Program Overview

Our advanced education program in General Practice Residency is designed to provide training beyond the level of pre-doctoral education in oral health care, using applied basic and behavioral sciences. Education in our program is based on the premise that oral health is an integral and interactive part of total health. Our program is designed to produce a general dentist by expanding the scope and depth of the graduates’ knowledge and providing skills to enable them to deliver comprehensive oral health care to a wide range of population groups.

Program goals

Upon completion of our GPR Program, our graduates will be able 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 treatment modalities.
  • Plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health 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.
  • 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.

Accreditation Status

Program Name: Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital Dental General Practice
CODA ID number: GPR708
Accreditation Status: Approval without reporting requirements
Duration: Next site visit in 2027