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Sonal Anchlia


2023 TMJ mini Residency

While writing about the TMJ mini residency, I’m sure surgeons would write about what they learnt during their time there - how it’s the best and the only n the most exhaustive course in the world that teaches TMJ internal derangement, TMJ Arthroscopy and Joint replacement, over 3 days each over 4 weekends in a year in the USA, with amazing didactics by the best, fresh cadavers that make arthroscopy look so beautiful, doubts cleared like never before, teachings n discussions like nowhere else…. They will write so, because it’s all true.

But according to me, TMJ mini residency isn’t just that. It’s a world inside the TMJ that the world’s best faculty holds your hand to take you through it, with you, all the way.

The faculty are all my heroes (one heroine as well ♥️) - Scott Sirs paternal extreme attention to detail, then add to that a dash of charm n intelligence n wittiness n talent n sweetness n suaveness (is that really the adjective of suave?! 🙊) of the remaining 6…  you dont need anything else!!! They are all extremely brilliant inside the TMJ n outside of it.

I didn’t just learn so much , I made friends. It’s not a teacher student thing anymore. Life, friendships, relationships - all got as a side of the main course of the TMJ.

So would I recommend the TMJ mini residency? Oh yes, without a doubt. For people who have been operating in the TMJ region for sometime and now want to up their ante, for learning more about diseases of the TMJ,  manoeuvering their way inside, for knowing there will be people to help no matter when n where you get stuck - Mentors, friends, your own - for life, today and forever.😊

Jason Dashow


2023 TMJ mini Residency

(University of Maryland) TMJ Mini Residency is THE premier global training center for hands-on, advanced TMJ arthroscopy and full scope, evidence-based TMJ surgical education.
There are other similarly-billed TMJ surgical training programs available but they are not the same. You simply cannot learn the intricacies and finite hand-eye motor skills of TMJ arthroscopy from a lecture; within the confines of a few hours of weekend training; or from an instructor who is not themselves a TMJ arthroscopy expert.
I invested 80 hours in twelve days spread out over 8 months in 2023 learning and refining my skills with unlimited opportunity between hands on, guided cadaveric surgery sessions to troubleshoot any personal deficiencies and steadily improve with each session.
Throughout the TMJ Mini Residency course and beyond, I have maintained close contact with numerous faculty who have been a flowing source of information and a realtime resource for my own clinical practice.
If you are seriously considering making evidence based, cutting edge TMJ surgery a part of your practice, take the time to look deep into detail of each course. Query the background of the instructors. Ask about availability of hands on cadaveric skills training. Question the relevance of didactic offerings. Most importantly, make sure your investment will provide you with the skills you need to incorporate TMJ surgical arthroscopy into your practice.
A weekend warrior approach to TMJ arthroscopy without guided, repetitive training one of two things will happen when you return to your practice: you will either feel incompetent and fail to incorporate TMJ arthroscopy into your practice, or you will proceed, undertrained and overconfident.
Liam Moore


2023 TMJ mini Residency

“The TMJ Mini Residency was crucial in consolidating my skills in TMJ arthroscopy. The live demonstrations, high tutor to student ratio, large number of cadaver specimens and the personalized tutorials provided by the faculty were invaluable. The course was a great opportunity to talk shop with the authorities in the TMJ world and obtain pearls of wisdom when treating patients both operatively and non operatively.

I have every intention of returning to this course to stay up to date with the mini residency team and the developing field of temporomandibular joint surgery.”

Robert Wagner


Testimonial for the 2022 TMJ Mini Residency

I wanted to thank the TMJ Mini Residency for an outstanding program. From day 1, I looked forward to the next day and the next challenge. The excellent faculty nailed it! I have been to many comprehensive courses over the years, and the TMJ residency has been the most memorable, applicable, and simply the best! Even if you do not plan on doing advanced arthroscopy in your practice, the skills and confidence achieved through the mini-residency will last a long time. Thanks again to the support of the sponsors (Nexus and Zimmer) and all the surgical teaching staff.

The reason the course is so successful, aside from the great organizing talent of Dr. Scott Levin, is that all the faculty are passionate about TMJ surgery and arthroscopy, which is contagious.

