Diagnostic and clinical experiences are provided in multiple settings to complement the didactic phase of the program.
Internal medicine rotation (two weeks) enhances the residents' proficiency in history and physical, radiographic, laboratory study evaluations and other techniques used in the diagnosis of systemic diseases. It also enhances the residents' understanding of the relationship between oral and systemic health and diseases.
Anesthesiology rotation (three weeks) enhances the residents' knowledge and clinical skills in patient evaluation, assessment of medical risks and ASA classification of general anesthesia patients, the pharmacologic agents used in general anesthesia induction, its reversal, and the indications and contraindications for patients in different ASA categories.
Oral and maxillofacial surgery rotation (three weeks) enhances the residents' proficiency in physical evaluations, admissions, venipuncture, operating room procedures/patient management, and nitrous oxide/intravenous (IV) sedation.
On-call rotation to the Emergency Medicine Department is year-long. Each resident is assigned to the Emergency Medicine Department approximately seven (7) times per month. This rotation enhances the residents' proficiency in pre-operative evaluation, medical risk assessments, and the diagnosis and treatment of acute dental/oral and maxillofacial injuries/diseases. Proficiency in venipuncture techniques, and anticipating, recognizing and preventing possible medical/systemic emergencies are also enhanced.
The residents’ diagnostic and clinical proficiency is facilitated through the integrative application of medical/dental sciences in the multidisciplinary provision of dental care to the hospital's diverse ambulatory and non-ambulatory patient population, especially those with special medical needs.
Comprehensive dental treatment is provided in preventive dentistry, periodontics, restorative/cosmetic dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery, removable/fixed prosthodontics and implant dentistry.