GENERAL PRACTICE RESIDENCY (GPR)
ADVANCED EDUCATION IN GENERAL DENTISTRY (AEGD)
CO-SPONSORED BY THE
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA HOSPITAL
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM
The General Practice Residency (GPR) and the Advanced Education in General Dentistry
(AEGD) merged in July of 2000 to form a single program known as the General Dental
Residency (GDR). This is a two-track program with a GPR track with four 4 residents
and an AEGD track with 2 residents. Both programs share clinical facilities, have the
same auxiliary staff, utilize the same attending faculty and share didactic lectures. All 6
GDR residents rotate in OMFS for 8-9 eight weeks divided into two three week rotations
or 1 two week rotation; Emergency Medicine for 2 weeks; a rotation of 2 weeks to post-
graduate periodontics; a rotation for two weeks in Otolaryngology (added in 2007-08)
and have a 1 week elective rotation in a medical or dental specialty. The 4 GPR track
residents rotate in Anesthesia for 3 weeks and the AEGD track residents rotate in
Pediatric Dentistry for 3 weeks. We believe this merger emphasizes the strengths of both
programs – comprehensive general dentistry on patients with complex medical
histories. A second year in either program is offered each year for one resident. At the
successful completion of the GDR program each resident will receive either a GPR
certificate or an AEGD certificate depending upon the track selected.
The General Dental Residency (GDR) Program is a postdoctoral educational program
designed to provide essential skills, attitudes, and abilities related to the contemporary
practice of advanced general dentistry, with emphasis on total patient care. The program
provides the recent graduate the opportunity to augment his/her knowledge of oral
disease and his/her diagnostic and therapeutic skills in dentistry. Treatment of oral
disease in the medically complex patient and/or hospitalized patient is emphasized. A
private practice environment is maintained throughout the program to assist the recent
dental school graduate in the transition from academics to “real world dentistry”.
3. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The formal goals and objectives are:
1. To prepare residents to provide comprehensive general dentistry services at a
level beyond that achieved in dental school through both didactic and clinical
2. To improve the resident’s ability to treat a wide variety of patients with
complex medical histories.
3. To improve the resident’s ability to provide dental care in the hospital and
other health care environments.
4. To apply scientific principles to learning and oral health care.
5. To utilize values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient centered care,
adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice.
6. To understand and participate in the oral health needs of communities and
engage in community service.
4. RESIDENCY PROGRAM
The GDR Program co-sponsored by the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of
Dentistry and the UAB Hospital consists of 12 months of advanced dental education in
clinical dentistry, and is conducted primarily within a hospital environment. An optional
second GPR or AEGD year is available on a competitive basis. This latter position is
generally limited to one position per year and is dependent upon qualifications.
In 2008-09 the program begins June 24th and concludes June 30th. In general, entering
residents are required to report 1 week early to for UAB Hospital orientation and help in
University Hospital Dental Clinic (GPR/AEGD) 7.5 Months
Residents spend 7.5 months at the recently upgraded University Hospital Dental Clinic
(UHDC), where the majority of time is spent providing hands-on patient treatment. The
7.5 months is spread out during the entire year to assure continuity of care. During this
time residents gain a wide variety of experiences by providing complex dental treatment
for both hospitalized and ambulatory patients. The concept of comprehensive care is
stressed, with an emphasis on considering the "whole" patient. Opportunities exist for
providing comprehensive dental care, including fixed and removable prosthodontics
(implant restoration), rotary endodontics, periodontics (implant placement), oral surgery,
and advanced esthetic operative dentistry. Residents also gain extensive experience in
evaluating hospital patients and providing dental consultations.
Oral Surgery (GPR/AEGD) 9 Weeks
During the 9 week oral surgery rotation, residents perform numerous outpatient oral
surgery procedures at the Oral Surgery Clinic located in the School of Dentistry. Routine
and complex exodontia, pre-prosthetic surgery, and conscious sedation techniques are
emphasized. Residents may participate in the care of hospitalized oral surgery patients.
The three-week rotations are scheduled evenly throughout the year to allow for
comprehensive care of restorative patients.
Anesthesia (GPR only) 3 Weeks
During this rotation, residents actively participate in the care of surgery patients via
assignment to the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Alabama Hospital.
Residents receive experience in physical evaluation of the pre-anesthetic patient, starting
and maintaining intravenous lines, oral and nasal intubation, monitoring vital signs,
maintaining optimum airways, utilizing various equipment/instrumentation for
monitoring the anesthetized patient, and patient recovery.
Emergency Room (GPR/AEGD) 2 Weeks
During this two-week rotation, residents actively participate in the care of patients
presenting to the University Hospital Emergency Room and Walk-in-Clinic. The
recently constructed and state-of-the art University Hospital ER serves as a major urban
Level I trauma center; thus residents are exposed to a wide variety of emergency medical
situations, from sprained ankles to severe trauma. The GDR residents are often assigned
to an EM resident to maximize their rotation.
Pediatric Dentistry (AEGD) 2 Weeks
The GDR residents spend three weeks at Children's Hospital Dental Clinic and the
School of Dentistry Pediatric Dentistry Clinic. During this time they perform both
comprehensive and emergency treatment for pediatric dental inpatients and outpatients.
Emphasis is placed upon prevention of oral disease in the child and adolescent,
management of dental emergencies, treatment of the phobic or disruptive patient via
behavioral management, oral and inhalation sedation, or general anesthesia.
Otolaryngology (GPR/AEGD) 2 Weeks
This two-week rotation is spent on service with division of Otolaryngology. The GDR
resident will be primarily assigned to the head and neck cancer team. They will follow
patients undergoing multidisciplinary management for head and neck cancer. Time will
be spent in radiation oncology and medical oncology.
