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Residency Program in Comprehensive Dentistry


Program Director: CDR Andrew J. Avillo

The Naval Postgraduate Dental School has been offering postgraduate courses in general dentistry since 1923. These courses have evolved into a 2-year residency program in comprehensive dentistry. This CODA-accredited program is designed primarily for dental officers with 1 to 8 years of clinical experience who desire to learn comprehensive treatment planning for complex cases, develop a high degree of proficiency in all aspects of dental practice, and prepare themselves to become future teachers and mentors. The curriculum also includes courses to educate dental officers in contingency roles, military leadership, and personnel management. During the second year, the graduate is expected to challenge the written portion of the American Board of General Dentistry and, if successful, the oral and treatment planning section the following year.

FIRST-YEAR PROGRAM
The program unites basic and dental sciences in a formal schedule. Courses in the biological sciences are designed to update the dental officer’s knowledge in these areas, and the student is then expected to correlate the subject matter with clinical practice. The program provides time for study, research, and clinical practice. During the year, the dental officer is required to engage in a research project.
First-Year Curriculum

Course

Contact Hours

 

NPDS 227 Advanced Oral Diagnosis

13

NPDS 249 Anxiolysis

6

NPDS 201 Applied Dental Psychology

8

NPDS 229 Cone Beam CT: Practical Application

6

NPDS 252 Complete Dentures

27

NPDS 223 Dental Implantology

29

NPDS 205 Digital Dentistry

21

NPDS 208 Endodontics

28

NPDS 311 Ethics

7

NPDS 253 Fixed Prosthodontics

29

NPDS 281 Forensic Dentistry

14

NPDS 288 General Dentistry Sick Call Rotation

20

NPDS 218 Management of Medical Emergencies

2

NPDS 344 Maxillofacial Prosthetics (hours 23-25)

3

NPDS 221 Naval Operational Management

10

NPDS 224 Occlusion

18

NPDS 225 Operative Dentistry

38

NPDS 236 Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

30

NPDS 239 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

14

NPDS 285 Orofacial Pain

32

NPDS 240 Orthodontics

17

NPDS 222 Pediatric Dentistry

10

NPDS 241 Periodontics

37

NPDS 228 Pharmacotherapeutics in Clinical Dentistry

17

NPDS 259 Removable Partial Dentures

21

NPDS 263 Research Methodology I

10

NPDS 264 Research Project

120

NPDS 365 Seminar, Comprehensive Dentistry

124

NPDS 368 Seminar, Comprehensive Dentistry ABGD Board Examination

8

NPDS 286 Seminar, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

4

NPDS 312 Seminar, Orthodontics I

6

NPDS 220 Seminar of Restorative Dentistry

32

NPDS 217 Specialty Clinic, Comprehensive Dentistry

656

NPDS 231 Systemic Disease in Clinical Dentistry

21

NPDS 353 Treatment Rendered Seminar

24

NPDS 206 Topographical Anatomy

20

NPDS 310 Teaching Methods Seminar

4

Feedback Sessions

7

Orientation, GMT, PRT, etc.

80

Total hours

1575

 

SECOND-YEAR PROGRAM
The second-year curriculum complements the first-year program and expands the clinical experience to 70 percent of contact hours. Board-certified specialists from each Naval Postgraduate Dental School (NPDS) clinical department are designated as consultants to augment the comprehensive dentistry staff. Each consultant has assignments in the Comprehensive Dentistry Clinic to observe and mentor residents during patient treatment.

The didactic portion of the second-year course consists of regularly scheduled seminars for literature review, clinical pathology, and treatment planning. Periodically, special lecturers and outside consultants are scheduled. In both the clinical and didactic portions of the course, NPDS staff members from each discipline are responsible for articulating the treatment philosophies of their various specialties and coordinating these philosophies with the concept of comprehensive dentistry.

Second-Year Curriculum

Course

Contact Hours

NPDS 371 Dental Administrative Management

10

NPDS 324 General Dentistry Sick Call Rotation

56

NPDS 314 Oral Surgery Rotation

105

NPDS 323 Orofacial Pain Rotation

16

NPDS 315 Pediatric Dentistry Rotation

35

NPDS 355 Research Methodology II

5

NPDS 369 Research Project

150

NPDS 365 Seminar, Comprehensive Dentistry

124

NPDS 368 Seminar, Comprehensive Dentistry ABGD Board Examination

20

NPDS 367 Seminar, Comprehensive Dentistry ABGD Board Preparation

16

NPDS 331 Seminar, Clinical Oral Pathology

14

NPDS 317 Seminar, Occlusion

6

NPDS 279 Seminar, Operative Dentistry

15

NPDS 360 Seminar, Oral Medicine

14

NPDS 358 Seminar, Orofacial Pain

9

NPDS 313 Seminar, Orthodontics

7

NPDS 325 Seminar, Periodontics

9

NPDS 359 Seminar, Prosthodontics

12

NPDS 318 Seminar of Restorative Dentistry

32

NPDS 319 Specialty Clinic, Comprehensive Dentistry              

852

NPDS 320 Teaching, Comprehensive Dentistry

1

NPDS 353 Treatment Rendered Seminar

24

Feedback Session

1

GMT, PRT, BLS, etc.

44

 

 

Total hours

1575