First Year

Includes lectures, demonstrations and direct experience in hospital protocol and practice, physical diagnosis, pain control, the compromised patient and emergency care.
One-month rotation in Anesthesia is provided with an emphasis on the use of inhalation and intravenous sedation for ambulatory patients. Lectures, seminars, conferences, assigned case presentations and audiovisual presentations constitute the didactic portions of the program. Thirty hours per week of structured clinic time is provided in the dental
ambulatory clinic. Night call for trauma and dental emergencies are usually every sixth night and includes emergency room experience and responsibilities, together with emergency oral surgery and hospital administrations.

Residents attend clinical block rotations in:

  • Anesthesia
  • ED Room Triage
  • Pathology/Lab
  • Family Medicine
  • Hyperbaric Med
  • ENT
  • Mobile Dental Van
  • Radiology

Other fields covered on a continuous basis are:

  • Heart, lung and physical assessment
  • Oral surgery
  • Hem/Onc

Residents that are accepted into the GPR Program will be expected to participate and fulfill:

  • On-call duties
  • Attend weekly lectures
  • Complete resident research project
  • Attend rotations
  • Participate in the training program development

Second Year

Postgraduate residents who have successfully completed training in a GPR program are encouraged to apply. This program aims to build upon and broaden the clinical and didactic knowledge of the resident.

Advanced training includes:

  • Rotary endodontics
  • Implantology
  • Geriatric dentistry
  • Treating advanced cases in the outpatient surgery setting
  • Oncology
  • Diagnosis of oral facial pain and oral lesions
  • EENT
  • Medically compromised patients

The second year will be able to refine career goals, demonstrate leadership skills by orienting the new residents smoothly to clinical protocols and procedures, participation in the GPR program administration, refine literature through research, override treatment to the more complex cases, and act as a liaison between the program director and
other staff.

Curriculum Highlights

Conscious Sedation Techniques
  • Oral
  • Inhalation
  • Intra venous
  • OSDB-approved IV sedation program
  • One-month anesthesia rotation
Mobile Van Services
  • Rural oral health — community outreach
  • School-based oral health
  • Family medicine oral-systemic health care
  • Emergency department — depopulation programs
Oral Systemic Health Programs
  • Centering pregnancy
  • Hispanic health
  • Cardiovascular valve clinic
  • Oral pre-habilitation rad/onc clinic
  • Planned interdisciplinary diabetic clinic
Opioid Epidemic Response Program
  • Definitive care dental clinic
  • Evidence-based dental management curriculum
  • SBIRT
  • Addiction
Residence Research Project
  • SBE antibiotic prophylaxis
  • Utilization of hospital emergency departments for non-emergent dental care
  • Salivary diagnostics
  • SBIRT implementation dental clinic
Development and Improvement
  • Improve/expand pediatric training to include additional didactic and clinical opportunities in pediatric dentistry.
  • Develop and implement a Women/Children’s Dental curriculum module designated to respond to the need to better prepare general practice dentists to acquire the skills necessary for oral health management of pregnant women and their children.
  • Develop and implement a vulnerable populations’ dental curriculum module. This module will introduce and develop the skills necessary in the management of the oral
    health care needs of vulnerable individuals, including older adults, victims of abuse or trauma, individuals with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders, disabilities, HIV/AIDS, and the homeless.
  • Develop and implement a cultural competency and health literacy curriculum module. These educational activities will be modules after the American Medical Student
    Association (AMSA) Cultural Competency Curriculum Guidelines.
  • Develop and implement a prenatal oral health curriculum and embed it in the Centering Pregnancy Program.
  • Develop and implement a baby clinic curriculum and embed it in the Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatric Clinic.
  • Develop and implement a Cardiovascular Oral Health Curriculum and partner with Mercy Specialty Practice to implement a Cardio Vascular Valve Clinic.
  • Develop and implement a Diabetic Oral Health Curriculum and partner with Mercy Department of Internal Medicine and Residency Program to embed Oral Health in the
    Planned Interdisciplinary Diabetic Clinic.
  • Develop and implement an Oncology Oral Health Curriculum and partner with Mercy Department Oncological Medical Radiation and Surgery to develop an Oncological Prehabilitation Clinic.
  • Develop and implement an Opiate Crisis Prescribing Physician Curriculum by adopting and implementing the SBIRT Program and evidence-based Pain Management protocols.
  • Develop and implement an Oral Wellness Program in response to Early Childhood Caries and implement in Trumbull County and Mahoning County sites.
  • Develop and implement a Medical Translator Pipeline by partnering with YSU to provide a clinical training site for YSU language arts students.
  • Develop and implement a Special Needs and Autism Spectrum Disorder Curriculum to provide oral health professionals (dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants) with training necessary to ensure that this patient population have access to oral health care, disease prevention, and delivery of comprehensive dental care in the safest and most appropriate in-patient or out-patient setting and embed it into Oral Health Services for children and adolescents with special needs.

Resident Performance Assessments

Resident performance will be continually monitored throughout the program.

  • Formal progress reviews at 3 times (Oct, April & June) as evaluated by the core faculty and conducted by the Program Director.
  • Procedural experiences/logs will be reviewed 3 times (Oct, Jan & April) with the Associate Program Director to identify any deficiencies in performance and procedural
    exposures, allowing adequate time for corrections.

In order to receive a Certificate of Completion from the program, each resident must achieve a level of Competent or better. If, at completion of the program, a resident is unable to achieve a level of Competent or better, he/she will receive a Certificate of Participation.