Comprehensive dental treatment for cancer patients

Cancer patients have unique needs – and they need dentists that are specially trained to provide optimal care and make their treatment and survival the best it can be.

During your residency in Dentistry at Roswell Park, you’ll work with cancer patients across the treatment continuum, from recently diagnosed, through active treatment, and into remission.

Through our unique collaborative community, you’ll have hands-on experience and interaction with physicians, scientists and technicians across our world-class facilities.

Your training will include comprehensive exams, restorative procedures, prosthodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, periodontics and implants. You’ll also be involved in the planning and treatment aspects of Maxillofacial Prosthodontics. Hospital rotations include medicine and anesthesia. Through your training you will have an impact on the quality of your patients' lives and gain solid ground in your understanding of Dental Oncology.

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NOTE: Program dates are subject to change or cancellation due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Why do your residency at Roswell Park?

Unlike a traditional hospital or clinic, Roswell Park is truly a comprehensive care setting, specializing in the care of cancer patients. We’re a hospital, a research institution, and a graduate school. We’re experts in nearly every subspecialty of oncology and hematology.

Our dental clinic is conveniently located next to the Department of Head & Neck Surgery. You’ll provide comprehensive dental care to a diverse and complex inpatient and outpatient population.

And don’t forget about the beauty of Buffalo – we’re located in the second-largest city in New York, and we have the cultural and recreational opportunities to make you feel right at home.

Curriculum/Program of study

Our one-year residency program begins July 1 of each year. You’ll spend approximately 70% of your time in direct patient care.

The didactic portion of your training will include treatment planning seminars and literature reviews, as well as lectures in physical diagnosis, prosthodontics, endodontics, practice management and other specialty topics.

You’ll also experience:

  • A 70-hour rotation experience in anesthesia
  • Opportunities to participate in current research projects involving the early detection of oral cancer in high-risk patients
  • Weekly attendance in the multidisciplinary Tumor Board

Our program meets all New York State licensure requirements and is accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation.

The General Practice Residency program at Roswell Park challenged me professionally, academically, and personally. I was able to advance most aspects of my general dentistry skills including restorative dentistry, simple and surgical extractions, removable prosthodontics, and crown and bridge, as well as learn more novel techniques such as soft tissue diode laser applications. But it was the dental oncology exposure I gained that ultimately made my residency experience unmatched.
Marym Abdelmaseh
Marym Abdelmaseh
Class of 2020

Eligibility and how to apply

You must be a graduate of an accredited dental school in the U.S. or Canada.

Roswell Park participates in the National Matching Service (NMS) and the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS).

We’re committed to a program of equal opportunity. Selection of residents is made without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or sexual orientation.

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