General Practice Residency (GPR) Program
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