The General Practice Residency program at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is a one-year advanced dental educational program that meets the requirements of the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Its main goal is to prepare residents to manage the total oral health care of patients with a wide variety of needs, including complex health issues.
The residency program begins on July 1st and ends on June 30th of the following year. Residents work in a hospital setting, gaining an understanding of the relationship between oral and systemic health and collaborating with other health professionals. They receive comprehensive dental care from a dedicated attending staff that includes full-time general dentists, an oral surgeon, a prosthodontist, and part-time endodontists and periodontists.
The program offers advanced experiences in endodontics, periodontal surgery, prosthodontics, implant placement and restoration, and oral surgery. In areas where clinical experience is not available, such as in pediatrics and orthodontics, the program has a strong didactic curriculum to supplement learning. Monthly literature reviews and patient care conferences help to strengthen residents’ decision-making abilities and clinical understanding.
As part of the program, residents are also required to do off-service rotations in general medicine and anesthesiology, providing further opportunities to work with medically and psychiatrically complex patients. The 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. This program is designed to provide a comprehensive educational experience that prepares residents for a successful career in general dentistry.