Dentistry and Oral Maxillofacial Residency

General Dentistry

The General Practice in Dentistry Residency (GPR) certificate is a one-year program that includes training in pediatric dentistry, endontics, periodontics, oral surgery and restorative dentistry. The program provides clinical, didactic and hospital experience at the postdoctoral level. The instruction and experience prepares residents to meet the oral health needs of 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, Prosthodontics, Endo/Perio, 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 phase through completion of the case.

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 seven 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 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 Dentistry

PEDIATRIC DENTAL RESIDENCY and INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

DENVER HEALTH MEDICAL CENTER

DENVER, COLORADO

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. The application process including the Match program may be modified for the initial year of the program (2022).
  • 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.

Notice: 

Program Accreditation

The program in pediatric dentistry is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “initial accreditation”.  The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.  The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.  The Commission’s web address is:  http://www.ada.org/en/coda.  The Commission on Dental Accreditation has accredited the program in pediatric dentistry.  However, accreditation of the program does not in itself constitute recognition of any dental specialty status.

 

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

PEDIATRIC DENTAL RESIDENCY PROGRAM
DENVER HEALTH MEDICAL CENTER
DENVER, COLORADO

Description of Hospital

Denver Health Medical Center is a not-for-profit, teaching and academic hospital accredited by The Joint Commission. Denver Health is Colorado’s primary safety net institution and provides full service health care to the uninsured, underinsured and undocumented citizens. Denver Health provides 40 percent more indigent care than any other health care facility in the Denver Metropolitan area. It is a 525 bed medical center featuring:

• Level 1 Trauma Center

• Inpatient and Outpatient Clinics:

  • 5 Dental Clinics
  • 54 Subspecialty Clinics
  • 2 Urgent Care Centers
  • 17 School Based Health Care Centers
  • Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center

• Comprehensive Patient Care Services:

  • Oral Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral Maxillofacial Trauma
  • Cleft & Craniofacial Surgery
  • Corrective Jaw Surgery
  • Dental Implants
  • Wisdom Teeth Removal
  • Family Internal Medicine
  • Adult Internal Medicine
  • Women’s Care
  • Pediatric Care
  • Foster Care Programs
  • Home Visit Programs
  • Refugee Health Care
  • Vision and Eye Care
  • Nurse Line
  • Pediatric Emergency and Urgent Care
  • Psychiatric Emergency Services
  • LGBT Health Services
  • Resources and Education
  • Mental Health and Addiction Services
  • Prescription Refill and Pharmacy Services

Denver Health Medical Center’s dental programs treat a growing, unique population of more than 25,000 patients. The dental patient population treated at our facility has significant needs, with poorer health and more extensive dental pathology than the general population. Our patients present with a complex array of medical, psychological, economic, physical, and social problems that complicate their dental treatment. We enjoy the support and services of a dental staff with extensive education, training and experience in the full spectrum of dental care and thus provide outstanding, comprehensive dental care to the citizens of Denver and Denver County. In addition to the treatment of eligible patients, the dental service receives approximately 2,049 consult requests per year for dental input and treatment of urgent and emergent adjunctive dental needs. In 2020, despite clinical services being suspended for 2 months due to the COVD-19 pandemic, the dental department provided care to over 25,000 patients through over 54,000 visits. Pediatric patients comprised 55 percent of the dental patient population in 2020.

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. 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.

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

Program Strengths

The Denver Health program will provide residents with clinical experiences dedicated to providing comprehensive care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs. Denver Health Medical Center’s dental programs treat a growing, unique population of more than 25,000 patients.

The 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. Residents 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. The program works closely with Denver Health CODA accredited OMFS and GPR advanced education programs. This results in opportunities for advanced clinical and didactic training by orthodontists, periodontists, endodontists and oral maxillofacial surgeons. 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.

Resident 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.

Application

The PASS Application is used. Applications must be received by the residency Program Director by mid-October to be considered for acceptance the following year on July 1st. Four residents are selected each year through the MATCH Program.

Appointment

Appointments are made solely upon merit. No discrimination shall be made because of race, age, color, creed, national origin, sex, political affiliations or sexual orientation.

Period of Training

The Pediatric Dental Residency at Denver Health Medical Center is a comprehensive two-year program encompassing both clinical and didactic training. A certificate is awarded to each resident at the completion of the program.

Teaching and Supervisory Staff

Pediatric Dental Residents are closely supervised by American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Eligible or Certified Diplomats, Orthodontists, and other staff.

