Program Overview

The General Practice Residency Program is a 12 month program with start date of July 1st of every year and finish date on June 30th. Candidates who successfully complete the program are awarded a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program. The second year is optional for candidates who may want to continue but is not mandatory for completion of the program.

The first year of the Residency Program incorporates direct patient care in the dental clinic along with lectures, didactic and clinical assignments. There are three four week rotations in the Department of Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine. All the departments and the clinic are on campus and within walking distance. Didactic instruction and clinical experience is provided but not limited to general dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, removal and fixed prosthetics, oral surgery, practice management and ethics. There is a separate rotation in hospital dentistry where the residents learn to treat various special needs and pediatric patients under general anesthesia with emphasis on comprehensive dental treatment of these patients in the operating room. The first year also includes separate rotation in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery where residents experience various aspects of clinical oral surgery and sedation. The residents are expected to take call under supervision of the attending Oral Surgeon. This along with rotations in the departments of Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology provides residents valuable experience not only in evaluation and management of wide variety of medically compromised patients but also valuable experience in interacting with their medical colleagues from different specialties which is essential for management and referral process in treating medically compromised patients in a dental practice. As part of the Residency Curriculum in the first year, the Residents are expected to learn how to do critical review of relevant scientific literature and QI projects. Residents are also provided instruction in hospital organization, functioning and credentialing process.

The second year is optional and is an ongoing expansion of the clinical and didactic platform established in the first year. The goal of the second year is to improve and expand upon the basic clinical skills acquired in the first year and improve speed and efficiency while managing more complex patients with more emphasis on comprehensive care. There is advanced didactic instruction and clinical experience in pain and anxiety control with rotations to Anesthesiology, Oral Surgery, Pediatrics and Cardiology with optional rotations to Obstetrics and Gynecology and Plastic Surgery.  Research is encouraged in second year. The expectation is that the resident should be able to learn basic research skills and hopefully have a publication by graduation of second year. There are also optional rotations to the Operating Room for management of pediatric and special care patients. The residents are encouraged to teach the first-year residents to improve on their teaching skills. The second-year residents also attend the Grand Rounds, Journal Club and Patient care conferences with the first-year residents.

All residents (national or international candidates) are paid a full stipend for the PGYII level in the second year (usually about $57,000), however there is a tuition charge for the International candidates which for the current academic year is $30,000 for second year only. There is no tuition charge for the first year and all residents get the full stipend of $ 55,000.


Paid Vacation Paid vacation accrued per department policy.
  • Malpractice: Provided by the State of West Virginia's "Comprehensive Liability Insurance Policy"
  • Group Term Life :  One and one-quarter percent ( 1 1/4 % )of annualized stipend with a minimum of $50,000 plus a $10,000 basic life insurance policy for a total of at least $60,000. Additional life insurance can also be purchased for the resident/fellow and their dependents.
  • Health: Variety of plans/costs ranging from $85/month to $520/month depending upon coverage and tobacco use status
  • Flexible Benefits: Dental/Vision.  All are pre-tax dollars.
  • Social Security: Employee and Employer pay social security taxes. International medical graduates who provide a copy of his/her J-1 Visa to administration will be exempt from social security taxes
  • Workers' Compensation: Coverage is provided.
  • Long Term Disability Insurance: Provided to resident at no charge.
Sick Leave Sick leave accrued per department policy.
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PGY1 - $55,000.00    

PGY2 - $57,000.00

Other Benefits
  • Marshall Rec Center membership with optional discounted rate for spouse.
  • 10% Off at Victor’s Dry Cleaners
  • YMCA 25% off membership fees.
  • Orange Theory Fitness Discounted rates
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  • Primary facilities

    Marshall University Medical Center

    The Marshall University Medical Center provides a technologically advanced focal point for the clinical teaching, outreach and service programs of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. The 185,000-square-foot center is connected to Cabell Huntington Hospital and the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center through a shared atrium and multiple connectors.

    The Medical Center is a comprehensive, state of the art center offering both primary and specialty care outpatient services. The center houses the main outpatient clinics and clinical education support facilities for seven of the school's major clinical departments: Family & Community Health, Neuroscience, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine and Surgery.

    For medical students, resident physicians and fellows in advanced training, the Medical Center provides a cohesive clinical education environment, allowing them to cross specialty lines to follow patients through all stages of care. In addition to a modern health science library and learning center, the center houses the academic and administrative offices of the School of Medicine. 

    Cabell Huntington Hospital

    Cabell Huntington Hospital is a regional, 313-bed referral center that serves as the primary teaching hospital for the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Cabell Huntington cares for patients from more than 29 counties throughout West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southern Ohio. The hospital’s emergency/trauma service is a designated Level 2 Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center. It has the highest patient trauma volume of any Level 2 trauma center in West Virginia. The hospital offers specialized care centers such as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Burn Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. These units offer the latest in medical technology and individual treatment for critically ill newborns, children and adults. Specially equipped air and ground transport services are always ready for patients requiring immediate attention.

    Hershel "Woody" Williams VA Medical Center

    The mission of the VA Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia is to provide Veterans with the highest quality healthcare services to promote healing, diminish suffering, and encourage a healthy lifestyle. The VAMC also provides education and training through academic institution affiliations and to further medical research. Since 1932, VAMC Huntington has been improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. We consider it our privilege to serve your health care needs in any way we can. Services are available to veterans living in southwestern West Virginia, southern Ohio and eastern Kentucky.