Second Year General Practice Residency Program in Special Care Dentistry

The special care population consists of patients with mental retardation, developmental disabilities, psychiatric and physical disabilities and complex medical conditions, as well as the geriatric population. While many patients can receive dental care on an outpatient basis, a large number require treatment in the operating room setting.

Due to their complex needs, patients with special needs face considerable difficulties in obtaining dental care. Unfortunately, few dentists are comfortable providing care to this rapidly growing patient population.

The second year GPR at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine is an intensive one-year program dedicated to advanced training in providing comprehensive dental care to the special needs  population.

Intensive didactic and clinical programs are integrated to provide the resident with the theoretical and practical armamentarium necessary for the scholarly practice of dentistry in this special needs group. The resident undergoes training in:

  1. All aspects of general dentistry for the special needs patient;
  2. Medical risk assessment and application of its principles in dental treatment of the special needs patient;
  3. Behavior management and the role of pharmacologic interventions in patient care;
  4. Dental treatment planning for the special needs patient;
  5. Comprehensive dental care in the operating room, under sedation or general anesthesia;
  6. Interrelationships with medical and dental professionals in a variety of specialty areas.
Patients are treated in the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine's - Special Care Treatment Center. The resident will rotate through various medical services, including anesthesia, internal medicine, and specialty clinics such as the Autism Center. Residents participate in a very active operating room program for the special needs patients with extensive treatment plans and/or significant medical/management problems.

The program has a dedicated faculty who are trained in providing comprehensive care to the special needs patients. Dental School faculties are active in clinical and basic research and resident participation is encouraged.

Program Goals and Objectives

  1. To train a dentist to practice in a ambulatory and hospital setting to treat the special needs patients:
    (a) interact effectively with the hospital medical team and use hospital resources;
    (b) evaluate and treat various special needs;
    (c) manage patients in ambulatory, same-day surgery and in-patient settings;
  2. To advance knowledge and skills in oral health care through a strong academic program that trains a dentist to deliver comprehensive quality patient care.
  3. To recognize, evaluate and manage medical emergencies that can occur during dental treatment of the special needs patient.
  4. To create an ongoing interest and awareness of new developments in clinical practice in oral health care for the special needs patient.
  5. To encourage residents to participate in community service.


  1. Graduation from an ADA-accredited dental school
  2. Completion of a minimum of one year postdoctoral training in either:
    (a) GPR
    (b) AEGD
    (c) postdoctoral (specialty) program

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For additional information and program application, please contact:

Dr. Samuel Quek
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Room D-881
Newark, NJ 07101-1709
(973) 972-0499