General Practice Residency
Program Director: Debra Cinotti, DDS
Clinic Director: Sylvia Rice, DDS
Staff Assistant: Ms. Pam Burger
Stony Brook University Hospital offers an exciting General Practice Residency Education Program that cultivates the new dentist’s transition from dental student to practicing clinician. Its academic and clinical programs are designed to grow the Residents’ skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed in clinical practice and provide exposure to dental professional opportunities. The academic program year begins July1st and continues through June 30th. Established July 1, 1980, the GPR has progressed to 20 highly sought after positions. Four of these positions are dedicated to Residents opting for a second advanced year, serving as a Chief Resident in General Dentistry. Fully accredited, the General Practice Residency Education Program (GPR) provides clinical, didactic, and hospital experiences beyond that accomplished in pre-doctoral training.
Incorporated within the Departments of Hospital and General Dentistry, the GPR program emphasizes Resident training in the treatment of complex restorative problems using a multidisciplinary comprehensive dental care approach, and management of medically compromised patients using an interdisciplinary healthcare team approach. Residents receive didactic and clinical training in the management of a diverse patient pool consisting of well patient care, medically compromised, geriatric, and phobic patients, as well as individuals with developmental disabilities and special needs. Instruction and clinical experience is provided in all areas of general dentistry, with an emphasis on implant, prosthodontic, and esthetic cases. The clinical component is supported by laboratory technicians, providing in-house state-of-the-art patient care. Residents work with dedicated hygienists, dental assistants, and clerks, simulating a group dental private practice. All Residents participate in service rotations to Stony Brook University Hospital emergency department, operating room, and anesthesiology department designed to provide Residents with the skills to manage the needs of more medically acute and complex patients.
The profession of dentistry has grown immensely in its knowledge of oral health disease and the treatment solutions available. It requires the dentist to be knowledgeable in dental medicine as well as cosmetic advances. To meet these professional demands the GPR program has designed the following goals to grow the Residents’ skills, knowledge and confidence in these areas:
Supervised clinical training and the supporting didactic program is designed to provide advanced knowledge and experience in preventive dentistry, restorative dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and dental emergency management. Residents treat patients with increasingly complex dental and medical problems, such as patients with lost vertical dimension of occlusion, rampant oral disease requiring advanced prosthetic solutions as well as patients with systemic or psychiatric disorders, the developmentally disabled, geriatric, and pediatric patients. The program is designed to ensure that the residents will be capable of anticipating, diagnosing, planning, and treating all phases of dentistry. Service rotations to Stony Brook University Hospital emergency department, operating room, and anesthesiology department are designed to provide the resident with the skills to manage the needs of more medically acute and complex patients.
Medical Track Positions (four)
Four of the 16 one-year positions are dedicated to a Medical Track. The major difference between the Medical Track positions and the Standard GPR Track positions is the length and type of hospital service rotations. In addition to the program goals stated above, the goal of the Medical Track is to produce highly educated general dentists with enhanced knowledge in hospital-based dental medicine. It offers new graduates a medically intensive curriculum to better prepare them for successful entrance and training in specialty programs requiring a medical background such as: dental anesthesiology, oral medicine, oral maxillofacial pathology, and oral maxillofacial surgery. The goals of the medical track are as follows:
To fulfill these goals, Residents in the medical track positions complete a 5 month hospital rotation in the departments of Anesthesiology and Internal Medicine. The rotation in Internal Medicine has a strong emphasis in cardiology and primary medicine. When not on hospital rotation, medical track Residents return to participate in the standard GPR schedule. The medical track Residents meet the GPR program's hospital-based medical experience requirements while on their five-month medical rotation. Emergency On-Call rotation requirements are included within the standard GPR schedule throughout the residency year.
Upon successful completion of the GPR program, each resident will receive a Certificate, certifying that (s)he has completed one year of an accredited advanced education program in general dentistry. This certificate is necessary for licensure qualification to practice dentistry in some states, specifically New York. To be successful, a resident must meet all academic and professional responsibilities, the summary of which are outlined below.
All residents are expected to partake of all the academic and clinical experiences offered to them. This includes, but is not limited to, ambulatory and hospital based patient care, including all assigned rotations, attendance at all scheduled seminars, meetings, and ceremonies , and participation in the Postdoctoral Case Presentation Day. Generally, GPR clinical outpatient care is scheduled between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Lectures and seminars are scheduled before and after clinical care. A schedule of didactic lectures and seminars is distributed monthly to all residents via e-mail distribution. A schedule of the year’s Resident rotation assignments is distributed during the Orientation program. A mandatory orientation program is held during the latter part of June, prior to the start of the GPR program. Orientation is mandatory as it prepares residents for program activities beginning July 1st of each academic year. The orientation schedule is provided to all Residents within the first week of June. Accepted Residents are advised to have the latter two weeks of June available for Orientation activities.
