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ELECT EPCRS - Clerkship in Oral and Maxillofacial Craniofacial Surgery

Director(s): Stavan Patal, DDS, MD, Phone: 318-675-6036
Duration: 4 Weeks
Location: Academic Medical Center at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport/ Willis Knighton Medical Center
Maximum Number of Students: 3
Minimum Number of Students: 1
Elective Offered During Blocks: All
Course Code: EPCRS
4 Credits


  • The goal of this block is for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Tracked medical students to learn the management of common diseases and facial deformities of pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery patients.


  • During this course each student will:
    • Maintain a patient log documenting the craniofacial deformity patients and pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial diseases that they were involved in. Below are the required number and type of patients that the student needs to participate in during the rotation
      • 5 patients with cleft lip
      • 5 patients with cleft palate
      • 5 patients with positional plagiocephaly
      • 2 patients with craniosynostosis
  • Attend and participate in the operating room at least once a week in the surgical treatment of pediatric patients with craniofacial deformities
  • Demonstrate their knowledge to upper level residents and attendings of the current approaches to antenatal investigation for craniofacial disorders when seeing these patients with the fellows and attendings in clinic
  • Demonstrate their knowledge of the relationship between form, function, and growth in pediatric craniofacial deformities and the staged reconstructive surgeries needed to minimize growth disturbances when seeing these patients with the fellows and attendings in clinic
  • Give a 15 minute presentation at the end of the rotation on syndromes associated with on-facial clefting.

Specific Duties of Senior Students:

  • Active Evaluation or patients in the in-patient and out-patient setting, under supervision of residents and faculty
  • Participating in Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery cases in the operating room and assisting when appropriate
  • Attendance at Plagiocephaly, Craniofacial and Cleft Clinics

Reading Assignments:

  • Kaban L, Troulis MJ.Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.2nd Ed.Saunders 2004
  • Comprehensive Cleft Care-Joseph Losee, Richard Kirschner, 2nd edition, Thieme 2015

Offered: ALL