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As an integral part of the medical center’s medical-dental team, general practice residents provide primary dental healthcare to a wide range of outpatients and hospitalized patients. Residents gain experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery, periodontics, pediatric dentistry, restorative dentistry, orthodontics, endodontics, oral medicine, and implantology.
Within the challenging, fast-paced hospital environment, formal rotations in emergency medicine, anesthesiology, and oral pathology build additional expertise. Residents treat cardiology, orthopedic, radiation oncology, hematology/oncology, kidney and liver transplant and dialysis patients in the outpatient dental facility. The residents manage dental emergencies and oral and maxillofacial trauma during on-call assignments in the medical center’s emergency unit. Residents also gain experience in treating developmentally disabled patients both in the outpatient center and the medical center operating room.
Second-year residents gain specialized training in their areas of interest by managing complex medical and dental cases. They assume some teaching responsibilities for first-year residents and dental students as well as greater administrative responsibility. First- and second-year residents make presentations to faculty and residents to gain organizational and presentation experience. Lectures, seminars, operating room dentistry and clinical practice in all aspects of general dentistry including implantology add depth and substance to the resident’s development as a practitioner.