Residency Program


Rochester General Hospital


The General Practice Residency (GPR) in General Dentistry is a 12-month hospital-based program and is designed to offer a balanced and robust clinical and didactic curriculum in general dentistry.

Our Mission is to provide each GPR resident extensive clinical and didactic opportunities in OR dentistry, hospital dentistry, anesthesiology, oral pathology, internal medicine, emergency medicine, care of developmentally and medically compromised patients, trauma/urgent management, oral surgery, conscious sedation, geriatric dentistry, pediatric dentistry, interdisciplinary consultation and other special areas and comprehensive clinical dentistry. GPR residents have clinical exposure and consultation opportunities with full-time specialists from oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS), oral surgery and pediatric dentistry five days a week in our clinic at Riedman. Our clinical experiences are supported by a structured didactic seminar designed to encourage critical thinking appropriate to specialty-level education in general dentistry.

The overall curriculum is designed to prepare our GPR graduates with a knowledge base and clinical skill level which will allow successful entry into the contemporary practice setting of general dentistry.

The General Practice Residency program has been planned in accordance with the guidelines for postdoctoral education of the American Dental Association Council on Dental Accreditation. Upon completion of the program, GPR residents receive a certificate in general dentistry.

Our Facility:
Riedman Health Center

The Riedman Health Center is a state-of-the-art facility, integrating patient-centered care with advanced technologies, and a network of support services in one convenient location. Boasting 74,355 sq ft of patient and office space, it’s one of the largest outpatient facilities in Rochester, offering a full spectrum of care from Primary Care to Dental Care.

Goals & Objectives

The overall program goals are to educate and train GPR residents to provide patient care in all areas of general dentistry:

  1. To train the resident in general dentistry so they can act as a primary provider and provide general dentistry to 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 and directing health promotion and disease prevention activities.
  2. Provide resident education to allow for the application of scientific principles to learning and oral health care.
  3. To train residents in the principles of patient care so they can plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients, including patients with special needs.
  4. Give the residents experience that will allow an understanding of the oral health needs of communities and engage in community service.
  5. Provide resident training to function effectively within the hospital setting as part of an effective interdisciplinary health care team.

These goals also focus on assuring each GPR resident receives experience in the care and management of hospitalized patients. The majority of the resident’s time will be focused at Rochester General Hospital; effectively creating a dental home for the continuity of care.

Outcomes Assessment Process

These goals are evaluated during the year and through an outcomes assessment process. Specific competencies attained by the program graduates are in the following areas:

  • Providing Emergency and Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Oral health Care
  • Operative dentistry/Restoration of Teeth
  • Restoration of the edentulous space, using fixed and removable prosthesis
  • Periodontal Therapy
  • Endodontic Therapy: Anterior, Bicuspid and Molar
  • Moderate Sedation, Pain and Anxiety Control
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Medical and Dental Emergencies
  • Providing Emergency and Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Oral Health Care
  • Obtain Informed Consent
  • Consultation and referral
  • Hard and Soft tissue surgery
  • Medical Risk assessment
  • TMJ Disorders and Orofacial Pain
  • Directing health promotion and Disease Prevention Activities
  • Function Effectively within Interdisciplinary Health Care teams

How to Apply

Applications should be made through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Rochester General Hospital participates in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program; applicants must be registered with the National Matching Services to obtain a match code.

Starting Date: July 1
Completion Date: June 30
Application Fee: RGH is a Match Participant #285125
PASS program: GPR595
Degree/Certificate Offered: Certificate
Length of the Program: 12 months
Enrollment: 6

Deadline for Application: October 15, 2022

If you have any questions or would like to arrange a tour of the Rochester General Hospital facilities, please contact the General Practical Dental Residency Program Director:

Renee Pellegrino, DDS

GPR 595





R1 Positions


Clinical Patient Care Activities

Clinical dental services

Residents are typically scheduled for direct patient care from 8:15am to 12pm and 1pm to 4:30pm. Patient care is scheduled throughout the year at the Rochester General Hospital Outpatient Dental Center. Residents are responsible for the comprehensive and emergency care of patients in the Department of Dentistry. They are supervised by the employed and volunteer attending staff of the department. Time is allocated for endodontic, periodontic, pediatric prosthodontics, and oral and maxillofacial surgical treatment under the direct supervision of the respective specialists. Clinical experience in placement and restoration of osseointegrated implants is provided. Residents also gain clinical experience in the administration of IV moderate sedation for dental patients. Digital radiography, rotary endodontic equipment, and digital scanning are utilized in the dental clinic.

