Advanced General Dentistry

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Advanced Education in General Dentistry

This program is designed to provide each resident exposure to a variety of comprehensive and episodic care encounters within the framework of a group practice situation. The emphasis is placed on comprehensive care. It is anticipated that the residents will avail themselves to the immediate access readily offered by the generalist and specialist faculty.

Practice management techniques will be encouraged in this program. Each resident will actively participate in the management of their patients, the auxiliaries, and laboratory interactions.

Monthly reports based on production will be provided and evaluated by the faculty with the resident.

The faculty monitors the progress of each of the residents through the approval of treatment plans, laboratory cases, record audits, and evaluation of monthly printouts showing quantity and types of procedures performed.

Dental care is rendered in the School of Dentistry Residency Clinic , the Jackson Medical Mall Dental Clinic, UMDC or the ER, and additional hospital exposure through participation in Anesthesiology. Occasional emergent dental care is rendered in the University Hospital Emergency Room. Residents also participate in operating room cases with the GPR residents on a special needs population.

These experiences are augmented by a rotation in the Children's Hospital Dental Clinic. This rotation exposes the resident to pediatric patient management techniques and treatment of a special needs pediatric population with both outpatient and operating room experiences. Hospital based experiences should improve the resident's ability to coordinate patient care with other health care professionals.

Program Goals

Graduates of this program will have advanced knowledge in diagnosis of oral and maxillofacial diseases and advanced clinical skills in providing care for their patients.

In completing this program, the graduate will be able to interact with a variety of health care professionals in many health care settings and understand the role each profession plays in the overall treatment of patients, and to coordinate patient treatment.

Graduates of this program will be able to treat a wide variety of routine and complex dental patients with broader knowledge, confidence, and increased skills.

At the completion of this program, the graduate will be more confidant in treating mentally and medically compromised patients in the hospital setting. All graduates of this program will have the experience and knowledge to join a hospital staff.

The graduates of this program will raise their level of confidence and competence in both their didactic and clinical skills in general dentistry.

In completing this program, the resident through increased exposure in general dentistry will increase their base knowledge and skills in the treatment of oral and maxillofacial diseases, including decisions on diagnosis and post-treatment outcomes. Training will include developing alternative treatment plans, which would include many patient options.

The program will provide the graduate with training in all aspects of modern practice including patient management techniques.