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Dentistry Residency Program

The residency in Dental General Practice is fully accredited by the American Dental Association Council of Advanced Education. The program follows the guidelines as outlined by the American Dental Association. The residency is of one-year length, and three residents are selected for each year.

Goals and Objectives

The residency program is an educational program designed to provide clinical, didactic, and hospital experience at the post-doctoral level. It prepares residents to manage total oral health care by providing instruction and experience in the delivery of care to a wide range of ambulatory and hospitalized patients. The program offers residents the opportunity to:

  1. Refine and advance knowledge and skills in clinical dentistry.
  2. Improve understanding of the relationship of medical disorders to oral disease and dental care.
  3. Learn how to work effectively with other health professionals in the hospital setting.
  4. Pursue specific areas of interest under the close supervision of an interested and competent attending staff.

The residency offers a well-rounded instructional experience in general dentistry in order to prepare the resident for the private practice environment. The hospital experience gives residents the opportunity to deal with handicapped patients, to understand the medical problems involved and to work together with other health professionals in the hospital setting. The resident does receive continuing educational opportunities, as well as an extensive series of lectures. Most residents feel much more confident to begin general practice having completed such a program.

Residents also receive training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Endodontics, Prosthetics, Pedodontics, Operative Dentistry, Orthodontics and Periodontics.

General Schedule

The schedule of the dental resident is so arranged that he or she will have an opportunity to take part in all hospital activities either as an observer, consultant, or active participant. This schedule includes such activities as hospital medical rounds, dental rounds, dental clinic, bedside treatment, all conferences and lectures at the hospital, and specific rotations.

Rotations

  1. Emergency room (80 hours)
  2. Anesthesiology (100 hours)
  3. Oral Pathology (40 hours)
    Temple University

Services

The Dental Clinic of Abington Memorial Hospital has been established to meet the needs of the community. The department primarily services outpatients. Inpatients are treated for dental problems through consultation as requested by their physicians.

A new state-of-the art dental facility was constructed and opened in the spring of 1999. This clinic has five operatories and the latest in infection control, sterilization and laboratory facilities.

There is also a resident office and all-purpose conference room.

The dental clinic is staffed with a full-time secretary and hygienist, as well as three dental assistants. As there are ample clinical patients, residents have an opportunity to gain a wealth of practical experience.

Affiliated Institutions

Temple University - Oral Pathology
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine Externship Program