Restorative Dentistry and Comprehensive Care: Programs
Comprehensive Care Modules
The Comprehensive Care Modules (CCM) support the clinical component of the First Professional Program curriculum by functioning much like a private practice setting. The program’s clinical facility is comprised of an 85-chair clinic, divided into four modules. Students receive individual curricular schedules which support exposure to all disciplines of the profession and include patient care, departmental rotations, community-based care, and independent studies or “selective courses.” Each module is assigned two general dentists, one of whom is a team leader; an endodontist, a periodontist, a prosthodontist and a patient care coordinator comprise the rest of the module team. The team leader oversees the clinical progress of individual predoctoral students via regularly scheduled progress meetings with an emphasis toward competency as a general dentist. Students benefit from direct oversight by team leaders as well as the direct expertise of specialists in endodontics, periodontics, and prosthodontics. Predoctoral students enter the modules from the first term of the first year to gain experience with patients prior to acquiring their own patient families during the summer of their second year and then progress through the CCM until graduation.
Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program
The Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Program provides training to the recent graduate in clinical dentistry and applied basic science beyond the predoctoral level. The program refines and enhances those skills necessary for the generalist to provide comprehensive patient care for all population groups. It is also designed to instill confidence in the resident to allow them to become a leader in the general dental community.
The accredited program enrolls up to three students each year. In conjunction with the school's Department of Anesthesiology, residents treat patients using intravenous sedation, nitrous oxide and/or general anesthesia. As one component of this segment, residents receive the instruction required for eligibility to apply for an Anesthesia Restricted Permit II, which is necessary to administer nitrous oxide in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Endodontics Residency Program
The two-year Endodontics Residency Program provides training in the specialty of endodontics; accepting three residents each year. The program supports the Comprehensive Care Modules, as patients presenting complicated endodontic situations are referred to residents. Endodontic residents are responsible for treatment of patients for root canal therapy, trauma, and endodontic surgery.
Residents participate in clinical research projects and publish in the Journal of Endodontics. They also participate in the American Association of Endodontists’ annual meetings with abstract and poster presentations.