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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 seven 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 $52,000.00 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 seven 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 PASS deadline is posted on the PASS website. The deadline for supplemental materials is also 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


W. H. Inge, Jr., D.D.S.

Director of Dental Care

General Dentist

K. Hashimoto, D.D.S.

GPR Director

General Dentist

Jenny Pohlhaus, D.D.S.


General Dentist

David Bates, D.D.S.


General Dentist

J. R. Iddings, D.D.S.



Tareq Haddad, D.D.S., M.S.



Mark Eisen, D.D.S.


Oral Surgeon

Richard Green, D.D.S.



Sunia Lessing, D.D.S.



Current Dental Residents 2017 – 2018

Jie Ge, D.D.S.
Brian Hale, D.M.D.
Lindsey McCarthy, D.D.S.
Shiva Soleimani, D.D.S.
Ayal Steinberg, D.D.S.
Marshall Strickland, 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.