Emergency On-Call:. Urgent and emergent dental care is managed 24 hours/day 7 days per week in the Emergency Department at Stony Brook University Hospital and weekdays at the outpatient dental care center. Residents are assigned to daily and weekend call on a rotating basis.
Employment as a PGY1 resident by SBUMC prohibits employment outside the University and professional liability insurance coverage only applies to supervised treatment of patients at the SBUMC, Dental Care Center during clinic hours, and at affiliated institutions.
As employees of the State of New York, GPR residents are subject to the rules and regulations governing employees as listed in State University of New York at Stony Brook:University Policy Manual, as well as policies and procedures of Graduate medical education at the Stony Brook University Medical Center (SBUMC). As doctors at SBUMC and the Dental Care Center at the School of Dental Medicine, it is expected that each resident conduct him/herself in a professional and ethical manner in his/her dealings with faculty, staff, other residents and patients of SBUMC and the Dental Care Center. and during all aspects of their training. The Program Director and SBUMC work together to ensure a culture of professionalism that supports patient safety and personal responsibility.
Residents and faculty members must accept their personal role in:
–assurance of the safety and welfare of patients entrusted to their care
Performance evaluations completed quarterly will critique the Residents' professionalism in addition to evaluation of clinical/didactic performance. Compliance with state and federal laws pertaining to drugs, alcohol, weapons, discrimination, physical abuse, and racial, sexual, or sexual preference harassment is expected. State law prohibits tampering with state property including fire safety equipment, i.e., fire alarms, fire extinguishers, fire bells, etc. It is impossible to separate the concept of Resident freedom or rights from Resident responsibility. To this end, it is imperative that Residents desiring respect for their rights must also accord other segments of the community the same respect.
The following contact information and links provide access to these policies and regulations.
Stony Brook University Medical Center Graduate Medical Education Policies:
Any questions concerning these policies, or allegations of non-compliance, should be directed to:
Frederick Schiavone, MD
Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine Polices:
Any questions concerning policies, or allegations of non-compliance, should be directed to:
David W. Paquette, DMD, MPH, DMSc
Commission on Dental Accreditation Policies:
General Practice Residency Education Program Standards: Refer to the Commission on Dental Accreditation at www.ada.org
Any questions concerning these policies, or allegations of non-compliance, should be directed to:
Commission on Dental Accreditation
STIPEND / BENEFITS
The stipend for the GPR Program is equivalent to that of a PGY-1 hospital-based resident. For the 2013-2014 year is $53,177 plus $2,500 living allowance, in addition to state benefits (paid holiday and sick leave, medical insurance, dental and vision coverage, and prescription plan) and tuition/fee waivers.
Each GPR Resident will accrue 15 days paid vacation time, one week of which must coincide with the observed winter recess of the School of Dental Medicine, unless assigned to the emergency coverage or other service rotations. The remaining vacation time may be taken at a time that does not interfere with assigned rotations and must have approval of the GPR program director or his/her designee. Each Resident will also be entitled to all holidays observed by the UUP bargaining unit. The following are the State scheduled holidays to which the GPR Residents are entitled unless a specific assignment or emergency coverage has been scheduled as part of the program on one of those days. In those instances the GPR Residents are entitled to compensatory time off in lieu of the day worked/assigned. The holidays are: Labor Day, Columbus Day, Election Day, Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Presidents' Day. GPR Residents accrue sick days during the calendar year to be utilized for illness and medical issues. In case of illness, please contact the GPR reception desk as soon as possible to allow for patient rescheduling. As Residents must be present for a minimum of 244 days to be considered for a certificate leave time should be planned for accordingly.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
All those wishing to apply must do so through the PASS application system. Applicants interested in applying are encouraged to contact us, visit and review the GPR website for an overview description of the program. The following criteria must be met for consideration of admission to the GPR program:
Following initial review of completed applications selected applicants will be invited for interview. Interviews are by invitation only. If selected for interview, the applicant will be invited via an email invitation to meet with selected GPR faculty and Residents. Those candidates applying to the medical track position will be interviewed by dental anesthesiologists in addition to GPR faculty and Residents. After all selected candidates have been interviewed, a selection committee will rank candidates for submission to the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program.
APPLICATION DEADLINE DATES:
The deadline date for all candidates wishing to apply to the GPR program must submit all application materials via PASS by October 15th prior to the start of the July 1st academic year. This is the deadline date for the Standard GPR Track and Medical Track positions. If you are applying for a Medical Track Position, please email Pamela Burger firstname.lastname@example.org and Dr. Ralph Epstein email@example.com to inform them that your application is intended for a Medical Track Position.
Applicants to the Standard GPR Track positions are offered admission through the Phase 2 portion of the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. Applicants who match to our program for these positions will be notified through the Match system on January 27, 2014.
Applicants to the Medical Track positions are offered admission through the November Phase 1 portion of the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. Applicants who match to our program for these positions will be notified through the Match system on December 4, 2013.
Program Name: University Medical Center SUNY Stony Brook
The PASS program code for all the GPR applicants is: #626