Thanks again to everyone for the camaraderie, and I look forward to seeing you at future gatherings.

Dr. Fued Salmen


       The best TMJ course I have done in my life.  Thank you!

Dr. Carrol Saridin


The TMJ Mini Residency is a must for all Maxillofacial Surgeons with a special interest in TMJ pathology. This concept was developed after a unique TMJ cadaver course in 2014 with dedicated and enthusiastic faculty and participants. As participants we felt the need for a continuation of this excellent and detailed source of information and skills, provided by some of the most experienced TMJ surgeons in the US. In February 2015 we had the first of four sessions (with the original faculty!). 3 intensive days of lectures and hands on cadaver training, surrounded by colleagues all with a passion for TMJ turned out to be the formula for a unique, educational and precious residency.

Dr. Adwait Kulkarni


The TMJ Mini Residency has been a fantastic experience for me right from the initial contact.  The first few emails that I exchanged with Dr. Scott made me realize the meticulous attention to detail that had gone into planning the course.  The cordial interaction and help at every step of the way including registration, tuition transfer and accommodation was outstanding.  Every little query or problem I faced was given due credibility, assessment and solution by the faculty.  The itinerary was laid out so well in advance that I left from my home in India with a clear anticipation of what to expect.

I arrived in Baltimore with the initial meet and greet with the team and other participants.  An excellent tone of informal interaction and knowledge, as well as skill transfer was established by the trainers.  This was complimented by excellent training facilities, ample materials and top notch equipment.  Dissecting into and practicing hands-on with two fresh cadaveric joints per day  throughout the course was invaluable experience that I will never forget.

All the faculty were excellent teachers. Their easygoing approach and willingness to share their knowledge, skill and philosophy helped me learn TMJ Surgery and broke down all preconceived inhibitions I previously harbored about TMJ.

Dr. César Augusto Daros Rodrigues


I would like to express my immense gratitude to TMJ Mini Residency team.  The dedicated faculty developed a top notch course and were always available for extra guidance.

The debates during the classroom sessions were not only informative but exciting -- well worth the time investment! Technical training on the specimens is the most unique aspect of the course. Each participant has ample time to work in the lab using the highest quality tools and materials. 

Thanks to all the faculty for your efforts. Be assured you are doing a brilliant job for the next generation of TMJ surgeons!

Dr. Othman Altuwairgi

Saudi Arabia

I would like to thank you, as well as, thank the rest of the team that helped in bringing such an up to date, hands-on, friendly and well organized TMJ program. It truly reflects the willingness of the organizers to educate practitioners with both academic knowledge, as well as, hands-on experience that would enable them to augment their own practice by accepting and treating patients with TMJ, in the most safe and predictable manner.

The way the program has been organized, is truly to help the participants gain confidence, and offer the support (as needed) to enable us to not fear taking on the challenge of treating complicated TMJ cases, and at the same time close the knowledge and the skill gaps that most practitioners develop while maintaining a successful practice.

The program successfully covers all aspects of TMJ abnormalities, step-by-step patient evaluation and staging of the TMJ clinical problem, pathophysiology, examinations, investigative work-ups, models of treatment via introducing the benefits and the potential side effects of using different TMJ treatment modalities (ranging from the scope to the open procedure to total joint replacement). All were presented in a well-organized and professional manner.

It's really difficult to find such a well organized and focused program, with a world renown educators and speakers, not to mention the 2 fresh cadavers (four temporomandibular joints per practitioner) that were made available with plenty of time and ease to get the maximum experience and to explore all aspects of TMJ procedures, as well as, to see first hand what could go wrong while performing and treating patients with TMJ.

Finally, this program is a well-done model for future training and building confidence in short period of time. It is with great pleasure, to be part of this experience. 

Dr. Peter Tsakiris


The strengths of the course is in the spread of faculty (great pool of experience), the good balance between theory and hands-on cadaver skill stations, very good mix of instructor to candidate ratio and the opportunity to repeat and reinforce skills and knowledge; a unique opportunity to obtain the confidence and insight in the management of the TMJ.

Thanks again!