The General Practice Residency in Dentistry is a fully accredited program, which combines advanced training in all phases of general dentistry with medically based experiences. Residents learn to manage patients with a variety of medical conditions in a variety of settings.
The goal of our program is to help residents expand their knowledge and increase their clinical skills and efficiency, learn to manage patients with medical concerns, and to be confident in interacting with their medical colleagues. The graduating resident should be well prepared for a career in general dentistry or to advance to other specialty training.
Residents spend 8 months in a General Dentistry rotation providing comprehensive care in a private practice model.
Residents spend the remaining 4 months on rotations including Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Head and Neck Oncology, Psychiatry, and Radiology.
Didactic experiences include lectures and seminars by faculty in all of the dental specialties as well as management of the medically compromised patient, pharmacology, journal reviews, treatment planning/case reviews, practice management, and an end of year presentation by each resident. Residents attend Head and Neck Cancer and Cleft Palate Team meetings regularly.
We feel that our General Practice Residency Program has many strengths which make it an excellent choice for the dental student looking to further their education and expand their capabilities.
Facilities: we are a 900+ bed private hospital with state of the art facilities, access to all medical disciplines, a full medical library, and a 24 hour Fitness center.
Dedication to Teaching: Mercy has a long history as a hospital dedicated to teaching. As a non-profit organization and through support of the Sisters of Mercy, the medical center has a mission of providing care to those in need. As such, the medical and dental training programs and the residents are held in high regard.
Faculty: Our program is administered by two practicing general dentists who are on staff full-time. Additional specialists also participate with clinical coverage and didactic training on a part time basis. A team of oral surgeons provide direct training to residents on a part time basis.
In addition, faculty from all of the dental specialties lent the expertise in clinical supervision, consultation and in lectures.
Patients: As an integral part of the medical center's mission to provide care to those in need, residents have the opportunity to see a wide variety of patients and to provide comprehensive care with few restrictions.
Benefits: Residents receive a very competitive stipend, free meals and an excellent benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, disability coverage, life insurance, and three weeks vacation.
Staff: We are proud to have an exceptional staff of Managerial and Front Desk personnel, Clinical Assistants, and Dental Hygienists who serve the Department of Dental Medicine and are of great help to our residents as well.