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General Practice Residency

A graduate of this program will be able to evaluate the patient's total oral health needs, provide comprehensive general dental care and learn when to refer the patient to the appropriate specialist while preserving continuity of patient care.

Class size is six residents per year and will begin July 1. Offers a certificate of completion. Clinic is open nine hours a day (7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.), five days a week. After hours Dental emergency coverage is performed by all residents on a weekly, rotating basis.

The program provides or facilitates:

  • Broad clinical experience and didactic training in all aspects of the practice of modern general dentistry
  • Experience & didactics necessary to develop sound diagnostic, treatment planning and patient assessment skills
  • Close interaction with specialty staff to coordinate comprehensive patient care
  • Exposure and experience in patient treatment in a hospital and/or surgical center atmosphere
  • Insight into the world of dental literature; sets the stage for the development of lifelong learning habits
  • Participation in local, state and /or national Continuing Dental Education to include public speaking
  • Participation in organized dentistry

Rotations in Family Medicine, Anesthesiology and Emergency/Trauma are an essential component of the program. Advanced training in conscious sedation is, also, provided. The resident is expected to successfully complete ACLS and become certified in conscious sedation.

Note: The GPR is considered a post-doctoral residency program; however the residents are not enrolled as students during their time. Residents work in the GPR clinic and receive hands-on training in the all areas of General Practice Dentistry. Rotations are listed above.  Because these residents are not classified students, there is no ‘plan of study’ or curriculum plan.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program residents will have a working knowledge of:

  • Hospital dentistry - providing dental care in an operating room setting and functioning in a hospital environment
  • Treating medically compromised and special needs patients in an inpatient and outpatient setting
  • Comprehensive treatment planning involving multiple specialty areas
  • Advanced surgical procedures including incision and drainage, biopsy, pre-prosthetic surgery, complex surgical extractions
  • Fabrication and insertion of simple and complex fixed and removable prostheses
  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Orthodontic diagnosis, treatment planning, appliance design and tooth movement
  • Diagnosis, interpretation of CBCT images, utilization of implant treatment planning software  to enhance surgical placement and restoration of dental implants
  • Emergency dentistry including management of oral trauma
  • Moderate conscious sedation (oral, inhalation and IV)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Endodontic diagnosis and treatment including use of rotary instrumentation and clinical microscopy
  • Periodontal diagnosis, including both surgical and non-surgical treatment
  • Esthetic dentistry principles and treatment options (veneers, ceramic onlays, smile analysis, esthetic gingival procedures)
  • Practice management concepts to facilitate transition into private practice and other dental practice settings

Career Possibilities

General Practice Residency

6-digit ED CIP for Orthodontics program: 51.0502
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC): 29-1029.00
Stipend: $30,000.00
Time Completion Rate: 12 months – optional 24 months
On-time Graduation Rate: 100%