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General Practice Residency Program FAQs

​Q: What is the annual compensation?

A: The stipend for a GPR resident at CUSDM is $58,000/year (2020-2021).

Q: What benefit expenses are covered or partial covered by CUSDM GPR?
A: Each resident will receive the following from CUSDM GPR:
  • Medical insurance ($10/monthly premium resident only, $43 for resident + dependent(s) on medical insurance. No monthly premium for dental)
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Life & Disability insurance
  • Campus parking permit
  • $300 in meal tickets ($150/semester)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)
  • Optional vision coverage ($10.80/monthly premium resident only)
  • 10 paid statutory holidays
  • 10 paid sick/vacation days
Q: What the hours of a typical clinical day schedule? (Clinic times are subject to change)
A: Clinic times are 8:00am-5:00pm with lunch from 12pm-1pm (OS rotation lunch 12pm-2pm). When out of clinic on rotation, your hours will vary according to the respective rotation. DO NOT routinely schedule patients in CUSDM when on an off-service rotation. You, your fellow residents, or the Student Emergency Clinic will manage emergency patients. Even though clinic times are from 8:00am-5:00pm, routinely residents are here after hours working on cases, entering ledger notes, handling lab work, preparing for procedures, etc.
Q: How often is on-call? Typically, how many patients can a resident expect to see or time committed to on-call visits?
A: On-call coincides with oral surgery rotation; the oral surgery rotation is a paring with another resident. During that time on-call (week one of a two week rotation) the primary resident will be responsible for second call and the secondary IV Sedation resident will be responsible for first call. Second call is deemed necessary in the event that the first call resident is unavailable. After the first week of the two week oral surgery rotation the residents will switch surgical/IV Sedation responsibilities and on-call order. Total on-call rotation 1st and 3nd is 18 weeks. The number of patients treated during the on-call rotation, time commitment for visits will vary, and there is no way to determine that number or time commitment. While on call, you must stay in the local area; report within 20 minutes
Q: How much lab work do the resident do?
A: In recent years the cost of dental laboratory related serves has increased drastically and as a result many dental professionals, us included, have to perform some of the lab related services in-house. We ask that you accept the lab related responsibilities with open arms, as it will expedite treatment, proved a better service, reduce our laboratory costs, and provide you with vital knowledge and expertise that will assist you in private practice.
Lab related responsibilities of residents: 
  • The resident (in some cases the lab will return die casts which will allow you to properly mount your case) will mount all cases.
  • Residents will make their own records bases for CD and RPD.
  • The residents will pour all implant impressions up.
  • Resident will make their own implant radiographic/surgical guides.
  • Residents will make their own custom trays and bleach trays.
Q: How often are the residents in class?
A: The residents will attend lectures from attendees on a weekly basis as well as “Lunch and Learns” from vendors about various products, techniques, implant systems, dental equipment, and innovations. Along with lectures from out clinic attendees and vendors, residents will attend outside seminars including:
  • Colorado Prosthodontic Society (6 sessions)
  • Oral Pathology
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery review 
  • Periodontal Interdisciplinary Conferences
  • Rocky Mountain Dental Convention (2 days)
Q: What type of rotations do the residents take part in?
A: GPR rotations are as follows:
  • ANES: Anesthesia (2 weeks)
  • Clinic: CUSDM/CU Advanced Dental Care Clinic (33 weeks for general dentistry)
  • ED: Emergency Department (1 week)
  • OMFS: CUSDM/Oral Surgery Clinic (2 week rotations throughout entire year over 8 weeks)
Q: What is the curriculum of the program?
A: GPR Curriculum
  • Clinical Dentistry and Advanced Treatment Planning
  • Inpatient Care/Hospital Administration.
  • General Anesthesiology and Sedation Dentistry
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Trauma and Emergent Dental Care
  • Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
  • Prosthodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Medical Risk Assessment & Oral Medicine
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Special Patient Care/Opening Room Dentistry
