The purpose of our General Practice Dental Residency (GPR) Program is to provide well-balanced post-graduate training through our didactic program and clinical services, all of which are presented and supervised by highly experienced faculty members.
Our mission is to encompass the broadest spectrum of dental knowledge and clinical care so that each resident is able to evaluate, communicate, and provide dental treatment to all of his/her patients. This educational program is designed to enhance dental knowledge and skills developed during dental school. The program is designed to inspire continuing education and professional inter-relationships that graduates will continue after their programs have been completed. The residents are trained to interact comfortably with all healthcare providers.
Each resident is expected to become fluent in oral diagnosis and treatment planning. They should develop an excellent working knowledge of dental specialties associated with general practice such as periodontics, pediatric dentistry, endodontics, fixed, removable and implant prosthodontics, oral surgery, oral medicine, and orthodontics.
Participation in community service events is stressed as a way to educate the public in proper oral health care. We encourage participation in organized dentistry as a means to understand what organized dentistry does for the profession and to learn how to become involved in leadership positions.
A dedicated experienced voluntary teaching staff of generalists and specialists aids the residents in developing clinical and diagnostic competency in all phases of dentistry. Lectures, conferences, as well as structured residents' presentations are part of the educational experience. The resident must also participate in planned rotations in Anesthesia, Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Surgery and Radiation Oncology.
The clinical care aspect of our training program covers multiple disciplines and when combined will ensure the highest level of care provided to all patients. Our priorities on patient care education are:
- Quality oral health care
- Case presentation (primary and alternative treatments)
- Follow through
Each of the patient care concerns is closely monitored in individual specialty sections as well as general restorative clinics throughout the residency year. At all levels of training there is backup by attending staff and specialists. A team approach to delivery of care and consultation is stressed.
Residents are expected to provide comprehensive and emergency services for a diverse population of patients. Patients may present with multiple or complicated medical conditions and the resident must be able to access all necessary information to treat these patients. Residents are trained to manage emergency dental care including trauma, infection and pain so they are proficient in assessing the patients' health and to quickly and appropriately respond to patient's needs in emergency situations.
Residents must become familiar with the mission of the medical center and the standards of both the Hospital and the Division of Dental Medicine.
Further information about the GPR can be found on the ADEA Program Pages website. Our program participates in the National Matching Services Dental Match. All applications must be submitted through the ADEA Postdoctoral Application Support Service (ADEA PASS).