The General Practice Residency (GPR) in Dentistry is a one-year clinical and didactic program sponsored by Danbury Hospital. The overall objective of the hospital-based residency program at Danbury Hospital is to produce general dentists with a high level of clinical competency that will allow them to care for patients who require an increased reliance on total patient evaluation, alongside their medical colleagues in the health care community.
This broad objective has the following specific goals that each resident is expected to demonstrate upon successful completion of the residency program.
General practice dental residents are assigned to regular clinical schedules from Monday through Friday, to include one evening for the purpose of direct patient care activities under the supervision of attending staff.
Weekly block schedules are maintained in dental specialties of:
- Oral and maxilla-facial surgery
- Orthodontics is taught on a consultative basis.
Residents provide comprehensive dental services to a broad spectrum of the population, including the mentally, emotionally and physically challenged, and the elderly.
Attending general practitioners and specialty staff supervise general practice dental residents during the regular hours of operation of the Dental Service.
When on call, residents are responsible to the:
- ED staff
- Oral and maxillo-facial surgeon on call
- The program director or designee
All regularly scheduled patients are treated at the Siefert and Ford Community Health Center located in downtown Danbury. This medical and dental facility also houses Danbury Hospital’s outpatient centers for Adult Health, Pediatric, Geriatric, and Community Medicine.
The 5,000 square foot dental facility is fully equipped with:
- Ten operatories
- Resident office
- Into-oral camera
- Dental laser
- Intra-oral microscope
- Internet access computers
Rotations in anesthesiology and emergency medicine are completed a mile away at Danbury Hospital.