Program Description

Clinical patient care activities

Clinical dental services

Residents are typically scheduled for direct patient care from 8:15 am to 12 pm and 1 to 4:30 pm. Patient care is scheduled throughout the year at the Rochester General Hospital Outpatient Dental Center. Residents are responsible for the comprehensive and emergency care of patients in the Department of Dentistry. They are supervised by the employed and volunteer attending staff of the department. Time is allocated for endodontic, periodontic, pediatric prosthodontics, and oral and maxillofacial surgical treatment under the direct supervision of the respective specialists. Clinical experience in placement and restoration of osseointegrated implants is provided. Residents also gain clinical experience in the administration of IV moderate sedation for dental patients. Digital radiography, rotary endodontic equipment, and operating microscopes are utilized in the dental clinic. dental_8718

Residents provide comprehensive care to geriatric, developmentally disabled, and medically complex patients. Residents also rotate to the Rochester Regional Health ElderONE program to provide dental screenings for geriatric patients.


Residents perform emergency service duties (first call) after hours in consultation with Emergency Department staff.

Inpatient care

Residents assigned to inpatient care are responsible to obtain and/or review histories, manage and follow-up patients admitted to the dental services. Residents also participate in delivery of dental care in the operating room. A rotation schedule is designed to assure that each resident receives experience in the care and management of hospitalized patients. Residents may rotate to other local facilities for additional training in providing care in the operating room.

Off-service rotations


Residents are assigned to the Rochester General Hospital Department of Anesthesiology on a part-time basis totaling two to four weeks. Residents participate in the administration of general anesthesia and moderate sedation to inpatients and ambulatory surgery patients under the direct supervision of an anesthesiologist.

Physical diagnosis

The Rochester General Hospital Department of Medicine provides a didactic and clinical course that allows residents to gain competence in obtaining medical histories and performing physical evaluations. Residents gain an understanding of effective inter-professional interactions in the rotation. Advanced Cardiac Life Support training is also provided.

The program has flexibility to allow for additional assignments to areas of interest to individual residents, including off-service rotations or assignments to other Rochester institutions.

Didactic program

Over 250 hours of scheduled lectures, seminars and courses are provided in various dental and medical subjects. Courses are also provided in specialty areas such as pediatric dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, fixed and removable prosthodontics, and oral & maxillofacial surgery. Other seminar areas of interest include:

  • Scientific evaluation of dental literature
  • Treatment Planning Conference
  • General Dentistry Grand Rounds
  • Treatment of Special Dental Patients
  • Control of Pain and Anxiety in Dental Practice
  • (IV moderate sedation and nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia)
  • Practice Management & Quality Improvement
  • Osseointegrated Implants: surgical and prosthetic aspects

The resident staff are encouraged but not required to conduct research. Guidance and assistance are provided to engage in research as resources and time allow.

Salary and benefits

Residents receive stipend and benefits including:
  • Twenty (20) days paid vacation
  • Health insurance
  • Term life insurance
  • Professional liability (malpractice) coverage
  • Uniforms (scrubs and lab coats)
  • New York State Limited Permit application fee paid
  • Pre-employment physical examination, including lab work