Dentistry Residencies and Internships

General Dentistry

The General Practice in Dentistry Residency (GPR) certificate is a one-year program that includes training in pediatric dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery and restorative dentistry. The program provides clinical, didactic and hospital experience at the postdoctoral level. The instruction and experience will prepare residents to meet the oral health needs for a broad range of patients.

The GPR Program is designed to provide experience in various phases of inpatient and ambulatory dental care. Each dental resident rotates through Anesthesia, Oral Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry, Perio, Endo, Operative Dentistry and Emergency Medicine. To complement the rotation schedules, residents are assigned "comprehensive-care" patients throughout the year for whom the resident will be responsible from the treatment planning and comprehensive care

In addition to clinical experience, residents will be exposed to a variety of subjects through didactic sessions including, but not limited to: GPR rounds, Oral Surgery chart and ward rounds, treatment planning sessions, journal club meetings, grand rounds and appearances by various guest speakers throughout the year.

The GPR program strives to create an environment which enables residents to develop their clinical and intellectual skills. The program admits ten residents per year. 

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Eligibility

  • Graduation from an accredited American Dental Association or Canadian Dental Association dental school, and an expressed desire on the part of the applicant to complete a one-year general practice residency.
  • Must apply through PASS
  • Must be in the Match
  • Must have good grades in dental school
  • Must have three letters of recommendation from dental school faculty that describe the student in good standing
  • Must have passed part I of the National Boards and if part II has been taken, must have passed it
  • Must participate in a personal interview with the director, staff members and residents

Learn more about the goals and objectives of the General Practice Residency Program at Denver Health.

Pediatric Dental Residency

The Pediatric Dental Residency is a two-year program providing clinical, didactic and hospital experience at the postdoctoral level. The instruction and experience prepares residents to meet the oral health needs of pediatric patients.

The Pediatric Dental Residency is designed to provide clinical experience in orthodontics, periodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, restorative dentistry, and endodontics. In addition to clinical experience, residents will be exposed to a variety of subjects through didactic sessions including, but not limited to: biomedical sciences, behavior guidance, craniofacial growth and development, oral facial injury and emergency care, oral diagnosis, oral pathology, and oral medicine, prevention and health promotion, practice management, special health care needs patients, hospital dentistry, pulp therapy, and advocacy.

The Pediatric Dental Residency program strives to create an environment that enables residents to develop their clinical and intellectual skills. The program admits four residents per year.

Eligibility

  • Graduation from an accredited American Dental Association or Canadian Dental Association dental school, and an expressed desire on the part of the applicant to complete a two-year pediatric dental residency.
  • Must apply through PASS.
  • Must be in the Match.
  • Must have good grades in dental school.
  • Must have three letters of recommendation from dental school faculty that describe the student in good standing.
  • Must have passed part I of the National Boards and if part II has been taken, must have passed.
  • Must participate in a personal interview with the director, staff members and residents.”

Learn more about the goals and objectives of the Pediatric Dental Residency at Denver Health

 

For further information concerning this program please contact:

Jeffrey Kahl
Program Director
Email: Jeffrey.Kahl@dhha.org

 

Pediatric Dental Internship

Internship Length and Number of Positions:

This is a 12-month program commencing on or about July 1st of each year. Four new positions will be offered each year.

 

Internship Application:

The Denver Health Pediatric Dentistry Intern Application is used and can be obtained by contacting the Pediatric Dentistry Program Director, Dr. Jeffrey Young, at Jeffrey.Kahl@dhha.org.

Four interns are selected each year through direct application to the Denver Health Pediatric Dentistry Residency Coordinator.

*The application process may be modified to accommodate the shortened timeframe during which candidates have an opportunity to apply to the program.

 

Internship Description

The Pediatric Dentistry Internship at Denver Health Medical Center is a one-year program that provides focused clinical training in pediatric dentistry and dental care for patients with special healthcare needs. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in limited clinical experience for dental students across the country. Denver Health offers a well-rounded experience for those who are searching for additional hands-on training.

The Internship Program is NOT accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association.

 

Curriculum

The curriculum is divided into two areas: clinical and didactic.

 

Clinical Curriculum:

The clinical curriculum includes providing both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs.

Interns will have the opportunity to see normal, healthy children as well as those that present with complexities related to age, medical condition, extent of oral disease and behavior.

