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UCSF Telehealth Education Programs with UCSF-Fresno Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program

August 12, 2013

UCSF Telehealth Education ProgramsBy M. Anthony Pogrel, DDS, MD, William Ware Endowed Professor and Chairman, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of California, San Francisco

The UCSF School of Dentistry and Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery signed an affiliation agreement with the previously free-standing Community Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program at Fresno Community Hospital in February, 2010.  This brought the program in line with the medical programs in Fresno which are affiliated with UCSF School of Medicine through the UCSF Dean’s Office in Fresno.

The immediate changes that this brought were that the two oral and maxillofacial surgery residents who graduate each year from that program could wear UCSF coats during their residency, receive UCSF graduation certificates and become known officially as the UCSF-Fresno Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Training Program.

Since then we have been looking for practical ways to put the affiliation agreement on a stronger basis, and since Room D-2009 in the UCSF Dental Center was equipped for teleconferencing as a result of the UCSF teleconference grant, we are now sharing three hours of didactic teaching monthly between the two programs.  This consists of a one-hour Service Meeting where cases of interest are discussed and surgical results are presented, a one-hour Clinico-Pathological Correlation session where three or four interesting pathology cases are discussed with Dr. Richard Jordan from Oral Pathology, and an additional hour of Journal Club, Risk Management, or Practice Management. 

These telehealth sessions will strengthen both programs in that UCSF-San Francisco will benefit from the strong clinical program in Fresno, and the UCSF-Fresno Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program will benefit from the strong didactic program in San Francisco.  In the long term, we are hopeful that this will lead to closer ties between the two programs, including such things as interchange of residents, faculty, and a common resident application procedure.

The existence of this telehealth technology within the UCSF School of Dentistry gives us a great opportunity to combine teaching sessions.

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UCSF OMFS - UCSF Fresno TeleHealth Seminar, May 28th, 2013.

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