Rotations – Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is the third-oldest general hospital in the United States. It is an 898-bed Harvard-affiliated hospital. MGH is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 hospitals in the country by US News & World Report, serving as a primary- and secondary-care hospital to the metropolitan Boston area and a tertiary-care hospital to patients from around the world. MGH offers training programs in all of the medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties, including a dual degree DMD/MD program in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Dental residents rotate through the two practices of the MGH Division of Dentistry - one in Boston on the main hospital campus and one in Danvers, which is a suburb 19 miles north of Boston.  For this reason, access to a car is advised for residents.

The Boston office is an 11-chair facility with digital radiographs and electronic medical records.  Specialists are available in endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, pedodontics, orthodontics, facial pain, and oral and maxillofacial surgery.  Dental residents spend most of the day for nine months treating regularly scheduled outpatients for comprehensive care, and the rest of the day seeing inpatients on consultation.  These consultations may be requested by a wide variety of hospital services, including cardiac surgery, hematology/oncology, and neurology.  In addition, residents manage adult and pediatric dental rehabilitation cases in the operating room under direct supervision of an attending dentist.

The Danvers dental office is a 10-chair facility located in an MGH satellite facility that also houses primary care medicine, pediatric surgery, cardiology, radiation oncology, urology, and obstetrics/gynecology.  The dental practice utilizes electronic medical records and digital radiographs, including CBCT.  Specialists are available in periodontics, endodontics, pedodontics, orthodontics, facial pain, and oral and maxillofacial surgery.  In addition, adult and pediatric dental rehabilitation is performed on a day surgery basis.  In this community setting, residents will spend most of their time, one day each week for five months, providing comprehensive dental care for regularly scheduled outpatients.

Residents will:

  • Gain experience in comprehensive dental treatment planning.
  • Use four-handed dentistry to provide a wide range of dental care, including implants, root-canal therapy, periodontal surgery, restorative dentistry, and prosthodontic care.
  • Learn management of daily operations of a dental practice and the financial-management aspect of patient care.
  • Gain experience in the dental management of medically compromised outpatients and inpatients.
  • Learn to communicate and collaborate with physicians and other health care professionals as part of a multidisciplinary team in the care of outpatients and inpatients.
  • Learn dental rehabilitation in the operating room for patients with medical or physical compromise.