Residents provide comprehensive care to geriatric, developmentally disabled, and medically complex patients. This is accomplished in the OR and through a structured clinical block in our outpatient clinic.


Residents perform emergency service duties (first call) after hours in consultation with Emergency Department staff.

Inpatient care

Residents assigned to inpatient care are responsible to obtain and/or review histories, manage and follow-up patients admitted to the dental services. Residents also participate in delivery of dental care in the operating room. A rotation schedule is designed to assure that each resident receives experience in the care and management of hospitalized patients. Residents may rotate to other local facilities for additional training in providing care in the operating room.

Off-Service Rotations


Residents are assigned to the RGH Department of Anesthesiology for a total of 70 didactic hours structured in a two week block. Residents participate in the administration of general anesthesia and moderate sedation to impatient and ambulatory surgery patients under the direct supervision of an anesthesiologist. Residents will also have the opportunity to perform intubation.

Physical diagnosis

The hospital’s Department of Medicine provides a two day didactic and clinical course that allows resident to gain competence in obtaining medical histories and performing physical evaluations with a medical attending. Additionally, residents will participate in a 35 hour/one week clinical rotation where they round with the department of medicine. During this time, the dental resident will work directly to complete the H &P on medical patients; this rotation fulfills 35 of the required 70 hour mandated medicine rotation.


Residents will gain experience through a rotation each Tuesday and Thursday for one month with our OMFS attending at RGH. Responsibilities will also include going to the OR with the surgeon when necessary. RGH has just hired additionally a full time employed oral maxillofacial surgeon to facilitate an OMFS block with a clinical and grand rounds didactic component.

Emergency Medicine

Residents will gain experience through a rotation each Tuesday and Thursday for one month with our OMFS attending at RGH. Responsibilities will also include going to the OR with the surgeon when necessary. RGH has just hired additionally a full time employed oral maxillofacial surgeon to facilitate an OMFS block with a clinical and grand rounds didactic component.


Residents will become certified in BLS and ACLS.


Residents will visit the training center on the RGH campus to gain experience with intubation via manikin simulation training. Residents will also perform live venipuncture with the department of nursing during a four hour training session.

OR: Special Needs and Pediatrics

Residents will rotate through the OR in treating patients with special needs with multiple attendings at RGH and at the University of Rochester/ Strong Memorial Hospital. Further experience will be gained when rotating through the OR with our full time pediatric dentist at RGH.

*The program has flexibility to allow for additional assignments to areas of interest to individual residents. This may include additional off-service rotations or assignments.

Didactic Program

There are mandatory scheduled lectures, seminars and courses provided in various dental and medical subjects. Courses are provided in specialty areas such as pediatrics, endodontics, prosthodontics, orthodontics, maxillofacial surgery, implant dentistry, IV/NO2 sedation, oral pathology, TMJ to name a few. Other seminar areas of interest include:

  • Scientific Evaluation of Dental Literature
  • Treatment Planning Conferences
  • General Dentistry Grand Rounds
  • Practice Management

Benefits & Compensation

The following is a list of benefits granted to all GPR residents at no charge.

Medical Insurance

House staff and their immediate families are provided with the opportunity to join one of two comprehensive medical insurance plans. The Hospital contributes a portion of the cost of the premiums.


3 weeks of paid vacation per year

Professional Liability Insurance

Professional liability insurance is provided by Rochester General Hospital’s insurance program for activities required by the residency program.

Term Life Insurance

$10,000 employer paid coverage with option to purchase added coverage up to 4 times annual salary.

Plan for Short-term Disability

Residents are entitled to up to six months of pay in the event of any disability, compensated at 60% of the resident stipend.

Long-term Disability

Option to purchase 50-67% of pay coverage

Retirement Program

Option to enroll in tax-deferred annuity plan.

Dental Plan

Option to purchase one of two plans available

Salaries are paid on a bi-weekly basis. The salaries for the 2023-2024 academic year will be: (salary + stipend)



Why Rochester?

The Greater Rochester area, in the Finger Lakes region of New York, is a truly unique place to live and work. Rochester’s urban arts, entertainment and dining venues are complemented by surrounding suburban, rural and lakefront communities. This results in a wealth of options for work and play.

Our Team

Chair, Jolly Caplash DMD

Jolly M. Caplash, DMD

Department Chair

Program Director Renee Pellegrino DDS

Renee Pellegrino, DDS, MPH

Residency Program Director

Leslie Laboy

Leslie Laboy

Program Coordinator


Leslie Laboy

Program Coordinator
Pluta Dental Center at Riedman Health Center
General Dental Residency Program & Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program
1455 East Ridge Road
Rochester, NY 14621
O: 585-974-5043
F. 585.922.4495