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UMDNJ General Practice Residency with Second Year Concentration in Special Care Dentistry- Archived Summary

Practice Number: 33017
Submitted By: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ),
New Jersey Dental School, Department of Pediatric Dentistry,
Special Care Treatment Center
Submission Date: March 2007
Last Reviewed: March 2007
Last Updated: March 2007
Best Practice Approach Example UMDNJ General Practice Residency with Second Year Concentration in Special Care Dentistry
 
The General Practice Residency (GPR) program at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) has a second year concentration that provides training in special care dentistry (SCD). This extra year is necessary to provide a dentist with specialized skills that are required to serve patients with a wide spectrum of special needs, both in the hospital and in outpatient settings. The traditional one-year GPR program at UMDNJ provides an off-service SCD rotation for 2-4 weeks. Most traditional one-year GPR programs at other institutions provide similar experiences. However, this is not a sufficient amount of training to assure dentist proficiency in the care of persons with special needs. The cost of sponsoring a GPR/SCD resident at UMDNJ is approximately $42K. The program at UMDNJ began in July 2005 and has graduated one GPR/SCD resident to date. The practice is new but offers a different vehicle for training "special care" dentists. If Special Care Dentistry is to become a more widely recognized and respected area of practice and if it seeks to obtain specialty status within the dental profession, it will need to provide a sufficient number of high quality training opportunities for practitioners. This GPR/SCD model could serve as blueprint for such training.

Contact Person(s) for Inquiries:

Evan Spivack, DDS, Director; Special Care Treatment Center, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, UMDNJ New Jersey Dental School, 110 Bergen Street, Newark, NJ 07103, Phone: 973-972-0098, Fax: 973-972-0097, Email: spivacev@umdnj.edu
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