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The Cook County Health Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program has eight residents and is an integral part of the hospital.

The OMFS outpatient clinic is one of the three busiest clinics in the hospital, treating over 15,000 patients a year, also making it one of the top 10 busiest outpatient OMFS residency clinics in the nation.
OMFS plays a pivotal role in the care of emergency and trauma patients as well as providing valuable services to the community in the treatment of oral and maxillofacial pathology and disorders.  

Chief Residents 

  • Dr. Joseph Fanti, 
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Wu Zheng State,
    University of New York at Stony Brook
Third Years 
  • Dr. Laila Malaki, 
    Midwestern University, Illinois  
  • Dr. Sean Mogadam, 
    University of California at Los Angeles
Second Years 
  • Dr. Ali Al-Qudsi,
    University of Illinois, Chicago
     
  • Dr. Othman Rezki,
    University of Montreal
First Years 
  • Dr. Adam Frank,
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • Dr. Michael Ginzburg, 
    University of Pennsylvania

2020 

  • Dr. Mohamed Boukheir
  • Dr. Stephen Martin

2019 

  • Dr. Taneenop Aramphongphan 
  • Dr. Anthony Elger 

2018 

  • Dr. Christian Boliere 
  • Dr. Ryan Dee 
2017 
  • Dr. Austin Burnett 
  • Dr. Phil Meehan 
2016 
  • Dr. Robert Beech 
  • Dr. John Chae 
2015 
  • Dr. Andrew W. Olsen 
  • Dr. Jason Primavera 
2014 
  • Dr. Benjamin Johnson 
  • Dr. Calley Christie 
2013 
  • Dr. John Reid 
  • Dr. David Sterret
2012 
  • Dr. Joseph Fullmer 
  • Dr. Jordan Williams 
2011 
  • Dr. Andy Bracci 
  • Dr. David Fischer 
2010 
  • Dr. Brett Barlow 
  • Dr. Greg Olsen 
2009 
  • Dr. Robert Wolf 
  • Dr. Bryan VanOven 
2008 
  • Dr. Mike Papadimitriou 
  • Dr. Peter Wagner 
2007 
  • Dr. Tyran Johnson 
  • Dr. Chris McAboy 

Application for Residency and Internship

Cook County Health Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery participates in PASS/MATCH and has two residents and two internship positions available each year. 

To be considered for a residency position with Cook County Health Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: 

  • Submit an application through the American Dental Education Association through the ADEA PASS website 
  • Submit the following to ADEA PASS: 
    • Official dental school transcripts 
    • Official undergraduate transcripts 
    • CBSE examination results
    • Three letters of recommendation 
    • Copy of CV 
    • Tofel scores, if applicable 
    • ECE report for non-US transcripts 
    • 2×2 photo
  • You must meet the following requirements: 
    • Have passed Part I of the National Dental Board Examination 
    • Be a graduate of a U.S. or Canadian dental school or an equivalent program 
    • Be proficient in the English language 
    • Have taken the NBME CBSE examination 
  • Prior to enrollment in the program you: 
    • Must have passed Parts I and II of the National Dental Board Examination 
    • Must have earned a DMD/DDS. degree or an equivalent 
    • Must be eligible for an Illinois state dental license, temporary or permanent 
Cook County Health  Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery offers two positions for non-categorical paid interns.  

To apply:  
  • E-mail   mleahy2@cookcountyhhs.org  and CC: mqaisi@cookcountyhhs.org.  

  • Mail applications to: 
    John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County
    Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    Attn: Ms. Maire Leahy/Dr. Mohammed Qaisi RE: Internship Application
    1950 W. Polk Street, 5th floor – suite (5210) 5-1
    Chicago, IL 60612  

Include the following:

  • 2×2 inch photo of applicant  

  • CV and personal statement  

  • Official dental school transcript  

  • Official undergraduate transcript  

  • Official NBME CBSE examination scores (preferred but not required)  

  • Three letters of recommendation  

Applicants must meet the following requirements:  
  • Must be a graduate of a U.S. or Canadian dental school or an equivalent program  

  • Must be proficient in the English language  

  • Must have passed Parts I, II, and National Dental Board Examination  

  • Must have earned a DMD/DDS degree, or equivalent  

  • Must be eligible for state dental license; temporary or permanent Illinois license is required  

