IU School of Medicine



This elective is designed to accomplish the following: 1. To provide the fourth-year medical student in-depth exposure to oral & maxillofacial surgery. 2. To provide the student interested in a career in another field with complimentary clinical experience in oral & maxillofacial surgery. 3. To train the student in specific diagnostic and clinical skills in oral & maxillofacial surgery as related to trauma, pathology, craniofacial deformities, and reconstruction of the oral & maxillofacial region. 4. To enhance the student’s understanding of the relationships that exist among the oral cavity associated oral, maxillofacial structures and systemic functions.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Joseph Heidelman, DDS (jheidelm@iu.edu)

Director: Carrie Ann Klene, DDS

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health Methodist Hospital, IU Health University Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, Eskenazi Health Services and IU School of Dentistry (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Perform a focused oral & maxillofacial history and physical examination (PC1)
  • 2) Perform an oral cancer screening (PC5)
  • 3) Suture a simple oral and facial laceration (PC5)
  • 4) Provide local anesthesia in preparation for suturing a laceration as described above, and to provide relief for dental pain (PC5)
  • 5) Diagnose maxillofacial fractures by performing a focused examination as described above, and interpreting maxillofacial imaging (PC3)
  • 6) Construct an intelligent differential diagnosis for various maxillofacial pathologies (PC2)
  • 7) Identify and understand the growth and development of various craniofacial deformities (MK2)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation, objective exam)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 80

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical, 10% Presentations

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH. Please contact Joseph Heidelman, DDS (jheidelm@iu.edu) for approval.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None