Advanced Graduate Education Program in General Practice Residency/MGH
Program director: Agnes Lau, DMD
The Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard General Practice Residency is a one-year program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation with a status of approval without reporting requirements. It is structured to provide experience in all phases of ambulatory and inpatient dental care. To provide a broad educational experience, the training program combines the resources of several Harvard-affiliated institutions: Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Faulkner Hospital, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In addition, residents have required rotations in oral and maxillofacial surgery, anesthesiology, and internal medicine. Lectures, literature reviews, and case presentations are scheduled throughout the year. Our goal is to create an environment for learning that will enable each resident to develop not only clinical dental skills, but also the intellectual skills needed to face the challenges of the future. Upon successful completion of the program, residents will receive certificates from both the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
Goals and Objectives
- To provide residents with training experiences that refine and advance their knowledge and skills in clinical dentistry, with emphasis on diagnosis, treatment planning, and comprehensive dental care.
- To advance resident skills in the management of medically compromised patients, including physical evaluation and risk assessment.
- To advance the knowledge and understanding of the interrelationships between systemic and oral health and the ways various medical disorders affect dental treatment planning and care.
- To provide training experiences in hospital protocol, management of patients in the hospital setting, inpatient rounds, and interaction with other hospital professionals.
- To provide training experiences in dental rehabilitation in the operating room.
- To advance the knowledge and skills of residents in the management of dental emergencies.
- To provide training experiences in the diagnosis and management of oral pathologic conditions associated with cancer therapy.
- To advance resident skills in the critical review of scientific literature.
- To create an awareness of the dental professional’s role in community service by providing a variety of experiences on and off the hospital campus.
Supervision and Evaluation
All resident activity is supervised by attending staff either directly with the attending physically present with the resident and patient or indirectly with the attending in the same clinic or hospital, available immediately to supervise directly. Evaluation of residents occurs after each rotation. In addition, the director of the program holds formal evaluation sessions with each resident four times per year. Residents provide formal evaluations of the staff and program at the end of the year. Based on resident feedback, the program will implement improvements and changes as needed.
For information about this program, contact:
Agnes Lau, DMD
Director, General Practice Residency in Dentistry
c/o Yvonne Hernandez
MGH Division of Dentistry
165 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114
Gainful Employment Disclosure
Occupational Employment Statistics
Standard Occupational Classification: 29.1029.00
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Costs for duration of program (based on 2011-12 actual costs)
Tuition and fees: $0
Books and supplies: $0
Room and board: $22,424 (total figure for one year, assuming on-time completion of the program, based on amounts budgeted for room and board by HSDM Office of Financial Aid)
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