Dental General Practice Residency - VA Maryland Health Care System
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VA Maryland Health Care System


Dental General Practice Residency


The Baltimore VA Medical Center, a part of the VA Maryland Health Care System, is an acute care medical and surgical hospital which offers a one-year Dental General Practice Residency Program following the Accreditation Standards established by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. There are a total of five dental residents each year and the program is accredited by the ADA.


The purpose of this program is to provide the graduate dentist with the opportunity to advance his or her dental education and clinical experience to a level beyond that accomplished in pre-doctoral training. The program also provides the opportunity to experience the practice of general dentistry within the hospital environment, employing a greater level of physician-dentist interaction. Emphasis is upon dental treatment of the medically complex patient.

The major portion of the program is devoted to providing comprehensive dental care with emphasis on diagnostic techniques and therapeutic skill. Emergency dental treatment is also provided. The balance of the program is subdivided into scheduled assignments in other areas of the hospital such as Anesthesia and Medicine. Lectures, seminars and clinic supervision are regularly provided by the medical center's attending staff. The program is under the direct supervision of the Director of the General Practice Residency Program. 

Period of Training

The training period is twelve months in duration, commencing on July 1st of each year and paying an educational stipend of approximately $57,500.00 for the year. The resident will receive a total of 20 paid days of annual and sick leave per year. Health insurance for self and family is provided. Upon successful completion the resident will receive a certificate which is registered with the ADA.


The program provides Didactic and/or Clinical training in:

  • General Dentistry
  • Consultation and Referral
  • Community Service
  • Patient Focused Care
  • Resident Education
  • Interdisciplinary Health Care
  • Emergency Dental Care
  • Implant Placement and Restoration
  • Comprehensive Dental Care
  • Endodontic Therapy
  • Operative Dentistry
  • Oral Surgery
  • Fixed Prosthodontic Replacement of Teeth
  • Pain and Anxiety Control
  • Removable Prosthodontic Replacement of Teeth
  • Temporomandibular Disorder
  • Periodontal Therapy
  • Orofacial Pain
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Informed Consent
  • Oral Mucosal disease
  • Management of Same Day Surgery Patients
  • Physical Evaluation and Medical Assessment

The program will provide instruction in:

  • Hospital Credentialing Process
  • Hospital Organization and Function
  • Principles of Practice Management
  • Confidentiality of Information
  • Ethics and Professionalism

The program will include:

  • Assignments in critical review of scientific literature
  • Involvement in quality improvement
  • BLS certification

There are two rotations outside of the dental clinic (Goals and Objectives for off-service rotations can be viewed here)

  • Anesthesia (70 hours)
  • Primary Care Medicine (70 hours)

There are Overall Program Goals and Objectives as well as Specific Goals and Objectives for the program. These goals and objectives closely follow the Accreditation Standards for Advanced Education Programs in General Practice.

The training program will include a period of orientation and basic instructions in duties, responsibilities and privileges of the dental residents. The resident will receive training in medical center procedures related to the dental and medical care of the patient.

Residents will provide after hours dental call services by long-range pager, which is provided. Call responsibility is shared among five dental residents.

Professional liability (under Tort Reform) is assumed by the Department of Veterans Affairs for treatment of veterans within the Hospital facilities only.

Requirements for Appointment

  1. The applicant must be a U.S. Citizen
  2. The applicant must be a graduate of a dental school approved by the American Dental Association
  3. The applicant must be recommended by the Dean of his or her dental school
  4. The applicant must be approved by the Dental Residency Review Board, VAMC, Baltimore, MD
  5. The applicant must have a valid U.S. dental license

Application Procedures

The applicant may apply through the PASS service. We do not participate in the MATCH. The program deadline is posted on the PASS website.

The applicant must provide through PASS:

  1. Recommendation from the dental school Dean, to include anticipated date of graduation, academic rank and GPA
  2. Dental School transcripts
  3. National Board scores
  4. Curriculum vitae
  5. Essay or Personal Statement
  6. Three Professional Evaluation Forms (PEF) from clinical instructors who have knowledge of your clinical skills in (1) operative (2) fixed and (3) oral surgery

The applicant must mail to the program director the following supplemental items:

  1. VA Form 10-2850d “Application for Health Professions Trainees”
  2. Recent photograph

Contact Information:

K. Hashimoto, D.D.S.
Program Director, GPR
VA Medical Center
Dental 160
10 North Greene Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

W.H. Inge, Jr., D.D.S.
Director, Dental Care Clinical Center, VAMHCS
VA Medical Center
Dental 160
10 North Greene Street
Baltimore, MD 21201


  • H. Inge, Jr., D.D.S.
Director of Dental Care General Dentist
  • David Bates, D.D.S.
Chief, Baltimore Division General Dentist
  • K. Hashimoto, D.D.S.
GPR Director General Dentist
  • Jenny Pohlhaus, D.D.S.
Attending General Dentist
  • Tareq Haddad, D.D.S., M.S.
Part-time Prosthodontist
  • Mark Eisen, D.D.S.
Part-time Oral Surgeon
  • Richard Green, D.D.S.
Part-time Periodontist
  • Sunia Lessing, D.D.S.
Part-time Endodontics

Current Dental Residents 2020 – 2021

  • Anna Bruhn, D.D.S.
  • Faranak Hamedooni, D.D.S.
  • Seong Jin Lee, D.D.S.
  • Trushen Patel, D.M.D.
  • Adam Taxin, D.D.S.

The program in general practice residency is accredited by the Commission on Dental 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 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is:*

The Commission on Dental Accreditation has accredited the postdoctoral program in general practice residency. However, this education area is not one of the American Dental Association recognized dental specialty areas. Therefore, dentists graduating from this program cannot announce that they are specialists, as recognized by the American Dental Association.