ROCHESTER GENERAL HOSPITAL
DENTISTRY RESIDENCY

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ROCHESTER GENERAL HOSPITAL
DENTISTRY RESIDENCY

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DENTISTRY RESIDENCY

ROCHESTER GENERAL HOSPITAL
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Overview

The General Practice Program in General Dentistry is a 12-month hospital based program and is designed to offer a balanced and robust clinical and didactic curriculum in general dentistry.

Our Mission is to provide each resident extensive clinical and didactic opportunities in OR dentistry, hospital dentistry, anesthesiology, oral pathology, internal medicine, emergency medicine, care of developmentally and medically compromised patients, trauma/urgent management, oral surgery, conscious sedation, geriatric dentistry, pediatric dentistry, interdisciplinary consultation and other special areas and comprehensive clinical dentistry. The clinical experiences are supported by a structured didactic seminar designed to encourage critical thinking appropriate to specialty level education in general dentistry.

The overall curriculum is designed to prepare our graduates with a knowledge base and clinical skill level which will allow successful entry into the contemporary practice setting of general dentistry.

The program has been planned in accordance with the guidelines for postdoctoral education of the American Dental Association Council on Dental Accreditation. Upon completion of the program the resident receives a certificate in general dentistry.

GOALS & OBJECTIVES

The overall program goals are to educate and train the residents to provide patient care in all areas of general dentistry:

To train the resident in general dentistry so they can act as a primary provider and provide general dentistry to 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 and directing health promotion and disease prevention activities.

Provide resident education to allow for the application of scientific principles to learning and oral health care.

To train residents in the principles of patient care so they can plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients, including patients with special needs.

Give the residents experience that will allow an understanding of the oral health needs of communities and engage in community service.

Provide resident training to function effectively within the hospital setting as part of an effective interdisciplinary health care team.

These goals also focus on assuring each resident receives experience in the care and management of hospitalized patients. The majority of the resident’s time will be focused at Rochester General Hospital; effectively creating a dental home for the continuity of care.

These goals are evaluated during the year and through an outcomes assessment process. Specific competencies attained by the program graduates are in the following areas:

  • Providing Emergency and Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Oral health Care
  • Operative dentistry/Restoration of Teeth
  • Restoration of the edentulous space, using fixed and removable prosthesis
  • Periodontal Therapy
  • Endodontic Therapy: Anterior, Bicuspid and Molar
  • Moderate Sedation, Pain and Anxiety Control
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Medical and Dental Emergencies
  • Providing Emergency and Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Oral Health Care
  • Obtain Informed Consent
  • Consultation and referral
  • Hard and Soft tissue surgery
  • Medical Risk assessment
  • TMJ Disorders and Orofacial Pain
  • Directing health promotion and Disease Prevention Activities
  • Function Effectively within Interdisciplinary Health Care teams

Information for Applicants

Applications should be made through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Rochester General Hospital is a member of the Associated General Dentistry Training Programs of Rochester, which coordinates the application and interview process for the three local post-graduate general dentistry education programs: GPR at Rochester General Hospital, GPR at the University of Rochester and the AEGD program at the Eastman Institute of Oral Health. Please note the GPR at Rochester General Hospital is a separate institution from the University of Rochester; however there are instances when residents will travel to the University for some Didactic Components. Rochester General Hospital participates in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program; applicants must be registered with the National Matching Services to obtain a match code.

8515

RGH MATCH CODE

GPR 595

PASS PROGRAM

Application Deadline: October 15
Starting Date: July 1
Completion Date: June 30
Application Fee: RGH is a Match Participant #8515
PASS program: GPR595
Degree/Certificate Offered: Certificate
Length of the Program: 12 months
Enrollment: 5

If you have any questions or would like to arrange a tour of the Rochester General Hospital facilities, please contact the General Practical Dental Residency Program Director

Renee Pellegrino, DDS
585.922.5731
renee.pellegrino@rochesterregional.org.

Curriculum

CLINICAL PATIENT CARE ACTIVITIES

Clinical dental services

Residents are typically scheduled for direct patient care from 8:15am to 12pm and 1pm to 4:30pm. Patient care is scheduled throughout the year at the Rochester General Hospital Outpatient Dental Center. Residents are responsible for the comprehensive and emergency care of patients in the Department of Dentistry. They are supervised by the employed and volunteer attending staff of the department. Time is allocated for endodontic, periodontic, pediatric prosthodontics, and oral and maxillofacial surgical treatment under the direct supervision of the respective specialists. Clinical experience in placement and restoration of osseointegrated implants is provided. Residents also gain clinical experience in the administration of IV moderate sedation for dental patients. Digital radiography, rotary endodontic equipment, and operating microscopes are utilized in the dental clinic.

