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MetroHealth Medical Center / General Practice Residency (12 months)

MetroHealth GPR program is NOT participating in MATCH services this year. Decisions will be made, and Candidates will be contacted after the interviews.  

  1. Program Contact Information ↑ 

      Program Contact:

        Dr.  Laith Al-Mashni 

        Department of Dental Medicine 

        MetroHealth Medical Center 

        2500 MetroHealth Dr.  

        Cleveland, Ohio  44109 

        Phone (Work): 216-778-8928 


        State Program located in: Ohio 


      Program Deadline ↑ 

      ADEA PASS Application and Transcript Deadline: October 1

      Program Information ↑ 

        What date will your program start on? 07/01

        Length of Program:  12-24 months

        Program Number: GPR644

        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: One year GPR Certificate Two years GPR Certificate

        Does your program participate in MATCH? No

        Estimated number of available positions for current application cycle: 3-5

        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 ↑ 

      Program Description

      MetroHealth System has a long and storied commitment to providing care to the community of Northeast Ohio. That commitment has involved the training of hundreds of young professionals through the General Practice Residency (“GPR”) program at The MetroHealth System which started in 1959.


      The GPR program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation for one year and an optional second year.  Residents selected to the first year will receive a contract for the first year. Residents completing the first year satisfactorily will be eligible to apply for a position in the second year. Selection for second year will be based on their performance and evaluations.


      The GPR program is designed to provide advanced clinical education in general dentistry in a large, modern hospital, as well as community clinic settings. The program includes clinical and didactic training under the supervision and evaluation of MetroHealth attendings.


      CLINICAL: The clinical phase of the program comprises the bulk of the curriculum.  It includes assignments in the general dental practice at MetroHealth’s main campus with 14 operatories, as well as community-based clinics 2-8 operatories. The clinical training during the first year includes rotations through anesthesiology, the emergency department, pre-surgical evaluation.  Additional second-year options are provided.  Second year residents by virtue of their extensive clinical experience during the first year, rise to the level of an advanced trainee seeking and performing more complicated cases with a higher level of autonomy. The clinical rotations of second year residents include Oral surgery, Pediatric dentistry, and ENT. In addition, the Operating Room schedule allows residents of both years to treat patients under general anesthesia on monthly basis. The on call assignments expose the residents to a great experience while dealing with urgent and trauma cases. 


      DIDACTIC: The program’s didactic activities support the clinical training and emphasize patient management and treatment planning.  The didactic sessions include an emphasis on Hospital Dentistry and Treatment Planning Seminars, in addition to Literature Reviews, Journal club presentations, Conservative Dentistry, Endodontics, Fixed Prosthodontics, Removable Prosthodontics, Periodontics, Medically Compromised Dentistry, Implantology, Practice Management topics and Coding, and Dental Ethics lectures. Interdisciplinary resident presentations allow for residents in both years to learn from each other and get on-their-feet experience in presenting cases and public speaking. Residents also may access continuing education courses and national conferences. The didactic sessions for second year include more advanced topics than in the first year, especially Occlusion, TMJ problems, Implants, and dealing with RCT complications and Redo.

      At the completion of the program, residents are well-trained hospital dentists. They have a command of general dentistry and are confident of their abilities while recognizing their skill set. The program provides them with a solid basis for future professional development in general dentistry or further specialty training.


      GPR Program at MetroHealth Medical Center is a stipend program. Applicants are not responsible for any type of payment.


      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: No

        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: 

        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: 

        Resume, NBDE (1+2), TOEFL score, and 2"x2" Photo must be emailed to the program.

        Email to 


        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:  $

        There is no application processing fee to the program.

        Additional Information



        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: 

        Applicants have "preferably" graduated from a recognized dental school within the past 10 years.


        Must be a U.S. Citizen: No

        Can be a permanent resident?: No

        Permanent residents must show proof of residency: Yes

        Will accept Canadian citizens: Yes

        Must have a limited permit: Yes

        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: May be Considered

        Eligible Citizenship Types: 
        US citizen, US permanent resident
        US/ Canadian citizen, US/ Canadian permanent resident
        Non-US citizen/resident (no sponsorship)
        Other - Contact the program
        Non-US citizen/resident (need sponsorship)

        Additional Information: 

        Additional Requirements for International Applicants

        Will accept foreign citizens (not including Canada): Yes

        Must be proficient in the English language: Yes

        Must report TOEFL score on ADEA PASS application: Yes

        Must submit original TOEFL score report to program: Yes

        Must have foreign transcripts evaluated: Yes

        Must have foreign transcripts submitted to the program: No

        May be considered if graduated from non-ADA accredited dental school: Yes

        Additional Information: