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
- Radiology (optional)
- Pathology (optional)
- Oral Surgery 2 days/month, on average
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.
A variety of emergency medical procedures will be learned while working with physicians in the emergency departments in Camden.
Each resident will be offered to the opportunity rotate through the pathology lab in Voorhees, becoming familiar with the range of services provided by the facility. Both gross and microscopic oral pathologic conditions will be reviewed and discussed with the resident.
Each resident will be offered the opportunity to rotate through the radiology department in Camden, learning the types of radiology techniques available and increase skills in radiology analysis. Emphasis is placed upon head and neck radiology techniques and interpretations.
Every fourth week, a resident usually spends two days with the oral surgeons. Since Virtua does not have oral surgery residents, the general practice residents have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of oral surgery including:
- Routine impactions
- Orthognathic surgery
- Pre-prosthetic surgery
- Emergency treatment
- Reconstruction following trauma
In addition to major procedures performed in the operating room, oral surgeons are available to assist in minor procedures done in the Dental Health Center.