PGH Taft Avenue Manila
Phone Number: 554-8400
The Department of Dentistry of PGH started as a dental infirmary for the City of Manila on August 13, 1912, two years after PGH was founded. The infirmary also served as the clinical section of the dental department where patients are treated by the students.
Over the years, the dental department started an emergency dental clinic at the emergency room complex to attend to all emergency dental problems. This was the first time the country had a 24 hour dental service training around 5-10 patients in one night. The department has indeed gone a long way. It now has its own operating room schedule on Mondays at the Central block and on Thursday at the new OPD building.
Dental Externship Program
The department of Dentistry provides a full-time, extensive 6-month Externship Training Program to licensed dentists who have passed the qualifying exams given by the department.
The first three months are devoted to general clinics which include extraction of teeth, alveoloplasty and alveolectomy. The second half of the program deals with management of impacted teeth, biopsy of lesions, etc. and other surgical procedures.
The externs are given lectures, Basic Life Support Sessions and workshops on suturing, wiring and venipuncture.
A 24-hour duty is also part of their exposure in the hospital.
A certificate of completion is given to those who have performed satisfactorily during the 6-month training program.
Dental Internship Program
The Dental Internship Program is a 1-year training program in which the trainee undergoes a 3-month period rotation at four (4) different departments, namely: Department of Pathology, Department of Anesthesiology, Department of Surgery (Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Section of Head and Neck Surgery) and the Department of Dentistry.
The completion of the Dental Externship Program with a favorable and satisfactory performance is a prerequisite prior to admission to the Dental Internship Program.