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General Practice Residency

Goals and Objectives

With oral health and systemic health so vitally connected, the GPR program provides whole person, hands-on learning opportunities to create top graduates ready to improve lives. With this in mind, the program goals and objectives include:

Program Goals

  • ​Prepare residents for careers in primary care dentistry
  • Implement a didactic and clinical educational program of excellence for residents
  • Prepare residents to provide advanced levels of patient care
  • Prepare residents to perform community service in areas of need
  • Prepare residents to provide oral health care in a hospital setting

Overall Objectives

  • ​Train residents to be skilled in patient evaluation, laboratory diagnosis, medical history and suitable physical assessment.
  • Provide each resident with a variety of patients with challenging histories in order to gain practical experience in the above skills.
  • Enhance residents’ oral diagnostic and treatment-planning skills to meet the comprehensive dental needs of the patient.
  • Provide didactic and clinical experiences that train the resident to provide quality comprehensive dental care utilizing current and innovative technology and theory, regardless of the patient's medical, mental, emotional or physical compromise.
  • Instill a sense of how hospital dentists can serve the community, especially the underserved and low-socioeconomic patient populations.
  • Educate residents to competently select and apply appropriate means of pain and anxiety control, including inhalation, oral, transmucosal and intravenous techniques.
  • Teach hospital and operating room protocol so residents may easily admit a patient, perform a history and physical examination, order and assess laboratory tests, consult with other medical specialists, administer pre- and post-operative care and perform treatment in an operating room setting.
  • Provide intensive education in the recognition and management of medical emergencies in the dental setting.
  • Ensure residents learn to diagnose and treat common dental emergencies and recognize when to refer more complex problems to the appropriate medical or dental specialists.
  • Develop residents’ knowledge, skill and confidence to participate in a multidisciplinary treatment team.
  • Enhance residents’ understanding of practice administration and supervision of auxiliary personnel.
  • Develop residents’ ability to retrieve, critically review and assess pertinent scientific literature.​


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