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Rotation Schedule

  • Approximately 75% of the residents’ schedule will be treating patients in the Summa Health Dental Clinic in all phases of general dentistry
  • 10%  of the residents’ schedule will be in hospital rotations outside of the Summa Health Dental Clinic
  • Approximately 15% of residents’ schedule will be dedicated to:
    • Academic programs
    • Lectures
    • Case presentations
    • Literature reviews
    • Seminars

Dental equipment for resident use includes, but is not limited to: a microscope, a scanner, digital x-rays, fiber optic dental hand pieces, intra oral cameras, digital photography, laser diagnostic caries detection, rotary endodontic instruments, electrosurg, soft tissue laser, and digital patient records (paperless office) with two computer monitors in each operatory. By having access to the latest dental technology, the residents will have the opportunity to use and understand how dental practice can be enhanced and expanded.


Residents complete 4 rotations outside of the dental clinic. Read below to learn more about each rotation.


  • Length of Rotation: 2 weeks 
  • Purpose: This rotation will expand residents' knowledge of the principles of sedation and anesthesia.
  • Objectives: 
    • Gain knowledge in preoperative evaluation
    • Learn to asses the effects of behavioral and pharmacological techniques
    • Gain knowledge in venipuncture techniques
    • Gain knowledge in airway management
    • Gain knowledge in patient monitoring
    • Understand the use of pharmacological agents
    • Recognize and treat anesthetic emergencies
    • Learn to assess patient recovery from anesthesia


  • Length of Rotation: 1 week 
  • Purpose: This rotation will provide additional clinical and didactic experiences for residents. Attendings' experiences in private practice demonstrated that a significant number of dental patients were being treated for cardiovascular disease.
  • Objectives:
    • Gain knowledge in cardiac rehab
    • Gain knowledge in nuclear stress testing
    • Gain knowledge in non-invasive cardiology 
    • Round with the cardiac intensive care team 
    • Spend time in cardiology private practice 

Family Medicine

  • Length of Rotation: 1 week 
  • Purpose: This rotation will provide exposure to medical problems that are common in dental patients.
  • Objectives:
    • Obtain and interpret the patient's chief complain, medical and social histories, and review of symptoms 
    • Obtain and interpret clinical and other diagnostic data from other healthcare providers
    • Use the services of clinical, medical, and pathology laboratories
    • Performing a history and physical evaluation and collect other data in order to establish a medical assessment
    • Medical risk assessment
    • Take and record a complete medical history 
    • Understand the indication and interpretation of laboratory studies and other technologies used in diagnosis of oral and systemic diseases 

Geriatric Medicine

  • Length of Rotation: 1 week
  • Purpose: This rotation will provide exposure to normal aging and common Geriatric syndromes such as dementia, and improve residents' communication abilities to identify chief complaints and medical history.
  • Objectives:
    • Effectively communicate with older patients to identify the patient's chief complaint, medical and social histories, and review of symptoms
    • Perform a history and physical evaluation, including collecting diagnostic data from other sources, to establish a medical assessment
    • Interpret the physical evaluation with an understanding of how it impacts dental treatment
    • Establish patient-centered goals while keeping in mind normal aging, diseases of aging, and clinical frailty
    • Understand the impact aging has on pharmacology and safe drug prescribing
    • Recognize the common "atypical" presentations of illness in the elderly

Call Schedule

Residents are on call on a weekday once every two weeks, and residents take weekend call once every two months. Call lasts 24 hours, from 7am to 7am the following day. The on call schedule is prepared at the beginning of the academic year, but residents have the option to rearrange the call schedule as necessary. Residents do not have to stay in the hospital overnight when they are on call. However, we do ask that residents are able to get to the hospital while they are on call.

Operating Room Schedule

Residents provide comprehensive dental care for patients with developmental disabilities who are unable to be seen in a traditional dental clinic setting. These services are provided while patients are under general anesthesia in the OR. Two residents rotate through the OR every Friday, so residents are scheduled approximately once per month on this service. Occasionally residents will see two patients per day, depending on the operating room waitlist.



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