Residents provide comprehensive care to geriatric, developmentally disabled, and medically complex patients. Residents also rotate to the Rochester Regional Health ElderONE program to provide dental screenings for geriatric patients.

On-call

Residents perform emergency service duties (first call) after hours in consultation with Emergency Department staff.

Inpatient care

Residents assigned to inpatient care are responsible to obtain and/or review histories, manage and follow-up patients admitted to the dental services. Residents also participate in delivery of dental care in the operating room. A rotation schedule is designed to assure that each resident receives experience in the care and management of hospitalized patients. Residents may rotate to other local facilities for additional training in providing care in the operating room.

OFF-SERVICE ROTATIONS

Anesthesiology

Residents are assigned to the RGH Department of Anesthesiology for a total of 70 didactic hours structured in a two week block. Residents participate in the administration of general anesthesia and moderate sedation to impatient and ambulatory surgery patients under the direct supervision of an anesthesiologist. Residents will also have the opportunity to perform intubation.

Physical diagnosis

The hospital’s Department of Medicine provides a two day didactic and clinical course that allows resident to gain competence in obtaining medical histories and performing physical evaluations with a medical attending. Additionally, residents will participate in a 35 hour/one week clinical rotation where they round with the department of medicine. During this time, the dental resident will work directly to complete the H &P on medical patients; this rotation fulfills 35 of the required 70 hour mandated medicine rotation.

OMFS

Residents will gain experience through a rotation each Tuesday and Thursday for one month with our OMFS attending at RGH. Responsibilities will also include going to the OR with the surgeon when necessary. RGH has just hired additionally a full time employed oral maxillofacial surgeon to facilitate an OMFS block with a clinical and grand rounds didactic component.

Emergency Medicine

Residents will gain experience through a rotation each Tuesday and Thursday for one month with our OMFS attending at RGH. Responsibilities will also include going to the OR with the surgeon when necessary. RGH has just hired additionally a full time employed oral maxillofacial surgeon to facilitate an OMFS block with a clinical and grand rounds didactic component.

BLS/ACLS:

Residents will become certified in BLS and ACLS.

Venipuncture/Intubation

Residents will visit the training center on the RGH campus to gain experience with intubation via manikin simulation training. Residents will also perform live venipuncture with the department of nursing during a four hour training session.

OR: Special Needs and Pediatrics

Residents will rotate through the OR in treating patients with special needs with multiple attendings at RGH and at the University of Rochester/ Strong Memorial Hospital. Further experience will be gained when rotating through the OR with our full time pediatric dentist at RGH.

*The program has flexibility to allow for additional assignments to areas of interest to individual residents. This may include additional off-service rotations or assignments.

DIDACTIC PROGRAM

There are mandatory scheduled lectures, seminars and courses provided in various dental and medical subjects. Courses are provided in specialty areas such as pediatrics, endodontics, prosthodontics, orthodontics, maxillofacial surgery, implant dentistry, IV/NO2 sedation, oral pathology, TMJ to name a few. Other seminar areas of interest include:

 

  • Scientific Evaluation of Dental Literature
  • Treatment Planning Conferences
  • General Dentistry Grand Rounds
  • Practice Management

Benefits and Compensation

Salaries are paid on a bi-weekly basis. The salaries for the 2017-2018 academic year will be:

$57,238

PGY-1

$58,355

PGY-2

$59,494

PGY-3

The following is a list of benefits granted to all residents at no charge.

Categories

Benefits

Vacation

4 weeks of paid vacation per year

Professional Liability Insurance

Professional liability insurance is provided by Rochester General Hospital’s insurance program for activities required by the residency program.

Term Life Insurance

$10,000 employer paid coverage with option to purchase added coverage up to 4 times annual salary

Plan for Short-term Disability

Full salary is continued during off-the-job disability up to 26 weeks

Long-term Disability

Option to purchase 50-67% of pay coverage

Retirement Program

Option to enroll in tax deferred annuity plan.

Dental Plan

Option to purchase one of two plans available

Wellness Center

Free membership to state of the art Rochester Regional Health fitness center, including classes offered at the center.

Faculty

Jolly M. Caplash, DMD

Interim Chief of Dentistry

Renee Pellegrino, DDS

Residency Program Director

CONTACT

Renee Pellegrino, DDS, MPH

Program Director
Rochester General Hospital
PLUTA Dental Center
1425 Portland Avenue
Rochester, NY 14621
Renee.pellegrino@rochesterregional.org
O: 585.922.4554
F. 585.922.4495

Leslie Laboy

Program Coordinator
Rochester General Hospital
PLUTA Dental Center
1425 Portland Avenue
Rochester, NY 14621
Leslie.laboy@rochesterregional.org

Rochester General Hospital Dentistry Residency Program
1425 Portland Ave.
Rochester, NY 14621

Phone: 585.922.5731
renee.pellegrino@rochesterregional.org