Dentistry Residency: Rotation Schedule and Descriptions

Well-Rounded Experience through Clinic and Hospital Rotations

PGY-1 Rotations

4 weeks: Anesthesia
1 week: Emergency Medicine
Ongoing: General Dentistry
2 weeks: Medicine
13 weeks: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dentistry Rotation Descriptions

The Dentistry program includes clinic and hospital rotations. Residents provide on-call services approximately five nights per month. Rotations are integrated with general dentistry so that residents can provide comprehensive care to their own patients throughout the year.


During this four-week rotation, residents gain experience in all phases of anesthesia care, including: patient evaluation and risk assessment, airway management, intubation, induction of general anesthesia, IV sedation, patient monitoring, and extubation and post-anesthesia care. Residents work one-on-one with certified registered nurse anesthetists in HCMC’s main operating rooms.

Emergency Medicine

Our residents spend a week in HCMC’s emergency department, observing and assisting with management of medical emergencies. Each resident spends one evening riding with the ambulance crew. Residents gain experience and insight into the medical emergencies that could occur in the dental office.

General Dentistry

General Dentistry is the core of HCMC’s program and integrates rotations in the specialty areas. Residents spend the majority of their year at our dentistry clinic, located at HCMC’s downtown Minneapolis campus. Here, residents provide comprehensive dental care to patients with complex medical and dental conditions and special needs. Residents gain advanced clinical experience in all aspects of dentistry, and work with experienced general dentists and specialists who are dedicated to clinical excellence and teaching.

The General Dentistry rotation includes:

  • Comprehensive dental care for medically complex patients and those with special needs
  • Consultative services for inpatients and outpatients
  • Pediatric dentistry (clinic and operating room)
  • Periodontics
  • Endodontics
  • Management of patients with temporal mandibular disorder (TMD) and craniofacial pain
  • Removable and fixed prosthodontics and implants
  • Evaluation and treatment of pediatric and special needs adults in the operating room


General Practice residents join the internal medicine team for two weeks and observe the physical manifestations of various diseases. Residents gain experience taking medical histories and doing physical examinations.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

This rotation is equivalent to 13 weeks. Residents gain experience with routine and surgical extractions, third molar removal, pre-prosthetic surgery, evaluation and treatment of dental alveolar trauma, and managing odontogenic infections. Residents assist in the operating room with treatment of maxillofacial trauma, odontogenic infections, and orthognathic surgery.