This program is designed to provide each AEGD and GPR resident exposure to a variety of comprehensive and episodic care encounters within the framework of a group practice situation.
Emphasis is placed on comprehensive care. It is anticipated that residents will avail themselves to the immediate access readily offered by the generalist and specialist faculty. The resident prior to consultation with the specialist should conclude diagnosis and initial treatment planning. Once consultation is completed, a final treatment plan with alternatives, along with fee estimates and treatment sequencing should be presented to the patient and documented in the record. The resident will review the treatment plan with the patient, answer questions and obtain the patient's signature of acceptance and consent.
Each resident will actively participate in the management of his patient, the AEGD and GPR auxiliaries, laboratory prescriptions and patient records. Monthly reports based on production are available and evaluated by the faculty with the resident.
The faculty will constantly monitor the progress of each resident through the approval of treatment plans and laboratory cases, record audits and evaluation of printouts showing quality, and types of procedures performed.
An important aspect of any dental practice is effective communication with laboratory personnel. During residency, each resident is expected to work with laboratory personnel. This will enhance the base knowledge of the process of fabrication of dental prostheses and increase their appreciation of laboratory personnel. On the difficult and complex cases, the resident must make arrangements to be supervised during treatment of the cases by the specialist. This can be either in the AEGD/GPR clinic or in the specialty clinic. The overall general supervision of the case will be the resident's responsibility in consultation with the generalist faculty.
The Jackson Medical Mall Dental Clinic (JMMDC) is a community-based clinic for the Department of Advanced General Dentistry (GPR and AEGD) of the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry. Additionally, the JMMDC serves the educational needs of the School of Dentistry undergraduate program, the School of Health Related Professions' dental hygiene program and the AEGD/GPR residency programs. The expectant patient population served by the JMMDC includes University Hospital outpatients requiring follow-up dental care, patients with acute dental problems, comprehensive treatment to a vast array of medically compromised patients and patients from the community.
The JMMDC will provide the dental practitioners with primary dental experiences in diagnosing and treatment of the oral needs of patients who have medical, psychological and/or physical problems. Residents gain experience in treating patients in an operating room environment while at this clinic. This clinic also will provide emergent and episodic care to the patient with acute dental problems of pain, infection and/or swelling through the Emergent Dental Care Clinic unit. The JMMDC will provide primary, phase 1 dental care to medically compromised patients, follow-up hospital outpatients and to patients from the community.