania where he was awarded the Theodore Blum Award for Excellence in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the completion of dental school. He has co-authored book chapters and articles on alterations to oral surgery in the liver diseased patient, treating the patient with generalized anxiety disorder and recently received a grant to the American Association of Dental Research for his research in resorbable implants for orbital floor fractures. His clinical interests include orthognathic surgery, TMJ surgery and complex bone grafting procedures in conjunction with dental implant placement.
Daniel Yang, DDS, MD
Daniel Yang, DDS, MD - Parkland Memorial HospitalObservership with Peter K. Moy, DMD
Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Yang is a graduate of Loma Linda University, where he completed his DDS degree. He was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society and received the AAOMS senior dental student award. After dental school, he was accepted into the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center/Parkland Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program where he is currently training. He also received his MD degree from UTSW. His professional interests include implantology, orthognathic surgery, and trauma. In his free time, Dr. Yang enjoys deep sea fishing, traveling, and reading.
Karin Davis, DMD, MPAS, PA-C
Karin Davis, DMD, MPAS, PA-C – Meharry Medical CollegeObservership with Jay P. Malmquist, DMD
Dr. Davis earned her B.S. in Allied Health from the Medical College of Georgia and a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska. She later earned her DMD from Georgia Regents University College of Dental Medicine (formerly MCG.) After dental school, for post graduate training Dr. Davis was accepted into the oral and maxillofacial surgery program at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN which includes rotations with the VA and UT Knoxville Medical Center. She is currently completing the final year of training.