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Dental General Practice Residency


Our residency program participates in the American Dental Education Association's Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). The PASS application deadline is October 17, 2013. Selected applicants will be invited to interview in late November or early December.
Application requirements:
1. Apply through Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS).
2. Must have passed Part I of the National Dental Board Examination.
3. Will graduate from an ADA accredited dental school prior to the July 1st entry date.
4. Must be eligible for a U.S. state dental license at the time of entry into the residency program.
5. Be a U.S. citizen.
6. VA Application.

Materials to send directly to program director:
1. VA Application 10-2850D
2. Copy of Proof of US Citizenship
3. One 2x2 Photograph

Your application will remain incomplete until all of these items have been mailed (see below for address) to the program director. The letters of recommendation to include in your PASS application must be submitted by two members of the clinical faculty at your dental school. We prefer the faculty be from two different disciplines of dentistry (i.e. restorative - this includes operative, removable, implant dentistry and crown & bridge), endodontics, periodontics, and/or oral surgery. You will also need to include 3 Personal Potential Index (PPI) Evaluations in your PASS application.

Match Program

Our General Practice Residency program does participate in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program administered by National Matching Services.
Matriculation Requirements:
1. Graduate of a dental school (earned a DDS or DMD) accredited by the American Dental Association.
2. Must have passed Part I and Part II of the National Dental Board Examination.
3. Must be eligible for a state dental license in the United States.

General Practice Residency

This General Practice Residency program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of Approval. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the American Dental Association and the United States Department Of Education.

This residency provides the training that Dentists need to treat patients with medical, physical or psychiatric disabilities. The residency offers advanced comprehensive clinical dentistry. The residency begins on July 1st and ends the following year on June 30th. The program consists of advanced clinical Dentistry including treatment planning, preventive, periodontal, operative, fixed and removable prosthodontics, endodontics, restoration of implants and general oral surgery procedures. Didactic courses include Physical Examination, Treatment Planning, Oral Pathology, Endodontics, Prosthodontics (removable, fixed and implant dentistry), Periodontics, Oral Surgery, Practice Management, and Oral Pathology. The residents conduct literature reviews and case discussions throughout the year.

The dental attendings and consultants are available at all times. We have 1 FT and 4PT general dentists, 1 PT Prosthodontist, 1 FT and 1PT Periodontist, 1 PT Endodontist and 2 PT Oral Surgeons. We also have 2 FT and 1PT dental hygienists and 2 FT lab technicians on staff.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is determined by OAA each year. Health benefits and life insurance are available and malpractice liability coverage is provided for you.

GPR Program Highlights

The clinic offers a wide range of supplies and the latest techniques in dentistry. Assistants are assigned to residents throughout the year to provide experience in four-handed dentistry. There is an extensive, part-time to full-time staff in all the dental specialties which allow residents to tackle new and difficult treatment procedures such as implant placement/restoration, full-mouth rehabilitation, dealing with medically compromised patients, diagnosis, and continuation of simple to complex cases in all dental disciplines.

The balance of the twelve-month program is spent in different Dental Rotation, where the residents provide comprehensive Restorative (including implant dentistry), Preventive, Periodontic, Endodontic, Fixed and Removable Prosthodontic, and Oral Diagnostic services.

While on the Anesthesiology rotation, the residents learn the indications and contraindications for use of general anesthesia; learn to evaluate a patient's ability to undergo general or regional anesthesia; learn to start and maintain IVs, monitor vital signs, and maintain an airway; gain a greater understanding of pharmacology and physiology; and acquire an understanding of the general methodology of general anesthesia and the
implications of the use of general anesthesia. The residents actively participate in all phases of anesthesia.

The General Practice Residents are assigned to Geriatric and Emergency Medicine after successfully completing a physical evaluation course. The residents gain experience using the techniques of physical evaluation; gain experience recognizing the presence of selected organic
disease, which may affect the management of oral and dental problems; gain awareness of the influence of systemic disease on oral health; and observe the diagnosis and management of systemic disease.

Program Goals and Objectives

1. Function as a member of a multi-disciplinary health team required in providing dental care for outpatients and inpatients, and be able to communicate with other health professionals.

2. Evaluate, treatment plan, and manage patients with medical, physical, and psychiatric conditions.

3. Control pain and anxiety in the conscious patient through the use of behavior and pharmacologic management and/or consultation with multi-disciplinary team.

4. Understand the use and interrelationships of the pharmacologic agents commonly used in medical and dental practice.

5. Demonstrate improved clinical ability and judgment in Operative Dentistry, Preventive Dentistry, Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Periodontics, Endodontics, and treatment planning for comprehensive patient care.

6. Evaluate and treat common oral/dental emergencies.

7. Manage medical emergencies that may arise in the dental office.

8. Demonstrate proficiency in patient evaluation, including taking a medical history, examination of the head and neck, and interpretation of laboratory test results, and correlating those findings with the dental treatment plan and dental treatment.

9. Demonstrate operating room protocol, procedures, and documentation.

10. Critically evaluate professional literature.

11. Demonstrate community service skills through the dental treatment of our nation's homeless veterans.


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

1. Develop skills in oral surgery treatment planning:

-participate in all weekday surgical rounds during rotation and discuss treatment plan for admitted patient with oral surgery attending or oral surgery resident.

2. Develop skills in head and neck examination:

-assist oral surgery resident in all outpatient biopsies during rotation

3. Become proficient in ambulatory minor and complex dentoalveolar surgery.

A. perform simple and surgical extractions

B. perform/assist in majority of biopsy procedures during rotation.

C. perform/assist in majority of other surgical procedures during rotation.

4. Develop proficiency in main operating room protocol.

-assist/observe all main operating room cases during rotation. GPR are required to attend formal OMFS lectures held at University of Pennsylvania OMFS residency program.

Oral Pathology

1. Review oral pathologic cases directly with an oral pathologist.

2. Learn to succinctly and accurately describe oral lesions.

3. Enhance skills in differential diagnosis.

4. Become proficient in the use of the services of an oral pathologist.

General Practice Residents are assigned to a two week rotation to the oral pathology service at Temple University School of Dentistry. During this rotation, they accession, process and diagnose specimens referred to this prolific oral pathology service.

Geriatric/IMPACT/Emergency Medicine

1. Refine skills in complete history and physical examination or physical assessment.

2. Learn to communicate effectively with medical practitioners.

3. Learn to assess urgent medical needs of patients.

4. Develop confidence and efficiency in working in medical environment

5. Provide dental consultation to medical colleagues in support of patient assessment.

6. Obtain and interpret chief complaint, medical, and social history, and review of systems

7. Obtain and interpret clinical and other diagnostic data from other health care providers;

8. Use services of clinical, medical, and pathology laboratories;

9. Perform history and physical evaluation and collect data to establish medical assessment;

CMCVAMC residents are assigned to the Geriatric/Primary Clinic and receive significant experience in assessment of medical risk.


1. Learn skills and become proficient in routine venipuncture technique.

10-2850D Link:

If you have any questions about the GPR residency program, please contact:

Rachael Conaboy
Assistant Director, General Practice Residency


Equal Employment Opportunity
This agency is an equal opportunity employer. Actions to fill the residency positions will not be based on discriminating factors, which are prohibited by law. Applicants are assured of equal consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual preference, national origin, politics, physical or mental disability, marital status, age, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit reason.