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V.A. Medical Center, West Los Angeles / General Practice Residency (12 months)



  1. Program Contact Information ↑ 

      Program Contact:

        Dr.  Min K. Chung 

        West Los Angeles VA Medical Center 

        VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System 

        11301 Wilshire Blvd 

        Dental Dept. (160), Building 500, Suite 0041 MAIL ROOM 

        Los Angeles, California  90073 

        Phone (Work): 310-268-3776 

        Email: min.chung2@va.gov 

        State Program located in: California 


      Website:


      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 (PGY-2 optional) months

        Program Number: GPR513

        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: PGY-1 certificate, PGY-2 certificate (for optional 2nd year)

        Does your program participate in MATCH? Yes

        Estimated number of available positions for current application cycle: 6 (PGY-1), 3 (PGY-2)

        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 ↑ 

      Clinical Dentistry Disciplines:

      Oral Medicine - Emphasizes the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of soft and hard tissue pathology; diagnosis and treatment prior to organ transplant and head & neck radiation.

      Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - Designed to enhance the oral surgery and maxillofacial surgical skills of the general dentist. Residents manage simple and complex extractions, trauma, biopsy, implant surgery, and hard and soft tissue grafting. This rotation involves inpatient admissions and operating room procedures under general anesthesia.

      Endodontics - Designed to provide the general dentist with expertise in the diagnosis, planning and treatment. The resident is given the opportunity to treat emergencies, retreatment including endo surgery, and combined endo-perio therapy. Rotary endo is taught and is available.

      Periodontics - Emphasis is placed on the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. Opportunities exist for surgical intervention and maintenance. The roles of nutrition and compromised medical conditions in the development of periodontal disease are emphasized.

      Restorative - The resident is given the opportunity to treat a variety of dental conditions and work with a variety of dental materials.

      Prosthodontics - Emphasizes the diagnosis, planning, design and treatment of edentulous and semi-edentulous conditions utilizing fixed and removable prosthodontics. The choice of apparatus and the prognosis for success of the appliance will be considered.

      Maxillofacial prosthetics - The resident will have the opportunity to work with the staff maxillofacial prosthodontists in the construction of surgical and radiation splints.

      Residency Program Goals and Objectives:

      PGY-1:

      1. Act as a primary care provider for individuals and groups of patients. This includes: providing emergency and multidisciplinary comprehensive oral health care; providing patient focused care that is coordinated by the general practitioner; directing health promotion and disease prevention activities, and using advance dental treatment modalities.
      2. Plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients including patients with special needs.
      3. Manage the delivery of oral health care by applying concepts of patient and practice management and quality improvement that are responsive to a dynamic health care environment.
      4. Function effectively within the hospital and other health care environments.
      5. Function effectively within interdisciplinary health care teams.
      6. Apply scientific principles to learning and oral health care. This includes using critical thinking, evidenced or outcomes-based clinical decision-making and technology-based information retrieval systems.
      7. Utilize the values of professions ethics, lifelong learning, patient centered care, adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity in professions practice.
      8. Understand the oral health needs of communities and engage in community service.

      PGY-2:

      1. Broaden and develop the resident’s clinical knowledge and skills in the provision of comprehensive oral health care to veteran patients including patients needing extensive and complex clinical procedures (beyond the level of a PGY-1 resident).
      2. To provide a variety of didactic and educational experiences which enhance resident education.
      3. To gain invaluable experience in the complex interdisciplinary management of medically compromised patients.
      4. To improve leadership skills by having the PGY-2 residents instruct PGY-1 residents, and dental students in hospital protocol.

