interested in this particular program may contact the program director
listed below and request a full list of goals and objectives for
residents training and a description of the nature of assignments to
other departments and/or institutions.
Navy General Practice Residency
Programs are structured to develop competent and confident Naval Dental
Officers who are able to transition into any military clinic in the
world and contribute to mission readiness. The programs are designed to
expand the scope and depth of the graduates' knowledge and skills
enabling them to provide comprehensive oral health care to a wide range
of population groups. Graduates of these programs will have the
foundation to act as independent clinicians providing and managing
patient focused care from diagnosis to restoration of oral health and
The overall goals of these programs include preparation of the graduate to:
Since 1972, The Navy Dental Corps has offered a General Practice Residency
(GPR) in dentistry for hospital-based postgraduate training. There are currently
five programs that annually admit 24 recent dental school graduates. Each
resident is commissioned as a Naval Dental Officer in the United States Navy
Dental Corps. These residents begin a one-year training program, commencing in
August of each calendar year and following 6 weeks of Officer
Indoctrination School in beautiful Newport, Rhode Island. The residency
emphasizes comprehensive dentistry and includes exposure in each dental
specialty, or a specific rotation in the specialty, under the direct mentorship
of board certified staff. There will also be 2-4 weeks spent in both Anesthesia
and Emergency (or Internal) Medicine. Rotations are designed to allow the
resident to work one on one with board certified specialists throughout
training, and truly push the educational experience to the next level beyond
dental school. Each program is fully accredited by
are three primary components to each program.
These 3 phases are not mutually exclusive and run concurrently through the
In the hospital setting, residents are exposed to a wide range of medically
compromised and special care patients. These patients will significantly expand
the resident's medical knowledge base and require the development of an
expansive repertoire of treatment alternatives and methods of management. The
utilization of good consultative skills with physician counterparts is
The remainder of patient care is oriented toward routine comprehensive dental
treatment of the local-area active duty military population. The opportunity to
deliver dental treatment in the main operating room arena will be utilized to
care for surgery patients and other patients unable to receive dental treatment
in the normal operatory setting. Experience is received in delivery of care
utilizing various sedation techniques. There is also a high volume of emergency
treatment and referrals, each a significant part of the daily routine on a
hospital Oral and Maxillofacial service. Referrals range from trauma, to
infection, medical symptoms and syndromes and varying sources of oral facial
pain. Supplementing the daily exposure to emergency patients, the GPR maintains
an on-call schedule providing exposure to treating not only dental emergencies
but additionally, facial infections and minor medical emergencies.
Didactic training is frequently done in a seminar or open "discussion-style"
format. Lecture presentations are directed at topics beyond the dental school
curriculum and literature review seminars are used to explore current topics.
Patient treatment is reviewed by mentors and discussed; case discussions and
presentations are made within the group. Overall comprehensive care of patients
is emphasized, based on a foundation of sound current and classic dental and
medical literature. Additional training involves certification in basic trauma
life support, advanced cardiac life support, and BLS instructor course.
Upon completion of their residency, most GPRs will be assigned to an
independent duty as a department head or branch clinic or to a small clinic
where dental specialty care is likely to not be available on a regular basis.
Follow on assignments may be at any Naval installation worldwide, and range from
1-3 years in length. One goal of our programs is to provide a well-rounded,
confident general dentist who can function independent of dental specialists
when deployed to support the men and women of the finest Navy in the world.
Duties may include medical augmentation roles, such as anesthesia, triage and
support of a mass casualty or disaster situation.
Consideration for selection is based upon dental school grades, class
standing, prior experience, mentor recommendations and motivation of the
candidates. See links to this page for further information about the Navy GPR
programs. Application packages and further information about Navy programs are
available through local Navy recruiters, or by reaching one of our program
directors, listed below.