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ROTATIONS - Goals and Objectives

Although the primary focus of this program is on clinical dentistry, the rotations provide an important aspect. Residents spend a number of weeks away from the Dental Health Center in the following rotations:

  • Anesthesia 2 weeks
  • Emergency 2 weeks
  • General Medicine 1 week


This rotation provides an opportunity to observe and participate in the various techniques of airway maintenance and induction of general anesthesia. It familiarizes you with the various pharmacological agents used in general anesthesia and their methods of administration.

Goal:The goal of this rotation is to familiarize the resident with the safe monitoring and treatment responses which are required in day to day treatment of dental patients.

Objective:The objectives of this rotation are:

  • To familiarize the residents with the operating room facility,
  • To familiarize the residents with the full range of modalities of anesthetic modalities that are provided in a modern hospital,
  • To assist the anesthesiologist in whatever capacity he is permitted,
  • To become exposed to the techniques and anatomy related to endo/naso tracheal intubation, as well as use of the other airway establishing devices such as LMA’s and oral-pharyngeal airways,
  • To obtain training under the supervision of the Anesthesia Department that may serve as a credential for the resident should he or she which to apply for hospital privileges in the future and
  • The resident is under the direct supervision of the Department of Anesthesiology while he or she is assigned to that rotation.


A variety of emergency medical procedures will be learned while working with physicians in the emergency departments in Camden.

Goal:The goal of this rotation is to provide the dental resident with the training and experience which will facilitate his/her ability to anticipate, diagnose, and treat emergencies that may occur concurrently with dental procedures.

Objective:The objective of this rotation is to gain experience in anticipation, evaluation and management of medical emergencies.

  • To enhance skills and knowledge in taking a medical history and to better recognize factors which may predispose a patient to a systemic emergency during dental treatment,
  • To learn the organizational structure and protocol of the emergency department,
  • To learn the procedures for processing a patient through the emergency department and
  • To develop an understanding of the patient triage process.


Goal:To expose the resident to the fundamentals of patient evaluation, recognition and treatment of various illnesses which may be encountered in the residents future practice. The resident will learn to develop a collaborative relationship with the physicians who will be consulted in situations where it is appropriate due to medical concerns.

Objective:1)Opportunity to participate in rounds with attending physicians for medical patient in both learning and consulting capacity

2)Become familiar with a variety of systemic diseases and gain knowledge in not only the treatment of illnesses, but also in the specific dental management of such patients.

3)The resident will gain enhanced competence in providing dental care for patients with various chronic conditions, including, but not limited to

  • Diabetes
  • HIV
  • Oncologic treatments, including chemotherapy
  • Cardiac Disorders/Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Disorders
  • Renal Disorders
  • Liver Disorders

4) The resident should learn the components of typical Medical Histories and Physicals during this rotation.

5) The resident should develop understanding of medical differential diagnosis, and the formulation of an assessment and treatment plan.

6) The resident should develop understanding of medication management in medical conditions, and potential effects of certain medications on patients’ dental care.