Dr. Cordova and Dr. Holm met in the fall of 2003 as they trained in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery together at Carle Foundation Hospital and Clinics in Urbana/Champaign, Illinois. Carle Foundation Hospital is the only level one trauma center between Chicago and St. Louis and between Springfield, Illinois and Indianapolis, Indiana. This large rural affiliated area consisted of over 1 million people. Carle Foundation Hospital and Clinics is the 10th largest physician owned hospitals/clinics in the United States with multiple smaller hospitals and clinics spread throughout the east central Illinois region.
The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at Carle Foundation Hospital and Clinics began shortly after World War II . It is the only surgical residency within the hospital, accepting only a single resident per year. This unique training environment provided personalized one on one training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as well as on other rotations throughout the hospital. Without any other surgical residencies such as ENT or Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency program provides 24 hours a day-365 days per year coverage in the clinic, hospital, emergency room, and operating room for craniomaxillofacial issues.