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Dental Medicine General Practice Residency

The General Practice Residency Program is a one-year post-doctoral program leading to a certificate in Hospital Dentistry. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Currently, the program accepts six residents each year. Each resident spends approximately six months in general dentistry based in the Oral Health Center of Loyola University Medical Center. Residents also spend four months at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital; separate rotations in geriatric dentistry and oral surgery are completed. During the remaining months, residents complete scheduled rotations in anesthesia, internal medicine, emergency room at Loyola University Medical Center. The program accepts applications from the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Complete information about the program and application process can be found in the Admissions/Application section.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • Provide advanced training such that the resident develops the clinical judgment and diagnostic ability necessary to practice a full scope of general dentistry.
  • Provide extensive clinical, didactic and hospital opportunities for interdisciplinary interaction between the resident and other healthcare providers.
  • Develop the ability to manage medically-compromised hospital patients in ambulatory and inpatient settings.
  • Develop appropriate behavioral management, communication and practice management skills.
  • Foster an environment of ethics, morals, empathy and multi-culturalism.
  • Develop the skills necessary for critical review and presentation of literature and the pursuit of individual research interests and career goals.
  • Foster an interest in dental education.

Clinical Experience

The General Practice Residency Program is intended to combine comprehensive and episodic dental care by residents, attending staff and dental auxiliaries with the educational process of the program. When assigned to the general dentistry service residents work in Loyola University Medical Center's Oral Health Center where they are exposed to the practice of dental implants, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics, and special care dentistry. Residents interact with an auxiliary staff composed of chair-side assistants and dental hygienists to treat patients in a private practice group setting. The Oral Health Center has a business office which manages billing, collections, patient scheduling, arrival and departure. The center also employs an office manager to promote the clinics efficiency and productivity. The residents also provide bedside care to hospital patients who require dental clearance for emergency surgery, consultation from different services regarding oral diagnostic findings, or emergency dental treatment. At the beginning of the residency, Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications are completed by all new housestaff. Residents also complete a one and half month Physical Diagnosis class to learn how to document history and physical examinations and write hospital consultations. Residents take twenty-four hour in-house emergency first call, approximately twice a week. During call shifts, residents serve as a consultant for the emergency room and also the various inpatient services. As a first responder, residents work closely with the oral surgery residents during facial trauma call.



In addition to gaining valuable private practice experience at the Oral Health Center, rotations are also completed in the following areas to create a broader spectrum of experiences and enhance the education of the resident:

  • Anesthesiology: a one-month rotation at the modern Ambulatory Surgery Center of Loyola University Hospital. During this rotation, residents attend weekly lectures with anesthesia residents. Residents shadow anesthesiology residents to observe and actively participate in general anesthesia for patients undergoing surgery. Residents gain experience in starting intravenous lines (IV), placing laryngeal mask airways (LMAs), and intubating patients.
  • Emergency Medicine: a two-week rotation at Loyola University Hospital Emergency Room. Residents see Emergency Room patients, take histories and perform physical examinations, write ER notes, and suture lacerations. Working with the ER team, residents treat all levels of patients including trauma care.
  • Geriatric Dentistry: a eight-week rotation in geriatric dentistry at the dental clinic of Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital. Residents provide care for U.S veterans who require a great deal of fixed and removable prosthetics work. Residents have the opportunity to use soft tissue laser for tissue management, and also CEREC CAD/CAM technology for milling of ceramic crowns. There is an in-house dental laboratory where much of the laboratory work is completed.
  • Internal Medicine: a two-week rotation at Loyola University Hospital. Residents join one of the general medicine teams on the hospital floors. During this rotation, further experience is gained with the management of patients whom have been admitted for hospital care. Residents complete daily rounds, charting, and writing orders for patients with complex medical problems. Pharmacological and surgical interventions are planned and discussed during rounds. Taking patient histories and performing physical examinations is also an important part of this rotation. Residents gain a new perspective on the challenges and duties of internal medicine doctors.
  • Operating Room: a eight-week rotation in the operating room of Loyola University Hospital Outpatient Center. Oral rehabilitation cases are performed under general anesthesia. One or two cases are scheduled per week. Residents work with attending surgeon to provide care for special needs patients.
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: eight-week rotation at oral surgery department of Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital. Residents again have the opportunity to complete hospital rounds and history and physical exams (H&Ps) on medically-complex patients. Residents improve their techniques with surgical extractions, alveoloplasty, tori removal, and suturing.


