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Oral and Maxillary Program

An Experience of a Lifetime

Elective Abroad Oral and Maxillary Program Objectives

Elective Abroad is a leading organizer of medical, nursing, and healthcare electivesand volunteer placements in Africa. We have been working for over 2 years with teaching hospitals, rural hospitals and community health centers in Africa to provide current and aspiring medical and healthcare students a rare opportunity for a hands-on learning experience, cultural exchange, and medical volunteering in Africa.

At Elective Abroad, we recognize the importance of oral and maxillofacial surgery in addressing complex dental and facial conditions. Our Oral and Maxillofacial Program offers you a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience, learn from experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeons, and contribute to the care of patients in Kenya and Tanzania.

During your program, you will have the chance to work in renowned hospitals, dental clinics, and surgical centers, witnessing a wide range of oral and maxillofacial procedures. Our program is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of oral and maxillofacial surgery, patient management, and the challenges faced in resource-limited settings.

Here are some key highlights of our Oral and Maxillofacial Program:

  • Clinical Experience: You will have the opportunity to observe and assist oral and maxillofacial surgeons in various clinical settings, including operating rooms, outpatient clinics, and emergency departments. You will gain hands-on experience in a variety of procedures, such as tooth extractions, dental implant placement, orthognathic surgery, facial trauma management, and reconstructive surgeries. 
  • Maxillofacial Pathology: Learn about the diagnosis and management of maxillofacial pathology, including oral tumors, cysts, and infections. You will have the opportunity to participate in clinical evaluations, diagnostic procedures, and treatment planning for patients with maxillofacial pathology. 
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorders: Gain exposure to the evaluation and management of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. You will learn about the diagnosis, non-surgical treatment options, and surgical interventions for patients with TMJ disorders. 
  • Cleft Lip and Palate: Learn about the comprehensive care of patients with cleft lip and palate. You will have the opportunity to observe and assist in cleft lip and palate surgeries, as well as participate in multidisciplinary clinics for the management of these conditions. 
  • Facial Trauma: Gain experience in the evaluation and management of facial trauma cases. You will have the opportunity to observe and assist in the treatment of facial fractures, soft tissue injuries, and other facial trauma-related conditions. 
  • Cultural Exchange: Immerse yourself in the rich cultures of Kenya and Tanzania. Interact with local communities, learn about traditional oral health practices, and gain a deeper understanding of the social and cultural aspects of oral and maxillofacial care. This cultural exchange will broaden your perspective and make your experience truly transformative. 
  • Beautiful Locations: Kenya and Tanzania offer breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and rich cultural heritage. When you're not engaged in your oral and maxillofacial placements, you can explore national parks, visit historical sites, or relax on pristine beaches. This program allows you to combine your passion for oral and maxillofacial surgery with the opportunity to experience the beauty of these African countries.

The Oral and Maxillofacial Program is suitable for dental students, oral and maxillofacial surgery residents, and individuals interested in pursuing a career in this specialty. Whether you're looking to gain practical experience, learn about oral and maxillofacial surgery in resource-limited settings, or contribute to the care of patients with complex conditions, this program offers a rewarding and transformative experience.

Join us on this incredible journey of learning, cultural exchange, and oral and maxillofacial surgery. Expand your surgical skills, challenge yourself, and make a lasting impact in the field of oral and maxillofacial care. Apply now for the Oral and Maxillofacial Program and embark on a life-changing experience in African healthcare.

Note: Please be aware that due to the evolving nature of healthcare systems and global circumstances, specific details and availability may vary.

Elective Abroad Program Objectives

Elective Abroad’s medical students’ program objectives are designed to provide participants with opportunities to enhance the various components of their medical education in a clinical setting and with extensive hands‐on experience that they would not get in their own countries. Our program objectives adopts the Accredited Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) competencies framework.

Patient Care

Our program places a strong emphasis on developing the competence of our graduates in patient care. This involves fostering the ability to provide compassionate, effective, and evidence-based care to patients across a diverse range of medical conditions.

Through hands-on clinical experiences and simulation training, our residents learn to assess, diagnose, and manage patient needs with a focus on individualized and patient-centered approaches. The goal is to instill a commitment to the highest standards of clinical care, emphasizing patient safety, empathy, and collaboration within interdisciplinary healthcare teams.

Medical Knowledge

The acquisition and application of medical knowledge are fundamental components of our program. We strive to equip our residents with a deep understanding of basic and clinical sciences, ensuring a solid foundation for clinical decision-making and problem-solving..

Our curriculum integrates the latest advances in medical research, technology, and evidence-based medicine to keep our graduates at the forefront of medical knowledge. Through a combination of didactic sessions, case-based learning, and research opportunities, residents are challenged to continuously expand their medical knowledge throughout their training.

Practice-Based Learning

Practice-based learning is a cornerstone of our educational philosophy. Residents are encouraged to actively engage in self-directed learning, critically appraise their own clinical performance, and identify areas for improvement. Regular feedback from faculty, peer collaboration, and reflective practice are integral components of this competency.

We foster an environment where residents embrace a commitment to lifelong learning, staying abreast of emerging medical literature and evolving healthcare practices to continually enhance the quality of their patient care.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Effective communication is paramount in healthcare, and our program emphasizes the development of strong interpersonal and communication skills. Residents learn to communicate complex medical information clearly and empathetically to patients, families, and other healthcare professionals.

Through role-playing, mentorship, and direct patient interaction, residents refine their abilities to establish rapport, navigate challenging conversations, and work collaboratively within interdisciplinary teams, ensuring optimal patient care outcomes.


Professionalism is a core value instilled in our residents throughout their training. Our program emphasizes the importance of ethical behavior, integrity, and accountability in all aspects of medical practice. Residents are expected to demonstrate a commitment to the highest standards of professional conduct, including respect for patient autonomy, cultural sensitivity, and a dedication to upholding the principles of medical ethics.

By cultivating a culture of professionalism, we aim to graduate physicians who are not only clinically competent but also exemplify the highest ethical standards.

Systems-Based Practice

Understanding and navigating the complexities of healthcare systems are crucial aspects of modern medical practice. Our program equips residents with the knowledge and skills to engage in systems-based practice, addressing the broader context in which patient care is delivered. This includes an awareness of healthcare policies, resource utilization, and advocacy for patient welfare.

Through exposure to healthcare management principles and quality improvement initiatives, residents are prepared to contribute to the enhancement of healthcare delivery systems and promote positive changes for the benefit of their patients and communities.

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