Online Program

Dental Public Health Residency Training in Community Based Settings

Monday, November 2, 2015

Jay Balzer, DMD, MPH, Department of Dental Medicine, Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Community based organizations such as community health centers are assuming a greater role in the training of the health professions workforce, including oral health professionals.  Much of the training is at the undergraduate level, where dental and dental hygiene students take brief rotations at community health centers where they gain experience providing dental care to underserved populations.  However community-based training of dentists at the post-graduate level, such as in advanced general dentistry and specialty programs, occurs less frequently.

 Lutheran Medical Center (LMC) has developed an innovative dental residency model that offers advanced general dentistry and specialty training that is based at community health centers rather than at dental schools or hospitals.  In 2014, LMC enrolled nearly 400 dental residents, mostly in the primary care disciplines of general and pediatric dentistry. These residents received their training at over 150 LMC-affiliated community health centers.  This past year LMC gained initial accreditation for a new Dental Public Health (DPH) residency that was adapted to this established model of community-based training.

 This session describes our experience implementing the DPH program during its first year with an enrollment of 7 residents. Major program strengths are described, such as a scalable training model, a stable funding source that allows payment of stipends to all residents, multiple training sites that promote recruitment, and the benefits that accrue to the host health center. Program challenges are also discussed, such as the need to provide didactic coursework over distance and the dearth of public health-trained faculty at training sites.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related education
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe the community health center-based training model used for training Lutheran Medical Center Dental Public Health Residents. Describe residency projects that provide a tangible benefit to the health center and an educational benefit to the resident.

Keyword(s): Oral Health, Workforce Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the Director of this residency program in Dental Public Health since inception and am responsible for development and implementation of the training program. I am a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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