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 Council on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The program currently supports four dental residents and awards a certificate 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:

  • Act as a primary care provider for individuals and groups of patients. This includes providing emergency and multidisciplinary comprehensive oral health care; providing patient-focused care that is coordinated by the general practitioner and directing health promotion and disease prevention activities.
  • Plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients including patients with special needs.
  • Manage the delivery of oral health care by applying concepts of patient and practice management and quality improvement that are responsive to a dynamic health care environment.
  • 4. Function effectively within the hospital and other health care environments.
  • Function effectively within interdisciplinary health care teams.
  • Apply scientific principles to learning and oral health care. This includes using critical thinking, evidence or outcome-based clinical decision-making, and technology-based information retrieval systems.

  • Utilize the values of professional ethics, life-long learning, patient -centered care, adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice.

  • Understand the oral health needs of communities and engage in community service.

Clinical Experiences

The Clinical Experiences Consist of: 

Saint Francis Medical Center- 1-month rotation in medicine consisting of at least 70 hours of anesthesia, and at least 70 hours of internal medicine and pediatrics.

Peoria County Health Department- 3 month rotation at the Peoria County Health Department treating primarily children along with some adults under supervision.

Heartland Health Services Dental Clinic- six month rotation in a comprehensive multi-chair facility treating primarily adults with some children with special needs. These patients have a more complex medical history and also require complex restorations under supervision. 

Hospital Rotation- consist of 3 months of managing both in-patients, ambulatory patients, day surgery and rounding on patients. H& P as well as admitting and discharging patients are taught.

Local Private Practices-various days and times as need for more advanced or specialized procedures for the resident's patients dental needs.

Call- All residents take call for one week a month throughout the year. The ED is covered 24/7 by a resident and an attending. The hospital resident takes call for three months weekdays while the co-residents rotate call after hours, weekends and holidays.

Commission on Dental Accreditation Site Visit

The Commission's site visit schedules for allied, advanced and dental education programs can be downloaded below. The United States Department of Education (USDE) procedures require accrediting agencies to provide an opportunity for third-party comment, with respect to institutions or programs scheduled for review. All comments must relate to accreditation standards for the discipline and/or accreditation policies. All comments relative to programs being visited will be due in the Commission office no later than sixty (60) days prior to each program’s site visit to allow time for the program to respond. Negative comments received after the deadline of sixty (60) days prior to the site visit will be handled as a complaint.

Comments should be submitted to: Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL., 60611; or faxed to 312-587-5107. View the entire policy on Third Party Comments in the Evaluation & Operational Policies & Procedures manual .

Third-party Comment Form

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Statement of Diversity

All societies and peoples have contributed to the rich mix of contemporary humanity, especially in America. In order to achieve the development of full human potential, we must build on this diversity. OSF St. Francis Medical Center embraces an open, harmonious and hospitable climate that facilitates learning and work. We are committed to education that explores the significance of diversity in order to better enable our community to engage the future. This commitment strives for a resident's workforce that manifests diversity.