The overall objective of the hospital-based General Practice Residency Program at Carolinas Medical Center is to produce general dentists with a high level of clinical competency that allows them to care for medically and dentally complex patients and to work alongside their medical colleagues in the healthcare community. This broad objective has the following specific goals:
- To train residents to function effectively in the hospital and other healthcare settings.
- To enable residents to participate in the interdisciplinary management of medically compromised inpatients.
- To prepare residents to serve as primary care providers and coordinators for complex dental cases.
- To help residents develop a team approach to both office and patient management through the use of auxiliary personnel and through experience with office and hospital administration.
- To offer significant experience in the medical assessment of patients, which will allow residents to make decisions regarding hospital admissions, patient management under sedation or general anesthesia, along with the need for consultation.
To provide additional responsibilities and activities that broaden resident interest and experience in teaching, administration, research, continuing education, and community service.