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Program Overview


Dental Residency Program Overall Program Goals and Competencies 

The St. Joseph Mercy Oakland General Practice Residency in Dentistry is a one-year program designed to give the postdoctoral student advanced experiences in all phases of dentistry, while taking advantage of the resources available in the hospital setting.  Utilizing both didactic and clinical experiences, the GPR graduate will be better able to provide comprehensive diagnostic and treatment skills for all population groups.  These experiences will provide the graduate with a broader set of skills with which to work in an interdisciplinary setting, and to benefit from the interactions with allied health professionals. 

The specific objectives of the program:

  1. Build clinical competence and confidence in all phases of dentistry that will supplement, extend and enhance the experiences of each resident in the dental school curriculum.    
  2. Integrate the knowledge of the medical basis for dental treatment and emphasize the foundational importance of the patient’s medical status in planning comprehensive dental treatment.  
  3. Provide the necessary treatment in the hospital environment, working with a variety of patients, especially those with special needs, in conjunction with physicians and other members of the care team.
  4. Become the coordinator of the oral health care team by developing treatment planning skills based upon good clinical judgment, and using all interdisciplinary resources available to treat the patient.  
  5. While meeting the needs of each patient treated, develop an understanding of the dental health of the community, the risks to their health, and how improving oral health can benefit the community as a whole.  

At the end of the one-year program, graduates will be prepared to:

  1. Be knowledgeable in all procedures performed in dentistry today, and proficient in the basic skills necessary to perform the procedures within the standard of care for general dental practice.
  2. Be capable of treating the dental needs of patients in the hospital setting.   This includes both inpatients and outpatients, patients with special needs, and be knowledgeable in the systems and protocol of providing dental care in the hospital setting. 
  3. Be proficient in assessing a prospective dental patient’s physical status, and any existing medical diagnoses that could potentially impact the dental treatment plan.  Utilize all resources available to assure safe and effective treatment for each patient.    
  4. Serve as the coordinator for the patient’s dental treatment.  Be competent in diagnosis, analysis and treatment planning for the dental patient, utilizing medical and dental specialists as necessary.    
  5. Be an advocate for oral health through understanding the risks that are present for each patient and the community, and be aware of the importance of your role as a health professional in the community.
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