Oncologic Surgery within Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Although interest in oncologic surgery within our specialty has experienced rapid growth over the past decade, this is actually a renewal of efforts initiated long ago.  Fred Henny from Michigan, Elmer Hume from Louisville, and Claude S. LaDow in Philadephia were oral surgeons and pioneers in this emerging field during the first half of the 20th century.  In Europe and Asia, OMFS evolved into a leadership role in the surgical management of oral and salivary gland cancers, as well as other head and neck malignancies. In North America, general surgery played the dominant role in the treatment of these tumors through most of the 20th century, and ENT transitioned into head and neck surgery in the late 1970’s – early 1980’s.  Over the past two decades, a small but growing group of American oral & maxillofacial surgeons have generated a renewed interest in this field and are actively expanding the knowledge base, treatment parameters, and reconstructive options for these patients.

Purpose of the Oncologic Surgery Match

As interest in this subspecialty has increased, so has the applicant pool and the number of fellowship training opportunities.  The MORSmatch serves as a method to facilitate the offering of positions and the acceptance by applicants in a uniform fashion, favoring the preference of the applicant.  It provides a defined timeline and centralized system to simplify the process of obtaining a fellowship position.  Match results are released one year before the fellowship start date.  This allows ample time for successful applicants to complete necessary hospital credentialing and state licensing requirements. Programs and/or applicants that do not match have a full year to make appropriate decisions and arrangements.

What the MORSmatch IS:

  • A mechanism to efficiently match applicants with fellowship programs,
    biased toward the applicant’s preferences.
  • A solemn commitment by both applicants and fellowships to abide by the match results.

What the MORSmatch IS NOT:

  • It is not an application for a fellowship.
  • It is not the starting point to seek a fellowship in maxillofacial oncologic and reconstructive surgery.