Oral Infectious Disease Fellowship Program

The Oral Infectious Disease Program at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine is an intensive one-year postgraduate fellowship program dedicated to advanced training in the dental management of patients with infectious diseases. This clinical training program is designed to provide the general dentist with advanced knowledge and dental skills that will enable him/her to proficiently provide comprehensive oral health care to a variety of patient populations with infectious diseases, including HIV and hepatitis.

This intensive clinical program integrates extensive didactic with clinical training to provide the Fellow with an evidence based, practical armamentarium necessary for the scholarly practice of dentistry. The Fellows receives training in:

  1. All aspects of general dentistry, including restorative, prosthodontics, endodontics, and periodontics;
  2. Medical risk assessment and the application of its principles to the dental treatment of medically complex patients;
  3. Recognition and management of a wide variety of primary oral disorders and oral manifestations of systemic disease, or oral complications of medical treatment;
  4. Treatment in the operating room, under sedation or general anesthesia.

Patients are treated in the Oral Medicine Clinic located in the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. Each Fellow will be required to complete a one-month rotation on the Infectious Diseases Service in the University Hospital where they will interact with physicians who provide medical treatment to patients with infectious diseases. Fellows will also rotate through Broadway House, an extended care facility for HIV/AIDS patients located near the Newark campus, and the outpatient University Hospital Infectious Diseases Clinic (Unit 6). During these rotations, Fellows will provide oral screenings in both facilities and appropriately refer patients for comprehensive dental management. Fellows will participate in a very active operating room program for dental patients with extensive treatment plans and/or significant medical problems.

The didactic program during the Fellowship includes weekly sessions of journal club, case presentations, treatment planning discussions, pathology case conferences, and lectures on advanced topics in restorative dentistry. Fellows also attend Oral Medicine Grand Rounds weekly, where patient cases are discussed and relevant topics are reviewed.

Faculty within the Division of Oral Medicine are active in clinical and basic research and encourage Fellows to participate in research during their program.

Program Goals and Objectives

  1. Facilitate understanding of infectious diseases and apply it to everyday clinical practice
  2. Enhance understanding and application of basic science to clinical practice
  3. Maintain fellow contact with the latest scientific developments in health care
  4. Integrate medical knowledge into everyday dental practice
  5. Provide Fellow with proficiency in evaluating and discussing evidence-based and scientific publications

For more information please contact:

Dr. Samuel Quek, Director, General Practice Residency Program, (973) 972-6265 ; email: queksa@umdnj.edu

Ms. Brenda Brower, Office of Admissions, RSDM, 110 Bergen St., Rm B-829, Newark, NJ, 07103, (973) 972-3636 ; email: browerbr@sdm.rutgers.edu