University of Buffalo Launches New Dental Programme with Roswell Park Cancer Institute

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The University of Buffalo has formed a partnership with Roswell Park Cancer Institute to launch a new dental residency programme, which will provide education and practical opportunities for graduates who want to learn more about caring for patients with cancer.

The year-long programme has been accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and will begin in July 2015.

The programme will provide two graduates with training in the care of patients with head and neck cancers, patients who are undergoing cancer treatment and those in remission. Students will rotate between the university and the institute, with the university taking care of clinical training and teaching and the institute providing practical guidance. Graduates will spend around 70 percent of their time at the institute looking after patients with cancer and providing treatment under the supervision of professional dentists and oncologists.

The residency programme will teach graduates about the unique and specialist needs of head and neck cancer patients and cancer patients who develop side-effects as a result of undergoing therapies, such as chemotherapy, and struggle to fight off infections, including oral infections.

Vice chair of the department of head and neck surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery at the institute, Dr Moni Abraham Kuriakose, said that collaboration brings opportunities to graduates wishing to learn about the care of cancer patients before, during and after treatment and will serve to improve understanding of specialist cases in the future.

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