Q: My mom needs implants and is on lots of medications like blood thinners. In doing internet research, I notice some dentists do hospital residency training like medical doctors, but some do not. Does this matter?
A: A new patient this week apologized that he found me “on the internet.” I told him: “Don’t be ashamed; some of the finest lawnmower repair shops can be found on the internet, why not doctors!” The truth is 85% of folks are choosing their healthcare providers utilizing the web.
I am all for dentists that have trained in hospital settings after graduating from dental school. I admit I am biased as I did a hospital based residency program at Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai in NY, and my son starts his in July at Columbia Presbyterian. Some states are requiring this training for licensing; some are accepting them in lieu of a licensing exam.
These are extremely competitive one to two year programs that accept as little as five applicants, all from the top of 20% of their class. The GPR’s, (General Practice Residencies) are equal to the first year of an MD’s residency with equal hospital privileges; admitting patients, on-call in the ER, rotations through anesthesiology, general surgery, and pediatrics. Most of the days are spent in a dental clinic treating medically compromised patients who are on a list of medications longer than the Old Testament.
Example: Patients on blood thinners need an INR, PT and PTT tests to assure they won’t bleed excessively during extractions and implant treatment. Hospital trained dentists are extremely well trained in ordering and interpreting these tests and many others for optimum patient care.
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