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Residency in Dental Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital

A total of 14 residency positions in General Practice Dentistry are available in the Department of Dental Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital Northwell Health. The positions are a combined total of 1st and 2nd year residents in General Practice Dentistry.

Residents can expect a curriculum carefully structured for increasing responsibility and treatment modalities during the course of the year. Training is conducted in the operating room, Emergency Department, and the majority of the time spent at the hospital’s Dental Care Center located at Staten Island University Hospital’s north campus.

The program has been fully accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation since 1970. Residents in General Practice Dentistry are integrated into the hospital’s overall opportunities to fine tune clinical judgment in dentistry and medicine.

There is ample opportunity to meet and interact with residents in all the programs at Staten Island University Hospital. The programs include surgery, medicine, ob-gyn, pediatric, as well as with residents and fellow in the departments of anesthesiology, rehabilitation medicine, psychiatry, pathology, radiology and emergency medicine. This interaction is important in learning the relationship between the various disease processes and the patients’ dental and overall physical status.

The General Practice Resident Program is supported by GPR chief residents, second-year residents, a Pediatric Resident Program, an oral and maxillofacial surgery chief resident, a dental hygienist, an administrative director, resident directors in GPR and Pediatrics, a resident coordinator, registration coordinator, 14 dental assistants, 5 registrars and two financial coordinators.

Resident activities include, but are not limited to, direct patient care, lectures, clinical and academic assignments. The direct care includes sessions in periodontics, orthodontics, endodontics, removal prosthetics, fixed prosthetics, implant prosthetics, special care, operative care and oral and maxillofacial surgery. Each section is led by an attending professional in each specialty. Dental care is rendered 5 days a week in the dental center and in the off hours in the hospital’s Emergency Department, which serves Staten Island and Brooklyn as a designated trauma center.

Dental residents provide 24-hour emergency coverage on a rotation basis.

The dental resident assigned the rotation to the Emergency Department will participate in the treatment of all types of medical and dental emergencies that present themselves to the Emergency Department.

Residents assist, or perform general dental, pediatric, periodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures in the operating suites with the use of general anesthesia. Enough experience is gained so that the residents is permitted to perform a substantial range of procedures under supervision. Residents gain experience in admission and discharge procedures, as well as in routine performance of histories and physicals on all admitted patients.

Dental residents attend inpatient rounds with the rotating Oral Surgery resident and members of the attending staff daily.

All residents rotate through the anesthesiology department, to learn the theory and the practice of pain control. The rotation programs are designed for residents to sharpen skills in physical evaluation and medicine.

General practice residents prepare for certification in advance cardiac life support during their orientation period.

A program is in place for patients requiring general anesthesia for routine dental care. The program is especially important for children and for difficult patients. In these cases, anesthesia is administered in the surgical suites by anesthesiologists.


We offer a full range of dental services for adults and children, including cleanings, dentures, extractions, fillings and root canals.

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Program goals

The program is designed to expand the scope and depth of the graduates’ knowledge and skills to enable them to provide comprehensive oral health care to a wide range of population groups.

  1. Act as a primary care provider for individuals and groups of patients. This includes providing emergency and multidisciplinary, comprehensive oral health care; providing patient focused care that is coordinated by the general practitioner; directing health promotion and disease prevention activities, and using advanced dental treatment modalities.
  2. Plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients, including patients with special needs.
  3. Manage the delivery of oral health care by applying concepts of patients and practice management and quality improvement that are responsive to dynamic health care environment.
  4. Function effectively within the hospital and other health care environments.
  5. Function effectively within the hospital and other health care environments.
  6. Apply scientific principles to learning and oral health care. This includes using critical thinking, evidence or outcomes-based clinical decagons-making, and technology-based information on retrieval systems.
  7. Utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patients-centered care, adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice.
  8. Certify Residents in the clinical requirements needed for New York State licensure.

Goals of the GPR PGY II Program:

The GPR PGY II program is an educational program designed to provide training beyond the level of both a pre-doctoral education and a GPR PGY I program in oral health and leadership, using applied basic and behavioral sciences.

These goals include:

  1. Act as a primary care provider for individuals and groups of patients. This includes providing emergency and multidisciplinary, comprehensive oral health care; providing patient focused care that is coordinated by the general practitioner: directing health promotion and disease prevention activities, and using advanced dental treatment modalities.
  2. Plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients, including patients with special needs.
  3. Manage the delivery of oral health care by applying concepts of patient and practice management and quality improvement that are responsive to a dynamic health care environment.
  4. Function effectively within the hospital and other health care environments.
  5. Function effectively within interdisciplinary health care teams.
  6. Apply scientific principles to learning and oral health care. This includes using critical thinking, evidence or outcomes-based clinical decision-making, and technology-based information retrieval systems.
  7. Utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient-centered care, adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice.
  8. Advance the experience of the resident in total patient management with comprehensive training in complete oral rehabilitation, implant dentistry, and hare tissue augmentation procedures.
  9. Develop leadership, administration, and management skills through directed responsibilities in the dental department.

Application process

Only applicants who are or will be certified for graduation from an ADA-accredited dental school and eligible for a limited permit in New York State maybe considered for acceptance to this program. Selection is based on evidence of the applicant’s interest and ability to benefit from advanced training in general dentistry.

The applicant’s academic record, faculty recommendations, extracurricular activities and impressions of the admissions committee during the personal interview are important factors in our final decisions.

Selections are sent to and finally made through the National Residency Matching Program. The department participates in the PASS Program.

View a sample contract for residents.

Faculty

Donald R. Ratcliffe, DDS

Department Chairman - Chairman of Dental Medicine of Dentistry, Staten Island University Hospital

Specialties: Dental Medicine

David C. Hoffman, DDS

Director of Service - Director, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Dentistry - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Staten Island University Hospital

Specialties: Oral / Maxillofacial Surgery

About our team

Ryan Barrett, DDS
Patricia Sciortino, DDS
Jocelyn Magahis, DDS
Rachel Iospa, DMD Director, Pedodontic Residency Program.
Meetu Soni, DMS
Lydia Lam, DDS
Michael Mistretta, DDS
Lisa Alli-Lazzara, DDS
John Atlas, DDS
Deanna Barranco, DDS Director, General Practice Residency Programs.
Mark Castanza, DDS
Jeremiah D’Anna, DDS
Michael D’Anna, DDS
Giorgio DiVincenzo, DMD
Michael Donato, DMD
Michelle, Flanigan, DMD
Michelle, Giumenta, DDS
Peter Glavas, DDS
David Hoffman, DDS
Leona Kotlyar, DDS
Peter Kullman, DDS
Christopher Madison, DDS
Phyllis Merlino, DDS
Jacqueline Mikhly, DMD
Stella Nashtatik, DDS
Donald Ratcliffe, DDS Chairman, Department of Dental Medicine.
Raymond Remuzzi, DDS
Mark Severino, DDS
Kathleen Van Vorst, DMD