Denver Health provides comprehensive oral healthcare that encompasses prevention; diagnosis and treatment planning; restorations including stainless steel crowns, zirconia crowns, composites; pulp therapy; extractions; and space maintenance.

Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of settings including:

  • Webb primary pediatric dental clinic
  • Community Health Centers
  • Medical Dental Integration in Pediatric Medicine Clinic
  • Operating Room
  • Emergency and Trauma Call
  • Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic

Advanced clinical training is provided in:

  • Sedation
  • Orthodontics
  • Endodontics
  • Periodontics

Guidelines and policies of the AAPD are reviewed and incorporated into discussions regarding patient care in the clinic.

 

Didactic Curriculum:

Evidence-based dentistry is also presented as part of the didactic curriculum. The program’s standard for providing oral health care requires faculty and residents to use critical thinking in both didactic and clinical experiences. Critical thinking when evaluating patient oral and medical conditions and health history will advance learner ability to consistently provide evidence-based treatment.

Interns will be exposed to a variety of subjects through didactic sessions including treatment planning seminars, literature review and lectures.

The lecture series provides in-depth coverage of multiple topics including:

  • Diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Restorations in the primary dentition
  • Pulp therapy
  • Treatment of toothaches and trauma in children
  • Infant oral health
  • Space maintenance
  • Treating pregnant mothers
  • Medical emergencies in the dental clinic
  • Protective stabilization
  • Nitrous oxide/Oxygen administration
  • Nonpharmacological behavior guidance
  • Advanced behavior guidance
  • Oral pathology
  • Special healthcare needs
  • Advocacy

Internship Facilities

Denver Health Medical Center is a not-for-profit, teaching, and academic hospital accredited by The Joint Commission. The Wellington Webb Primary Care Building is accessible for special health care needs patients. Patients currently receive care in the primary pediatric and adult clinics, the dental clinic, and other specialty clinics located within the Webb Building.

Denver Community Health Services (DCHS) is one of the oldest and largest community health center networks in the country. DCHS dental target population is all patients in the city and county of Denver.

The Webb Clinic at Denver Health is dedicated to care for pediatric and special health care needs patients. The Webb Pediatric Dental Clinic has 13 treatment rooms and 4 sedation dedicated treatment rooms. With a fully established pediatric dental program in July 2023, this location will allow for care of more than 6,400 additional pediatric patients providing 11,600 visits in 2022 and an additional 1,600 pediatric patients and 2,900 visits in 2023. Pediatric focused hygienists would allow preventive dental care for 3,850 patients with 7,700 visits per year.

In addition, there are two facilities on campus that have fully equipped operating rooms with pre- and post-op care units. These are utilized to provide treatment for dental patients under general anesthesia.

With a fully established pediatric dental program and pediatric dental specialty residency, admitting our first class of four dental residents in July 2022 leading to a second-year residency class in 2023 of eight total residents, this location for pediatric dental services will allow for care of more than 6,400 additional pediatric patients providing 11,600 visits in 2022 and an additional 1,600 pediatric patients and 2,900 visits in 2023. Pediatric focused hygienists would allow preventive dental care for 3,850 patients with 7,700 visits per year.

The potential is to schedule 1,248 patients in the OR with assigned block time and additional providers with the residency resulting in improved OR access and prioritization.

A new Outpatient Medical Center (OMC) opened in 2021 and is utilized by the Denver Health CODA accredited OMFS and GPR programs, as well as staff dentists, to provide patient care for adults, including those patients with special health care needs.

Denver Health maintains a Complex Care (Tier 4) team that supports about 500 children with the highest level of special medical needs, primarily in their medical home. The Complex Care clinic does comprehensive multidisciplinary visits once a week, in which five children usually attend, and often more as a consultation visit. Overall, about 20% of the pediatric population at Denver Health has some level of special needs, primarily in the area of developmental challenges. Denver Health also has a 25 bed Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU); a 20-bed pediatric ward; an 8-10 bed pediatric intensive care unit (PICU); and a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center.

 

Internship Admission Requirements

  • Graduation from a CODA-accredited dental school
  • Denver Health Pediatric Dentistry Internship application including transcripts and CV, three professional evaluation forms including at least one institutional evaluation
  • A personal interview if invited
  • An expressed desire on the part of the applicant to complete a one-year Internship Program in Pediatric Dentistry.