Program Faculty

Jeffrey Young, DDS, Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry*
Heather Jenkins, DDS, Pediatric Dentistry*
Scott Hamilton, DDS, Pediatric Dentistry*
Kojo Danso, Pediatric Dentistry
Laurence Colletti, DDS, Orthodontics (part-time)
Ricky Harrell, DMD, Orthodontics** (part-time)
Sean Whalen, DDS, MS, Pediatric Dentistry* (part-time)
Mark Glasgow, DDS, Program Director, Oral Maxillofacial Surgery**
Natalie Simpson, DDS, Program Director, GPR
Robert Chavez, DDS, MS, Endodontics**

Brain Gurinsky, DDS, MS, Periodontics**

*Board Certified, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
**Board Certified in Specialty

 

Scope of Training: Didactic and Clinical Program Plan

Didactic Program

The didactic program utilizes formal lecture presentations, clinical care conferences, journal clubs and many other formats to provide resident education in the following areas of advanced complexity beyond the pre-doctoral training:

  • Biomedical Sciences to include statistics, pharmacology, microbiology, embryology, genetics, anatomy, and oral pathology
  • Behavior Guidance
  • Craniofacial Growth and Development
  • Oral Facial Injury and Emergency Care
  • Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology, and Oral Medicine
  • Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Comprehensive Dental Care for the Primary, Mixed and Permanent Dentitions
  • Practice Management
  • Special Health Care Needs Patients
  • Hospital Dentistry
  • Pulp Therapy
  • Pediatric Medicine
  • Advocacy

Clinical Program

The clinical program provides experience and training in off-service rotations to include Anesthesia, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Operating Room, Oral Surgery, and Patients with Special Health Care Needs.   Primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care is provided at the Denver Health Wellington Webb Dental Clinic for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs.  Additionally, advanced training in the following dental specialty is provided:

  • Orthodontics
  • Periodontics
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Restorative dentistry
  • Endodontics
  • Periodontics

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR DENVER HEALTH GENERAL PRACTICE RESIDENCY

Overall Program Goals and Objectives

The program will provide a high quality educational experience for residents by:

  1. Providing opportunities for residents to develop diagnostic and treatment planning skills for the treatment of infants, children, adolescents, and persons with special needs.
  2. Providing an integrated study of advanced didactic and clinical instruction in all phases of pediatric dentistry.
  3. Delivering didactic instruction for residents to gain advanced pediatric dental knowledge through monthly lectures and seminars that include case presentations, literature reviews, medically complex series, specialty lectures, and advanced dental and medical topics. 
  4. Introducing clinical instruction enabling residents to gain experience in providing comprehensive dental care to a variety of pediatric patient populations including medically complex pediatric patients.
  5. Providing exposure to and familiarization with evidence-based dentistry principles.
  6. Familiarizing residents with contemporary research methods in order to review published literature pertinent to pediatric dentistry and be able to critically evaluate it.
  7. Supporting residents in conducting a data collection research project including development, implementation, interpretation, and reporting of data and present the results at the annual AAPD meeting.
  8. Supporting residents to become educationally qualified for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Certification process and meet high ethical and professional standards.
  9. Facilitating an attitude of community service among residents through the care of underserved pediatric patient populations and provision of patient and caregiver education.
  10. Encouraging resident participation in community service projects (school-based services, COMOM, community events, advocacy events).
  11. Prioritizing resident development of life-long learning skills.
  12. Encouraging resident development of desire and motivation to be leaders in organized dentistry at the local and national levels.

Program Clinical Competencies

The program will provide experiences to address each of the following clinical competencies through clinical rotations in the pediatric dental clinic and a variety of off-service rotations:

  1. Patient management using behavior guidance for infants, children and adolescents including patients with special health care needs, using non-pharmacological techniques, sedation, and inhalation analgesia.

     

  2. Diagnosis of dental, skeletal, and functional abnormalities in the primary, mixed, and young permanent dentition stages of the developing occlusion

     

  3. Recognition, diagnosis, appropriate referral and/or focused management of:
    1. Space maintenance and arch perimeter control associated with the early loss of primary and young permanent teeth;
    2. Transverse arch dimensional problems involving simple posterior crossbites;
    3. Anterior crossbite discrepancies associated with localized dentoalveolar crossbite displacement and functional anterior shifts (e.g. pseudo-Class III);
    4. Anterior spacing with or without dental protrusion;
    5. Deleterious oral habits;
    6. Preservation of leeway space for the resolution of moderate levels of crowding;
    7. Ectopic eruption, ankylosis and tooth impaction problems;
    8. The effects of supernumerary (e.g. mesiodens) and/or missing teeth.

