The General Practice Residency in Dentistry is fully accredited by the American Dental Association and the Commission on Dental Accreditation and conforms to the Standards of Accreditation for Advanced Education Programs in General Dentistry. The Department of Dentistry sponsors nine General Practice Residents. There is an optional 2nd year program in addition to the one year experience. The department manages two modern dental facilities with a total of 17 available operatories. There are five full time faculty and two half-time dentists in addition to an active voluntary teaching staff. The department has a large support staff of clinical personnel, including dental assistants, dental hygienists, certified laboratory technicians and clerical personnel.
The Department of Dentistry is an integral part of the hospital and provides structured clinical, didactic, and interdepartmental experiences. The principal teaching method employed in the residency program is clinical experience and mentorship. Clinical practice is augmented with lectures and seminars presented by full-time and visiting faculty from various fields of dentistry and medicine. Although there are no specific case requirements, residents maintain a varied case load that addresses all aspects of general and hospital practice. The Medical Center St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center is the largest Catholic Hospital in New England and is affiliated with the University of Connecticut’s Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. A regional trauma center and major teaching hospital, Saint Francis provides sophisticated, contemporary medicine with major clinical concentrations in women’s and children’s services, oncology, cardiology, orthopedics, dentistry and rehabilitation medicine.