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General Practice Dental Residency

The General Practice Residency Program is a one-year experience in hospital dentistry at the Division of Dentistry-Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Division at the Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Residency Overview

  • Program duration: one year (July – June)
  • Number of residents: three residents each year
  • Location: The Johns Hopkins Hospital campus in Baltimore
  • Accreditation: Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
  • How to apply: Applications are accepted through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) administered by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). This residency does not participate in the National Matching Service program.
  • Important dates: ADEA PASS application period is from May 12, 2022 to February 7, 2023.
  • Each resident spends approximately nine months in general dentistry clinics at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
  • The remaining three months are scheduled rotations in anesthesia, internal medicine, and oral & maxillofacial surgery.
  • Clinical and didactic curriculum covers a wide range of disciplines, including clinical dentistry, emergency medical care, inpatient care & hospital organization, pain control and anesthesiology, oral surgery, oral pathology, practice management, research, special patient care, and temporomandibular disorders.
  • Prerequisites: an applicant must fulfill the following requirements:
    • Pass Part I, National Dental Board Examination. Pass Part II of the NDEB before enrollment into the program.
    • Proficiency in the English language
    • Graduate of CODA-accredited dental school

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Program Goals and Objectives

The general dentistry program offers:

  • Advanced training in the clinical practice of dentistry at the postdoctoral level in a simulated private practice setting.
  • Training in diagnosis and treatment planning in a problem-based manner using total patient evaluation.
  • Clinical and hospital experience and community service in comprehensive and emergency oral care to a wide range of patients with regard to dental complexity, medically, physically and mentally compromising conditions, including age (geriatric and pediatric) and socioeconomic status (indigent and privileged).
  • Extensive clinical, didactic and hospital opportunities for interdisciplinary interaction between the resident and other health care providers.
  • Didactic information and clinical guidance in communicative, behavioral management and practice management skills and apply them to the practice of dentistry.
  • An appropriate environment for critical review and presentation of literature and the pursuit of individual research interests and career goals.

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


The didactic curriculum is comprised of seminars/lectures on a variety of dental and medical topics, and often integrates with other advanced education programs from the University of Maryland and the Baltimore-VA GPR program. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Anesthesia, Pain Control, and Pharmacology
  • Asepsis, Infection and Hazard Control
  • Clinical Dentistry
    • Endodontics
    • Implant Dentistry
    • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    • Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology
    • Pediatric Dentistry
    • Periodontics
    • Preventive Dentistry
    • Restorative Dentistry
  • 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
    • Patients with Disabilities
    • Geriatric Patients
  • TMD/Myofacial Disorders
  • Rotations (Anesthesia - 2 weeks, Medicine - 1 week, Emergency Department - 1 week)


Medical Rotation (Medical Risk Assessment): 1 week

  • Residents will be assigned to a rotation in medicine that offers supervised practical experiences, including:
  • Taking, recording and interpreting a complete medical history.
  • Understanding the indications of and interpretations of lab studies and other techniques in the diagnosis of oral and systemic disease.
  • Understanding the relationship between oral health and systemic disease.
  • Performing a physical evaluation and collect other date to establish a medical assessment.

Anesthesia Rotation: 2 weeks

  • 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: 1 week

  • 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.

Admission Criteria

Generally, applicants for advanced education programs are considered on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Completed Application
  • Grade Point Average
  • Class Standing
  • Transcript/Pattern of Academic Achievement
  • National Board Scores
  • Experience and Training
  • Recommendations
  • Personal interview

Admission criteria are applied equally to all participants regardless of race, sex, color, national origin, or religion. The Johns Hopkins University and our program encourage minority student applications.

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