VA Western New York Healthcare System
Dental Residency Program
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Salary and Other Employment Terms
Residents' salaries are established annually. Currently, the salary is approximately $50,000 for First Year Residents and the optional Second Year Resident salary is approximately $51,000. Residents are eligible to enroll in the medical and life insurance programs of the medical center. They are allowed 10 days of annual leave per year. Sick leave is available if required. Official leave may be granted to attend professional meetings and continuing education courses and to take State Board Examinations. Any tuition or travel costs will be the responsibility of the resident. Annual and official leave is granted at the discretion of the chief, Dental Service, contingent upon of patient care needs. Leave must be requested at least 60 days in advance except in cases of emergency.
Each Resident has an assigned operatory and a full-time Assistant. Treatment plans will be developed under the guidance of the faculty. Lab and clinical work will be evaluated periodically. The goal of these evaluations is to ensure the highest level of care for Veterans and instill confidence in residents that they are progressing successfully.
Hours of Duty
The residents normally are on duty from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and for such other periods as may be necessary for patient care, academic coursework and staff meetings.
Residents are responsible for being on call for emergencies one week out of every four weeks. The Medical Center provides paging beepers allowing on call staff mobility. An attending dentist is on call as a back-up for consultation and/or assistance. The nature of our on-call service is for true dental emergencies and not for care of chronic dental neglect, which is addressed during regular clinic hours.