General Practice Residency

The General Dentistry Practice Residency Program at Howard University is a one year postdoctoral education program which offers the dentist an opportunity for advanced comprehensive clinical experience in a hospital environment.  In addition, the trainee receives postdoctoral training in the sciences basic to dental practice.

This program is designed to increase the resident's knowledge of oral and systemic interrelationships and manifestations in healthy individuals and, also, in those with abnormalities and diseases; to broaden clinical experiences; and to further prepare the trainee in the management of the total oral health of a wide range of ambulatory and medically-compromised patients. Emphasis is placed on the management of patients with conditions not commonly seen in the dental school clinics.

The didactic phase of the program consists of such medical and dental sciences as anesthesiology, advanced oral surgery, advanced radiographic interpretation and diagnosis, general dentistry conference series, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral physiology, principles of medicine, physical diagnosis and problem case/patient care conference seminar. Diagnostic and clinical experiences are provided in multiple settings to complement the didactic phase of the program.

Internal medicine rotation (two weeks) enhances the residents' proficiency in history and physical, radiographic, laboratory study evaluations and other techniques used in the diagnosis of systemic diseases.  It also enhances the residents' understanding of the relationship between oral and system health and diseases.

Anesthesiology rotation (three weeks) enhances the residents' knowledge and clinical skills in patient evaluation, assessment of medical risks and ASA classification of general anesthesia patients, the pharmacologic agents used in general anesthesia induction, its reversal, and the indications and contraindications for patients in different ASA categories.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery rotation (three weeks) enhances the residents' proficiency in physical evaluations, admissions, venipuncture, operating room procedures/patient management, and nitrous oxide/intravenous (IV) sedation.

On-call rotation to the Emergency Medicine Department is year-long.  Each resident is assigned to the Emergency Medicine Department approximately seven (7) times per month.  This rotation enhances the residents' proficiency in pre-operative evaluation, medical risk assessments, and the diagnosis and treatment of acute dental/oral and maxillofacial injuries/diseases. Proficiency in venipuncture techniques, and anticipating, recognizing and preventing possible medical/systemic emergencies are also enhanced.

The residents’ diagnostic and clinical proficiency is facilitated through the integrative application of medical/dental sciences in the multidisciplinary provision of dental care to the hospital's diverse ambulatory and non-ambulatory patient population, especially those with special medical needs.

Comprehensive dental treatment is provided in preventive dentistry,periodontics, restorative/cosmetic dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery, removable/fixed prosthodontics and implant dentistry.

The program’s goals and objectives of providing excellent education in postdoctoral general dentistry and developing practitioners of the highest caliber, nationally and internationally, are consistent with the University’s mission and vision.

Admission Requirements - an applicant:

  • Must have a D.D.S.or D.M.D. degree from an accredited dental school;
  • Must have dental school transcripts;
  • Must have a G.P.A. of 3.0;
  • Must have three (3) letters of recommendation from dental school full-time faculty in three (3) different departments;
  • Must have a personal interview;
  • Must be eligible for dental licensure in the District of Columbia;
  • Must have passed Part I and Part II of the National Dental Boards;
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in the English language and mastery of procedural concepts basic to the practice of dentistry, if the applicant processes a foreign dental degree.

Program Tuition and Stipend
Program Tuition: No tuition required
Stipend: $42,000
Positions: 2

Program Faculty
The program is staffed by a dedicated program director and faculty members in all disciplines of dentistry.

To complete an online application, contact PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service) at Deadline for submission of PASS application is October 2, 2012 for the class beginning in July 2013.  The PASS application is the only application required (refer to the link below).  There are no supplementary applications.

Questions regarding the program should be emailed to the Program Director Dr. Christian King at