Albany Stratton VA Medical Center Albany, NY
Dental Residency Program
The rotations at the Stratton VAMC AEGD Program include:
- Restorative Clinic
- Oral Surgery Clinic
- Hospital Protocol and Orientation 1 week
- ER 1 week
- Anesthesia 2 weeks
- Hematology/Oncology and Radiation Therapy 1 week
July is Orientation Month. The first week is spent with attending dentists in reviewing hospital and Dental Service protocols, Dental clinic operations and learning the computer medical record. Residents spend time in Restorative Clinic beginning in comprehensive care dentistry and in Oral Surgery Clinic.
The residents receive instruction in physical diagnosis learning the process of taking a history and doing a medical assessment of the patient. Patient care, treatment plans and dental eligibility are reviewed daily during morning huddle conducted with the program director or assigned attending dentist.
From July thru June residents rotate 4 weeks in Restorative Clinic and 2 weeks in Oral Surgery Clinic. Anesthesia Rotation and Emergency Room Rotation are interspersed during this time, as well as medicine rotations through Hematology-Oncology and Radiation Therapy. The residents receive instruction in physical diagnosis learning the process of taking a history and doing a medical assessment of the patient. During assignment to Anesthesiology Service, residents participate in airway control, bag mask ventilation and intubation of the surgical patient under the direct supervision of an anesthesiologist.
Residents are responsible for being on call for emergencies one week out of every three weeks. The Stratton VA Medical Center utilizes the residents cell phone as a point of contact allowing for on call staff mobility. An attending dentist is on call as a backup for consultation and/or assistance. The nature of our on-call service is for true dental emergencies and not for care of chronic dental neglect, which is addressed during regular clinic hours.