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Beginning 2015, in compliance with the 2007 CODA guidelines, The Ohio State University Medical Center offers a 36-month Anesthesiology Residency for dentists designed to fulfill all the requirements of CODA (Commission on Dental Accreditation) and The American Dental Board of Anesthesiology (ADBA).

This program prepares the dentist anesthesiologist to manage pain and anxiety in the most comprehensive manner for all dental/maxillofacial patients. At the conclusion of the program, the resident will be proficient in providing intubated and non-intubated general anesthesia, deep sedation and conscious sedation for diverse dental and maxillofacial surgical procedures performed on healthy and medically compromised patients, and to function in diverse patient care environments from tertiary level facilities through to private practice.

The program begins in late June with two weeks of hospital orientation, formal courses covering comprehensive patient examination, intravenous sedation and an introduction to anesthesiology.  The residents then join their medical colleagues for 3 months of closely supervised, and often individual, basic anesthesiology training, including daily formal lectures. This is followed by 3 months of medicine, 2 months of resident level 1 (CAI) general operating room experience, 2 months of basic pediatric anesthesiology and one month on both the acute pain service and ICU.  

The second year education includes 4 months of general surgical cases and 2 months of advanced pediatric anesthesia. Four 1 month rotations in focused areas of anesthesiology are provided, after which more complex anesthesiology care and on-call activity is permitted. Finally one month is devoted to OPAC (Out Patient Anesthesia Clinic).

The third year provides 3 months of advanced head and neck care and 9 months of providing anesthesiology services at both the College of Dentistry and Nationwide Children’s Hospital Dental Surgery Center. This includes two days per week of anesthesia services for outpatient oral & maxillofacial procedures including LeFort osteotomies, mandibular osteotomies, bone grafting procedures, various plastic procedures, and dento-alveolar surgery. One day per week is spent in the GPR clinic providing general anesthesia for medically, emotionally, and intellectually compromised patients.   One day per week is devoted to the delivery of intubated and non-intubated anesthesia for complex pediatric dental restorative procedures. Anesthesiology resident also provide a key component of support for conscious sedation activities in other departments, the maintenance of College anesthetic and emergency equipment, BLS & ACLS certification and recertification, and pre-anesthetic physical examinations for other departments within the College of Dentistry.

Residents participate in multiple didactic experiences and case management conferences including a research project in the field of anesthesiology.  The resident is expected to produce a research paper suitable for submission to a scientific journal before completion of their residency. An optional Master's degree can be arranged.  Tuition fees are required for the Master's degree, however these can be offset significantly by the OSU employee tuition reimbursement that is available. At this time, completing all MS degree requirements while in the program should cost less than $4000 over the 36 months.  Time will be allotted within the program to complete all required coursework.

Graduates of the program are eligible for membership in the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists and the Diplomat examination by the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology.

This is a funded position paying OSU Medical Center resident salaries at the applicable PGY I – III level: these salaries begin at approximately $ 50,000 / year. Malpractice insurance is waived. Parking passes and health insurance may be purchased through the University.

We invite potential applicants to visit our program for our three days of Externship. This will give you a better understanding of our program and help you determine if it is the right fit for you.