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Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery First-Ever Technical Skills Exam

It’s the first of its kind exam to be administered to Oral and Maxillofacial residents at the University of Toronto. We invited Dr. Marco Caminiti, Assistant Professor and Director of the Graduate Specialty Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Toronto to tell us about how the idea of the exam started and how the first round of examinations went. 

Dr. Caminiti is also the Director of the Graduate Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program at Mount Sinai Hospital. 

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Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager


Dr. Marco Caminiti, assistant professor and graduate program director of OMFS at the Faculty of Dentistry, and co-designer Victoria Driesman, launched the first-ever OSATS (Objective Structured Assessment of Technical Skills) exam for residents of the OMFS specialty with the aim of ensuring that graduating surgeons can “perform surgery well.”

With the OSATS, educators now have a tool to analyze the competency of key surgical skills and develop standardized measures to track students’ progress through their training.

For its inaugural run, the designers asked surgeons and trainees with varying skill levels and experience to take part in the exam, from a first-year resident with no training all the way up to a graduated, expert surgeon. That’s to demonstrate that the exam can differentiate between the different skill levels, and will help the designers fine-tune future iterations. Rotating through eight stations in short, 15-minute increments, participants performed specific surgical tasks — not communicated in advance — on models meticulously chosen for their life-like properties, and were graded on their proficiency through each step.

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