The Department of Dental Medicine offers a fully accredited comprehensive General Practice Residency Program. The graduate dentist is trained to provide primary oral health care to all patients. Residents gain experience across the entire spectrum of dentistry.
Residents are trained to manage medical emergencies in the dental office setting. Rotation to the Departments of Anesthesia and Internal/Emergency Medicine enhances the preparation of the General Practice resident and ultimately the development of a highly qualified clinician.
Interfaith Medical Center serves a diverse patient population, and as a result, residents have the opportunity to perform a wide variety of procedures. In addition, residents will learn practice management through off site visits to private offices and participate in community service through Interfaith Medical Center's Health fairs and special school programs.
Goals and Objectives of the General Practice Residency Program
To expose the resident to all disciplines of general dentistry including: restorative, fixed and removable prosthodontics, implant dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics, pediatric, and geriatric dentistry.
To function as a primary care provider. This includes providing emergency and comprehensive oral health care; providing patient focused care that is coordinated by the general practitioner; directing health promotion and disease prevention activities, and using advanced dental treatment modalities.
To develop a well-rounded and confident general practitioner with a full working knowledge of the hospital, including the admission and treatment of patients.
To develop and provide multidisciplinary oral health care to a variety of patients including those with special needs, that considers their medical, behavioral, and psychological needs.
To communicate and collaborate with other health care providers in order to diagnose and prevent oral diseases and promote overall health.
To focus on socioeconomic and cultural competence to understand and manage the needs of patients with diverse backgrounds.