The Prosthodontic Residency Program at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC), Houston, Texas provides training in a broad spectrum of advanced basic sciences, interdisciplinary clinical exposure (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Endodontics, and Periodontics), and intensive clinical training in all areas of prosthodontics. The program surveys the history of prosthodontics to the current trends in philosophies, concepts and practices to develop a well-rounded diagnostician and practitioner with an understanding of the problems involved in the comprehensive treatment of patients. The didactic portion of the program consists of post-graduate level basic science courses and clinical specialty seminars which prepare the resident to provide complex, comprehensive prosthodontic care. The four phases of prosthodontics, removable, fixed, implants, and maxillofacial, are covered thoroughly from examination and diagnosis, through technical procedures, to follow-up treatment subsequent to the placement of the prosthesis. Principles, concepts, and practices are stressed in each phase to provide the resident with a broad overview of both the past and currently accepted procedures for treatment. The objective of the program is to produce a graduate who is knowledgeable and competent in all phases of prosthodontics. All residents are encouraged to prepare for board certification and challenge the American Board of Prosthodontics. The program is designed to meet or exceed the requirements of the Commission on Dental Accreditation’s Standards for Advanced Specialty Education in Prosthodontics.
The MEDVAMC Residency in Prosthodontics provides intense and comprehensive clinical experience in the specialty of Prosthodontics. Our veteran patient population in Houston, Texas requires all levels of care and unlimited opportunities for prosthodontic experiences. The residency is supported by a full service "in-house" laboratory as well as the Central Dental Laboratory in Dallas, Texas. Residents have access to advances in technology including digital radiographs, digital patient records, cone beam CT and virtual implant planning, CAD/CAM, ceramic systems, induction casting, and injection molding for complete dentures. Residents are exposed through hands on training in Maxillofacial Prosthodontics as well as a 6 week rotation at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Additionally, a monthly seminar in with direct patient care is experienced in the Myofascial Pain Clinic. Our full time staff includes an oral surgeon, endodontist, three general dentists, and four prosthodontists. The prosthodontic faculty includes 2 boarded prosthodontists, a maxillofacial prosthodontist, and multiple consultants. Part time staff includes a periodontist.
For a Resident appointment at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center you must be a United States Citizen and have graduated from an ADA Accredited Dental School. Complete PASS applications are acceptable and a VA Form 10-2850b must be completed prior to appointment. A letter of recommendation from the dean of your dental school / program director and three letters of recommendation from qualified dentists (preferably prosthodontists) are required. Candidates are requested to personally arrange for their reference letters and to notify the Program Director from whom to expect reference letters. Additionally your dental school transcript, class standing, and National Board Exam scores are required.
Salary & Benefits
Salary is $43,500 for PGY-1 with increases for PGY-2 and PGY-3.
Health Benefits and Life insurance are available.
Malpractice Liability coverage is provided.
Christopher M. Minke, DMD, MS
Director, Prosthodontic Residency Program
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Dental Service (160)
2002 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77030-4298
Phone: 713-791-1414, ext 26161