Goals and objectives

The goals of the General Practice Dental Residency are to educate and train the resident to provide patient care in all areas of general dentistry at an advanced level. The program aims to train residents to:

  • Act as a primary care provider for individuals and groups of patients. This includes providing emergency and multidisciplinary comprehensive oral health care; providing patient-focused care coordinated by the general practitioner; directing health promotion and disease prevention activities; and using advanced dental treatment modalities
  • Plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients, including patients with special needs
  • Manage the delivery of oral health care by applying concepts of patient and practice management and quality improvement that are responsive to a dynamic health care environment
  • Function effectively within the hospital and other health care environments, and within interdisciplinary health care teams
  • Apply scientific principles to learning and oral health care. This includes using critical thinking, evidence or outcomes-based clinical decision-making, and technology-based information retrieval systems
  • Utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient centered care, adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice
  • Understand the oral health needs of communities and engage in community service

These goals are evaluated during the year at quarterly evaluation sessions and through an outcomes assessment process. Specific competencies attained by program graduates are in the following areas:

  • Planning and providing multidisciplinary comprehensive care
  • Includes coordinating and providing patient-focused care
  • Includes using advanced dental treatment modalities
  • Patient assessment and diagnosis
  • Practice management
  • Documentation, information management and quality improvement
  • Treatment of medical and dental emergencies
  • Obtain informed consent
  • Function effectively within interdisciplinary health care teams
    • Includes consultation and referral
  • Promoting oral and systemic health and disease prevention
  • Medical risk assessment
  • Restoration of teeth (operative dentistry)
  • Replacement of teeth
    • Includes fixed and removable prosthesis
    • Includes management of implants (surgical and prosthetic aspects)
  • Periodontal therapy
  • Pulpal therapy
  • Oral surgery
  • Sedation, pain and anxiety control
  • Oral mucosal disease management
  • Temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain management
  • Occlusal disorder management