This program is designed to provide each resident exposure to a variety of comprehensive and episodic care encounters within the framework of a group practice situation for the residents. The majority of the care delivered is comprehensive care. Episodic care experiences come from walk-in emergency patients and patients from University of Mississippi Medical Center Hospital and clinics. Our department supports the overall healthcare mission of the university by providing care to facilitate necessary medical care such as organ transplants, cardiovascular surgery, chemotherapy, and head and neck radiation. It is expected that the residents will consult with the departmental faculty as needed when treating patients as they work under the faculty's license.
Preparedness and organizational skills are encouraged in this program to maximize the quality of patient care and the educational experiences. Each resident will actively collaborate in the management of their patients with the departmental auxiliaries and the school's or our outside laboratory technicians.
Quarterly reports based on production will be provided and evaluated by the faculty with the resident. The faculty monitors the progress of each of the residents through the approval of treatment plans, laboratory cases, and evaluation of quarterly printouts showing the quantity and types of procedures performed.
Outpatient dental care is typically rendered in the School of Dentistry Advanced General Dentistry Clinic, the Jackson Medical Mall Dental Clinic. Occasional emergent dental care is rendered in the University Hospital Emergency Room. Residents also participate in operating room dental care for a special needs' population.
These experiences are augmented by rotations with other services. The Anesthesia Department rotation exposes the resident to airway management on patients undergoing sedation or general anesthesia. The Emergency Department rotation will familiarize the residents with the emergency room environment. Hospital based patient experiences with consults and emergency room encounters will improve the residents' ability to coordinate patient care with other health care professionals. The Pediatric Dentistry rotation will augment the residents' knowledge and clinical skills with a pediatric population, including special needs pediatric patients.
At the completion of this program, the graduate will be more confident in treating mentally and medically compromised patients in the clinical and hospital setting. The graduates of this program will raise their level of confidence and competence in their clinical skills in general dentistry. All graduates of this program will have the experience and knowledge to potentially join a hospital staff.