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The Massachusetts General Hospital General Practice Residency is a one-year program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) with a status of approval without reporting requirements. The residency 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 Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. Residents complete 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.
Goals and Objectives
The program will prepare graduates to:
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.
Oral Surgery/Oral Pathology
Clinical Dentistry - Restorative
Clinical Dentistry - Prosthodontics
Clinical Dentistry - Periodontics
Clinical Dentistry - Endodontics
Massachusetts General Hospital Comprehensive Dental Care
The Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Dentistry is part of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dental residents rotate through the two practices of the 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 six 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 a Mass General 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, two days each week for five months, providing comprehensive dental care for regularly scheduled outpatients.
Residents are expected to:
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department Rotation
The Mass General Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has a combined six-year OMFS/MD program and very active outpatient and inpatient services. The oral surgery clinic is an 11-chair facility including 2 IV sedation rooms. The scope of patient care is very broad, including odontectomy, implant placement, biopsy and management of tumors, orthognathic surgery, and oral and maxillofacial reconstruction.
There are resident-run outpatient clinics every day, attending private patient clinics and IV sedation clinics. Patients who are referred by or seen in the ED present with a wide range of problems, from odontogenic infection to facial trauma. OR cases, whether private or “house” cases are attended by OMFS residents and faculty, as well as GPR residents. GPR residents spend the greater part of two months on the oral surgery service as an active member of the surgical team.
Brigham and Women's Hospital Oral Medicine Rotation
Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is one of the largest tertiary care hospitals in New England and offers training programs in nearly all medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties. The Division of Oral Medicine and Dentistry at BWH is a regional center for oral medicine and mucosal diseases.
The rotation on this service is part-time over the course of a month and emphasizes oral medicine and oral pathology.
Anesthesia Rotation at BWH
Residents are assigned to the Department of Anesthesia at Brigham and Women's Hospital for two weeks. Residents receive instruction on the principles and techniques of general anesthesia from a pharmacological, theoretical and practical standpoint.
Internal Medicine Rotation
The Internal Medicine Rotation is a required two-week rotation on the inpatient Medicine service at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain. There is a shuttle bus that runs between Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. Dental residents participate as members of the medical team in the clinical management of patients under the supervision of medical residents and attending physicians. Dental residents also attend teaching sessions, inpatient rounds and conferences.
Head and Neck Cancer Rotation
Residents participate part-time for one month on the Head and Neck Oncology team at Mass General, which consists of an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist, a medical oncologist and a radiation oncologist. The team sees newly diagnosed patients, follow-up patients and patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.
Facial Pain Rotation
Residents will work with attending staff in the Mass General Facial Pain Clinic one afternoon a week for several weeks. The Facial Pain Clinic treats patients with TMD, MPDS, OSA, atypical facial pain, trigeminal neuralgia and burning mouth syndrome. Residents will assist in the work up and care of patients.
If scheduling allows, a short elective rotation based on the resident’s professional interest can be arranged. Some examples of elective rotations include: shadowing dental specialists, working with oral public health organizations and shadowing other medical professionals such as ENT surgeons, radiation oncologists and speech pathologists.
Dental residents are on-call for emergencies for patients at the Mass General Division of Dentistry’s two practices. Emergency calls are taken from home and therefore, it is recommended that residents live within a 30-minute commute to Mass General. There is always an assigned attending on back-up call in the event that residents need consultation. Emergency call coverage by dental residents for the Mass General Division of Dentistry is every other week throughout the entire year.
In addition, general practice residents will assist oral surgery residents on emergency call during the oral surgery rotation. This emergency call duty is done in-house and not taken from home. There are call rooms available for resident use in the hospital. The range of experience will include odontogenic infection, facial infection, and facial trauma.
The following resources and benefits are available to residents:
The Mass General GPR program is affiliated with Harvard University. The University charges residents mandatory annual fees of approximately $1,620 for facilities usage and $1,088 for health coverage.
The residency program is highly competitive and continues to attract applicants who have performed well in dental school and have passed Part I of the National Board of Dental Examinations. In addition, we consider letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities and undergraduate performance, and accept results of the Advanced Dental Admission Test.
The program encourages all interested individuals to apply early. We do not discriminate with regard to age, color, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.
A limited number of applicants are offered interviews and desirable candidates are rank listed in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. Applicants will be notified of their status if they are offered interviews and if they are matched to the program. You are welcome to contact the office for interim status checks.
Please note: This program only accepts graduates of U.S. or Canadian dental schools.
The program participates in the ADEA Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS), an information clearinghouse. Applicants must submit a completed application by October 19 of the year before the residency is to begin. See the PASS website for information.
Important: Our program requires applicants to submit the following in the PASS application:
In addition to submitting the PASS application, applicants are required to forward the following directly to our program:
These materials should be sent to:
Agnes Lau, DMDDirector, General Practice Residency in DentistryMass General Division of Dentistry165 Cambridge Street, Suite 401Boston, MA 02114
The residency program participates in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. In order to be considered for the residency program, candidates must register with the Match via the PASS website during the application process.
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