GENERAL PRACTICE RESIDEDENCY PROGRAM

PROGRAM DIRECTOR:  William R. Marshall, PharmD, DDS


The West Virginia University School of Dentistry offers two general practice residency positions that are one year in duration.   These positions provide advanced didactic experience in the sciences basic for dental practice, and a variety of hospital-related clinical experiences, not usually, included in a predoctoral dental school curriculum.  In addition, experience is gained in the TEAM concept of oral health care delivery.  The resident’s ability to understand the disease process and to treat the mentally and medically compromised patient is enhanced and expertise is gained in providing comprehensive oral health care in the hospital and family practice environment.


The program mission is to train dentists, who have a broad scope of clinical experience and skills in advanced procedures, including Hospital Dentistry and the appropriate treatment of special needs patients. Subsequently these individuals either:  (A) go on to successfully practice broad scope general dentistry, or (B) pursue advanced specialty training in their perceived area of expertise.

Program goals shall include, but not limited to, the ability to:

1.  Act as primary care provider for individual and group patients.  This includes: providing emergency and
    multidisciplinary comprehensive oral health care; promotion and disease prevention activities; and the
    use of advanced dental treatment modalities.

2.  Plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients including patients with
    special needs – medically, mentally and pharmacologically compromised patients.

3.  Manage the delivery of oral health care by applying concepts of practice management and quality
     improvement that are responsive to a dynamic health care environment including the ability to treat
     adult and pediatric patients.

4.  Function effectively within the hospital environment, including ER, OR, ICU and SDCU.

5.  Function effectively with other interdisciplinary health care teams in providing medically necessary dental
    care, as well as, promoting oral health care and disease prevention to the community which it serves.

6.  Apply scientific principles to learning while providing effective oral health care.  This includes the use of
    critical thinking, evidence of outcomes-based clinical decision-making, and technology-based information
    retrieval systems.

7.  Utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient centered care, adaptability, and the
     acceptance of cultural diversity in the professional practice.


Inpatient and outpatient care is provided through the 375 bed Ruby Memorial Hospital (WVU Hospital) located in Morgantown, WV.  Ruby Memorial Hospital is a level one trauma center servicing northern West Virginia and the surrounding tri-state area.  

In addition to clinical services rendered to inpatients, outpatients, and Dental Group Practice patients, selected patients from the School of Dentistry are assigned to augment the resident’s experience.  The clinical phase of the program places emphasis on patient care in a variety of settings on both a comprehensive and emergency basis.

The competency and proficiency-based program encompasses and utilizes faculty and staff from all recognized dental specialties.   The program consists of two alternating weekly clinical rotations.  These rotations include, but are not limited to, daily rotations in:

Oral Surgery - providing student clinic coverage and learning advanced oral surgery techniques and procedures. 

Hospital Dentistry - providing medically necessary dental care to medically, mentally, and           pharmacologically compromised patients utilizing a variety of clinic settings and techniques, et al.

  • Oral conscious sedation
  • Intravenous conscious sedation
  • Providing comprehensive dental care in the operating room under general anesthesia via the Same Day Care Unit

Periodontics - reinforcing basic periodontal techniques and gaining exposure to the more advanced
periodontal procedures, et al. 

  • Full Mouth Gingivectomy of Dilantin-Induced Gingival Hyperplasia

 Prosthodontics – reinforcing basic fixed and removable prosthodontic techniques and gaining exposure to
more advanced prosthodontic procedures, et al.

  • Restoration of dental implants

Endodontics – reinforcing basic endodontic techniques while learning and experiencing new procedures,
et al.

  • The crown down endodontic technique using rotary instrumentation

Dental Group Practice – reinforcing and experiencing basic techniques, and gaining exposure to new
materials and procedures in the delivery of general dentistry to a wide variety of patients in a family
group practice setting.

During the Oral Surgery Hospital Dentistry rotation, daily rounds with the OMFS, and Hospital Dentistry faculty and residents enable the resident to become experienced in hospital protocol and clinical procedures.  Actual operating room experience is gained by the provision of restorative, periodontal, and minor surgical services to hospital inpatients and Same Day Surgery patients.  Observation and assistance in major oral surgery procedures is a part of the operating room experience.

The outpatient clinical rotation is spent providing dental care for hospital patients and those special needs patients assigned to the resident.  Because of the special needs of the hospital patient, supportive dental care for the mentally and medically compromised patient is an important part of the resident’s experience, as well as, providing oral and maxillofacial surgery support to the emergency head and neck trauma patient of Ruby Memorial Hospital.    

In the Dental Group Practice rotation, the resident provides comprehensive dental care using the TEAM concept of delivery.  The clinic is physically located in the faculty practice area of the Dental School and the resident works in collaboration with the staff of the Dental Group Practice to provide care for all members of the family assigned to the Dental Group Practice Clinic. Advanced experience is gained in the fields of operative dentistry, prosthodontics, pedodontics, endodontics and periodontics.

Additional rotations consist of:

  1. A two week rotation on the Medicine Service at WVU Hospital.  During this rotation, the resident is involved in the care, diagnosis and treatment of the medically compromised patient.

  2. A two week rotation on the Anesthesia Service at WVU Hospital.   During this rotation, the resident learns airway management and assists in administration of general anesthesia to hospitalized patients, and attends all conferences and seminars conducted by the Anesthesia Service.

  3. Residents participate in monthly rotating “after hours” dental call providing emergency dental services to the patients of Ruby Memorial Hospital and WVU School of Dentistry.

The didactic aspect of the program includes graduate courses in Advanced Oral Pathology, Advanced Oral Surgery; seminars in General Dentistry, Hospital Dentistry, and Physical Diagnosis; and Journal Club reviews.  In addition, the resident attends selected continuing education courses appropriate to the program offered by the School of Dentistry.

While one full-time faculty member from each clinical discipline is assigned the responsibility for consultation in his specialty field, all staff members are available for consultation and support.  In the important area of patient responsibility, it is understood that the resident will perform comprehensive care consistent with his professional judgment.


Each resident must be a graduate of an American or Canadian Dental School.  A resident permit must be obtained from the West Virginia Board of Dental Examiners if the resident has not been licensed in the state of West Virginia.

A residency begins July 1 and extends for 12 calendar months.  Salary and benefits commensurate with other institutions. 

Each applicant must apply to the program through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) www.adea.org/pass and have all application materials submitted by December 1

All residents will be subject to a criminal background check, by fingerprinting or the most recent technology available.  The resident may not begin their training program beyond the orientation phase until the criminal background check has been submitted. Program information is available at http://programpages.passweb.org/search

 For additional information please contact:

Wendy L. Ridenour
Office of Dental Admissions
West Virginia University
School of Dentistry
PO Box 9407
Morgantown, WV  26506-9407
Phone:  (304) 293-1680
William R. Marshall, PharmD, DDS
General Practice Residency Program
West Virginia University
School of Dentistry
PO Box 9402
Morgantown, WV  26506-9402
Phone:  (304) 293-3549