Dental General Practice Rotation

An Overview


Services Resident Additional Special Services
1. Anesthesia 4 weeks  
2. Emergency 1 week  
3. Family Medicine 1 week  
4. Pathology/Clinical Laboratory 1 week  
5. Physical Assessment Heart & Lungs* Orientational didactic instruction begins duringorientation week and instruction is ongoing duringthe year.  
6. Radiology 1 week  
7. Dental General Practice Unit 44 weeks  
experiences are integrated and a part of the total year’s experience. Oral surgery and general dentistry utilizing general anesthesia in surgery is a part of the clinical experience offered.
*Also continuous with other services.

Anesthesia Rotation

Knowledge and skills are provided in

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Preoperative assessment and preparation
  • Assessment of fluid, electrolyte, and metabolic disturbances
  • Principles of respiratory physiology
  • Patient assessment for surgical, anesthesia, and analgesic risk factors
  • Basic techniques for psychosedation

Emergency Rotation

Residents are familiarized with all Emergency Room services, trauma and triage protocol; topics and discussion are at the discretion of the Emergency Room director.

Internal Medicine Rotation

Residents will be taught to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in interviewing skills, with emphasis on eliciting the patient’s his-tory of illness.
  • Understand the flow and sequence of general screening physical examination by active par-ticipation, with particular emphasis on examination of the heart and lungs.
  • Understand the importance of physical examination.
  • Evaluate pertinent clinical diagnostic information.
  • Communicate effectively with anxious patients or those experiencing stress or crisis.
  • Interpret routine diagnostic test results.
  • Understand the pharmacological action and interactions of the drugs commonly used in den-tal practice.
  • Prescribe appropriate antibiotic regimens.
  • Express team participation.

Pathology/Clinical Laboratory Rotation

Residents are given instruction in:

  • Clinical laboratory techniques applicable to dentistry
  • Classification of disease entities
  • Laboratory studies, e.g. SMA, CBC, urinalysis coagulation testing
  • Interpretation of bacterial culture and sensitivity reports as well as knowledge of the proper use of the gram stain
  • Proper culture techniques
  • Oral biopsy and oral cytology interpretation
  • Oral microscopic pathology

Radiology Rotation

Knowledge and skills are provided in:

  • Selection of appropriate radiological procedure for various diagnostic needs
  • Head, face, and neck X-rays as dental diagnostic tools
  • Review of abnormal head and neck radiographic anatomy

Oral Surgery Experience

Knowledge and skills are provided in:

  • Emergency treatment of maxillofacial trauma
  • Diagnosis and treatment of facial fractures and lacerations
  • Basic surgical procedures
  • Problems of oral surgery management and referral