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Curriculum and Rotations

Program Mission and Objectives

The mission statement of the Division of Dentistry is to:
  • Educate general practice residents in a Commission on Dental Accreditation Approved Residency.
  • Provide comprehensive dental services.
  • Provide emergency dental services.
  • Provide comprehensive services to special needs patients through the Dentistry for the Disabled program.

Goals:

  • Educate residents with hands-on experience in multiple specialties.
  • Teach residents to function at independent private practice levels.
  • Provide exposure to diversified problems of patients.
  • Assure competence with management of medically compromised patients and physically and mentally handicapped patients.
  • Manage patients in the hospital setting, especially those with history of trauma.
  • Understand dental management as part of treatment of a patient as a complete human being.
  • Provide exposure to the dental specialties for residents to consider specialization.
  • Develop skills to present complex treatment plans.
  • Manage patients in the operating room setting.
  • Develop skills with varied dental materials and dental laboratories.
  • Design and complete a research project.
  • Develop skills for implant diagnosis and treatment.

Clinical objectives include:

Oral diagnosis: Medical risk assessment, treatment planning, informed consent.
Endodontics: Anterior and posterior endodontics.
Pediatric dentistry: Pulpotomy, stainless steel crown, fixed space maintainer.
Restorative dentistry: Anterior and posterior composites, amalgam.
Prosthetics: Single crowns, partial denture, complete denture, bridges, electrosurgery, implant impression, implant crown.
Practice Management: Résumé, electronic medical records.
Anesthesia and Pain control: Infiltration and block anesthesia, nitrous oxide analgesia.
Oral and Maxillofacial surgery: Asepsis principles, basic and surgical extraction, soft tissue impaction, inpatient consultation, preprosthetic surgery, soft tissue biopsy.
Operating room technique: Prep, scrub and drape, order writing, operative note dictation.
Periodontics: Periodontal charting, scaling and root planing, periodontal flap surgery, periodontal graft surgery, crown lengthening.
Implants: Implant placement, implant restoration.  

Facilities:

The residency is housed in a six-chair modern dental facility. Each operatory is equipped with two monitors for use with the electronic dental record. Direct digital and phosphor plate digital radiographs are available. Rotary endodontics is available in each operatory. Electrocautery units, apex locators, ultrasonic scaling equipment is easily accessible.
Hospital digital radiography, electronic lab results and reports are all able to be viewed from the dental operatory.

Rotations

Each resident rotates through the Emergency Department with board certified Emergency Department physicians. Through this rotation dental residents work with physicians to learn evaluation of medical emergencies, appropriate laboratory testing and patient management skills.

Assignment to the operating room for an anesthesia rotation involves the dental resident in pre-operative evaluation, assessment of the effects of pharmacologic agents, venipuncture technique, patient monitoring, airway management, and assessment of patient recovery.

Didactic program

An extensive didactic program expands the dental knowledge of the residents on a post-graduate level. In addition to instruction in all of the clinical dental specialties there is ongoing conferencing in treatment planning, practice management, literature review, care of the medically compromised patients, and outcome of care review.

Several series of lectures are held in conjunction with the Internal Medicine and Family Medicine residents to increase the knowledge of all residents in research protocol, practice management, law and ethics and clinical documentation skills.

Staff

Staffing of the dental facility provides the opportunity to gain experience in how a private practice setting will function. The staff members listed below have many years of dental experience to guide residents in their transition from dental school to the private practice setting.
  • Program Director, Mary L Voytus, D.D.S
  • Graduate and Continuing medical education coordinator
  • Business coordinator
  • Receptionist
  • Four full-time dental assistants
  • Two dental hygienists