Everyday Oral Surgery: Surgeons Talking Shop

Dr. Faisal Quereshy: a program director's perspective on interviews, externships, and ranking applicants, as well as thoughts on running both a residency and successful private practice.

October 21, 2021 Grant Stucki - oral and maxillofacial surgeon Episode 78
Everyday Oral Surgery: Surgeons Talking Shop
Dr. Faisal Quereshy: a program director's perspective on interviews, externships, and ranking applicants, as well as thoughts on running both a residency and successful private practice.
Show Notes

A native of Toronto, Canada, Dr. Faisal Quereshy is a board-certified oral, maxillofacial, and facial cosmetic surgeon practicing in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as Professor and Residency Director for the Case Western Reserve University’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) Program. As today’s guest, Dr. Quereshy shares his unique perspective as a program director on interviews, externships, and ranking applicants, as well as his thoughts on running both a residency program and a successful private practice. He also shares his advice for dental students on showcasing your personality in interviews, respecting the hierarchy and etiquette within the residency program you choose, and using the externship experience to learn about the residency they want to attend. For all this and so much more, make sure to tune in today!


Key Points From This Episode:

  • A brief history of Dr. Quereshy’s training and practice setup.
  • He shares his thoughts as a program director on running a residency program as well as a successful private practice.
  • The financial and surgical benefits that residents gain from a part-time academic model.
  • Learn about the fast-paced structure of the five-year OMFS program at Case Western.
  • What Dr. Quereshy looks for in applicants: self-motivation and the ability to multitask.
  • Power tips for interviewing well and showcasing your personality during the interview.
  • Why Dr. Quereshy says they are not trying to fit an applicant to the current resident pool.
  • How the theme of diversity has been stressed and prioritized in the OMFS program.
  • Dr. Quereshy shares his applicant ranking system and the essential attributes he looks for.
  • Why externs should use the experience to learn about the residency they want to attend.
  • Dr. Quereshy’s advice for externs; respect the hierarchy and etiquette within the program.
  • The value of fellowships for residents; a niche area of expertise in a sub-discipline.
  • The educational and marketing benefits that social media can provide.
  • Find out why Dr. Quereshy is currently pursuing an MBA and how he dodges burnout.
  • Why Blue Ocean Strategy is the best book Dr. Quereshy has read in the past year.
  • How daily prayer grounds his wellbeing and allows his to treat patients with honesty, sincerity, humility, and respect. 
  • Why Dr. Quereshy would use upper cowhorn forceps #88R to extract tooth number three.
  • Ending on a quote: “You begin in the name of God, the most merciful, the most beneficent.”


Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Dr. Faisal Quereshy on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/faisal-a-quereshy-md-facs-5666551b/

Dr. Faisal Quereshy on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/facesurgeon/

Case Western Reserve University — https://case.edu/

Blue Ocean Strategyhttps://www.amazon.com/Blue-Ocean-Strategy-Uncontested-Competition/dp/1591396190

Dr. Grant Stucki Email — [email protected]

Dr. Grant Stucki Phone — 720-441-6059