Craniomaxillofacial Trauma Anatomy Course

2024 course dates will be posted in early 2024.

Course Director

David B. Powers, MD, DMD, FACS, FRCS
Director, Duke Craniomaxillofacial Trauma Program

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Course Objectives

The objectives for this course are to:

  • Provide the necessary understanding of anatomy and treatment protocols for residents involved in the management of Craniomaxillofacial (CMF) Trauma; specifically focusing interest to residents in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery; Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery; Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery; Oculoplastics and Neurosurgery. These criteria will be reinforced with didactic presentations; model surgery on plastic skulls; interactive case review discussions and cadaveric tutorials.
  • Reinforce the principles of soft tissue management and its role in the treatment of CMF trauma in the laboratory environment, including the principles of rigid fixation as demonstrated by the use of conventional surgical hardware.

Invited Faculty

Will be posted in early 2023.


Online registration will be available in early 2024.


Washington Duke Inn is the official hotel for the course. Contact the Reservations Desk at 800-443-3853 and indicate you are with Duke University traveling for the course.

What People Say About the CMF Course

"Having attended the Duke CMF Trauma Course three times during my residency, I can attest to the value of the course for residents of all levels of training. Each year I was able to build upon my fund of knowledge and pursue more advanced dissections on my cadaver. I have also had the opportunity to be a teacher and take more junior residents through the reduction and plating of basic facial fractures- truly invaluable! This course is special in that the faculty and residents are from multiple top-tier academic institutions and subspecialties including plastic surgery, OHNS, OMFS, and oculoplastics. This diversity leads to increased breadth of knowledge. Another major highlight of the course is the amount of time spent doing hands-on work with cadaver heads. While dissecting, faculty and plating system representatives are readily available to assist you with any concerns. Overall, the Duke CMF Trauma Course lays a solid foundation for residents of all specialties interested in the diagnosis and treatment of facial trauma."

"The Duke CMF trauma course has been an indispensable part of my residency training and growth in CMF knowledge and skills. It is run by Dr. David Powers, one of the co-chairs of the extremely popular AO Ballistic Facial Trauma course, and this is very apparent when you review and experience the high-powered and diversely robust program of this course. It is reflective of a very experienced facial trauma surgeon who has a passion for providing high-quality training to the next generation of his kind. Additional Duke and UNC faculty who participate as instructors in this course have a wealth of experience in facial trauma and craniofacial reconstruction. I highly recommend this course without reservation for all levels of residents (it has been attended by PGY1-PGY10 residents in the past, and there is something for everyone - from dental trauma to craniofacial local anesthesia to MMF to ballistic panfacial injuries) and even faculty looking to hone their facial trauma skills in a focused lecture and cadaver lab setting with an extremely favorable course faculty:learner ratio."

"As a resident in plastic surgery, I found this course extremely helpful not only for the comprehensive didactic sessions but also for the cadaveric dissections. I was able to practice literally every approach to the craniofacial skeleton under direct guidance from accomplished CMF trauma surgeons, in addition to practicing open reduction and internal fixations for a full breadth of CMF fractures using proper operative instruments and complete plating systems. This was an invaluable experience!  I would highly recommend other residents-in-training to attend."