General Practice Residency
Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences
UB School of Dental Medicine
355 Squire Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214-3008
The State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY) General Practice Residency is a twelve month program fully accredited by the American Dental Association Council on Dental Accreditation. It fulfills the PGY-1 requirement for licensure in New York State. The program is expanding to accommodate five residents beginning with the 2011-2012 residency year.
The program lasts for fifty-three weeks, beginning in late June with a week of orientation. During the course of the year, a resident is typically assigned to the primary clinical location for four of every five weeks and to off-service rotations for the fifth. The vast majority of clinical time is spent providing dental care to a diverse population. A comprehensive care model is used, and some clinic sessions are designated for Special Care, Oral Surgery, and other specialty-level procedures.
The remaining time is divided between off-service rotations and didactic elements of the program. In addition to program-specific seminars, the main didactic component of the program consists of lectures and conferences that are scheduled in common with the other post-graduate general dental training programs in the Buffalo area. One afternoon per week is devoted to didactics.
The resources of the School of Dental Medicine are available to provide a wide range of elective experiences. Residents are encourages to explore optional educational opportunities.
An optional second year position is available to pursue further professional development in a community environment.
The primary clinical training site is at Sheehan Health Network, an inner-city medical facility that provides primary and preventive medical and dental services including Family Care, Alcohol and Substance Addiction Treatment, and diagnostic services. The dental clinic is a new, state-of -the- art facility with eight operatories, electronic charting and digital radiography.
Off-service rotations take place at a number of Buffalo-area hospitals, medical and dental facilities. Residents rotate to Buffalo General Hospital-A Kaleida Health Facility- for their Anesthesia experience. Operating Room cases are performed at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Medicine Rotation is an individual experience at the private office of a Family Medicine Physician. The School of Dental Medicine hosts a rotation in TMD and Orofacial Pain as well as an experience in Implant Surgery. An optional rotation in Pediatric Dentistry is also available.
To be eligible for the General Practice Residency, an applicant must have graduated from a CODA- accredited dental school in the United States or Canada and obtained a DDS or DMD degree. Applicants must have successfully completed National Boards Parts I & II.
There is no requirement for United States citizenship. International applicants must qualify for an appropriate visa for the duration of the program and comply with prerequisites for licensure as a dentist in New York State.
Residency and fellowship training programs are coordinated by the Graduate Medical/Dental Education Consortium of Buffalo. Information related to all polices and procedures may be accessed at:
This program participates in the National Matching Service (NMS) and the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Applicants must complete and submit the PASS Application and also register for the Match through the PASS website. The agencies may be contacted as follows:
The application deadline is November 15. PASS generally requires that all application materials are received two weeks prior to the program deadline.
If further information is required, please contact the program director.