Didactic sessions are held weekly on Friday mornings from 7am-11am.  Each month is dedicated to broad learning topics beginning with Trauma in the first two months and then moving onto other topics of Dentoalveolar, Implants and Head & Neck Oncology, to name a few. 

These four hour sessions provide a compilation of faculty and resident lectures, case discussion and/or workshops.

Morning Report

Assigned residents provide either a review of a recent clinical case or provide a didactic learning session that correlates to the OMFS topic of the month.

The PGY-1 resident is specifically assigned clinical case presentations to emphasize the formulation of differential diagnosis and appropriate evaluation and subsequent patient management.   

Oral Pathology Lecture Series

Dr. Brent Accurso and Dr. Brent Martin, both Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Pathologists, provide two two-hour sessions monthly; one hour of lecture followed by an hour of clinicopathologic cases. The first 6 months of the year provide the resident with the basics of surgical pathology/oral & maxillofacial surgical pathology.   The second half of the year focuses mainly on clinicopathologic cases conferences with some sessions incorporating a literature review, as needed.  

Ancillary Lectures

Throughout the year, lectures pertaining to resident research, ethics and professionalism, risk management and patient management.

Monthly Tuesday Implant Conference

This one hour conference is held monthly at the Oral Surgery Resident Clinic and is a joint conference with the hospital's AEGD residency program.  


The format of this resident learning session varies between lectures, case review and treatment planning including M&M on completed cases, and clinical manikin exercises. The format will allow for oral surgery residents to present cases, give surgical technique lectures and participate in discussions regarding implant topics and clinical scenarios. Residents will be participating in case based learning in the treatment planning seminars and get additional hands on experience in impression taking and provisional fabrication. The goal is to emphasize the team multidisciplinary approach to restorative driven implants.

Journal Club / Orthognathic Case Conferences

Held monthly, Journal Club provides the resident opportunities to review and critique  current medical literature and initiate discussion among those present.  The ultimate goal of this learning session is to improve patient care by incorporating  evidence into practice.

The Orthognathic Case Conference is held three times per year and is a PGY-6 resident lead conference.  The PGY-6 year resident will present and discuss patient assessment, surgical treatment planning and post-op management.  

Visiting Professor Days

Leaders in the field of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery are brought in for 1/2 day seminars.  The goal is to disseminate the most up to date techniques in the specialty and provide increased medical knowledge to the resident. 

Head & Neck Tumor Boards

Twice monthly, the residents attend Head & Neck Tumor Boards at both Ascension Macomb Hospital and Ascension St. John Hospital.