In addition, applicants must be eligible to apply and obtain a Colorado Dental License (Colorado accepts both WREB and CDCA examinations) by July 1st.

 

Internship Strengths

The Denver Health Pediatric Dentistry Intern Program is oriented to enhance clinical skills and knowledge in the provision of comprehensive dental care to children. This is best evidenced through the didactic and clinical schedules, which have been developed by a collaborative pediatric dental faculty group at Denver Health with robust backgrounds, skills, and experiences in dentistry.

Denver Health Medical Center’s dental programs treat a growing, unique population of more than 25,000 patients.

The pediatric dental clinic is based in the Webb Center for Primary Care where pediatric and special needs patients receive a variety of primary and specialized healthcare. The dental clinic is co-located with the primary care pediatric clinic and has established an effective medical-dental integration process. Resources and consultants for pediatric health care are available at Denver Health as well as Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Denver Health is a Level 1 Trauma Center providing training and experience in management and treatment of injuries to oral-facial structures.

Denver Health CODA accredited Oral Surgery, General Practice, and Pediatric Dentistry Advanced Education Programs work closely with Pediatric Dentistry Internship Program.

 

Internship Accreditation

The Pediatric Dentistry Internship is sponsored by Denver Health Medical Center. It is NOT accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

 

Program Faculty

Full Time:

  • Jeffrey Kahl,* DDS – Program Director
  • Scott Hamilton,* DDS
  • Karen Foster,* DDS
  • Jeffrey Young,* DDS
  • Kojo Danso,* DMD
  • Jennie Marinucci, DMD

Adjunct Faculty:

  • Autumn Hurd,* DDS
  • Bianca Hoffman,* DMD
  • Bryan Savage,* DDS
  • Jill Decker,* DDS
  • Sarah Villasenor,* DDS
  • Sean Whalen,* DDS, MS
  • Stacy Jackson,* DDS
  • Winnie Hsu,* DDS
  • Laurence Colletti DDS (Orthodontics)

Dental Faculty:

  • Mark Glasgow,** DDS (Program Director, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)
  • Tyler DeAnda, DMD (Interim Program Director, GPR)
  • Bryan Gurinsky,** DDS, MS (Periodontics)
  • Robert Chavez,** DDS, MS (Endodontics)

* - Board Certified – American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
**- Board Certified in Specialty

 

For further information concerning this program please contact:

Jeffrey Kahl
Program Director
Email: Jeffrey.Kahl@dhha.org

 

Benefits & Application Information

BENEFITS

Each resident receives a stipend plus:

  • Professional Liability insurance, covered by the hospital
  • Medical and dental health insurance plan
  • 15 days of paid time off including 7 holidays
  • Free parking and Ecopass
  • Free access to the employee fitness facilities
  • Cafeteria meal vouchers for residents on-call
  • Resident mental health services
  • Expedited primary care provider visit scheduling

 Denver Health will provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, sex, age, disability, religion, national origin, political party or status as a veteran.

 

 HOW TO APPLY

The Denver Health General Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Programs participate in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (P.A.S.S.) of the American Dental Education Association. To be considered for any of these training programs, applicants must agree to participate in the matching program. Application instructions and forms may be obtained by contacting:

National Matching Services, Inc.
20 Holly Street, Suite 301
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4S 3B1
Phone: 416-977-3431 Fax: 416-977-5020

Email: matchinfo@natmatch.com
Website: www.natmatch.com

Application to any of the Denver Health dental training programs must be filed through P.A.S.S. If you have not already obtained a P.A.S.S. program application, you can do so by contacting them directly:

P.A.S.S. -- American Dental Education Association
1400 K St, NW, Ste. 1100B
Washington, DC 20005-2403
Phone: 800-353-2237 FAX: 202-289-8702

Email: csrpass@ADEA.org
Website: www.adea.org

The application is available to download on the P.A.S.S. website, listed above.

The P.A.S.S. program will provide us with your application, dental school transcript and three letters of recommendation, including your Dean’s letter.

 

Please send Curriculum Vitae to Mayra.JuarezRios@dhha.org or mail to:

Mayra Juarez Rios, Dentistry Program Coordinator
General Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry
Denver Health
601 Broadway
Denver CO 80204

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