  • Endodontics
  • Ethics
Q: Is there a second year option?
A: Yes, there is one spot for a second year residency. This resident will be the “chief resident” and have a higher compensation package. The second year resident will also complete more complex dental cases that PGY-1 resident would not complete in their 1st year residency.
Q: When does the program start and end?
A: The program’s official start date is July 1st and ends on June 30th (fiscal year), but we have a mandatory orientation which starts one week prior.
Q: Do GPR residents do periodontal procedures?
A: Many of our residents perform a variety of periodontal procedures including but not limited to grafting, clinical crown lengthening, gingivectomies, etc. In the event that the periodontal disease and periodontal clinical dental needs are beyond the capacity of the GPR resident then a referral to the Graduate Periodontal Program are encouraged. Each GPR resident is matched with a graduate periodontal resident to ensure proper handling of cases, variety of exposure, and continuity of care.
Q: Is there a screening process? How are patients assigned?
A: New patients are screened through a school wide screening process. All new patients are assigned to residents based upon availably in each resident’s schedule, as well as needs and desires expressed by the resident. The majority of patients are seen on a comprehensive care model. GPR will get direct referrals from outside providers, which will be for limited care. If the patient is being referred for a specific dental procedure, the GPR can treat that patient for that dental need and refer them back to their referring dentist for the remainder of their dental care. If the patient is an existing GPR patient, they will be assigned based upon the previous resident who treated the patient and direct discussion and transfer to new resident, which happens during orientation.
Q: Do residents have the opportunity to place implants, perform molar endo, and more advanced prosthetic cases?
A: Yes, plain and simple the resident of CU GPR will be performing complex dental treatments including: implant placements/restorations, multiple implant placement with implant retained dentures, anterior/bicuspid/molar root canals, endodontic treatments, apicoectomies, periodontal procedures, extractions with bone grafting and tissue regeneration, oral surgery (orthodontic extraction, full mouth indentation with alveoplasty, and complex 3rd molar removal), biopsies, and advanced prosthodontic cases.
Q: What amount of complex dental services will be performed by GPR Residents?
A: Each resident’s variety of dental procedures that they perform will vary. To give you a perspective, here is a list of the dental treatments performed during the 2016-2017 residency:
  • Diagnostic – 4,391
  • Preventative – 1,547
  • Restorative – 1,659
  • Endodontic – 323
  • Periodontal – 427
  • Removable – 890
  • Implant Services – 593
  • Fixed Prosthodontics – 111
  • Ortho – 6
  • Adjustment Services – 1,716
    • Total – 15,323
Q: How many people are accepted in to the program each year? How many interviews are granted each year?
A: The program accepts six PGY-1 residents each year and offers one optional second year position. On average, we receive approximately 100 applicants each year and interweave approximately 40 candidates from that pool of applicants.
Q: What exposure to pedodontics will residents obtain in the GPR program?
A: We do treat children ages 12 and older in the CU clinic for specialty dental services (endo, perio, and oral surgery), but we do not provide comprehensive care to children under the age of 18 on most occasions.
Q: Is CU School of Dental Medicine completely digital?
A: The simple answer is yes, our clinic is completely digital.
Q: Do resident get operation room experience? If so, how often? What are the typical types of cases a resident would see in the operating room?
A: Yes, each resident averages eight OR days for full mouth dental rehabilitation, averaging three patients at each encounter. In addition, we have numerous other encounters during the on-call OMFS rotations. Hospital dentistry patients are adult mentally challenged, physically handicapped or medically compromised patients unable to tolerate treatment in a clinical setting. Treatment performed by the resident includes comprehensive dental exam, full mouth radiographs, dental prophylaxis or scaling/root planning, dental restoration, endodontics, and extractions under general anesthesia. The goal is to complete the entire patient’ dental needs during the encounter. On-call OMFS patients can be complex patients requiring multiple extractions and/or trauma cases.

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