General Practice Dental Residency

The General Practice Residency Program offered by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is a one-year opportunity in hospital dentistry. It is conducted at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, which is affiliated with the university. Currently, the program accepts three residents annually.

Throughout the year, residents primarily engage in general dentistry, working on complex cases alongside various specialists. This takes place within the clinics of Dentistry-Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, a division of Johns Hopkins Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, which provides comprehensive support for all program activities. Additionally, residents undergo two months of rotations in anesthesia and emergency medicine.

The program offers a diverse curriculum encompassing various disciplines, including clinical dentistry, emergency medical care, inpatient care and hospital administration, pain control and anesthesiology, oral surgery, oral pathology, practice management, research, special patient care, and temporomandibular disorders.

Application Process

Our residency program participates in the American Dental Education Association's Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS).

The deadline for submitting applications through PASS is October 1st.

Here are the application requirements:

  • Submit your application through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS).
  • You must complete your graduation from an ADA-accredited dental school prior to the start date of July 1st.
  • Applicants must be either U.S. citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents.

Please refrain from sending any additional documents to the program. The residency director will reach out to you if any further materials are necessary.

Applicants are selected for interviews based on their academic achievements, personal essay, and Professional Evaluations (PEF). If your application meets the criteria, you will be contacted for an interview. The chosen applicants will be invited to interview on a Saturday in October.

It's important to note that our General Practice Residency program does not participate in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program administered by National Matching Services.

Here are the requirements for matriculation:

  • You must be a graduate of a dental school that is accredited by the American Dental Association, earning a DDS or DMD degree.
  • You need to have successfully passed Part I and Part II of the National Dental Board Examination OR the INDBE.
  • You must be eligible for a dental license in a state within the United States.

Program Goals and Objectives

The overall objectives of this program are to provide:

  • Advanced postdoctoral training in the clinical practice of dentistry within a simulated private practice environment.
  • Equip residents with the skills to manage and care for inpatients within a collaborative, interdisciplinary healthcare system.
  • Provide ample opportunities for interdisciplinary interaction between the resident and other healthcare providers through extensive clinical, didactic, and hospital-based experiences.
  • Utilize scientific principles, including evidence-based and outcome-based clinical decision-making, critical thinking, and technology-based systems, to deliver optimal care to all patients.
  • Creating an Optimal Environment for Critical Review, Research, and Career Development

For each discipline and rotation, residency graduates are expected to be able to perform at a post-graduate level with skills and judgement commensurate with their residency experience.


The didactic curriculum is comprised of seminars/lectures on a variety of dental and medical topics. We have a wide range of specialists from maxillofacial surgeons, endodontist, maxillofacial prosthodontist, TMD specialist, general dentists and pediatric dentist who routinely lecture on a variety of topics. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Anesthesia, Pain Control, and Pharmacology
  • Asepsis, Infection and Hazard Control
  • Clinical Dentistry (Endo, Implants, OMFS, Pathology, Pediatrics, Periodontics, Restorative, and Preventative)
  • Dental Oncology and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics
  • Dental Photography
  • Emergency Dental Care
  • Emergency Medical Care
  • Inpatient Care and Hospital Organization
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Medical Risk Assessment
  • Physical Evaluation
  • Medically Compromised Patients
  • Oral Medicine
  • Oral Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Clinical Case Conferences
  • Clinical Case Studies
  • Practice Management
  • Research and Individual Study
  • Special Patient Care
  • TMD/Myofacial Disorders

In addition to lectures our residents participate and present in Treatment Planning Case Conferences, Literature Reviews, Implant Workshops, Endodontic workshops, Hospital Credentialing/Organization and Orientation.

Residents are also required to do Rotations at the hospital:

Anesthesia Rotation: 2 weeks (80 Hours)

Residents will be assigned to an Anesthesia Rotation with supervised experiences in the following:

  • Preoperative evaluation.
  • Assessment of effects of pharmacologic and behavioral techniques.
  • Venipuncture technique.
  • Patient monitoring.
  • Airway management and intubation.
  • Administration of pharmacologic agents.
  • Prevention and treatment of anesthetic emergencies.
  • Assessment of patient recovery from anesthesia.

Emergency Department: 2 weeks (80 Hours)

Residents will be assigned to an Emergency Department Rotation with supervised experiences to include:

  • Familiarize the resident with the treatment of medical emergencies so that they are better able to treat a range of oral emergencies.
  • Expose resident to the treatment of medical and dental emergencies.
  • Be exposed to patient with primary systemic abnormalities and in a medical emergency and to assess the need for additional diagnostic studies.
  • Support a patient’s respiration and circulation I case of systemic collapse.
  • Treat allergic reactions.
  • Learn wound management.
  • Learn early fracture management.

Contact Information

  • Alexander K Daniel, D.D.S.

    • Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

    Primary Location: Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center (now called Levi Watkins, Jr., M.D., Outpatient Center), Baltimore, MD

  • Chi H Choe, D.D.S.

    • Instructor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

    Primary Location: Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center (now called Levi Watkins, Jr., M.D., Outpatient Center), Baltimore, MD

Meet Our Residents

Connor M. Miller, DDS

Hometown: Arvada, Clorado
Undergraduate Education: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Dental School: The University of Maryland, Baltimore

"When I'm not in the hospital, you can usually find me fly-fishing the Gunpowder River, running around the Inner Harbor, or trying my hand at a new recipe."

Irini Hanna, DDS

Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
Undergraduate Education: University of Maryland, College Park
Dental School: University of Maryland, Baltimore

"When I'm not in the hospital, I enjoy playing on recreational sports teams, exploring different places/restaurants in Baltimore, volunteering in the community and traveling.”

Gabriella Summa, DMD

Hometown: Dunmore, PA
Undergraduate Education: University of Pittsburgh
Dental School: University of Pittsburgh

“When not in the hospital, I enjoy traveling to visit friends and family, finding new restaurants, reading, and supporting Pittsburgh sports teams.”


Madelyn Deford, DMD

Madelyn Deford, DMD

Jonathan Jackson, DDS

Jonathan Jackson, DDS

Toyin Ajayi, DMD

Toyin Ajayi, DMD