Off-Service Rotations

During the year, our residents rotate through the departments of Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, and Family Practice Medicine. The goal of these rotations is to enhance the dental resident’s ability to function in the hospital environment as a member of the patient’s health care team by teaching them to better assess patient’s health status. The rotations also improve resident’s ability to effectively communicate with their medical colleagues. Rotations are of two or three weeks duration.




The objectives of this rotation are for the dental resident to:

1.    Develop an understanding of hospital O.R. protocols

2.    Gain an understanding of various anesthesia techniques and of their indications and contraindications

3.    Observe and have some hands-on experience in intubation

4.    Observe and have some hands-on experience in venipuncture

5.    Be able to understand, interpret and document intraoperative medical record notations

6.    Become familiar with vital signs monitoring equipment and interpreting the data they provide


Emergency Medicine:


The intended of this rotation are for the dental resident to:

1.    Be able to function in the emergency room as an integral member of the health care team

2.    Become knowledgeable about the triage process and become aware of the resources available at this venue

3.    Be able to identify co-morbidities and systemic complications of dental  emergencies and obtain appropriate consultations

4.    Be able to evaluate a patient’s medical status and formulate appropriate dental treatment plans taking those medical conditions into account

5.    Be able to write admitting notes and orders in the hospital chart for patients having a primary dental admitting diagnosis


Family Practice Medicine:


The objectives of this rotation are for the dental resident to:

1.    Perform physical evaluation and medical risk assessment

2.    Obtain, record, and interpret a complete medical history

3.    Interpret the results of laboratory studies and radiographs routinely employed in patient assessment and diagnosis

4.    Understand indications for obtaining medical consultation prior to scheduling dental procedures

5.    Interpret physical evaluations performed by physicians and understand the process, terms, and techniques

6.    Understand the connection between oral and systemic disease

7.    Assess the effects of pharmacologic agents on dental treatment

8.    Use the techniques of physical examination; inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation