General Practice Residency (GPR)
The residency is designed to extend the graduate's capability to perform all phases of general dentistry in either private practice or hospital settings.
Patients of all ages are treated with special emphasis on the medically compromised. Residents participate in general dentistry, oral surgery, anesthesia, and emergency medicine rotations. Didactic and clinical experiences are available in the various dental specialties, as well as in intravenous sedation and comprehensive pain control. The program starts the first day of July. Nine residents are typically enrolled.
The primary goals of this advanced education program are to produce graduates who are pleased and satisfied with their education, and who are qualified to:
- Have knowledge and understanding of all aspects of contemporary general dentistry.
- Have clinical skills and experience sufficient to assure excellence of care and health supervision for general dental patients, regardless of medical or dental problems.
- Have the knowledge and skills to perform dentistry in a hospital setting.
- Have the knowledge and skill to request and interpret consults form other healthcare professionals regarding patients under their care.
- Have the knowledge and skills to manage patients under conscious sedation (oral, inhalation, and intravenous).
- Have the knowledge and skill to manage dental trauma and to know when and how to make an appropriate referral to specialists.
- Maintain a cost effective program.
- Understand all ramifications of the challenges that dentistry and other health sciences face in the future.
- Be socially sensitive and to be an objective resource to the community of dentists and other health care providers.