Didactic Program Overview

The Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) Didactic Program offers dental residents experience in the hospital environment. MVH dental residents will also be able to experience emergency care and rotations within various departments within the hospital environment. 

Advanced Cardiac Life Support

All dental residents take Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) with other incoming residents. Materials are sent to incoming residents prior to the residency start date so the resident can prepare for this training. This course is sponsored by Medical Education. This program provides all residents with the same level of training in risk assessment and emergency care which the rotations in Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Anesthesia, and Emergency Department will further develop.

Hospital Orientation

Residents entering our program generally have limited experiences working within a hospital environment. The first two weeks of the residency is devoted to provide the new resident with a basic understanding of this new environment in which he/she will be working. Residents receive training in:

  • Dental Center and Emergency Department protocols
  • Management of dental and medical emergencies
  • Goals and objectives of the residency program
  • Hospital documentation
  • Initial assessment of the trauma patient
  • Hospital organization and role of the Dental Department within the hospital structure
  • How to admit and discharge a patient
  • Services available to the resident or his/her patient within the hospital

Patient Care Conferences

The ability to develop case presentation skills and to discuss interesting clinic cases is addressed in several ways during the resident year. Assigned residents are required to bring a periodontic case presentation to the monthly seminar with one of our periodontists. In addition, residents are encouraged to review cases of interest or question with their mentor on an informal basis as the need arises. Interesting cases from these sessions will be identified and shared with the other residents. Finally, during the second half of the resident year, patient care conferences are regularly scheduled for assigned residents to discuss cases of interest and solicit input from the other residents or faculty attending the conference.

Physical Diagnosis

Residents participate in a Physical Evaluation Course provided by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon on the dental staff. Residents are provided with a series of lectures that are determined to be appropriate and necessary for the resident to make an accurate risk assessment for his/her patient. The course runs during the first half of the academic year. Additional didactic training occurs during the resident's Family Medicine rotation and is reinforced on the off-service rotations of Anesthesia, Internal Medicine, and Emergency Department.

Applied Pharmacology

Residents participate in a series of lectures on basic drug groups discussing various actions and interactions of drugs with other pharmacologic agents the patient may be taking. The lectures run throughout the course of the year and include discussion of agents utilized in conscious sedation and analgesia. It is expected that, at the end of these lectures, the resident will be able to safely and effectively:

  • Utilize pharmacotherapeutics in treating oral and dental disease
  • Recognize the effects of systemic medications on patients receiving dental care
  • Be familiar with systemic actions of agents used in the treatment of dental disease

Journal Club

Residents are involved in a Journal Club, which begins during the second half of the resident year. The Director of Clinical Research provides introductory lectures on research format and critical review of the literature to assist the resident in article selection. Residents are asked to select articles they feel are appropriate for review and present the articles to the other residents and dental faculty. Emphasis is placed on:

  • Content of the article
  • Methods used by the author to draw conclusions
  • Other methods or concepts not included in the article
  • The resident's evaluation on the quality of the article

The Director of Clinical Research usually is in attendance to offer his insight and to discuss the appropriateness of the article.

Practice Management

Residents participate in a series of lectures, seminars, and office visits to assist them with the development of practice management concepts and philosophies. The approach taken is that the resident will set up a private practice upon completion of the residency, and therefore all aspects of practice management and personal finance are important. Residents learn that the concepts of running a private practice can be used in analyzing other opportunities they may have upon completion of their residency. Guest lecturers supplement the course director's lectures and illustrate that successful practices come in a variety of models.

Dental Specialties

Residents participate in lectures in specialties and dental topics including:

  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • TMD
  • Sleep Disorders and Chronic Pain
  • Orthodontics
  • Endodontics
  • Periodontics
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Prosthodontics
  • Implantology

The wide variety of experiences of our attending staff allows us to be able to schedule lectures throughout the year to meet residents' specific needs, and the residents are encouraged to request topics of interest to them. The chief resident each month is responsible for surveying the residents as to what additional topics would be of interest.