The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System’s General Practice Residency is a one-year advanced dental educational program that meets the requirements of the Commission on Dental Accreditation. It is designed to prepare residents to manage total oral health care by providing instruction and clinical experience in the delivery of care to a diverse range of patients, including those with complex health needs.
In a hospital setting, residents gain a deep understanding of the relationship between oral and systemic health and work closely with other healthcare professionals. The residency begins on July 1 and ends on June 30, during which time residents are supervised by a dedicated attending staff consisting of seven full-time general dentists, a full-time oral surgeon, full-time prosthodontist, and multiple part-time endodontists and periodontists.
Throughout the program, residents receive comprehensive dental training in various areas such as endodontics, periodontal surgery, fixed and removable prosthodontics, implant placement and restoration, and oral surgery. Where clinical experiences are limited or not available, such as in pediatrics and orthodontics, residents receive a strong didactic curriculum to supplement their learning. Additionally, monthly literature reviews and patient care conferences help improve their decision-making abilities and clinical understanding.
As part of the program’s emphasis on high-quality patient care, residents are required to complete off-service rotations in general medicine and anesthesiology. This provides them with further opportunities to work with medically complex patients who require specialized care. By supporting the mission of serving Veterans as part of an integrated healthcare team at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System