Certification Program

The General Practice Residency Program at Carilion Clinic is a one or two-year educational program leading to a certificate. The program is designed to provide clinical, didactic, and hospital experience at the post-doctoral level.

The instruction and experience provided are intended to prepare residents to meet the oral health needs of a broad range of patients.


This General Practice Residency program is designed to provide training beyond the level of pre-doctoral education in oral health care, using applied basic, and behavioral sciences.

Education in this residency program is based on the concept that oral health is an integral and interactive part of total health. This program is designed to expand the scope and depth of the graduates' knowledge and skills to enable them to provide comprehensive oral health care to a wide range of population groups.

The goals of our dental residency program include preparation of the graduate to:

  1. Act as primary care provider for individuals and groups of patients, including: providing emergency and multidisciplinary comprehensive oral health care; providing patient focused care that is coordinated by the general practitioner; directing health promotion and disease prevention activities, and using advanced dental treatment modalities.
  2. Plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients including patients with special needs.
  3. Manage the delivery of oral health care by applying concepts of patient and practice management and quality improvement that are responsive to a dynamic health care environment.
  4. Function effectively within the hospital and other health care environments.
  5. Function effectively within interdisciplinary health care teams.
  6. Apply scientific principles to learning and oral health care. This includes using critical thinking, evidence or outcomes-based clinical decision-making and technology-based information retrieval systems.
  7. Utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient centered care, adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice.
  8. Understand the oral health needs of communities and engage in community services.