VA Boston Healthcare System

General Practice Residency


Program Director – Dr. Maureen Dewey


VA Boston is affiliated with the Harvard School of Dental Medicine for their General Practice Residency. The General Practice Residency is a one-year program leading to a VA certificate in Hospital Dentistry, and a Harvard certificate in General Dentistry. The objective of this 52-week program is to provide advanced training in clinical and hospital dentistry. The teaching staff consists of generalists and specialists representing a broad spectrum of dental expertise.  Residents will gain clinical experience and training in preventive dentistry, implantology, periodontics, operative, fixed and removable prosthodontics, endodontics, oral surgery and pathology. There are required rotations in oral and maxillofacial surgery, anesthesiology, and internal medicine. Lectures, literature reviews, and case presentations are scheduled throughout the year at Harvard and the Boston VA.

Program Goals and Objectives

  1. General Dentistry: Develop good clinical skills using ethical decision making in comprehensive treatment planning.

  2. Resident Education: To expand on resident’s existing knowledge and skills in operative dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, oral surgery, and triaging dental emergencies.

  3. Patient Care: To develop referral skills as well as skills in diagnosis, assessment, prevention, health promotion and management of patient needs.

  4. Community service: To develop skills and knowledge to provide dental care and education outside the dental clinic.

  5. Communication: With multidisciplinary team members to address the overall medical needs of the dental patient.

How to Apply

Our Dental Service is participating in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service, (PASS).

All qualified candidates will receive equal consideration without regard to race, religion, sex, politics, marital status, and age.


Residents must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be citizens of the United States

  2. Graduate from a Dental School accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation or the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.

  3. Have passed the National Board Examination - Part 1.


Tour of Duty

The resident works in the dental clinic or is on duty elsewhere from 8:00AM to 4:30PM each weekday and for such other periods as may be necessary for the care of their patients. The majority of workhours will be spent performing clinical care. The remaining workhours are dedicated to didactic training, research projects (if desired), and community service.

Additional information

Stipends: The current stipend for PGY-1 residents is $68,642. The stipend is subject to annual review.

Loans: In-school loan deferment is available for residents.

Annual leave: Presently, residents are entitled to 13 days paid leave during the year which may not be taken during the anesthesia and internal medicine rotations. Additional non-paid leave may be granted at the discretion of the program director.

Any inquiries concerning the residency should be made to:

Program Director – Dr. Maureen Dewey

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