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The training program consists of thirteen four-week blocks during each year of the three-year training program. In addition to clinical anesthesia rotations at Stony Brook University Hospital, Northport VA Hospital, Sony Brook Ambulatory Surgery Center, Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine (SDM) and in private offices, these blocks include rotations in internal medicine, cardiology, radiology, pediatric medicine, chronic pain, preadmission testing and intensive care (PACU). Each of our residents is the resident in charge of the PACU for three weeks.

Stony Brook University has a Clinical Skills Center with the latest pediatric and adult simulators. These simulators are used to introduce new skills and to refresh skills already learned to achieve clinical proficiency in all aspects of anesthesia delivery and placement of invasive lines. In order to train residents how to work as a group in emergency situations, the Division of Dental Anesthesiology has several required Saturday sessions in the Simulation Center.

During their dental rotation, the residents will accompany dentist anesthesiologists and administer sedation and general anesthesia in the office-based setting. They participate in the anesthetic administration of pediatric and adult patients for general dental care, endodontic, oral and maxillofacial, and periodontal procedures using an open airway and nasotracheal intubation. During the office-based part of this rotation, residents also treat patients with special needs and provide anesthesia for advanced oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures such tibia bone grafts, genioplasty, zygomatic implants, etc. As mentioned earlier, during this rotation, the residents also provide sedation and anesthesia services at the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine.

Our dental anesthesia residents have parity with the physician anesthesia residents and therefore are expected to attend all the appropriate lectures with their physician colleagues. The dental anesthesia residents are required to attend all Grand Rounds, lectures and departmental meetings. In addition, they are required to take all in-service training examinations. Following the orientation period, the dental anesthesia residents take emergency call and respond to codes within the medical center.
The residents receive 4 weeks of vacation per year and are salaried at the PGY equivalent salary for Stony Brook University residents.

Evaluation of resident training and resident evaluation of the program and faculty is an important aspect of all dental and medical residency-training programs at the Stony Brook University Medical Center including the Stony Brook Department of Anesthesiology. Stony Brook University Medical Center uses New Innovations, a resident management program, for evaluation purposes and for residents to log cases. Wherever you have access to the Internet, you are capable of looking at your cases, including: the type of anesthesia administered, surgery performed, airway management, ASA status, invasive lines placed, special needs status, patient age, attending and complications.

We recommend that you click on the link to the Stony Brook University Department of Anesthesiology to find out more about the Department of Anesthesiology in general and its training and research capabilities.

Thank you for your interest in the Stony Brook Dental Anesthesia Residency Program. If you have specific questions regarding the residency program, please E-mail one of the other faculty members or me. Good luck as you become more involved in dental anesthesiology.