     

  4. Diagnosis and management of traumatic injuries of the oral and perioral structures including primary and permanent dentition and in infants, children and adolescents

     

  5. Provision of emergency services including assessment and management of dental pain and infections.

     

  6. Pediatric oral and maxillofacial radiology and appropriate procedures of radiation hygiene.

     

  7. Treatment of common oral diseases in infants, children and adolescents.

     

  8. Application of prevention and health promotion in clinical practice.

     

  9. Diagnosis and treatment planning for infants, children, adolescents and those with special health care needs

     

  10. Provision of comprehensive dental care including examination, treatment, and management to infants, children, adolescents and those with special health care needs in a manner consistent with the dental home.

     

  11. Treatment of pediatric patients under general anesthesia in the operating room.
  12. Treatment of pediatric patients under moderate conscious sedation.
  13. Treatment of pediatric patients with nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia.
  14. Evaluation and medical management of pediatric patients admitted to the hospital related to:
    1. understanding of admitting procedures
    2. completing of consultation requests
    3. obtaining and evaluating patient/family history
    4. orofacial examination and diagnosis
    5. ordering radiological and laboratory tests
    6. writing patient management orders
    7. pediatric patient monitoring
    8. discharging and chart completion

     

  15. Management of infants, children and adolescents and adolescents undergoing general anesthesia, including:
    1. pre-operative evaluation
    2. risk assessment
    3. assessing the effects of pharmacologic agents
    4. venipuncture techniques
    5. airway management
    6. general anesthetic induction and intubation
    7. administration of anesthetic agents
    8. patient monitoring
    9. prevention and management of anesthetic emergencies
    10. recovery room management
    11. postoperative appraisal and follow up

     

  16. Diagnosis of pulpal disease in primary and permanent teeth.

     

  17. Treatment of pulpal disease in primary teeth and immature permanent teeth.

     

  18. Management of pulpal disease in mature permanent teeth including emergency care, stabilization and referral to specialists.

     

  19. Obtaining and evaluating through pediatric medicine:
    1. complete medical histories
    2. parental interviews
    3. system-oriented physical examinations
    4. clinical assessments of healthy and ill patients
    5. selection of laboratory tests and evaluation of data
    6. evaluation of physical, motor and sensory development
    7. genetic implications of childhood diseases
    8. the use of drug therapy in the management of diseases
    9. parental management through discussions and explanation

     

  20. Communicate, teach, and collaborate with groups and individuals on children’s oral health issues.

     

  21. Advocate and advise public health policy legislation and regulations to protect and promote the oral health of children.

     

  22. Participate at the local, state and national level in organized dentistry to represent the oral health needs of children, particularly the underserved.

 

For further information concerning this program please contact:

Jeffrey Young, D.D.S.

Director of the Pediatric Dental Residency Program

Denver Health Medical Center

Wellington E. Webb Center for Primary Care

301 W. 6th Avenue - MC: 0242

Denver, Colorado 80204-4507

Email: Jeffrey.Young@dhha.org

 

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Welcome to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program at Denver Health. Thank you for taking the time to explore the information on our Web Pages. I hope you find this information to be a helpful introduction to our residency program, which offers training in the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

The four-year program leads to the oral and maxillofacial surgery certificate. Two applicants are selected for the program each year.

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program is fully accredited and complies with the requirements as prescribed by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

The primary goal of the Advanced Training Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Denver Health is to produce an oral maxillofacial surgeon who will be qualified to take and pass the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) Board Examinations and who will be competently trained in practicing this area of surgery. Competency will be demonstrated by meeting the resident objectives of the following clinical areas: oral and maxillofacial surgery, anesthesia, medicine, cardiology, pediatric medicine, emergency medicine, general surgery, neurosurgery, surgical intensive care, otolaryngology and plastic surgery. Residents will demonstrate annual Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Training Examination (OMSITE) improvement from their first to their chief year. Resident experience will culminate in submission of an original manuscript in the chief year.

Through didactic preparation, clinical experience and hospital training, we are dedicated to developing ethical, state-of-the-art oral and maxillofacial surgeons with a strong sense of community service, who are committed to life-long learning, the pursuit of clinical excellence and are able to interact with other health care providers to provide excellent patient care.

Mark Glasgow
Program Director, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program

Resources

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 the requirements of eligibility for Certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

 

Benefits and 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 jamie.trujillo@dhha.org or mail to:

Miss Jamie Trujillo, Applicant Coordinator
General Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Programs
Denver Health
301 West 6th Avenue, MC 0242
Denver, CO 80204