General Dentistry Residency at The Mount Sinai Hospital

The General Dental Residency focuses on developing and supporting residents during this formative year, assisting the transition from dental school into the world beyond academia. Our department offers you the benefit of working with attending dentists who are specialists in every field of dentistry, orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, and endodontics. You will have access to a wealth of knowledge and guidance on a more personal level than experienced in dental school. We offer a one-year program, and residents may take an optional second year.

Mount Sinai/Bronx VA General Practice Residency in Dentistry PGY-1

The Mount Sinai/Bronx VA Medical Center PGY-1 General Practice Residency in Dentistry is dedicated to providing education and clinical experiences that exceed and build upon the foundations provided by dental school curricula. The primary objective of this program is to provide comprehensive, high quality and professional general dental services to eligible patients in an efficient and timely manner. Clinical, didactic, equipment and material resources are maintained to support this objective.

The goals and objectives of the Mount Sinai/Bronx VA PGY-1 General Practice Residency in Dentistry emphasize the following:

1) General dentistry: Provide broad and comprehensive training in all phases of general dentistry (with the exception of orthodontics at the Bronx VA). There will be an adequate supply of patients with diverse dental needs to provide the aforementioned training. Residents will develop working relationships with dental specialists to best meet the needs of patients under treatment.

2) Resident education: Maintain the instructional, administrative, environmental and material resources needed to support resident education. Residents will be provided with a comprehensive didactic program with contributions from attending staff, affiliate staff and guest lecturers. There will be weekly literature review meetings with all residents taking turns leading these sessions. Residents will have access to library and online educational resources. There will be bi-monthly case presentation sessions that will be overseen by attending staff. Residents will participate in didactic off-service programs offered while on rotation. 

3) Patient care: Provide high quality, professional and efficient comprehensive care to patients. The delivery of comprehensive care to patients is the primary focus of this training program. All other aspects of this general practice residency program serve to support this primary goal. All routine clinical care performed by dental residents will be supervised by an attending dentist.

4) Community service: Residents provide emergency care on a humanitarian basis to patients who otherwise do not qualify for treatment. Residents are encouraged to incorporate teaching and service to their community as a component of future long-term goals. Residents participate annually in a community health fair sponsored by Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

5) Training residents to provide oral health care in a hospital setting: Residents will become a significant component of the medical center team. Residents learn how to manage the care of inpatients and outpatients in a hospital setting. They will learn how to admit, perform modified physical examinations, manage and discharge patients. Residents will be able to consult with other members of the medical center. The hospital environment will provide resources that are necessary for residents to learn how to manage medically compromised patients. Residents will do off-service rotations in Medicine, Anesthesiology and the Emergency Room.

The Mount Sinai Hospital
The Department of Dentistry at The Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the busiest in the United States. There are seven general practice operatories and a completely equipped operating suite and recovery room. We have the latest equipment for implantology, laser surgery, endodontic evaluation, and periodontic evaluation. Residents have access to the extensive Gustave L. and Janet W. Levy Library at the Icahn School of Medicine. In addition, you can take advantage of the numerous lectures, clinics, diagnostic and research laboratories, and technology located throughout the institution. There are ample opportunities for clinical as well as basic science research.

Institute for Family Health
Residents spend most of their time practicing outpatient dentistry in the Dental Department at the Institute for Family Health. Open six days a week, this clinic houses 14 state-of-the-art, fully digitized operatories. Residents provide cutting-edge services to patients with a wide range of needs across all dental specialties. A professionally trained dental staff provides assistance throughout procedures, which allows our residents to focus on the patient as they transition into four-handed dentistry. We encourage residents to take on challenging cases, both from a dental and medical standpoint.

The objective of the residency program is to train dentists to deliver comprehensive oral health care and interact with colleagues in various medical disciplines in dealing with medically compromised patients. Our didactic program begins with a series of orientation lectures during July and August. Thereafter, there are formal lectures twice daily, weekly oral pathology conferences, and grand rounds in general dentistry.

Our didactic program disciplines include:

  • Dental materials
  • Dental phobia
  • Endodontics
  • Esthetic dentistry
  • Implantology
  • Local anesthesia and sedation
  • Medical evaluation
  • Oral diagnosis
  • Orthodontics
  • Pathology
  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Preventive dentistry
  • Prosthodontics, fixed and removable
  • Radiology
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders/facial pain
  • Treatment of medical and dental emergencies

Specialty Dentistry Rotation
Residents participate actively in specialty areas, including implantology, pediatric dental rehabilitation under general anesthesia, dental anesthesia, and temporomandibular joint disorders and facial pain treatment.

Oral Surgery Rotation
Residents spend two months assisting with oral surgery in clinic, emergency, and OR settings. They handle first call at The Mount Sinai Hospital.

Internal Medicine Rotation
Residents take part in obtaining and interpreting the patient’s chief complaint, medical and social history, and review of systems; obtaining and interpreting clinical and other diagnostic data from other health care providers; using the services of clinical, medical, and pathology laboratories; and performing a history and physical evaluation and collecting other data in order to establish a medical assessment. 

Anesthesia Rotation
Residents spend two weeks in the operating room preparing patients for anesthesia, utilizing monitoring equipment, and participating in venipuncture, intubations, and airway management.

Emergency Rotation
Residents participate in the evaluation and management of medical and surgical emergencies, including treating and/or admitting patients with significant infections and trauma.

The Department of Dentistry accepts 15 PGY-1 residents and five PGY-2 residents. We participate in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) program. PASS is designed to meet the needs of postdoctoral dental programs and their candidates by providing participating programs with information in a standardized format Additionally, this service relieves candidates of the burden of repetitious individual applications.

Please have the following documents electronically processed to complete your file:

  • Universal application with personal statement
  • Dean's letter
  • Final dental school transcript
  • Two personal potential index evaluations
  • Board scores/transcript

Our program number is 609.