Residency in Prosthodontics - Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Residency in Prosthodontics



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 encompasses a range of prosthodontic fundamentals extending to the most up-to date trends in 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. Surgical placement of dental implants is a component part of training both didactically and through clinical experience. 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 and direct patient care is experienced in the Myofascial Pain Clinic. Our full time staff includes two boarded oral and maxillofacial surgeons, five general dentists, six prosthodontists, a board certified endodontist and a board certified 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 is required.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is $60,000 (approximate) for PGY-1 with increases for PGY-2 and PGY-3.

Health Benefits and Life insurance are available.

Malpractice Liability coverage is provided.


Harold Kolodney, Jr., DMD, FACP
Director, Prosthodontic Residency Program

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Dental Service (160)
2002 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77030-4298

Phone: 713-791-1414, extension 26161
Fax:     713-794-7640