Clinical Schedule

Year One 
Year Two 
  • Anesthesia – 5  months 
  • Pediatrics Anesthesia – 2 months

  • Trauma – 1 month 
  • Surgical Critical Care – 1 month 
  • Emergency Medicine – 2 months 
  • General Surgery – 1 month
  • Plastic Surgery – 1 month 
Year Three 
Year Four 

Scope of Residency Training:

  • Cleft Lip & Palate

  • Craniofacial Surgery

  • Dental Implants/Zygomatic Implants

  • Dentoalveolar Surgery with Local or General Ambulatory Anesthesia

  • Facial Cosmetic Surgery

  • Facial Reconstructive Surgery

  • Facial Trauma Surgery

  • Management of Head & Neck Infections

  • Management of Oral and Head & Neck Cancers

  • Microneurosurgery

  • Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea Surgery

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology / Tumors

  • Orthognathic Surgery

  • Outpatient Anesthesia

  • Pre-Prosthetic Surgery

  • Management of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

Benefits

Vacation Leave:
28 days or four weeks of vacation is given to all housestaff, which can be taken in (2) two week increments or (1) four week block rotation.

Maternity/Paternity Leave:
Housestaff physicians shall be granted maternity and paternity leave to cover periods of pregnancy, newborn childcare, and/or newly adopted childcare.

Family & Medical Leave (FMLA):
An eligible employee may take approved unpaid family and medical leave of up to twelve (12) weeks per rolling twelve (12) month period. For specifics you should contact your Departmental Administrator, the Department of Human Resources or Medical Education.

Cafeteria:
Housestaff at Cook County Health are provided with a meal card which is loaded with $19/day.  The card can be used at any time during cafeteria opening hours, every day of the week.

Counseling Services:
Counseling services are available through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) of Cook County.

Lab Coats:
At the time of initial hire, housestaff physicians will be furnished up to four (4) lab coats free of charge. During their employment, replacements will be furnished free of charge when the condition of the lab coat so warrants.

Malpractice Insurance:
Covered at 100%.

Health and Disability Insurance:
The County provides health benefits to housestaff physicians and dependents. The County offers to the housestaff physician and his/her family the option of choosing a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) or Preferred Provider Organization PPO from those available and federally qualified in the Chicago area for this health coverage. Ordinary disability benefits will be provided in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Cook County Employees’ Annuity Benefit Fund.

Dental Insurance:
All housestaff are eligible to participate in the County’s Dental HMO plan. There is no cost for this benefit.

Life Insurance:
All housestaff physicians shall be provided with life insurance in an amount equal to their annual salary at no cost to the housestaff physician.


Housestaff Association:
The Cook County Hospital Housestaff Association (HSA) is the union representing interns, residents and fellows employed by the Hospital. It has existed as the housestaff physicians’ organization for many years and as a union since the early 1970s.

Externships

Cook County Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery offers a 1-4 week externship for those students interested in pursuing a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery. 

During your time at Cook County you will be exposed to oral and maxillofacial surgery and will have the opportunity to and will be expected to participate in the following: 

  • Assisting in the operating room 

  • Daily rounds 

  • Consults in the emergency and trauma departments 

  • Work in the outpatient and diagnostic clinics 

  • Taking call with the residents 

  • Weekly seminars and lectures 

To Apply 

  1. Contact Ms. Maria Rodriguez via mrodriguez3@cookcountyhealth.orgSend your name and requested dates for externship.  

  2. In the email, state that you are a student wishing to rotate with the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery and would like an application to rotate at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. When planning your schedule, please keep in mind that it takes time to apply and be accepted.  

  3. Send the following materials to our department via email as soon as possible: 

    • Part I (and II if applicable) score or NBME score 

    • A letter of recommendation from a faculty 

    • A letter of good standing from your Dean 

    • CV 

    • Class rank, if applicable 

    • Proof of malpractice insurance. If your school does not offer this service, many companies will temporarily cover you for a couple of weeks for a small fee. We do not recommend anyone. 

Program Contact

Mohammed K. Qaisi, DMD, MD, FACS
Residency Program Director
312-864-5163
Email

Maria Rodriquez
Administrative Assistant
(312) 864-3202
(312) 864-9762
Email

Maire Leahy, MHA
Program Coordinator, Urology Residency and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
(312) 864-0395
(312) 864-9762
Email

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