Dental Residency Program - VA Western New York Healthcare System
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VA Western New York Healthcare System


Dental Residency Program

Assistant Chief of the Dental Service

VA Western New York Healthcare system

3495 Bailey Avenue

Buffalo, New York 14215

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Program Description

The resources and academic environment of this medical center allow us to offer an Advanced Education In General Dentistry Program, which is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of Approval With No Recommendations. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.

The Advance Education in General Dentistry (A.E.G.D.) is a comprehensive General Dentistry program with advanced training in all areas of clinical dentistry except pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. The first year residents will be trained in the surgical placement and restoration of implants, periodontal surgery, advanced rotary endodontics, esthetic restorations (including veneers, all porcelain crowns, inlays and onlays), advanced fixed and removable prosthodontics (including full mouth rehabilitation), advanced oral surgery, and the treatment of medically compromised patients.

The Dental Service conducts a year-long Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program, accepting four residents annually. An optional second year of training is available, with the second-year resident then serving as chief resident. The residency program has been active continuously since 1978. As an integral part of the hospital, the Dental Service has serves as part of the Cancer Committee, Tumor Board, Long-Term Care Committee, Infection Control Committee, Radiation Safety Committee as well as answering consultations from other services such as Cardiology Service and Infectious Disease, to name a few.

Residents' schedules are carefully planned to provide educational experiences to meet the requirements listed for the specific program by the American Dental Association Commission on Accreditation. Patients eligible for treatment are assigned to the residents for comprehensive care. Due to the nature of dental eligibility, a resident's ability to complete a comprehensive treatment plan for an eligible patient is not based upon the patient's ability to pay for their dental care. Therefore, the dental resident will have ample opportunity to render fixed and removable prosthodontic care as well as molar endodontics and periodontal surgery. All aspects of dentistry are practiced with the exception of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. The residents work with a chair side assistant in developing their own daily patient schedule, except for scheduling appropriate patients' specialty consultants. Quarterly evaluations assure a good caseload mix. Residents also treat patients presenting for emergency care.

It should be noted that all dental records are paperless and integrated with the medical records. Radiographs are digital and integrated as well.  Residents are also given comprehensive training in electronic records that are available in the private sector. Other technology employed by the Dental Service includes CEREC and InLab machines, rotary endodontics, laser surgery and electrosurgery.

The program provides all residents with 5 paid days towards the pursuit of continuing education endeavors outside of the formal didactic curriculum. Travel, lodging, and all other additional fees associated with the conferences and workshops are the responsibility of the resident.


Orientation to the program begins the first week.  The resident is introduced to dental clinic policies and protocols, clinical privileges, computerized patient record system and other operational details of a hospital based dental practice.  A resident manual is provided to serve as a reference source for clinical and hospital policies and procedures and for information on dental materials and equipment.

Program Summary

  • General dentistry clinic 78%
  • Didactic Program
     - Seminars, conferences, lectures  10%
  • Oral Surgery
     - Clinic and OR cases 12% 

The Advanced Education In General Dentistry Residency Review Board examines the performance of each resident at least once every four months. For this purpose, a detailed evaluation of each resident is submitted to the board by the program director. The board makes recommendations for continuation, remediation or necessary disciplinary actions.

Overall Program Objectives

  • To provide the resident with a broad based comprehensive clinical experience in general dentistry.
  • To educate each resident in the principles of modern oral healthcare delivery that provides a foundation for future learning.
  • To emphasize the comprehensive care of patients.
  • To understand the oral health needs of communities and of the dental professional’s role in community service.

Past Residents' Experiences

The following represents an approximation of the chair-side procedures an average resident accomplishes in one year.

  • Comprehensive oral evaluations 108
  • Endodontic canals filled 32
  • Complete denture units 12
  • Removable partial denture units 22
  • Surgical placement of dental implants 18
  • Simple/Surgical Extractions 207
  • Anterior Composites (Surfaces) 515
  • Posterior Composites (Surfaces) 355
  • Alloy restorations (Surfaces) 76
  • Fixed units (PFM, FCC, Ceramic) 58
  • Periodontal surgical procedures 12 

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Further information may be obtained by contacting:

Jordy Guidry

Program Support Assistant

VA Western New York Healthcare system

3495 Bailey Avenue

Buffalo, New York 14215

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