Dental Training Program

Providing the Knowledge and Skills

The program includes: lectures, demonstrations, and direct experiences in hospital protocol and practice, physical diagnosis, pain control, and emergency care. The 4 week formal rotation in anesthesia is provided with additional emphasis on use of inhalation and intravenous sedations for ambulatory patients. Lectures, seminars, conferences, assigned case presentations, and audiovisual presentations constitute the didactic portions of the program. Instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation is provided, with actual hands-on experience gained through participation on the hospital code team. Rotations of one week in pathology, emergency medicine, family medicine and radiology are included. Twenty-seven hours per week of structured clinic time is provided in the dental ambulatory care facility. Night call for emergency dental problems includes emergency room experience and responsibilities, together with emergency oral surgery.

All residents are trained in the problem-oriented medical record. Residents are evaluated at three-to-four month intervals and are provided a progress report by the program director.

The dental faculty consists of a program director, core faculty, and adjunct faculty including community-based practitioners of oral surgery, endodontics, orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, and pediatric dentistry.

The dental department within the hospital's ambulatory care center is designed for excellent patient care and resident education. It is furnished with an attractive patient reception area, seven regular operatories for dentists and hygienists, a larger operatory designed and equipped for care of special patients and more extensive surgical procedures, and computer-equipped resident offices, sterilization procedures, and its own conference room."

The clinic will be paperless with patients charts computerized. Inpatient charts will be available to review and enter information.

Knowledge and skills are provided in

  • Comprehensive clinical care—including implants, esthetic procedures, and special care dentistry
  • Oral and systemic relations in health and disease
  • Office management
  • Use of dental auxiliaries
  • Behavioral aspects of patient management
  • Hospital organization