Dental General Practice Residency

The Dental General Practice Residency at ECMC is a comprehensive, hospital-based program that focuses on training new general dentists to treat patients with various medical issues. Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), this 12-month program provides a multidisciplinary approach to enhance the basics learned during pre-doctoral education. Residents benefit from experience in inpatient, outpatient, and emergency settings on our central campus.

The General Practice Clinic provides comprehensive care and features digital radiography, electronic medical records, and an in-house dental lab operated by a full-time lab technician. The Department of Oral Oncology and Maxillofacial Prosthetics is in the Ambulatory Care Center, a new facility featuring digital radiography (including a CBCT) and a designated in-house dental laboratory outfitted to make various maxillofacial prostheses.

Successful completion fulfills the requirement for obtaining a New York State Dental licensure for those who have met all other requirements of eligibility.

Program Structure

The GPR program structure includes: 

General & Hospital Dentistry
Residents provide patient care through two clinic sessions in ECMC’s general practice clinic. 

Urgent Care Rotation
Residents manage a full schedule of urgent care patients presenting with a variety of chief complaints, but most specifically acute odontogenic infections and odontalgia. 

Off-Service Rotations
Residents gain clinical experience in specialties, including:

  • Oral oncology & maxillofacial prosthetics (4 weeks)
  • Long-term care (4 weeks)
  • Family medicine (1 week)
  • Anesthesia (2 weeks)
  • Emergency department (1 week)

On-call Duty
Residents are placed on rotations of three to four days for floor consultations and pager call for after-hours emergency calls.

Didactics
Residents dedicate four to six hours weekly to lectures, treatment planning seminars, and literature review.

Chief Resident Year (optional)
During this optional second year unique to the ECMC program, residents work out of the Oral Oncology & Maxillofacial Prosthetics for 95% of the time.

How to Apply

The program begins on July 1st and runs through June 30th of the following year. Applications should be made through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) and applicants must be registered with the National Matching Services to obtain a match code. The ECMC match code is GPR593.

Resident Benefits

All residents are employees of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences through the Office of Graduate Medical Education. For further benefits information, click here.

Externships & Observerships

The externship opportunity is available to University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine senior dental students through the affiliation agreement in place through UB and ECMC. Senior dental students will be given the opportunity to deliver comprehensive care to patients of the general practice clinic and experience hospital dentistry first-hand under the direct supervision of current dental residents and attending dentists.

The observership is open to all students to gain first-hand experience in hospital dentistry. Both undergraduate and pre-doctoral students are given the opportunity to shadow current residents and attending dentists to learn the daily structure of a life in dentistry. The hours collected here count for shadowing experiences required by dental schools for admissions applications.

Both externship and observership opportunities require the student to complete an application and submit additional materials, which will be reviewed by GPR program director Dr. Rachael Rossitto and the attending dentists.

Contact

For more information, please contact:

Rachael Rossitto, DDS
c/o Christine Lendway
Department of Dentistry
Oral Oncology & Maxillofacial Prosthetics
462 Grider St
Buffalo, NY 14215 – 716-898-1736

clendway@ecmc.edu
rrossitto@ecmc.edu

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