Program Goals

General Practice Residency (GPR) Program

Program Goals

The goals of this program are to prepare the resident 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 that is 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 the changing health-care environment.

·       Function effectively within the hospital and other health-care environments.

·       Function effectively 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.

In addition to the above, second-year residents will:

·       Act as a primary care provider for individuals and groups of patients with more complex general dentistry and interdisciplinary patient care needs.  Additionally, Second-Year Residents may rotate through selected dental specialty areas.

·       Provide instruction and supervision to first-year residents and predoctoral dental students.

*Accreditation Standards for Advanced Education Programs in General Practice Residency, Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association, January 25, 2007