Full-time and community-based members of the department actively participate in the structured didactic program. This program covers all aspects of General Dentistry as well as specialty areas plus several series of lectures dealing with facial pain, dental anesthesiology, practice management, dental implantology, and advances in dental materials and clinical techniques. Teaching Rounds allows all residents and full-time faculty to freely discuss current hospital case load, salient management issues and treatment plan considerations in a casual environment. Each resident prepares a short library research paper or case report under the direction of a preceptor that will be suitable for publication.
The goal of this program is to graduate, after one or two years, an individual who will be confident with the entire spectrum of medical risks and dental complexity, and who will also be a critical thinker relative to treatment planning and care delivery.
The optional second year permits individual preferences to be addressed with some freedom. If a Chief or Senior designation is accorded, an administrative component is layered onto an extended clinical exposure in comprehensive dental care. Off-site rotations are an option in any of the hospital departments or within the department in specialty areas where full-time expertise in various disciplines exists. The Chief Resident will work closely with the respective chief residents in Pediatric Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery on a daily basis. An enhanced case load will be carried by second year residents and valuable experience can be obtained through accomplishing tasks such as the restoration of implant fixtures, handling complex fixed, removable prosthodontics and periodontic cases as well as dental treatment under general anesthesia, among others.
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