Success After Graduation

Students graduating

The contemporary DDS degree opens a variety of career paths. About 90 percent of dentists active today are engaged in private practice. Of those, 70 percent work in solo practices, and the remainder are members of practice groups-an arrangement that, like medical group practice, is becoming increasingly popular. Career opportunities also are available in the armed forces, public health, business, academe and industry.

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Most DDS graduates match with their first or second choice.

Postgraduate Training Opportunities

"professor and student"

Most DDS graduates — approximately 90 percent of the graduating class — pursue postgraduate training. The remainder begin careers in academe or enter the service; an extremely small percentage go directly into practice.

Approximately 75 percent of graduating seniors pursue postgraduate training in general practice residency (GPR) programs, one-year hospital-based programs that provide additional clinical experience for dentists interested in general practice.

Another 10 to 15 percent of the graduating class seek admission to specialty programs each year. Specialty programs generally require an additional one to five years of training and lead to a certificate of proficiency that serves as the basis for limitation of practice and eligibility for the appropriate specialty board. Eight dental specialties are currently recognized by the American Dental Association:

  • Dental Public Health-the control and prevention of dental disease and promotion of oral health through organized community efforts
  • Endodontics-the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the dental pulp tissue affecting the vitality of teeth
  • Oral Pathology-the study of the causes, processes, and effects of diseases of the oral cavity and associated structures
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery-the diagnosis of, and surgical and related services dealing with, diseases, injuries, and defects of the oral cavity and associated structures
  • Orthodontics-the supervision, guidance, and correction of the growing and mature dentofacial structures
  • Pediatric Dentistry-the diagnosis and treatment of the developing dentition of children, adolescents, and young adults
  • Periodontics-the diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the soft tissues that support the teeth
  • Prosthodontics-the science and art of restoring missing teeth and associated structures with fixed or removable substitutes

A library of advanced dental education programs approved by the American Dental Association is maintained for student use. Located in the dean’s office, it contains program announcements from institutions with approved programs, as well as statements from our graduates who have attended them.

The school helps students identify professional opportunities, select postgraduate programs, and prepare their résumés to assure that they start their professional careers in the best possible way.

Match Day

The Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (the “Match”) is the mechanism used by some postdoctoral dental education programs to determine the final placement of applicants into positions. The Match provides an orderly process to help applicants obtain positions in the first year of training in postdoctoral programs of their choice, and to help programs obtain applicants of their choice (ADEA, 2017).

Class of 2018 Post Graduate Placements

  Post Grad Name Post Grad Location

Adanced Education

in General Dentistry

Buffalo VA Buffalo, NY
Eastman Rochester Rochester, NY
Idaho State University  Pocatello, ID
MUSC Charleston, SC
New York University, LMC San Jose, CA
Scott Air Force Base  
University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
General Practice Residency 
ASDOH Pheonix, AZ
Brookedale Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn VA Brooklyn, NY
Buffalo VA Buffalo, NY
Ellis Hospital Schenectady, NY
Erie County Medical Center Buffalo, NY
Flushing Hispital Flushing, NY
Houston VA Houston, TX
Kings County Brooklyn, NY
Maimonides Hospital Brooklyn, NY
Montefiore New York, NY
Mount Sinai New York, NY
New York Medical Center Westchester, NY
New York University- Lutheran Brooklyn, NY
NUMC Long Island, NY
PCHC Bangor, ME
Queens Hospital Center Jamaica, NY
Rochester General Rochester, NY
Rutgers University New Jersey
Staten Island Staten Island, NY
St. Charles Long Island, NY
St. Joe's Syracuse, NY
Stony Brook Long Island, NY
SUNY Upstate Syracuse, NY
Swedish Seattle, WA
UCSF San Francisco, CA
University of Colorado Denver, CO
Washington D.C VA Hospital Washington, D.C
Weill Cornell New York, NY
Woodhall Medical Center Brooklyn, NY
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Cincinnati Medical Center Cincinnati, OH
St John's Detroit, MI
Orthodontics   San Antonio, TX
Jacksonville Orthodontics Jacksonville, FL
University of Washington Seattle, WA
Pediatric Dentristy Buffalo Buffalo, NY
Children's Hospital - Boston Boston, MA
Children's National Medical Center Washington, D.C
Temple University Philadelphia, PA
AF San Antonio, TX
PLC Chicago
Private Practice Bloomington, IL
Dallas, TX
Detroit, MI
Kalamazoo, MI
Keene, NH
Minneapolis, MN
North Carolina
New Jersey
Oklahoma City, OK
San Francisco, CA
Springfield, VT
Toronto, CA

Class of 2017 Post Graduate Placements

  Post Grad Name Post Grad Location

Adanced Education

in General Dentistry

ASDOH Phoenix, AZ
MUSC Charleston, SC
San Antonio VA San Antonio, TX
St. Vincent De Paul Phoenix, AZ
University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
University of California Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
General Practice Residency
Albany Straton VA Albany, NY
Bronx Lebanon Bronx, NY
Erie County Medical Center Buffalo, NY
Ellis Hospital Schenectady, NY
Faxton St. Luke's Utica, NY
Harlem Hospital  NY, NY
Newark Beth Israel Newark, NJ
Rochester General Rochester, NY
SJMO Michigan
Harlem Hospital UTR NY, NY
Lehigh Valley Health Netowrk Allentown, PA
Lehigh Valley- Muhelberg Allentown, PA
Maimonides Brooklyn, NY
Nassau University Medical Center  East Meadow, NY
New York University Lutheran Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
Queens Hospital Queens, NY
St. Barnabas Hospital Bronx, NY
St. Charles Hospital Port Jefferson, NY
St. Francis Hospital Hartford, CT
St. Joseph's Hospital Syracuse, NY
Stony Brook Stony Brook, NY
SUNY- Upstate Syracuse, NY
University of Vermont Burlington, VT
University of Washington Seattle, WA
VA Western NY Buffalo, NY
Winthrop University Hospital Mineola, NY
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Detroit Receiving Hospital Detroit, MI
Harvard at MGH Boston, MA
Orthodontics Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI
Eastman Orthodontics Rochester, NY
University of Florida- Orthodontics Internship Gainsville, FL
SUNY - Stonybrook Stonybrook, NY
Pediatric Dentistry University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
Vrginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
Boston Children's Boston, MA
Indiana University/ Riley Childrens Hospital Indianapolis, IN
Periodontics University of Pittsburgh- Residency Pittsburgh, PA
Roudebush VA MC Indianapolis, IN
Private Practice Vernon, NJ
Toronto, ON, Canada
Greenville, SC
Ontario, Canada
Prosthodontics University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
United States Air Force San Antonio, TX