Resident Training Program

The dental anesthesia residency program at Stony Brook was developed with several objectives in mind. Our main objective is, to train dentists to provide the full spectrum of sedation and anesthesia services to children, adults and patients with special needs in the ambulatory and inpatient setting for dental procedures. Another objective is to train educators and researchers in the field of dental anesthesiology.

In order to accomplish these objectives, we looked at how dental anesthesiology is being practiced throughout the United States and how this practice may change in the next several decades. We also looked at the accreditation requirements designated by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and then reviewed the current programs in the country to learn how they were training their residents. We consulted with leadership in the Dept. of Anesthesiology and designed a program that we are extremely happy with. Our graduates have reported back to us that they were well trained and very well prepared to enter private practice.

A major reason for our success has been our very strong relationship with the Dept. of Anesthesiology. The physician faculty look forward to working with the dental anesthesia residents in the OR and helping the residents prepare poster and PowerPoint presentations.

The academic year consists of thirteen four-week blocks. During the 1st year, the four residents are split into two groups. One group is on dental anesthesia rotation and the other group is on hospital rotations that include: Medical and Cardiac
Consults, Pre-operative services, Radiology and Rapid Response team (Code Week). The two groups alternate between the hospital and the dental rotation about every 8 weeks.

The dental rotation consists of private office experiences with Dr. Boorin, Dr. Pfeffer or Dr. Epstein; rotating in the dental school with Dr. Pfeffer, and rotating in the MOR providing anesthesia for pediatric dentistry, special needs dentistry and oral and maxillofacial surgery.
During the month of May, the 1st year residents have orientation with their physician co-residents. The residents are in the OR in the morning and afternoon and have midday lectures with lunch provided by the department. During the month of June, the residents return to dental rotation.

During the 2nd year the residents have a four-week rotation with Pediatric Medicine and provide clinical anesthesia care in the OR, dental school, VA Medical Center or in private offices.

During the 3rd year, the residents have special rotations: running the PACU, providing anesthesia in multiple venues including the Stony Brook ASC. Special rotations are ambulatory pediatric anesthesia, and pediatric anesthesia in the main OR. In addition, those residents interested in being assigned to the cardiac rooms will be given that opportunity.

Stony Brook University has a Clinical Skills Center with pediatric and adult simulators. These simulators are used to: introduce new skills, to refresh skills already learned and to achieve clinical proficiency in all aspects of anesthesia delivery and placement of invasive lines. Responding to and managing emergencies is also an essential clinical responsibility learned in the Clinical Skills center.

The residents take part in the comprehensive didactic program provided by the physician anesthesia faculty. This includes lectures, participating in Grand Rounds, journal clubs, and giving a Senior Presentation to the entire Department of Anesthesiology.