The General Practice Residency Program is an American Dental Association CODA accredited one-year program with an optional second-year. There are 6 resident positions open each year, one of which can be for the optional second year. The program is sponsored by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and is affiliated with the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.
The General Practice Residency Program works very closely with the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and strives to provide an outstanding experience in hospital dentistry. The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Pediatric Dentistry, and the General Practice Residency programs are part of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Dental Service. This service, which admits and discharges its own patients, is an integral part of the Columbia University Medical Center. The Hospital Dental Service residents are house staff officers with the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as any other hospital resident. The Hospital Dental Service is called upon regularly by the other hospital services to provide consultation and treatment. The service admits and discharges its own patients. Attendings and resident house staff perform inpatient and ambulatory surgery in the operating room under general anesthesia, and provide outpatient care to patients from the medical center and the local community in the hospital dental service clinic and faculty practice.
Patients are treated in a caring, comprehensive manner in collaboration with an exceptionally respected group of medical and dental professionals. The General Practice Resident goes on morning rounds and takes on-call in accordance with hospital guidelines. When a General Practice Resident is on-call they have the same responsibilities as that of a first-year Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery resident. Rounds and on-call are a strong medical teaching component of the program. The didactic component and the general dentistry clinic are operated under the auspices of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.
Our purpose is to offer a training program in comprehensive multidisciplinary oral health care at a level of skill and complexity beyond that achieved in predoctoral training. The program emphasizes resident training in clinical examination, diagnosis, treatment planning, and provision of sequenced comprehensive care that addresses the patient's needs, desires, and limitations. Though this training is focused on patients with very complex medical histories, developmental disabilities, and geriatric medical complications, there is a strong emphasis on providing dental care to members of our local community.
The program offers a second year position for residents who are interested in an additional year of training. Second-year residents treat more complex patients and have the opportunity to spend more time on the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service. Other rotations can be arranged depending on the interests of the resident. In addition, second-year residents assume a leadership role in the teaching and supervision of first-year residents.