GPR on Track
A restored hospital-based General Practice Residency (GPR) program for OHSU School of Dentistry is on track to launch in July of 2015, according to GPR program director Sean Benson, D.D.S. An assistant program director (Patrick Hagerty, D.M.D. `85) was hired over the summer, construction is expected to begin soon on GPR clinic space, and several community collaborations have been identified and are close to being solidified for 2016.
The hospital GPR program is being restored thanks to a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor, and $100,000 from Permanente Dental Associates.
OHSU’s GPR will be a two-year program, said Dr. Benson, with six residents matriculating in fall of 2015, and another six in fall of 2016, for a total of 12 residents in the program each academic year. GPR residents will train in the hospital their first year, and the residents’ second year will be spent providing outreach in the community.
“There are a number of curriculum, policy, and operational standards that need to be coordinated for the Commission on Dental Accreditation,” said Dr. Benson. “Dr. Hagerty has been focused on that end of the GPR launch and he has been extremely instrumental in handling these details.”
Community partnerships under discussion, said Dr. Benson, include Permanente Dental Associates, St. Luke’s Clinic Baker City, Samaritan Albany General Hospital, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, and Moda Health/Oregon College of Dental Sciences in LaGrande.
GPR clinic space will be located on the seventh floor of OHSU’s Mark O. Hatfield Building. “We will add 700 square feet to the Hatfield facility to accommodate the new GPR program,” said Dr. Benson. “This will interface with the existing 1,300 square foot space used by oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS) and expand the School’s footprint in Hatfield. Our relationship with OMFS is already very collaborative and we expect to work well side-by-side in what will become our new Hospital Dental Service Clinic.”
Dr. Benson said the Hospital Dental Service Clinic remodel could start any time and the goal for completion is July of 2014. The current space has four operatories and two surgical suites, and the GPR remodel will add three more operatories.
“Implementation of the GPR has accelerated as a result of the kind gift by our anonymous donor,” said Dr. Benson. OHSU is also planning a future AEGD (Advanced Education in General Dentistry) program that the School will to add to its curriculum in the coming years.