General Practice Residency Program

Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC) is a 781 plus bed teaching and research medical center affiliated with Rutgers School of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. HackensackUMC is the largest provider of in-patient and out-patient services in the State of New Jersey and is the fourth largest provider of service in the nation; our nurses have made this a magnet hospital. HackensackUMC is one of America’s fifth best hospitals according to health grades and is the only hospital in New Jersey, New York and New England to receive this recognition. They have also received New York magazines – best overall hospital distinction.

The Center for Dentistry at HackensackUMC is a CODA approved post-graduate dental training program for general practice dental residents and an evening private faculty practice with experienced dental practitioners. After fulfilling their residency year, residents have the opportunity to apply for a position in the faculty practice.

The modern dental clinic has computers in each eighteen fully equipped operatories and digital x-rays throughout The Center for Dentistry has a full marketing program and multiple websites. 

The program accepts eighteen residents – nine starting July 1st and nine starting August 1st. This overlap allows “buddy” type systems where one group can assist the other.

The on call schedule is approximately every eighteen days, with a second resident on call to help when necessary.

The goals of the program establish for the residents an understanding of oral and systemic relationships in health and disease; it also trains the dentist to provide care within the context of total patient health. The training is also designed to develop the skills necessary to diagnose and treat the majority of dental conditions found in private practice and provides specialty referral when appropriate.

There are over sixty dental attendings, including all the specialists who provide both clinical and didactic training (lectures and demonstrations) in all phases of dentistry for both ambulatory and hospital patients. There is a full time Chairman and Program Director and a half time Vice Chairman and Associate Director. There are section chiefs for each of the specialties, and there are key restorative attendings and specialists who cover the clinic on a daily basis. The patient pool is composed of private patients, Medicaid patients and insurance patients.

Besides the positions outlined, our office staff is composed of a general manager, department coordinator, Human Resource manager, a residency and OR coordinator, and a clinical assistant chief. There are front desk personnel and assistants for residents. The staff is present to help in a warm, caring and friendly manner.

Resident’s benefits include: salary, parking, meal tickets, liability insurance, vacations, holiday party, and graduation luncheon.

Residents receive a full departmental manual and a full departmental orientation before beginning. They also receive correspondence on everything needed to become a resident.

Residents receive hospital orientation, E-learning, EPIC training (the hospital’s computer system), and Dentrix training (the dental center’s computer system).

Residents must attend departmental meetings which are held every other month.

Residents participate in rotations in anesthesia, medicine, emergency medicine and private offices.  Residents also participate in Children’s Dental Health Month in February and in Oral Cancer Screening Month in April.

Office Service Rotations:
Anesthesia- The anesthesia rotation will be a two week rotation consisting of five days of anesthesia experience per week in the operating room under the supervision of a staff anesthesiologist and O/R with a Dental attending staff when possible.

Medicine- The medicine rotation is a two week rotation. During the rotation, the resident will rotate on the medical service under the supervision of attending physicians and senior medical residents.

Emergency Medicine- The emergency medicine rotation is a one week rotation. During the rotation the resident learns to use facilities in the emergency room, be part of the team treating medical emergencies to facilitate the treatment of dental and maxillofacial patients in the various sections of an ETD department. Residents will also learn about the diagnosis, protocol treatments and medications for the different medical conditions and medical emergencies presented.

Private Office Rotation- The private office rotation is a one week rotation where the resident will become familiar with practice and patient management, office scheduling, employee relations, financial management, supply and lab expenses and keeping an inventory. ie how to run a private office.

Dental residents will receive didactics and perform the following disciplines: 
• Residents “clear dentally” patients scheduled for cardiac surgery, head and neck radiation, stem and bone marrow therapy, organ transplantation and general in house medical patients requiring urgent dental care.
• Resident’s perform consultations for patients in all hospital departments.
• Fixed prosthodontics – crowns, bridges, laminates, bonding, inlays, onlays and a demonstration in cerec.
• Removable prosthodontics – dentures, partials and over-dentures.
• Cosmetics dentistry laminates, bleaching.
• Demonstration on Botox.
• Lectures on implants and table clinics to practice placing and restoring implants. Then placing and restoring implants for patients.
• Periodontics - Lectures on the diagnosis, etiology, classification and treatment – Periodontal scaling and root planning, flap surgery, bone augmentation and guided tissue regeneration.
• Endodontics – Lectures and table clinics on rotary endo. Treating molars for patients with rotary endo. Assisting and performing apicoectomies.
• Pedodontics – Lectures, pulpotomies, stainless steel crowns, behavior management.
• Orthodontics – Lectures – basic and Invisalign; Bracketing full cases and maintenance.
• Oral and maxillo-facial surgery and trauma.
•  Incision and drainage (I&D) and infection management.
• Operating room admission and general dentistry and oral and maxillo-facial surgery.
• Treat dental, oral and maxillo-facial injuries including splinting for avulsed teeth.
• Evaluate physical status and appropriate uses of local or general anesthesia.
• Nitrous oxide lectures and demonstration and patient treatment by residents.
• Oral medicine, oral pathology and biopsies.
• TMD and TMJ – lectures, splints, differential facial pain diagnosis.
• Managing the medically complex and the medically compromised patient.
• Lectures on medical emergencies in the dental office.
• Special needs patients.
• Pharmacology
• Rotations- Anesthesia, Medicine, Emergency Room, and Private Offices.
• Dental materials
• Ethics
• Practice management – running a private practice, personal financial planning for the practitioner, chart audits, journal club and case presentations by the resident; treatment planning seminars (treatment plans are signed by an attending and followed through by the resident.)
• “After” the Residency- Further education associateships, partnerships, buy-ins, corporations, yes, no types.
• Insurances- Self and patient’s
• Departmental meetings

Mandatory – Can and will be provided at the hospital.
• BLS – CPR: Basic Life Support (necessary)
• ACLS: Advanced Cardiac Life Support (necessary)
• PALS: Pediatric Advanced Life Support
• ITLS: International Trauma Life Support

• ALTS: Advanced Trauma Life Support

How to Apply:
Applicants interested in our General Practice Residency  (GPR) program must attend a dental school that is accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA). We participate in the Postdoctoral Application Support Services (PASS), aside from submission of grades and NBDE part 1 scores applicants are required to submit a letter of intent along with a 2x2 photo.

Upon acceptance to the program residents decide on their start date (July 1st or August 1st). Residents are required to complete prerequisite requirements prior to their start date, which include completing a online application, dental contracts, malpractice liability forms, a physical, urine drug screen and a half day dental resident orientation.

For more information:
If you have any questions or would like to arrange a tour of the Center for Dentistry, please contact GPR coordinator Diana Lima at 551-996-5593 or

For More Information

Diana Lima
Residency Coordinator

30 Prospect Ave.
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Ph. 551-996-5593


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Center for Dentistry

St. John Building

30 Prospect Ave.
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Ph. 551-996-2111

HIllcrest Building

60 Second St.
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Ph. 551-996-3519


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