      Program Location:

      VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, West Los Angeles VA Medical Center

      11301 Wilshire Blvd.

      Los Angeles, CA 90073

      Additional Site Where Educational Activity Occurs:

      University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Dentistry

      10833 Le Conte Ave.

      Los Angeles, CA 90095

      UCLA is approximately 2 miles from program location

      GPR residents attend UCLA for didactic courses only

      *comprehensive list of UCLA and VA courses provided during PASS application submission

      Rotations:

      PGY-1:

      1. On-Service: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Radiation/Tumor Board/MRONJ, Dental Clearance, Oral  Diagnosis Triage
      2. Off-Service: Med Consult and Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Head and Neck Surgery (ENT)

      PGY-2:

      1. On-Service: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Radiation/Tumor board/MRONJ, Dental Clearance, Oral Diagnosis Triage
      2. Off-Service: Medicine

      Off-Service Rotations:

      Med Consult and Emergency Medicine (PGY-1):  Two weeks

      Anesthesia (PGY-1):  Two weeks

      Head and Neck/ENT (PGY-1):  Four days

      Medicine (PGY-2): Three weeks

      *comprehensive description of off-service rotations goals and objectives provided during PASS application submission

      **all off-service rotations take place on program site, at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center

      On-call Rotation:  Residents and Attending Faculty have on-call responsibilities. Residents are on-call during their oral surgery rotation (approximately a total of eight-to-ten weeks) and are issued a pager during the rotation. The resident must be available to be reached by the pager while on-call. The resident is expected to be within thirty minutes of driving time/distance to the medical center. Historically, on-call rotations do not require staying overnight in the medical center.

      Salary/Stipend:  Approximately $76,000+ (PGY-1); $78,000+ (PGY-2)

      Tuition:  None

      Health Benefits:  Dental residents are eligible for healthcare benefits through the VA

      Blood-borne and Infectious Disease Policies:  Available upon request

      Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) Accreditation Status:  Accredited


      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: 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: 

        This program participates in PASS and the MATCH (PGY-1 only):

        PASS website: https://programpages.passweb.org/view/929

        MATCH website: https://natmatch.com/dentres/

         

        Application Requirements:

        An applicant must meet the following requirements:

        1. Be a graduate of a dental school accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
        2. Be a citizen of the United States

        *Male applicants, ages 18 through 26, must be registered with the Selective Service System

        **All VA Health Professional Trainees (HPT) must comply with VA Federal vaccination and immunization policies.  Requirements may change prior to, or during, your residency.  Request for exemptions is possible but may not be approved.  If you have any concerns, please take this into consideration when applying

        ***HPT must meet all federal eligibility requirements at VA Facilities per Veterans Health Administration (VHA)/Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA).  To request additional HPT eligibility requirements, please contact program director

         

        Application Procedures:

        PGY-1 Application:

        1. Submit/Upload to PASS:
          1. Curriculum Vitae
          2. Personal statement
          3. Three Professional Evaluation form, one of which must be from the Dean/Associate Dean of the Dental school, and two from the Dental School Faculty.
          4. Undergraduate school transcripts
          5. Dental school transcripts
          6. National Board Dental Examination score(s)
            1. NBDE Part I/Part II, or INBDE accepted
            2. We prefer that candidates take and pass NBDE Part I/Part II or INBDE prior to MATCH Rank Order List Deadline date
            3. We require that candidates/incoming residents take and pass NBDE Part I/Part II or INBDE prior to first day of the residency program
            4. The passing score must be sent to and received by the program prior to the first day of the residency program
          7. Will consider ADAT scores submitted with the ADEA PASS application
        2. Required supplemental VA application materials:
          1. Completed VA application (VA Form 10-2850D):
            1. http://vaww.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850d-fill.pdf
            2. E-mail PDF to: min.chung2@va.gov
            3. Must be in PDF form (ie. photo of PDF not accepted)
          2. 2x2 Photo JPEG (passport size):
            1. E-mail to: min.chung2@va.gov
        3. Application deadline:  October 1st

         

        PGY-2 Application:

        1. For PGY-2 interest, please contact Program Director (Dr. Min Chung) directly at min.chung2@va.gov
        2. PGY-2 applicants must provide documentation of completing a PGY-1 CODA-accredited GPR/AEGD program. 


