General Practice Residency Certificate Program
The UNC GPR program was established in 1975 as one of the first 2-year programs nationwide. The large majority of graduates have successful private practices in general dentistry. Others have continued with advanced dental training. Graduates have also gone on to run hospital-based and community dental programs, work for the military and veterans affairs medical centers, taken federal government administrative positions, and obtained full and part-time academic positions in dental schools. Beginning in July 2005, the program converted to a 1-year program with an optional second year to meet the demands of current dental school graduates.
Program Goals and Objectives:
The overall purpose of the program is to train dental residents to deliver humanistic, and comprehensive dental care as part of a health team, with full consideration of the patient's medical, psychosocial and dental needs.
Goals of the first year curriculum:
- To develop a clinically competent generalist, capable of providing comprehensive care to various patient populations in or outside of the hospital environment.
- To provide experiences in comprehensive health care, primary care, emergency care, and operating room care along with providing community service.
- To allow the residents to interact with an interdisciplinary health care team and with other professionals and support personnel in a variety of care delivery situations.
Goals of the second year curriculum:
- To provide the opportunity for professional development as a clinician, teacher, and/or administrator.
Objectives of the first year curriculum:
- To gain additional experience in providing comprehensive dental care to a variety of populations.
- To gain experience in providing general dental treatment to medically complex patients.
- To develop additional diagnostic and clinical dental skills in prevention, periodontic, restorative dentistry, pediatric dentistry, endodontics, prosthodontics, and oral surgery.
- To gain experience in medical risk management, as it relates to dental treatment, through the development of history taking and physical diagnosis skills and awareness of medical-dental connections.
- To provide dental treatment in a variety of settings such as a hospital ward, dental clinic, operating room, emergency room, and community clinic.
- To function effectively in providing dental care to hospitalized patients.
- To work together and communicate with other health professionals involved in the care of patients.
- To be a contributing member of a multi-specialty health care team.
- To develop an understanding of anxiolytic agents and techniques used in general dentistry.
- To increase knowledge and skills in the management of medical emergencies during dental treatment.
- To achieve certification in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) skills.
Objectives of the second year curriculum:
- To develop leadership skills.
- To gain experience in clinical teaching and residency program administration.
- To expand the knowledge base and experience in General and Hospital-based Dentistry beyond the level achieved in the first year through an additional elective rotation.