Elective Rotation (AEGD/GPR) 1 Week
This one-week rotation is completed in the second half of the year. Options include all of
the specialty areas of dentistry, hospital departments or medical specialties and
subspecialties. The resident is assigned to this area full or part time for the two week
session. The elective must be approved at least one month prior to the scheduled rotation
by both the GDR Program Director and a person responsible for the resident’s
supervision during the elective. This rotation is usually taken during the last three months
of the residency year.
Formal postgraduate courses taken with other post-graduate dental students include
Physical Diagnosis, Conscious Sedation, and Dental Management of the Medically
Complex Patient. A portion of most Thursday mornings is set aside for resident seminars
that range from formal lectures to treatment planning sessions. At these sessions other
issues are discussed relating to the clinic practice (scheduling, emergencies, etc.). All
GDR residents, including those on rotation, are required to attend these sessions. Space
permitting, continuing education courses offered by the School of Dentistry are available
for a minimal fee to postgraduate students. Approximately 30 courses are offered each
year at UAB.
Although not required, opportunities for research are available for the interested resident.
Time is limited, but several motivated residents have successfully participated in a
variety of research endeavors. The program director can provide additional information.
University Hospital Dental Clinic
The University Hospital Dental Clinic is a 13 chair modern, spacious dental facility
located in the UAB Hospital. Each newly-equipped (2000) operatory has fiberoptic
capability, high-volume suction, an intercom system, and nitrous oxide units. Digital
radiography has recently been added (2007). There are three front-office staff, 4.5 dental
assistants and one hygienist assigned to the GDR clinic full-time. Inpatient and outpatient
needs are readily served by the clinic's convenient location. Convenient parking for
patients is available.
The University of Alabama Hospital is a major teaching and service facility with a
capacity of about 900 beds. This well respected tertiary care hospital serves patients
regionally, nationally, and internationally. It is particularly well known for clinical care
and research relating to cardiac surgery, cancer therapy, organ transplantation, and
rheumatology. The University Hospital is consistently ranked as one of the best health
science center hospitals in the United States.
Children's Hospital of Alabama
Children's Hospital is a 190 bed tertiary care facility providing care to an extensive
population of pediatric patients from the southeast region. A new and expanded
Children's Hospital Dental Clinic was recently opened. A full spectrum of services is
provided for medically compromised and healthy pediatric patients.
Residents participate in after-hours call in two ways. Throughout the year, they are on
pager call while assigned as the consult resident. They triage patients of record and
generally respond via telephone. Secondly, during one of their OMFS rotations, the
residents are required to participate by staying “in-house” to gain experience in trauma
management. Residents are required to live within 30 minutes of UAB Hospital in case
they are needed for emergency management.
7. APPLICATION PROCESS
Selection of the residents is based on the following criteria:
1. Class standing, GPA and National Boards Part I.
2. Letters of recommendation.
3. Applicant essay.
The GDR Admissions Committee is comprised of two full-time faculty, one part-time
faculty and a current GDR resident. Applicants must be a graduate of a fully accredited
North American Dental school. Successful completion of the National Boards Part 1 is
required. Alabama state licensure is not required for admission. All application forms
must be received by November 1, 2008 for admission in 2009 (completed PASS
applications are to be received by October 15, 2008).
UAB EQUAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY
As an institution of higher education and in the spirit of its policies of equal employment
opportunity, UAB hereby reaffirms its policy of equal educational opportunity. All
applicants for admission will be considered without regard to an applicant’s race, color,
sex, sexual orientation, age, natural origin, disability unrelated to program performance,
disabled veteran status, or Vietnam-era veteran status.
Participation in the PASS application program is mandatory for all applicants. In order
to meet the November 1, 2008 application deadline, completed PASS documents must
be submitted to the PASS office no later than October 15, 2008. Late applications will
not be reviewed. Application materials can be obtained from your dental school or by
1625 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20036-2212
Telephone: (202) 332-8795
Presently, both the GPR and AEGD programs are participants in the Postdoctoral
National Matching Program. The administration of the Matching Program, including the
performance of the match, is carried out by National Matching Services, as an
National Matching Services
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Telephone: (416) 977-3431
Fax: (416) 977-5020
7. FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Each resident of the General Dental Residency Program receives stipend support as
determined yearly by the administration of the University Hospital. The stipend compares
favorably with those of other programs. Specific information is available from the
program director. The current stipend is approximately $43,118 a year plus benefits (full
insurance package, free parking and cafeteria discount).
For all first year residents, the residency is to be a full-time endeavor. After hours
practice of dentistry will not be permitted. The second year resident may moonlight on a
very limited basis with the written permission of the program director.
Individuals accepted for matriculation in the GDR program will be requested to forward a
$200.00 deposit. This deposit will be refunded upon entering the program.
8. HEALTH POLICIES
All newly-appointed residents must undergo a pre-employment physical examination. All
newly appointed residents will be TB tested at no cost by Employee Health with in the
first month of arrival. All newly-appointed residents are also screened for immunization
of hepatitis-B and childhood diseases as part of the physical.
The contents of this prospectus represent the most current information available at the
time of publication. It is possible that changes may be made with respect to this
information without prior notice. Thus, the provisions of this prospectus are not to be
regarded as an irrevocable contract between the school and the student.
10. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
For information concerning application status, or requests for application materials, or
additional information about the University Hospital General Practice Residency and
Advanced Education in General Dentistry Programs please contact:
Dr. John M. Coke
Professor and Director, General Dental Residency Program
University of Alabama School of Dentistry
1530 3rd Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35294-0007
Telephone: (205) 934-2559
FAX: (205) 975-6519