General Practice Residency Program Overview

The General Practice Residency at the Joan C. Edwards’ School of Medicine will provide advanced didactic experience in the sciences basic for dental practice, and a variety of hospital-related clinical experiences, not usually, included in a predoctoral dental school curriculum. In addition, experience is gained in oral health care delivery. The residents’ ability to understand the disease process and to treat the mentally and medically compromised patient is enhanced and expertise is gained in providing comprehensive oral health care in the hospital and family practice environment.

The program’s mission is to train dentists, who have a broad scope of clinical experience and skills in advanced procedures, including Hospital Dentistry and the appropriate treatment of special needs patients. Subsequently these individuals either: (A) go on to successfully practice broad scope general dentistry, or (B) pursue advanced specialty training in their perceived area of expertise.

The program’s goal are but not limited to:

  1. Act as primary care provider for individual and group patients, which includes: providing emergency and multidisciplinary comprehensive oral health care; promotion and disease prevention activities; and the use of advanced dental treatment modalities.
  2. Plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients including patients with special needs – medically, mentally and pharmacologically compromised patients.
  3. Manage the delivery of oral health care by applying concepts of practice management and quality improvement that are responsive to a dynamic health care environment including the ability to treat adult and pediatric patients.
  4. Function effectively within the hospital environment, including ER, OR, ICU and SDCU.
  5. Function effectively with other interdisciplinary health care teams in providing medically necessary dental care, as well as, promoting oral health care and disease prevention to the community which it serves.
  6. Apply scientific principles to learning while providing effective oral health care. This includes the use of critical thinking, evidence of outcomes-based clinical decision making, and technology-based information retrieval systems.
  7. Utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient centered care, adaptability, and the acceptance of cultural diversity in the professional practice