Oral Surgery/RCSI

This program is a three-year, full-time clinical and didactic course of study offered to dentists from countries other than the United States who seek to improve their clinical skills and knowledge in Oral Surgery. The curriculum exposes students to a variety of oral surgery techniques and contemporary modalities of treatment. Students also undertake an integrated program of theoretical, clinical, and laboratory teaching as well as hands-on exposure to more complex oral and maxillofacial surgery at our affiliate hospitals.


Upon successful completion of the Advanced Program for International Dentists in Oral Surgery/RCSI, participants will have an increased understanding of the biological basis of oral surgery theory and practice.


Participants treat a variety of patients under the close guidance of a diverse and experienced faculty comprised of top practitioners in the field of oral surgery and related areas. Participants will have the opportunity to rotate at NYU College of Dentistry’s various affiliated hospitals throughout New York City.

Course Components

The program comprises of an array of lectures, seminars, conferences, and patient care/clinical experiences which further develop the participant's expertise. Students will treat a wide variety of patients and will learn how to determine if a clinical situation requires consultation and management with other specialties.

Core competencies obtained during this course are:

  • Dentoalveolar surgery:
    • Extraction of teeth & retained roots/pathology
    • Pre-prosthetic surgery
    • Dentoalveolar trauma and its management
    • Peri-radicular surgery
    • Dentoalveolar surgery in relation to orthodontic treatment
    • Management of impacted teeth
    • Intraoral and labial biopsy techniques
    • Management of associated complications including oro-antral fistula
    • Management of odontogenic and other oral infections
  • Management of patients with complex medical history requiring multi-disciplinary participation.
  • Appropriate pain and anxiety control including the administration of standard conscious sedation techniques
  • Implant dentistry – diagnosis and treatment planning of patients requiring implants with the ability to perform the surgical phases of implant dentistry. Students will also obtain a comprehensive understanding of the prosthetic phases through a series of lectures, hands-on courses, and interdisciplinary management with restorative dentists.
  • Understand the principles of Bone grafting techniques and carry out simple to advanced procedures independently.
  • Introduction to Comprehensive Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    • Introduction to use of general anesthetics – hospital rotation
    • Management of a patient in the emergency room – hospital rotation
    • Demonstrate knowledge about common benign odontogenic cysts and tumors, non-odontogenic cysts and tumors, benign and malignant salivary gland lesions, malignant lesions of the head and neck and the pathophysiology of temporomandibular joint dysfunction
    • Discuss indications and surgical techniques for benign odontogenic cysts and tumors, non-odontogenic cysts and tumors, benign and malignant salivary gland lesions, malignant lesions of the head and neck (including staging of H&N tumors), and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (including nonsurgical patient management)
    • Discuss the surgical approaches and techniques for reduction and stabilization of mandible fractures, maxillary and midface fractures, complex maxillofacial injuries, including NOE, cranial and orbital fractures
    • Management of patients with Dentofacial Deformities – combined Orthodontic/Surgical approaches.

Prerequisites for RCSI Program

  • MFD Examination Part I or NBDE I & II or INBDE

Students will develop skills in assessment and evaluation needed to explore literature and current research, and they will be prepared to appreciate the role of new technology in oral surgery. There are opportunities to participate in elective experiences such as teaching, research, and society meetings. Curriculum shall provide ample time for students to pursue individual research based interests.

Upon successful completion of the Oral Surgery/RCSI Program, participants become eligible to take Part II of the MFD examination at the end of year one and the internationally recognized Fellowship of the Faculty of Dentistry (FFDRCSI OSOM) examination in year three.

Program Director

Dr. Huzefa Talib

Dr. Huzefa Talib, BDS, MFDRCSI, FFDRCSI (OSOM), received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree in July 1998 from the University of Pune in India. He maintained private practices in Pune, India (1999-2001), Sharjah, UAE (2002-2004), and Dubai, UAE (2004-2007). Dr. Talib graduated from the Advanced Program in Oral Surgery for International Dentists/Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) in 2010, and passed the MFD and FFD in 2009 and 2010, respectively. He is also a member of the Faculty of Dentistry of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Dr. Talib is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and is Programl Director of the Advanced Programs for International Dentists in Oral Surgery/RCSI (Oral Surgery with Oral Medicine).