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V.A. Long Beach Healthcare System/Tibor Rubin V.A. Medical Center / Advanced Education in General Dentistry (12 months)

- The Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center is also known as VA Long Beach Healthcare System.  

  1. Program Contact Information ↑ 

      Program Contact:

        Dr.  Helene Shen 

        Dental Service (12-160) 

        5901 E 7th Street 

        Long Beach, California  90822 

        Phone (Work): 562-826-5407 


        State Program located in: California 


      Program Deadline ↑ 

      ADEA PASS Application and Transcript Deadline: October 1

      Program Information ↑ 

        What date will your program start on? 07/01

        Length of Program:  12 months months

        Program Number: AEGD1509

        Is your program located in an academic institution or clinical institution? Hospital

        Does your program offer any graduate degrees or certificates? Yes

          If Yes, please list Graduate degrees or certificates offered: Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program certificate

        Does your program participate in MATCH? Yes

        Estimated number of available positions for current application cycle: 4

        Does your program accept predoctoral students as externs (typically described as 1-2 weeks of voluntary, full-time, primarily observational experiences without formal educational objectives or affiliation)?:  No

      Program Description ↑ 


      The Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center includes a large tertiary care teaching center and is also affiliated with five community-based outpatient clinics. Over 50,000 veterans are provided comprehensive healthcare. While a full range of medical services are available, the Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center is nationally recognized for its comprehensive Mental Health, Blind Rehabilitation, and Spinal Cord Injury Centers.

      The population treated within the VA hospital setting has significant dental needs. Concomitantly, patients typically have an array of debilitating physical, psychological, and medical conditions that complicate their dental treatment. The staff and residents are highly trained in the management of these complex patients.  The spectrum of dental care ranges from limited exams of urgent dental needs to comprehensive evaluation and treatment of eligible inpatients and outpatients, which encompasses virtually all specialty areas in dentistry. Experience is provided in treating patients with dental conditions associated with or exacerbating significant medical problems, such as head and neck cancer, spinal cord injury, diabetes, cardiac valve dysfunction, joint replacement, and organ transplantation.

      The Dental Service receives support from other services within the Medical Center, such as Radiology and Laboratory.  Additionally, it provides broad consultative services to ENT, Neurology, Radiation Therapy, Orthopedics, Psychiatry, Medicine, Spinal Cord Injury, Community Living Center, and Pulmonary Sleep Clinic. An Urgent Clinic provides residents with experience in evaluating patients with emergent dental needs. 

      The Dental Service is staffed by 12 full-time and part-time dentists (including specialists in endodontics, maxillofacial prosthodontics, periodontics, and oral and maxillofacial surgery), 4 AEGD residents, 4 hygienists, 16 dental assistants, and 1 laboratory technician.



      The Advanced Education in General Dentistry program is a 12-month program designed to provide clinical and didactic training in general dentistry at the post-doctoral level. Four resident positions are available. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. A certificate is awarded to the resident upon successful completion of the program. The stipend is approximately $60,700.

      This program will prepare the resident to deliver total oral health care by providing instruction and experience involving ambulatory and hospitalized patients with a wide spectrum of medical conditions. It will also offer the opportunity to work with other health care professionals in the hospital and broaden clinical exposure to conditions not commonly seen in the clinic of a dental school. The educational experience is organized into block rotations- Restorative/Removable (6 months), Oral Surgery (3 months), and Endodontics/Periodontics (3 months).

      The program is very clinically oriented and residents obtain significant experience in endodontics, surgical periodontics, surgical placement and restoration of implants, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and complex prosthodontic treatment – both fixed and removable. The educational curriculum is based on residents demonstrating competency in a variety of dental proceudures. Each resident works with an assigned dental assistant. Support staff provide assistance in scheduling and other administrative functions.

      Didactic education is provided in pharmacology, hospital dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, implant dentistry, oral pathology, and practice management. Literature Review and treatment plannng sessions are held weekly.

      The goals and objectives of residency training is as follows:

       1) Act as a primary oral health care provider- effectively evaluate, plan and provide emergency and multidisciplinary comprehensive oral health care

      2) Assess, diagnose, and plan for the provision of multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients including patients with special needs

      3) Manage the delivery of patient-focused health care

      4) Comprehensively examine, diagnose, plan, and perform treatment for varied and complex restorative needs in operative dentistry

      5) Comprehensively examine, diagnose, plan, and perform treatment for the replacement of teeth including fixed, removable, and/or implant prosthodontics

      6) Periodontal therapy - enhance knowledge and experience in the etiology, diagnosis, planning and treatment of periodontal disease including surgical and non-surgical periodontal techniques

      7) Endodontic Therapy - enhance knowledge and experience in the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of acute and chronic pathology of the pulp and periapical structures of single and multi-rooted teeth

      8) Oral Surgery - enhance knowledge and experience in basic oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures including exodontia, pre-prosthetic surgery, orofacial trauma and infection,  biopsy of hard and soft tissue pathology, and post-operative complications

      9) Enhance knowledge and experience in the evaluation and treatment of dental emergencies

      10) Enhance knowledge and experience in pain and anxiety control using behavioral and pharmacological techniques

      11) Be able to recognize and manage common medical emergencies in the dental setting

