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.

Application Deadline

November 1, 2024

NOTE: Program dates are subject to change or cancellation.

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Why Roswell Park for your residency?

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.

The General Practice Residency program at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is a unique and rewarding learning experience. Every day we are exposed to medically complex patients with one commonality; they all have been diagnosed with a malignancy of some kind. The understanding of dental oncology and its importance within our field is invaluable information that is gained over the year. Patient care includes comprehensive treatment in all facets of dentistry and is expected to be delivered with compassion and awareness for what each individual is going through. I am forever grateful for the education I received here at Roswell, it has made me a better clinician and person.
— Marco Maronski
    General Dental Practice Resident
    Class of 2023


Dr. Michael Kozlowki poses with two dental residents, Dr. Samna Minhas and Dr. Jay Ciano
Residency Director Dr. Michael Kozlowski ensures a hands-on, immersive learning experience in Roswell Park's Dental Clinic.

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.

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.

The GPR residency at Roswell Park is a unique experience that will prepare you to see very medically complex and frail patients in any dental clinic setting. You are able to learn and practice all aspects of general dentistry within a very specific patient population that challenges you and develops empathy for patients as they undergo difficult cancer treatment. We work closely with the head and neck surgery department on cases in the clinic and operating room, as well as with other services such as the transplant clinic, myeloma clinic, etc. During the GPR year at Roswell you will see many interesting cases on a regular basis that you may otherwise only encounter once in your career, such as advanced head and neck cancers. This program is great if you are interested in a career in general and hospital dentistry or plan to specialize in areas such as oral surgery, medicine, etc. as it prepares you for interdisciplinary collaboration while working with a complex patient population.
— Ashley Karczewski
    General Dental Practice Resident
    Class of 2023

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