There is no tuition associated with the Certificate Program for the dental general practice residency.
Dental residents receive an annual stipend of $50,005 (PGY-1) and for $51,505 (PGY-2). This stipend is provided by Carilion Clinic Medical Education, and is subject to change each year based on availability of funds. Roanoke, Virginia is a beautiful city with a low cost of living. This makes it ideal for residency training from a financial standpoint.
All supplies and equipment associated with the clinical program are provided by the institution.
Carilion Clinic provides malpractice insurance coverage for residents while providing patient care at Carilion Clinic. This insurance does not cover outside dental practice, such as "moonlighting."
Dental residents are eligible for health care insurance. General practice residents are entitled to Carilion Clinic recognized holidays, though assignments for emergency coverage must be maintained. Residents are entitled to two calender weeks of vacation and seven additional days off, usually during the winter holiday for a total of 21 days, in accordance with the department specific resident vacation policy. It is expected that residents plan their vacation time so that it does not interfere with patient care or the educational program. Resident vacation time must be coordinated through the residency program administrator and approved by the program director. Residents must be present for 230 days minimum to be considered for a certificate.
Off-site continuing education is available, though resident participation and funding is determined by the residency director.
The General Practice Residency Program provides resident offices, clinics dedicated to the program, and laboratory facilities in the Carilion Clinic Rehabilitation Building. Clinical training also occurs in the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital (CRMH) and Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital (CRCH). Some didactic training may be offered at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. CRMH is a Level 1 Trauma Center that serves the needs of patients throughout southwestern Virginia. It also features 28 inpatient/outpatients operating rooms for general anesthesia cases. Five full-time dental assistants are assigned to assist the residents in the clinic.
The General Practice Residency Program includes didactic training and advanced clinical experience in diagnostic sciences, endodontics, implant dentistry, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, preventive dentistry, prosthodontics (fixed and removable), restorative dentistry, and special needs dentistry. The majority of the resident's time is devoted to advanced clinical training in the ambulatory care setting.
Patient care is also provided via IV sedation in the clinic setting and under general anesthesia in the Operating Room. Additional hospital experience is gained through rotations in Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Dentistry and by participation in rounds and consultative services with various medical disciplines. Major emphasis is given to training related to the care of medically special needs patients.