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Advanced Clinical Programs in General Dentistry

BRANCH DENTAL CLINIC NORFOLK

THE GOAL OF THE ACP (TRACK-1) PROGRAM IS TO ENHANCE EACH RESIDENT'S:

  1. Competence and confidence in the various clinical disciplines that are integral components of general dentistry.
  2. Ability to make judgments in diagnosis, disease control, treatment planning, and decision making during the course of treatment and assessing post-treatment outcomes.
  3. Ability to interact with all health practitioners treating the patient by acting as the coordinator of the patient's total oral health care.
  4. Understanding of the Navy Dental Corps' Dental Practice Model in staff, materials and program management to increase productivity and efficiency of quality of health care delivery.

OBJECTIVES OF TRAINING

BRANCH DENTAL CLINIC SAN DIEGO

The Advanced Clinical Program (ACP) in General Dentistry located at Naval Station San Diego, CA provides an extensive post-doctoral clinical and didactic education for dental officers that desire additional training. Officers who choose ACP training are usually mid-grade officers that either are undecided on another specialty field and will use this year to "feel out" other specialty interest, or individuals that want to expand their scope of patient care but do not desire to go through the 2-year comprehensive program at the Naval Post Graduate School in Bethesda, Maryland. The Exodontia program are for those who desire to limit their treatment of patients to oral surgery without going to a four-year oral surgery program, or as a stepping off point for those that are contemplating applying for oral surgery training in the future.

The ACP Program in General Dentistry is 80% clinical and 20% didactic instruction with emphasis on a broad range of clinical exposure in all areas of general dentistry as outlined below. The focus of the one-year program is providing comprehensive multi-disciplinary care to patients. The didactic program is composed of seminars, lectures, and participation in the Nitrous Oxide Short Course. Learning is also augmented by literature abstracts for seminars, numerous presentations to staff and other residents, an Operative Short Course presentation and a table clinic. There are ongoing rotations in all specialties: A branch of medicine or surgery that a doctor specializes in. and the program has a superb staff including mostly board certified mentors. Currently we have 4 comprehensive dentists, one operative dentist, three endodontists, three oral and maxillofacial surgeons, four periodontists, four prosthodontists, one orthodontist, two oral medicine dentists and one orofacial pain specialist.

At the conclusion of the program, residents are awarded a certificate in recognition of the successful completion of an ADA accredited residency. In addition, residents who are members of the Academy of General Dentistry are eligible for 250 hours of CE credit towards achieving fellowship status. Residents accepted for ACP training are given one-year orders for the program and can usually expect an operation assignment as a follow-on tour. Also, starting in 2004, there is a two calendar year minimum Active Duty obligation (ADO) that applies to the one year Advanced Clinical Programs.

CDR Paul G. O'Loughlin, DC, USN
Director, ACP/AEGD Program
Branch Dental Clinic
Naval Station
2310 Craven Street
San Diego, CA 92136-5596
(619) 556-8229 DSN 526-8229
Fax: (619) 556-8289
email - POloughlin@nmcsd.med.navy.mil


OBJECTIVES OF THE ONE-YEAR
ADVANCED CLINICAL PROGRAM IN
GENERAL DENTISTRY

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