General Practice Residency

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IMG 2279The general practice residency in dentistry (GPR) at by St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center is sponsored by New York Medical School and fully accredited by the ADA’s Commission on Dental Accreditation.

The one-year program is designed to train residents to become competent general practitioners. Training is provided in physical diagnosis, medical risk assessment and emergency management. Residents treat a large volume of medically complex patients and healthy patients with the full spectrum of oral health needs. Residents gain valuable experience working closely with oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS) residents and faculty, participating in team management of implant patients and a collaborative approach to the care of maxillofacial trauma. Dedicated to providing residents with a quality learning experience, faculty members represent every discipline of dentistry and are well-trained and experienced clinicians/educators.

Four general practice residents (GPRs) are enrolled each July. GPRs plan and conduct treatment under supervision at a well-equipped off-site dental center minutes from the hospital’s main campus. A portion of the clinical training in dentistry focuses on the management of dental urgencies and emergencies; however, each resident also has an assigned group of patients eligible for comprehensive treatment. As such, GPRs gain experience in all phases of dentistry from treatment planning through conventional and implant prosthodontics. In the hospital, GPRs admit, manage and discharge dental service patients, suture lacerations, provide consultation to other services and treat patients in the Emergency Department with appropriate supervision and guidance.

Required curriculum areas include patient assessment and diagnosis, planning and providing comprehensive multidisciplinary health care, obtaining informed consent, promoting oral and systemic health and disease prevention, sedation, pain and anxiety control, restoration of teeth, replacement of teeth using fixed and removable appliances, periodontal therapy and pulpal therapy, hard and soft tissue surgery, treatment of dental and medical emergencies, and medical risk assessment.

The department’s core didactic program consists of:

  • Lectures and seminars, weekly;
  • Grand Rounds, monthly;
  • Journal Club;
  • Impromptu discussion;
  • Special presentations; and
  • IV sedation, elective.

There are four rotations throughout the year, all of which occur at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical center:

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 8 weeks
  • Anesthesia 4 weeks
  • Medicine 2 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine 2 weeks

Teaching is ongoing in the operating room, the clinic and on rounds each day. The rationale for medical and surgical decisions is routinely discussed and an open exchange of ideas is encouraged. Scholarly activity is required, and mentorship is provided by faculty.

Research and/or scholarly activity is required as a group project and is expected to present annually at the St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center Research Day, which is usually held in May.

2013-2014

  1. Yasmine Abbassi, DMD
  2. Carmine Cataldo, DMD
  3. Siavash Dehghani, DMD
  4. Sarah Shin, DDS

2012-2013

  1. Dandline Alexandre, DMD GP, private practice
  2. Daniel Belotserkovsky, DDS GP, private practice
  3. Monica Ross, DMD GP, private practice
  4. Wei Ting, DDS GP, private practice

2011-2012

  1. Eileen Dano, DDS Pediatric Dental Resident, NY
  2. Astrid Gonzalez, DDS GP, private practice
  3. Mohamed Shariff, DMD GP, private practice
  4. Rani Shah, DMD GP, private practice

2010-2011

  1. Shomali Dasgupta, DDS GP, private practice
  2. Anjali Doshi, DMD GP, private practice
  3. Patricia Botero, DMD GP, private practice
  4. Andrew Chen, DDS GP, private practice
  5. Christina Lee, DMD GP, private practice
  6. Shreyasi Vaghela, DMD GP, private practice

2009-2010

  1. Paul Awad, DDS GP, private practice
  2. Sylvia Awadalla, DDS GP, private practice
  3. Ron Ho, DDS OMS Resident, NJ
  4. Tania Lodhi, DDS GP, private practice
  5. Andleeb Shabahat, DDS GP, private practice
  6. Meria Stepansky, DMD GP, private practice

The process of admitting residents to GPR program is consistent with the general policies of St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center and with New York Medical College’s policies on non-discrimination and with the Standards published by the Commission of Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association.

To be considered for admission, applicants must be:

  • Graduates of accredited institutions in the US or Canada; and
  • Citizens of the US or must possess a valid green card.

Applications for admission are processed through the PASS program and final selections are made utilizing the services of the postdoctoral dental matching program (MATCH).

Deadline for application to be reviewed is October 15th of the year prior to desired entry into the program.

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