OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Peoria, Illinois

General Practice Residency Program for General Dentists

OSF Saint Francis exciting new General Practice Residency Program for General Dentists (GPR) will be conducted primarily at the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, the Sister's Community Clinic, the Peoria City/County Health Department, and Heartland Community Health Clinic.  Additional training may take place at other locations served by the Peoria City/County Health Department.

The GPR is a 12-month, full-time residency program designed in conformance with the guidelines of the Council on Dental Education and the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The program supports four residents. A certificate is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the program.

About Our Program

Our program is structured to increase diagnostics, general knowledge and clinical ability in dentistry.

The residents will work closely with the attending physicians and local dentists, Emergency Medicine residents and assist in surgical cases. This provides the resident with intensive experience in evaluating and treating dental/facial emergencies, oral surgery techniques and trauma.

Approximately 60 percent of the resident's time will be devoted to delivery of oral health care. Residents receive a stipend during their training program. The program emphasizes the treatment of a wide range of oral health disorders, medical considerations related to dental care, the ability to treat medically compromised and handicapped patients and teaches how to provide dental care in a hospital environment interacting with health care providers of various disciplines.

Program Goals

The goals of the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center General Practice Residency Program are to:

  • Provide multidisciplinary oral health care to the target population
  • Apply advanced concepts of patient and practice management
  • Familiarize residents with hospital procedures and policies
  • Apply scientific principles to learning including clinical decision making, and dental skills.
  • Stress the values of professional ethics and accountability 
  • Acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice
  • Provide a foundation for graduate study in dentistry
  • Provide dental education beyond the scope of a Dental Degree
  • Utilize leadership skills and principles of management with patients and health professionals to coordinate, facilitate, and improve the delivery of dental care in a variety of settings
  • Accept responsibility for continued personal and professional development