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Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

The Back-to-Basics Oral Surgeon

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Kyle Yip MD ’13, OMFS ’16


Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry Kyle Yip wants Ostrow’s oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS) residents to graduate feeling like their educations are incomplete.

“I want to prepare them for a career of lifelong learning,” Yip clarifies. “Ostrow trains really great clinicians, but I think the best way to go about your career is to feel like you should always be learning.”

It was this focus on lifelong learning that inspired Yip to join Ostrow’s faculty after completing his studies in 2016.

“I really like working with upcoming residents, and it helps to educate me in my own career, too,” he says.

As a recent OMFS resident, Yip had a unique vantage point to identify areas of potential growth for the specialty.  

First up: Yip sought to bolster the program’s didactic base — a departure for a field that has traditionally focused on clinical experiences. 

“I wanted to create a curriculum that we could review, year after year, and build upon so that the residents could have a better academic foundation for their clinical experiences,” Yip says.  

He also started encouraging residents to participate in research, publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals and make presentations at national oral and maxillofacial surgery professional meetings to increase Ostrow’s visibility on the specialty’s national stage.

Yip says this sharper focus on research will help Ostrow’s OMFS graduates lead the way in a field that is ever-changing.

“We have long careers ahead of us,” he explains. “We need to keep up with everything in order to do the best we can for our patients.” 

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This story originally appeared in the TroDent, the official publication for the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. Read more stories like this in our Spring 2018 issue.


Posted May 2018