Our general practice residency provides a broad range of experience dealing with the dental patient in both a clinical and didactic sense. The case load includes the hospitalized dental patient, a hospitalized patient with dental needs or complications and the ambulatory but handicapped or medically compromised patient. Additionally, a significant percentage of well patients are treated in the ambulatory setting. The one year experience, or an optional second year, will provide the graduate resident with the confidence and experience necessary to comprehensively treat a diverse patient population.
A large, experienced and dedicated full-time and voluntary teaching staff of generalists and specialists from all disciplines aid the resident in refining previously learned skills, and facilitate exposure to new techniques in clinical dentistry, including dental implantology. Regularly admitted patients provide an improved understanding of the important inter-relationships between underlying or associated medical disorders and dental treatment. The hospital setting provides the ideal environment for the resident to learn to communicate effectively and work directly with other health professionals. Participation in various rotations such as Anesthesia, ER, and Special Patient Care, as well as on call duty, enhances the overall experience. At all levels there will be adequate backup by more senior residents, attending staff and specialists when needed. A combined or team approach to care delivery and consultation is employed and stressed.