General Practice Residency Postdoctoral Training Program

General Information

As New Jersey's preeminent academic health care facility, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (RBHS) has a primary obligation to provide the best possible health care to a wide variety of patients. The second obligation is the provision of high quality training to the country's health care practitioners. The General Practice Residency (GPR) program at the RBHS-Rutgers School of Dental Medicine aims to fulfill these obligations in the field of general dentistry.

The Newark campus of RBHS is home to the New Jersey Medical School, the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM), the School of Health Related Professions, the Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the University Hospital. The hospital, a tertiary liver disease center and state trauma center, represents a major teaching site for medical and dental students and residents to work in a technically advanced, academically challenging environment.

RBHS GPR Program Objectives

The GPR program at RBHS is a one-year program dedicated to elevating the skills and knowledge base of the dental graduate in both General and Hospital dentistry. This educational program is designed to provide the general dentist with advanced knowledge and skills that will enable him/her to develop a successful and productive career as a general practitioner with the necessary skills to provide dental care in a hospital setting.

These objectives are achieved by integrating a unique clinical and didactic program only available through a dental school/hospital based program. The first year residents (PGY1) will receive:

1. Advance level didactic and clinical training in :

  • General dentistry
  • Oral Surgery
  • Endodontics
  • Periodontics
  • TMD/Orofacial Pain
  • Implant placement and restoration
  • Oral Medicine and Pathology

2. Dental management of the medically complex patients both ambulatory and hospital based
3. Dental treatment in the operating room under sedation or general anesthesia
4. Dental management of the transplant patient,dialysis patient and head and neck cancer patients
5. Community Dentistry

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Program Faculty

Part-time and full-time faculty from the Department of Diagnostic Sciences and faculty from the other postgraduate departments provides a wide range of expertise from which the residents can take full advantage of.

Program Director:

Samuel Y. P. Quek, DMD, MPH
Department of Diagnostic Sciences

Attending Faculty:

Harold V. Cohen, DDS
Department Diagnostic Sciences

Eli Eliav, DMD, PhD
Center of Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain
Department of Diagnostic Sciences

Mahnaz Fatahzadeh, DMD
Department of Diagnostic Sciences

Ali Abbas, DMD
Department of Diagnostic Sciences

Julyana Gomes Zagury, DMD, MSD
Center of Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain
Department of Diagnostic Sciences

Gary Heir, DMD
Center of Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain
Department of Diagnostic Sciences

Sowmya Anathan, DMD, MSD
Center of Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain
Department of Diagnostic Sciences

Ival McDermott, DMD
Department of Restorative Dentistry

Dr. Cristian G. Morazan, DDS, MPH
Department of Diagnostic Sciences

Richard Pertes, DDS
Center of Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain
Department of Diagnostic Sciences

Diane Rigassio-Radler, RD, PhD
Department of Nutritional Science

Jane Ziegler, DCN, RD, LDN
Department of Nutritional Science

Davis Thomas, DDS
Center of Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain
Department of Diagnostic Sciences

Riva Touger-Decker, RD, PhD
Department of Nutritional Science

Educational Activities

Each resident is expected to attend all academic activities scheduled by the department. Residents and faculty will receive a monthly schedule of conferences to allow adequate time for preparation. The graduate will also be proficient in scientific evaluation of the literature and application of this knowledge to their future practices.

On-Call Responsibilities

Nightly on-call duty is shared equally by all first year GPR & Pediatric Dentistry Residents on a rotating basis throughout the year, except the off-service month of Internal Medicine. The chief resident is responsible for call assignment and ensuring that residents have equal call distribution for weekends and holidays.


Both the post-call and incoming on-call residents participate in the morning rounds in the Oral Medicine conference room. This allows for inpatient follow-up and exchange of information about admitted and/or referred emergency patients. Interesting ER cases and consults are also discussed during morning rounds.

Head and Neck Tumor Board

Tumor Board is a weekly multidisciplinary conference attended by General Practice Residents, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Otolaryngology, Radiology, Pathology, Social Services, Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology. Individual services present new and interesting cases for group discussion and comprehensive management of head and neck cancer patients.

Off-Service Rotations

GP residents have two to four-week block rotations through: Anesthesia, Internal Medicine, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Special Care Dentistry. These rotations provide dental residents with experience in dental medical risk assessment, emergency patient management and interaction with other health care professionals.

Anesthesia rotation: GP residents perform physical examinations, determine medical risk for general anesthesia, perform phlebotomies and intubations, and become familiar with pharmacological agents and equipment used for general anesthesia and/or deep sedation.

Internal Medicine rotation: GP residents participate with the medical resident in inpatient care as part of the medical team. Residents also take call with their medical team, admit, manage and discharge patients, and attend morning rounds under the supervision of a senior resident and a medical attending.

OMFS rotation takes place at the University Hospital. GP residents join their surgical colleagues in assessment and management of maxillofacial surgery patients in the ambulatory, same day surgery and inpatient settings. They examine, treat and follow-up OMFS patients under the supervision of OMFS chief residents and attending.

Special Care Dentistry rotation provide the resident with the opportunity to provide comprehensive oral health care to special needs patients both in the outpatient clinic and in the same day surgery setting.

Application for Admission

Application accepted through PASS.

Additional information regarding application and admission procedures should be directed to:

Dr. Samuel Quek, DMD, MPH
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
110 Bergen Street
Newark, NJ 07101