Program Overview

General Practice Residency in Dentistry

General Practice Residency in DentistryThe General Practice Residency (GPR) in Dentistry is a one-year clinical and didactic program sponsored by Danbury Hospital. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and is designed to meet their standards.

A diploma certificate is awarded upon completion of the program. Currently, four residents are accepted to the program each year.

Educational Objectives

Upon successful completion of the residency, it is expected that the resident will demonstrate competencies in the following areas:

  1. Diagnose and plan treatment relating to a diverse population with a special emphasis on development of prognostic skills, risk/benefit and its effectiveness within a framework of informed consent
  2. Perform effectively as a dental and interdisciplinary team member in caring for patients at the interface of medicine and dentistry in a hospital setting
  3. Evaluate professional literature, including presentation to the attending staff
  4. Attain experience in the medical assessment of patients, which will allow residents to make decisions on hospital admissions, patients receiving care under anesthesia in the hospital's operating room, and the need for consultation
  5. Provide additional responsibilities that broaden resident interest and experience in teaching, administration, research and continuing education
  6. Provide the general practice of dentistry consistent with attending general/specialty staff didactic presentations and clinical supervision
  7. Function as an educational resource in the treatment or referral of patients as a community service

Clinical Environment

General Residency Practice in Dentistry Seifert & Ford CHCAll regularly scheduled patients are treated at the Seifert and Ford Community Health Center located in downtown Danbury.

This medical and dental facility also houses Danbury Hospital's outpatient centers for Adult Health, Pediatric, Geriatric, and Community Medicine.

The 5,000 square foot dental facility is fully equipped with:

  • Ten operatories
  • Panorex
  • Resident office
  • Intro-oral camera
  • Dental laser
  • Intra-oral microscope
  • Internet access computers

Rotations in anesthesiology, medicine and emergency medicine are completed a mile away at Danbury Hospital.

Clinic Schedule

General practice dental residents are assigned to regular clinical schedules from Monday through Friday, to include one evening for the purpose of direct patient care activities under the supervision of attending staff.

Block Schedule

Weekly block schedules are maintained in dental specialties of:

  • Oral and maxillo-facial surgery
  • Periodontics
  • Endodontics
  • Pedodontics

Orthodontics is taught on a consultative basis.

Residents provide comprehensive dental services to a broad spectrum of the population, including the mentally, emotionally and physically challenged, and the elderly.


Attending general practitioners and specialty staff supervise general practice dental residents during the regular hours of operation of the Dental Service.

When on call, residents are responsible to the:

  • ED staff
  • Oral and maxillo-facial surgeon on call
  • The program director or designee

Housing Information

Residents may opt to place their name in a housing lottery. If the resident's name is chosen, they are given housing. Charges may exist for cable and utilities. If the resident's name is not chosen, Danbury Hospital provides a housing stipend of $150/week.

How to Apply

Applications for the General Practice Residency in Dentistry program are accepted through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) of the American Dental Association.

The first year General Practice Residency in Dentistry currently accepts four residents per year, and is a one-year program. The application deadline is the December 1st.

For More Information

Please contact us if you have questions about the General Practice Residency in Dentistry program at Danbury Hospital, or would like more information.