The first year of the oral medicine training program (PGY-2) includes six months of clinical dentistry focused on the management of medically complex patients and on patients with a wide variety of maxillofacial problems such as facial pain, oral lesions and salivary dysfunction. Also included in the first year are rotations at UNC (Table 1).
The didactic component of this residency program includes a practical course on evidence-based dentistry and skills interpreting the literature, weekly Oral Medicine seminars, monthly behavioral medicine seminars, and patient care conferences that review teaching cases from the department (Table 2). Additional didactic material includes, but is not limited to, the following topics: management of acute/chronic pain, oral pathology, oral radiology (principles, techniques and interpretation), oral manifestations of systemic disease, management of medically compromised patients, pharmacology, salivary gland dysfunction and pathology, nutrition, and clinical photography.
|Clinical Rotation||Number of Weeks|
|Oral medicine - Carolinas Medical Center||43|
|Internal Medicine - CMC||4|
|Oral Pathology/Oral Radiology - UNC||3|
|Patient care conferences (ED/OM)||Monthly||Tuesday 10 - 11 a.m.|
|Treatment plan reviews||Weekly||Thursday 8 - 9 a.m.|
|Tumor board conferences||Twice monthly||Monthly 7 - 8 a.m.|
|Oral medicine literature review||Weekly||Thursday 3 - 5 p.m.|
|Oral medicine patient seminar||Monthly||Thursday 3 - 5 p.m.|
|Behavioral medicine seminars||Monthly||Tuesday 10 - 11:30 a.m.|
|Literature review conferences||Twice monthly||Tuesday 8 - 9:30 a.m.|