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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery / Hospital Dentistry

General Practice Residency Program

Program Goals and Objectives

A General Practice Residency in Dentistry provides advanced training beyond the level of predoctoral education in clinical dentistry and applied basic and behavioral sciences, as well as refines those skills necessary for the generalist to provide comprehensive patient care for all population groups. It is a planned, sequential postdoctoral training program of one year in length, that is specifically designed to meet the needs of graduates desirous of enhancing their skills as general practitioners. The program is a supplement to the predoctoral curriculum, but is not a required component of that educational sequence.

Specific objectives of the program include:

  1. Enhance competence and confidence in the various clinical disciplines that are integral components of general dentistry.
    • Broaden the perspectives of the recent dental school graduate by affording the opportunity to observe, treat, practice, and experience techniques not common to the undergraduate curriculum.
  2. Enhance the knowledge of the various physical systems in relation to diseased and traumatic conditions of the oral tissues.
    • Enhance the graduate's ability to make judgments (i.e., in arriving at a diagnosis, in planning treatment and in decision-making during the course of treatment).
    • Provide formal instruction and clinical experience in medical risk assessment to insure the provision of high quality dental care.
  3. Enhance the graduate's ability to interact with all health practitioners treating the patient.
    • Familiarize the residents with hospital protocol and procedures and to permit interaction with other medical disciplines.
  4. Become proficient in evaluation and treatment of the majority of dental emergencies

It is expected that individuals completing this program will be prepared to:

  1. Serve as the dentist of first contact with the patient and provide a means of entry into the oral health care system.
  2. Evaluate the patient's total oral health needs, provide professional general dental care, and refer the patient, when indicated, to appropriate specialists while preserving the continuity of care.
  3. Develop responsibility for the patient's comprehensive and continuous oral health care, and when needed, act as the coordinator of the patient's total oral health care.
  4. Offer a broad range of dental services, which can meet the needs of a diverse spectrum of patients, including the very young, elderly, handicapped, and medically compromised.
  5. Meet the dental needs of underserved areas, which suffer from limited access to specialty services.

Continuity of care for both the patient and resident will be emphasized. Referral both to and from specialty services will be utilized as necessary, with the generalist maintaining responsibility for overall patient care.

While the program is designed primarily as an advanced, multi-disciplinary clinical experience, there is also a strong educational component, emphasizing the application and integration of the basic sciences as a part of a "problem-solving" approach to clinical care.

Residents will be expected to execute independent judgments beyond those permitted in a predoctoral curriculum. However, General Practice Residency program faculty members will be present to aid each resident in resolving difficult patient management, or treatment situations.

Further Information:

Program Director
General Practice Residency
The University of Michigan Medical Center
1500 East Medical Center Drive, Rm. B1-208
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0018
Telephone: 734-232-6048