        Program Supplemental Requirements

        Must submit supplemental application to the program: Yes

        Must submit supplemental application processing fee to the program: No

        Domestic Applicants:  $

        International Applicants: 

        Other (Please explain)  $

        Additional Information:  $

        This program participates in PASS and the MATCH (PGY-1 only):

        PASS website: https://programpages.passweb.org/view/929

        MATCH website: https://natmatch.com/dentres/

         

        Application Requirements:

        An applicant must meet the following requirements:

        1. Be a graduate of a dental school accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
        2. Be a citizen of the United States

        *Male applicants, ages 18 through 26, must be registered with the Selective Service System

        **All VA Health Professional Trainees (HPT) must comply with VA Federal vaccination and immunization policies.  Requirements may change prior to, or during, your residency.  Request for exemptions is possible but may not be approved.  If you have any concerns, please take this into consideration when applying

        ***HPT must meet all federal eligibility requirements at VA Facilities per Veterans Health Administration (VHA)/Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA).  To request additional HPT eligibility requirements, please contact program director

         

        Application Procedures:

        PGY-1 Application:

        1. Submit/Upload to PASS:
          1. Curriculum Vitae
          2. Personal statement
          3. Three Professional Evaluation form, one of which must be from the Dean/Associate Dean of the Dental school, and two from the Dental School Faculty.
          4. Undergraduate school transcripts
          5. Dental school transcripts
          6. National Board Dental Examination score(s)
            1. NBDE Part I/Part II, or INBDE accepted
            2. We prefer that candidates take and pass NBDE Part I/Part II or INBDE prior to MATCH Rank Order List Deadline date
            3. We require that candidates/incoming residents take and pass NBDE Part I/Part II or INBDE prior to first day of the residency program
            4. The passing score must be sent to and received by the program prior to the first day of the residency program
          7. Will consider ADAT scores submitted with the ADEA PASS application
        2. Required supplemental VA application materials:
          1. Completed VA application (VA Form 10-2850D)
            1. http://vaww.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850d-fill.pdf
            2. E-mail PDF to: min.chung2@va.gov
            3. Must be in PDF form (ie. photo of PDF not accepted)
          2. 2x2 Photo JPEG (passport size):
            1. E-mail to: min.chung2@va.gov
        3. Application deadline:  October 1st

         

        PGY-2 Application:

        1. For PGY-2 interest, please contact Program Director (Dr. Min Chung) directly at min.chung2@va.gov
        2. PGY-2 applicants must provide documentation of completing a PGY-1 CODA-accredited GPR/AEGD program. 


        Additional Information

        EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

        We are an equal opportunity employer. Actions to fill the residency positions will not be based on discriminating factors, which are prohibited by law. Applicants are assured of equal consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual preference, national origin, politics, physical or mental disability, marital status, age, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit reason.

        Additional Contact Information:

        Phone: 310-268-3776

        Email: min.chung2@va.gov

         

        Interviews and Selection:

        Interviews will be arranged by invitation once all of your application materials have been received. These interviews are normally scheduled from mid-November through mid-December. Residents are selected based on their application, qualifications, references, and an interview.

         

        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: 


        Background

        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: No

        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: 




        Additional Information: 

        An applicant must meet the following requirements:

        1. Be a graduate of a dental school accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
        2. Be a citizen of the United States

        *Male applicants, ages 18 through 26, must be registered with the Selective Service System

        **All VA health professional trainees must comply with VA Federal vaccination and immunization policies.  Requirements may change prior to, or during, your residency.  Request for exemptions is possible but may not be approved.  If you have any concerns, please take this into consideration when applying.

        ***HPT must meet all federal eligibility requirements at VA Facilities per Veterans Health Administration (VHA)/Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA).  To request additional HPT eligibility requirements, please contact program director


        Additional Requirements for International Applicants

        Will accept foreign citizens (not including Canada): Not Applicable

        Must be proficient in the English language: Not Applicable

        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: Not Applicable

        Additional Information: 

        An applicant must meet the following requirements:

        1. Be a graduate of a dental school accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
        2. Be a citizen of the United States

        *Male applicants, ages 18 through 26, must be registered with the Selective Service System

        **All VA health professional trainees must comply with VA Federal vaccination and immunization policies.  Requirements may change prior to, or during, your residency.  Request for exemptions is possible but may not be approved.  If you have any concerns, please take this into consideration when applying.

        ***HPT must meet all federal eligibility requirements at VA Facilities per Veterans Health Administration (VHA)/Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA).  To request additional HPT eligibility requirements, please contact program director