Loyola University Medical Center Loyola University Hospital
(formerly Foster G. McGaw Hospital), is a teaching, tertiary care facility with 523 licensed beds. It has been nationally recognized for is contribution to the study and treatment of cardiovascular disease, perinatal and neonatal disorders, cancer and burn injuries.
Oral Health Center Oral Health Center
The 234,000-square-foot Maguire Center is home to numerous Medical Center departments including neurosurgery, otolaryngolgy, psychiatry, and the Oral Health Center. The center functions as the outpatient treatment facility for Dental Medicine and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
Emergency Care Facility Emergency Care Facility
The state-of-the-art Emergency Medical Services combines advanced treatment and patient monitoring systems with the expertise of highly trained emergency medicine professionals. Loyola University Medical Center is the only Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center for Region 8 of the state of Illinois trauma network.
Loyola Outpatient Center Loyola Outpatient Center
This 224,000-square-foot Loyola Outpatient Center opened to patients in June 2003. The building has provided expanded ambulatory services for fourteen clinical departments, doubled the amount of ambulatory surgery and radiation oncology space and added space to diagnostic radiology and women's health services.


The Loyola General Practice Residency is fortunate to have many dedicated part-time faculty members who participate in the residency-training program.

Martin J. Hogan, DDS
Assistant Professor of Surgery Section of Dental Medicine

Director of the General Practice Dentistry Residency Program

Charles Palin, DDS
Assistant Professor of Surgery Section of Dental Medicine

Anna Szpaderska,

Assistant Professor of Surgery Section of Dental Medicine


  • Michael Schmerman, DDS 


  • Joseph Tylka, DDS


  • Larry Farsakian, DDS

General Dentistry

  • Jeffrey Bonk, DDS
  • Nicholas Panamitros, DDS, JD

Oral Health Center Staff

Residents learn the essentials of practice administration and acquire skills to utilize a team approach working with auxiliaries.

The Loyola Oral Health Center provides all dental services including general dentistry for adults and children, dental hygiene, oral surgery, and orthodontics.

There is a dentist and an oral surgeon on call 24 hours a day to handle emergencies.

The Loyola Oral Health Center works closely with Loyola's Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center and many other departments at the Medical Center to provide oral healthcare to patients with special needs.

The Loyola Oral Health Center is located in newly renovated, 12,000-square-foot facility that features sophisticated equipment and comfortable surroundings. The 19 patient care rooms include: eight rooms that are dedicated to general, three units to orthodontics care, four rooms to oral surgery, two units to recovery and two units to dental hygiene.

Admissions Requirements

To apply for the program, an applicant must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Must have graduated from an ADA accredited dental school in the US, or a Canadian dental school.
  • Must be proficient in the English language.
  • Must have passed Part I, National Dental Board Examination. Candidate must pass Part II of the NDBE before enrollment into the program.

Admission Criteria

Generally, applicants from advanced education programs are considered on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Completed application
  • Grade point average
  • Class standing
  • Transcript/pattern of academic achievement
  • National board scores
  • Experience and Training
  • Recommendations
  • Personal interview


Applications are due at the Loyola University Medical Center, Oral Health Center no later than October 1st to be considered for the class that begins the following July. Applicants must complete the application through the PASS program. Please note that you do not have to mail any supplemental documents into the program directly. The PASS application is entirely a web-based application performed online.  All documents can be upload to the PASS website for review.

PASS can be accessed using the link below.

Postdoctoral Application Support Services (PASS)
American Dental Education Association 1400 K Street NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
202.289.8702 PASS fax #
202.289.8123 PASS customer service
800.353.2237 toll-free customer service

Off-campus Seminars and Lectures

There are numerous opportunities to attend evening presentations and lectures. Residents can earn CE credits at these seminars. See residents in action at an Implant Seminar.

Chicago's Midwinter Meeting
In February, residents present a research topic at a table clinic during Chicago's Midwinter meeting. At the program start, residents will choose a topic of interest and complete research during the year.

Community Service

Residents have the opportunity to participate in an elementary school oral hygiene instruction program throughout the year. There are also volunteer opportunities with the Special Olympics.

2019-2020 Residents

Danielle Duarte, D.D.S

Kyle Harrison, D.D.S

Erin Knepper, D.M.D

Matthew Orlando, D.M.D

Andrew Pischek, D.M.D

Marisa Rugino, D.M.D

Natasha Jones

Fellowship and Residency Education Coordinator
708-327-3041 office