General Practice Residency/MGH

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, and Faulkner Hospital. 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

The program will prepare graduates to be able to:

  • Act as the primary care provider by providing training experiences which refine and advance their knowledge and skills in clinical dentistry, with emphasis on diagnosis, treatment planning and comprehensive dental care.

  • Treat a broad range of patients by providing training experiences which refine their skills in the management of medically-compromised patients, including physical evaluation, risk assessment and understanding of how various medical disorders affect dental treatment planning and care.

  • Function effectively in a hospital setting by providing training experiences in hospital protocol, management of patients in the hospital setting, inpatient rounds and interaction with other hospital professionals.

  • Manage dental day surgery patients in the operating room.

  • Manage a broad range of acute dental problems.

  • Manage oral pathologic conditions including those associated with cancer therapy.

  • Apply scientific principles to learning and health care by providing residents with experiences which refine and advance their skills in critical review of dental literature.

  • Understand 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.