VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System’s General Practice Residency is a one-year advanced dental educational program designed to meet the requirements of the Commission on Dental Accreditation. It prepares residents to manage total oral health care by providing instruction and clinical experience in the delivery of care to a wide variety of patients, including those with complex health needs. In a hospital setting, residents develop a thorough understanding of the relationship between oral and systemic health and work closely with other health professionals.
The residency begins on July 1 and ends the following year on June 30. Residents practice under the supervision of a dedicated attending staff of seven full-time general dentists, a full-time oral surgeon, full-time prosthodontist, and multiple part-time endodontists and periodontists. In providing comprehensive dental care to Veterans, residents gain clinical exposure to most aspects of general dentistry. The program offers advanced experiences in endodontics, periodontal surgery, fixed and removable prosthodontics, implant placement and restoration, and oral surgery. Where clinical experiences are not available, such as in pediatrics and orthodontics, a strong didactic curriculum has been developed to supplement learning. Monthly literature reviews and patient care conferences also strengthen residents’ decision-making abilities and clinical understanding. The required off-service rotations in general medicine and anesthesiology provide further opportunities to work with medically and psychiatrically complex patients.
VA Pittsburgh emphasizes high-quality, patient-centered care and expects residents to enthusiastically support its mission to serve Veterans as part of an integrated health care team.