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General Practice Residency

General Practice Residency in Hospital Dentistry

The mission of the Section of Hospital Dentistry is to provide dental services, utilizing modern techniques and technologies, to our patients, offering comprehensive treatment of the highest possible quality, in a timely, efficient, and caring manner.

As part of our mission, we provide dental and oral medical services to medically, behaviorally, and physically challenged patients. Hospital Dentistry actively participates in the Head and Neck Oncology Tumor Board, Craniofacial Team meetings and provides dental clearance evaluation and treatment for patients prior to head and neck radiation therapy, cardiac surgery, systemic chemotherapy, as well as full organ and bone marrow transplants. Our scope of training includes but is not limited to:

  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Dental Implants
  • Fixed Prosthodontics
  • Removable Prosthodontics
  • Periodontics
  • Endodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Preventive Dentistry
  • Special Care Dentistry
  • Pain Control
  • Radiology
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Asepsis
  • Infection and Hazard Control
  • Physical Evaluation
  • Practice Management

Following the successful completion of this residency program, the graduating resident will be able to:

  • Serve as the dentist of first contact for the patient and provide a means of entry into the oral health care system.
  • Evaluate the patient's total oral health needs, provide professional general dental care, and refer the patient, when indicated, to appropriate specialists while preserving the continuity of care.
  • Develop responsibility for the patient's comprehensive and continuous oral health care, and when needed, act as the coordinator of the patient's total health care.
  • Offer a broad range of dental services, which can meet the needs of a diverse spectrum of patients, including the elderly, cognitively and physically impaired, and medically compromised.
  • Meet the dental needs of underserved areas, which suffer from limited access to specialty services.
  • Experience increased proficiency through didactic and clinical training in restorative dentistry, implants, fixed prosthodontics, removable prosthodontics, periodontics, endodontics (pulpal therapy), oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, oral medicine, pathology & radiology, oral diagnosis and treatment planning, preventive dentistry, geriatric dentistry, special care dentistry, pain control, laboratory skills, asepsis, infection and hazard control, physical evaluation, practice management, obtaining informed consent, medical and dental emergencies.

Additional Program Information

University of Michigan School of Dentistry History

In 1875, a college of dental surgery was organized as part of The University of Michigan. This was the first dental school in the nation to become part of a state university. In 1927 its name was changed to the School of Dentistry. Both its longevity and its university relationship have enabled the School to become a leader in the dental profession.

The School has grown larger in student body and facilities over the years. In 1969 it entered a period of change and expansion greater than at any previous time in its history, with the addition of a new building attached to the original School of Dentistry Kellogg Building. The curriculum was also updated to reflect the immense growth in science and technology that impacted upon the dental profession.

At present, the School of Dentistry facility supports pre-doctoral and graduate programs in dentistry and dental hygiene, a year-around postgraduate education program, a Dental Research Institute, and an extensive dental library.

The residents may participate in continuing education programs, formal graduate courses and seminar series that takes place at the School of Dentistry. In addition, there are opportunities for the residents to interact with graduate students in other programs at the School of Dentistry, including Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics and Endodontics Programs. The residents will be given the opportunity to consult with any faculty member at the School of Dentistry, and individualized continuing education programs can be arranged with faculty.

University Medical Center History

The University of Michigan Medical Center was established in 1850. The new University Hospital, renamed ‘The University of Michigan Health Systems’, which opened February 14, 1986, currently contains 913 beds and includes three hospitals, approximately 30 health centers and 120 outpatient clinics. These all offer the latest technology and equipment along with a pleasing and comfortable environment. The University Hospital is a Level 1 Trauma Center. Face trauma call is shared by Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Hospital Dentistry outpatient clinic is located on the second floor of the Med Inn Building. The Med Inn affords accommodations for the families of patients as well as the Sleep Disorders Clinic. The Towsley Center for Continuing Medical Education supports the learning environment. The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Hospital Dentistry faculty offices are located on the first floor of the Towsley Center.