Dental General Practice Residency Program Description


The Department of Dental Medicine has two residency training programs: General Practice Residency (12 month with an optional 24 month) and a Dental Anesthesiology Residency (24 month).

The General Practice Residency (GPR) program has two clinical sites: Wyckoff Heights Medical Center (374 Stockholm Street, Brooklyn) and the East New York Diagnostic Center (2094 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn). Each resident will spend 10 months at Wyckoff Hospital and 2 months at the East New York Clinic. The two training sites are located within 20 minutes from each other.

The Department has 22 resident positions, 18 in general practice and 4 in dental anesthesiology. The 18 positions in general dentistry include 1st, 2nd year and Chief residents. Applicants must demonstrate a strong academic background, confirmed by both undergraduate and graduate school records. The National Board’s part l and ll, DAT scores, three letters of recommendation from the Dean and faculty, resume, personal statement, as well as an interview completes the application process for the program.

Our Residency Training Programs are accredited by Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association.


The goal of the residency program is to transform the student into a competent practitioner of dentistry. This is accomplished by giving the resident a clinical and academic exposure that will solidify the dental school experience. The integration of sound dental and medical knowledge coupled with a broad clinical experience will prepare the resident for practice.

The goal of the residency program is to develop a well-rounded general practitioner who will be able to practice the full scope of dentistry, and know when to refer a patient to a specialist. The practitioner will have a full working knowledge of the hospital and will be confident when admitting and treating patients there.

The purposes of these programs are to correlate and integrate the diverse knowledge acquired in dental school. The resident will attain a high degree of competence in the art and science of dentistry and develop confidence in applying this knowledge.

The resident will learn the value of teaching situations, continuing education, organized dentistry, and the value of hospital dentistry to the patient.


Wyckoff Heights Medical Center is the main clinical campus. It is here that the dental resident will have rotations in the Departments of Anesthesiology (Operating Room), Emergency Medicine (Emergency Room), Medicine and Special Care Dentistry. During these rotations the resident will be gain experience and knowledge in physical diagnosis, history & physicals, laboratory interpretation, general medicine, pediatric & geriatric medicine, infectious disease, pathology, radiology and family practice.

Clinical Program

The clinical program will expose the resident to all aspects of general dentistry including: restorative, fixed and removable prosthodontics, implants, endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics, oral pathology, pediatric and geriatric dentistry. Residents will gain experience in conscious sedation, moderate/deep sedation, general anesthesia and pain management. The resident will gain in depth knowledge in the treatment of the mentally, physically, and medically compromised patient.

The optional 2nd-year general practice residency program allows the resident to receive advanced training by treating the more complex cases. They can choose an area of concentration. These residents serve as leaders and role models to the 1st year residents. They have additional/advanced clinical, didactic and administrative responsibilities. They participate in presentations at regional and national dental conferences. Research is encouraged.

Didactic Program

The clinical portion of the program is strengthened by a weekly didactic program that includes a broad range of lectures, journal club, treatment planning conferences, case presentations and quality assurance/performance improvement activities. The didactic lectures encompass the basic sciences, medicine, the full scope of dentistry, practice/risk management and ethics. The residents in both the one-year and two-year general practice programs will present case studies suitable for publication. Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support training courses are given. The lectures are given by the dedicated attending staff of generalists and specialists, guest speakers and residents. Residents are given the opportunity to attend conferences at local dental societies, regional professional meetings and neighboring hospitals offering special programs.

Salary and Benefits

Wyckoff Heights Medical Centers Residents are members of the Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU, the sole and exclusive collective bargaining agent of the residency program. This agency has assured that the Resident Staff have excellent salaries and benefits.