Comprehensive Dentistry (General Practice Residency)
The General Practice Residency Program at Louisiana State University School of Dentistry is approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Dental and Dental Auxiliary Educational Programs of the American Dental Association. This one-year (optional second) residency program offers an opportunity for advanced comprehensive clinical experience in a hospital and private practice setting, with additional training in the sciences basic to dental practice. The program is structured in such a manner as to take advantage of the strong features of both the sequential and integrated training programs. The ultimate objective is to train dentists to function as part of the hospital team rendering total patient care.
Applicants accepted to this program begin the academic year July 1, and a General Dentistry Residency Certificate is awarded to each resident who successfully completes the one-year program. Those completing the second year will receive an additional certificate. A moderate sedation certificate is awarded to both one and two year residents, upon completion of the entire program (one or two years) as well passing the pain control and sedation course DENT5504.
The primary teaching hospitals are University Medical Hospital in New Orleans as well as Our Lady of The Lake in Baton Rouge, and LSUSD’s GPR Clinic located on Brittany Drive in Baton Rouge. Other affiliated teaching institutions include the Louisiana University Schools of Dentistry and Medicine; Pinecrest Supports & Services Center, Pineville, LA.
Off-service rotations are scheduled through the VA Medical Center, and departments of Anesthesiology, the Hospital Emergency and Oral & Maxillofacial surgery. In the dental component there are rotations designed to give patient experiences in dentistry for the HIV(+)/Infectious Disease Patient, dentistry for the Special Needs population of both Geriatrics and patients with Neurodevelopmental disorders and intellectual disabilities. The general dentistry faculty is augmented by specialists in Endodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, and prosthodontics.
The General Dentistry Resident is thoroughly indoctrinated in hospital organization, protocol, administration and is trained to care for patients on both an in-patient and out-patient basis. The program prepares the resident for private practice with hospital privileges and/or for an academic career in Hospital Dentistry. They also receive didactic and clinical training in implant placement, restorations, Endodontics and Periodontics.
All graduation requirements of a resident’s dental school must be met prior to starting the residency on July 1st or they will be dismissed from the program. Any exceptions must be approved by the GPR Program Director. Successful completion of part II of the National Board Examinations is required prior to entrance into the program, if this has not been accomplished the resident will need approval from the Program Director and has until December 31st to complete. If this does not occur the resident may be dismissed from the program.