      12) Enhance understanding of the evaluation, diagnosis, planning, and performance of treatment in implant restorations including single and multi-unit fixed restorations and implant-assisted removable prostheses, maintenance, and complications

      13) Improve evaluation, development of differential diagnoses, and obtaining diagnostic studies and/or biopsies for hard and soft tissue lesions of the oral cavity

      14) Improve understanding of the physiology, etiology, and conservative management of orofacial pain and temporomandibular disorders

      15) Improve understanding in examination, diagnosis, and management of occlusal disorders including correction of occlusal disorders with proper equilibration and/or restoration

      The hospital is located near the Belmont Shore area of Long Beach.  Belmont Shore is an oceanside promenade with numerous shops, restaurants, and cafes.  Housing is abundant, with many apartments within walking distance of the medical center.  Long Beach is in the Greater Los Angeles area, which provides easy access to unparalleled activities – sports, entertainment, and nightlife.

      The current PGY-1 stipend (2022) is approximately $62,000.

      For further information, see the following video:

      Program Requirements Part I ↑ 

        Program Specific Requirements

        ADA ADAT Scores are Required: No

        ADA ADAT Scores are Accepted but Not Required: Yes

        Must upload unofficial undergraduate transcripts to the ADEA PASS application: Yes

        Must submit Dental School transcripts to the program (in addition to ADEA PASS): No

        Must report GRE scores in the ADEA PASS application: No

        Must submit original GRE scores to the program: No

        Must upload a CV/Resume to the ADEA PASS application: Yes

        Must submit a photocopy or a notarized copy of your dental school diploma to the program: Yes

        Must submit Dental Admissions Test (DAT) score: No

        Must submit official NBDE results to ADEA PASS: Yes

        Must submit official INBDE results to ADEA PASS: Yes

        Must submit a National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE) score. (OMS only): No

        Must submit a 2" x 2" photo to the program: Yes

        Must contact program for additional requirements: No

        Must visit program website for additional requirements: No

        Additional Information: 

        2"x2" photo- include either within the uploaded CV or personal statement. Do not send through mail service or email.

        ADAT and DAT Scores- although not required, they will be accepted if submitted.

        Undergraduate and dental school transcripts (unofficial will be accepted) must be uploaded onto ADEA PASS.

        INBDE scores- recommended to be submitted by the application deadline of October 1, however MUST be submitted by Jan 1. 

        Program Supplemental Requirements

        Must submit supplemental application to the program: No

        Must submit supplemental application processing fee to the program: No

        Domestic Applicants:  $

        International Applicants: 

        Other (Please explain)  $

        Additional Information:  $

        Supplemental Application Materials:

        (1) 2"x2" photo- included in either the curriculum vitae or personal statement that is uploaded into ADEA PASS. Do not email or send through mail service. 

        (2) Dental Admissions Test (DAT) scores- although not required, these will be accepted if submitted. They can be submitted through mail service if not uploaded into PASS.

        (3) VA form 10-2850D- Application for Health Professions Trainees will not be requested until after interview selection.


        Please send any supplemental application materials to:

        Dr. Helene Shen

        Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center

        Dental Service (12/160)

        5901 East 7th Street

        Long Beach, CA 90822

        Please DO NOT send application materials electronically through email. Applicants will be contacted only if supplemental application materials have not been received by the deadline or if further information is requested.




        *** Interview requests will be sent by email no later than October 14, 2022. If a candidate has not heard from the program by this time, then he/she has not been selected for interview. Please know that this program does not send rejection notices.

        Program interviews will be in-person, and are tentatively planned for the following Tuesdays: 10/25, 11/08, 11/15, 11/22, and 11/29.


        Program Visitations:

        Half-day, in-person visits to the program can be scheduled (M-F, 9am-noon or 1-4pm) except for the month of July. Please contact program director via email for scheduling.

        This program does not offer externships.


        Additional Information

        A total of four letters of evaluation are required, including the Dean's letter. Two of the letters must be written by removable and/or restorative clinical faculty with whom the applicant has worked with.

        Interview schedule for the current application cycle: 

      Program Requirements Part II ↑ 

        General Requirements

        Must have passed Part 1, National Dental Board Examination: Yes

        Must have passed Part 2, National Dental Board Examination: Yes

        Must have earned a D.M.D./D.D.S. degree, or equivalent: Yes

        Must have completed a one-year residency program: No

        Additional Information: 


        Must be a U.S. Citizen: Yes

        Can be a permanent resident?: No

        Permanent residents must show proof of residency: No

        Will accept Canadian citizens: No

        Must have a limited permit: No

        Must have a U.S. dental license: No

        Must be eligible for state dental license: Yes

        Must have a valid state dental license: No

        Must be a graduate of: 

        Applicants without U.S. Dental Degrees: Will Not be Considered

        Eligible Citizenship Types: 
        US citizen, US permanent resident

        Additional Information: 

        Additional Requirements for International Applicants

        Will accept foreign citizens (not including Canada): No

        Must be proficient in the English language: Yes

        Must report TOEFL score on ADEA PASS application: Not Applicable

        Must submit original TOEFL score report to program: Not Applicable

        Must have foreign transcripts evaluated: Not Applicable

        Must have foreign transcripts submitted to the program: Not Applicable

        May be considered if graduated from non-ADA accredited dental school: No

        Additional Information: