Life as a Resident
Dentistry at the University of Utah Hospital
Paul Clark, D.D.S.
"Pull out your schedule and keep it in your back pocket because during the "rotating rotation" it will come in handy! This time of your residency will serve as an incredible opportunity to work in different environments (Greenwood, Northwest Community Health Center, Central City and University of Utah Hospital) while meeting, working with and learning from several different attending faculty, all experienced dental professionals from the Salt Lake area, each with different practice philosophies and perspectives.
You will become ACLS certified, earn a level III sedation certificate, gain formal and informal teaching experience, treat O.R. cases, share emergency call, learn hospital protocol, work on the Indian reservation in Montezuma Creek, treat pediatric and Spanish speaking patients in community health care clinics, strengthen patient management abilities by working with the special care population, complete several endodontic cases, place and restore dental implants and perform periodontal and oral surgery procedures.
Such a broad variety of treatment opportunities will significantly contribute towards your training as a competent and confident dental resident while molding you into a better dental care provider as you work towards earning the inspiring title of "The World's Greatest Dentist!”"
Paul was born in Logan, Utah, and graduated from Utah State University in May 2000 with a degree in business administration. He attended the University of Iowa College of Dentistry where he earned his D.D.S. degree in June 2004. Following completion of the GPR program at the University of Utah, he will begin an Endodontic residency at Virginia Commonwealth University. He enjoys basketball, baseball, snow skiing, fishing, hiking and most outdoor activities.
Dentistry at Northwest Community Health Center Community Health Center
Paul Clark, D.D.S.
"Get ready for a BUSY day because at the Steven J. Ratcliffe Health Clinic (Northwest Community Health Center) located in the Rose Park area of Salt Lake City you'll see a number of scheduled patients as well as several walk-in emergency patients during the day. This three-chair dental clinic is well equipped and friendly. Well-trained and experienced staff members help keep the patient flow moving in a timely fashion. You'll have the opportunity to do several exams, dental extractions, operative procedures, endodontic therapy, periodontal treatment, as well as refine your fixed and removal prosthodontic skills as you treat, plan and work towards completing several challenging cases. Any Spanish skills are a plus! "
Dentistry at Greenwood Health Center Dental Clinic
Peter Grace, D.D.S.
"Actually it's not really green; I think the wood is either maple or pine. Either way, the clinic is located in the Midvale suburb of Salt Lake City. I travel from the university area taking the Trax, which drops me off ten minutes walk from the clinic. Dentistry starts at 8 a.m. and residents will see between five to eight patients before 5 p.m. Patients are scheduled on the hour unless one is doing a complicated procedure and wants extra time. Endo and preparing teeth for crowns and bridges are scheduled for two hours or more and tough ops can be longer than an hour if you would like. I will spend five months rotating here part time and one month rotating full time. Residents will gather experience with children, endodontics and special needs patients among all other dental disciplines. My last patient is seen at four and after I finish I head for the Trax to make my way home.”
Peter Grace was born and raised in Rochester New York. He graduated from State University of New York at Geneseo with B.S. in biology and B.A. in economics in 1999. He attended dental school from State University of New York at Buffalo where he earned his D.D.S. degree in June 2004. He enjoys hiking, skiing and traveling.
Dentistry at Montezuma Creek
Bryan Cropper, D.M.D.
"The day starts for the resident at about 6:30 a.m. at the house in Blanding, to get ready for a day at the Montezuma Creek Clinic. It is best to leave the house by 7:20 to arrive at the Clinic by 8:00 a.m.. The dental team at Montezuma creek includes the resident, two other dentists, a hygienist, four assistants and a receptionist. The clinic has recently been renovated expanding the number of chairs from three to six. While working in Montezuma Creek, you may see anywhere from five to 12 patients a day doing such things as exams, amalgams, root canals and extractions. Most patients are members of the Navajo Indian Tribe, but the clinic also accommodates other members of the adjacent communities. Lunch is usually between noon and 1, but you should bring your own as there is not much available as far as fast food goes. As the day closes at 6:00 p.m., you take the scenic 40 minute drive past the beautiful rock formations of San Juan County, content to contemplate the service rendered to the Navajo community. As you only work Monday thru Thursday, the weekend is open to explore the colorful sites of the Four Corners Area.”
Bryan Cropper graduated in 2004 with a D.M.D. from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. After growing up in Taylorsville, Utah, he received an A.S. degree at Snow College and a B.A. in Spanish from Brigham Young University. He enjoys basketball, soccer and spending time with his wife Kristy and sons Jacob (5) and Kaleb (2).