The General Practice residency program of Dentistry is designed to provide a well-supervised, progressive, educational experience in General Dentistry. A resident's selection into the Department of Dentistry's General Practice residency program indicates that a significant level of accomplishment has already been achieved. Despite the constraints on available operatory rooms, the broad range of clinical experience that the departmental consultants possess gives the residency program sufficient depth so that each resident can have a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of General Dentistry. In collaboration with the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, training is offered to rotating residents in the different dental specialties, such as Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Restorative Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Endodontics, Periodontics and Prosthodontics.
In the mastery of the science of General Dentistry, the resident will be able to understand the relationship of oral health and disease to the overall health of the patient. The trainee will recognize the manifestations of oral disease, assimilate the presenting signs of disease, order appropriate laboratory tests and provide a differential diagnosis. The resident will develop competence in the preventive, as well as the therapeutic procedures that are designed to maintain health and be able to modify, alleviate, or resolve the patient's problems.
The program provides exposure to a wide range of disciplines in the science of Dentistry with special emphasis on Hospital Dentistry. Also included is training in the management of medically compromised patients, several subspecialties of dentistry, and an exposure to a broad medical background. This program includes didactic and clinical components under the direct supervision of consultants and close working relationship with the dental nurses and auxiliaries.