General Practice Residency Cabell Huntington Hospital
Last updated on March 3, 2024.

Cabell Huntington Hospital/MUSOM

Program Size
Program Length
1 year with optional second year months
Application Deadline
December 15
Program Start
July 1

Program Contact

Program Director Dr. Raj Khanna DMD, MD Chair Department of Dentistry and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
1616 13th Ave, STE 200, , Huntington, West Virginia, 25701
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 Our General Practice Residency (GPR) program is designed for advanced clinical and didactic training in general dentistry with intensive hospital experience at the postdoctoral level.

Currently our program offers 3 slots for the first year and 2 slots for the optional second year

We accept Nationald and  International Dental Graduates for both years into our program. The first year residents need to apply throught PASS. For the second year application please see the proram website.

GPR programs provide instruction and experience in the delivery of care to a wide range of ambulatory and hospitalized patients. This training and exposure prepares dentists to obtain privileges at local hospitals once in private practice. Most GPR programs are sponsored by either a hospital or a hospital affiliated institution such as a dental school. Our program is unique in the fact that it is sponsored by Cabell Huntington Hospital and is run in collabartion with Marshall University School of Medicine. All the didactic and clinical training is provided in Joint Campus of Cabell Huntington Hospital and Marshall University School of Medicine. The Residents get a strong foundation in medical management of patients by capitalizing on the inpatient and outpatinet services of both Cabell Huntington Hospital and Marshall University clinics as well as recieving didactic instruction in medicine from the Departments at the Schoolf Of Medicine.

Our program is designed to provide a strong experience in Medicine alongwith general dentistry. The GPR residents rotate through a variety of services including Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Anesthesiology. The program also provides training in preventive dentistry, periodontics, restorative dentistry, endodontics, and oral maxillofacial surgery. The majority of the resident's experience is gained in the direct delivery of oral health care to ambulatory patients. However the residents also gain experience in inpatient management of the dental patients through the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service besides the rotations in Family Medicine, Anesthesia and Emergency Medicine.  The clinical experiences are supported by a didactic instruction designed to encourage critical thinking appropriate to specialty level education in general dentistry. The dental clinic and the Oral Maxillofacial Surgery clinic are housed under the same facility thus providing residents the unique opportunity to enhance their Oral Maxillofacial Surgery experience.

Our program is unique in providing immense experience in hospital dentistry for management of medically compromised patients as well as pediatric patients. This is done by using a dedicated Dental Operating Room which is used on a daily basis by our faculty and residents.

The overall curriculum is designed to prepare our graduates with the knowledge base and clinical skill level which allows successful entry into the contemporary practice setting of general dentistry.

The program has been planned in accordance with the guidelines for postdoctoral education of the American Dental Association Council on Dental Accreditation. Upon completion of the program the resident receives a certificate in general dentistry.

Bases on the CODA guidelines our Residency training in general practice requires experience in all of the following content areas:

Operative dentistry;
Restoration of the edentulous space;
Periodontal therapy;
Endodontic therapy;
Oral surgery;
Evaluation and treatment of dental emergencies; 
Pain and anxiety control utilizing behavioral and/or pharmacological techniques

General Practice as a field comprises, but is not limited to, the performance of operations and procedures relevant to the content areas listed above. Additional expected knowledge and experience in the above areas includes:

Technical proficiency in the performance of essential operations/procedures in the above areas, plus knowledge, familiarity and in some cases technical proficiency with more uncommon and complex operations in each of the above areas.

The mandatory rotations include anesthesia, family medicine and emergency medicine. There are rotations in hosptial dentistry for providing dental care to pediatric and medically compromised patients in the operating room. There are also rotations in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery which includes inpatient and outpatinet Oral maxillofacial surgery including sedation. Besides the above rotations the resident spends the remaining time in the outpatient dental clinic providing routine dental care to adult and pediatric dental patients.

The rotation in anesthesia is structured to enhance the Knowledge of anesthesia which includes : preoperative evaluation; assessment of the effects of behavioral and pharmacologic techniques; venipuncture technique; patient monitoring; airway management; understanding of the use of pharmacologic agents; recognition and treatment of anesthetic emergencies; and assessment of patient recovery from anesthesia.

Family Medicina and Emergency Medicine Rotations are structured to provide Residents with Knowledge and experiecne in Medical Management of Patients which includes : Knowledge of obtaining and interpreting the patient’s chief complaint, medical, and social history, and review of systems; obtaining and interpreting clinical and other diagnostic data from other health care providers; using the services of clinical, medical, and pathology laboratories; and performing a history and physical evaluation and collect other data in order to establish a medical assessment. Furthermore residents receive instruction and experience on managment of variety of medical emergencies and trauma experience through the Emergency Medicine Rotation.

The program is unique in the fact that we can tailor the program around the residents special interests so that each resident can have an experience that is more tailored to their post GPR goals. Although certain minimum experiences are a must to graduate, the program will make every effort to provide where possible any extra experience and education to help residents if they desire to apply for specialities after the GPR. 

The second year is optional please seed details on website

Program Information

Program Type General Practice Residency
Program Code GPR742
Degrees Offered Certificate
Program Size 3
Program Length 1 year with optional second year months
Application Deadline December 15
Program Start Date July 1
Supplemental Application No
Supplemental Fee No
Stipend Offered Yes
Match Participating Yes
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Application Requirements

Required Standardized Tests

  • NBDE1
  • NBDE2
  • Passing the INBDE before the advanced dental education program deadline
  • TOEFEL is required for International Applicants only

Transcript Evaluation and Instructions

Transcripts accepted through PASS. 

International candidiates must have their transcripts verified and translated by services such as WES etc. 

A passport size photograph is required

Letters of Evaluation Instructions

Minimum three letters of recommendation. At least one has to be from the Dean of the Graduating Dental School listing candidates ranking in the class and overal performance with the class size. 

TOEFL Requirement Instructions

TOEFEL is required for International Candidates. Candidates are encouaraged to get a TOEFEL score of 75 or higher. While there is no minimum, however candidates are expected to have a good command of the english language in speaking, reading, listening and writing. This is important obvioulsy to be able to communicate with the patients and the staff. 

Other Requirement Instructions

Please upload your picture into the PASS portal. A passport picture is required. 

International candidates may need to take a clinical bench test. 

International Student Eligibility

This program will consider applicants who graduated, or plan to graduate, from a non-CODA accredited dental school: Yes

Applicants are eligible to enroll if they are:

  • US Citizen
  • US Permanent Resident
  • Canadian Citizen
  • Canadian Permanent Resident
  • Non-US Citizen/Resident (applicant must contain their own sponsorship)
  • A valid work permit or papers that allow candidate to legally work in the United States will be needed for International Dental Graduates

Interview Schedule

Interviews are conducted in Fall from September through December. Interviews are one day and usually on Saturdays

Additional Information

The program accepts both National and International Dental Graduates. Please see program website for details.

The program offers standard PGY1 stipend to first year  and standard PGY2 stipend to second year residents.  Please see program website for details. The stipend is offered to both National and International dental graduates. There is no tuition for National or International Dental Graduates for the first year. However there is a tuition for the second year for International Candidates, please see website for details. Besides the stipend we offer the usual health benefits, vacation and sick time etc. Details are on the website.