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Dentistry Residency


Robert Seminara, D.D.S., Chief of Dental Medicine

Robert Seminara, D.D.S., Chief of Dental Medicine, is the Chair of the Council on Dental Health Planning and Hospital Dentistry. A graduate of the New York University School of Dentistry, he is a member a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics. He is also a Fellow of The American College of Dentistry, the International College of Dentistry, and the New York Academy of Dentistry.


The purpose of our dentistry residency is to provide well-balanced post-graduate training through our didactic program and clinical services, all of which are presented and supervised by highly experienced faculty members.

Each resident is expected to become fluent in oral diagnosis and treatment planning and to develop an excellent working knowledge of dental subspecialties associated with general practice such as periodontics, pedodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics, oral surgery, oral medicine, implantology, and orthodontics.

Our mission is to encompass the broadest spectrum of dental knowledge and clinical care so that each resident is able to evaluate, communicate, and provide dental treatment to all of his/her patients in the future. This educational program is designed to provide more than basic and expanded function. It is prepared and presented to inspire continuing education and professional inter-relationships that post-graduate residents will continue after their programs have been completed. The residents are expected to interact comfortably with all healthcare providers.

A dedicated experienced voluntary teaching staff of generalists and specialists aids the residents in developing clinical and diagnostic competency in all phases of dentistry, including dental implants.

Lectures, conferences, as well as structured residents' presentations are part of the educational experience. The resident must also participate in planned rotations in Anesthesia, Ambulatory Medicine, the Emergency Room, and Radiation Oncology. There are also assignments in the Endoscopy Lab to experience conscious sedation.

The goals for the patient care aspect of our training program relate to a variety of topics which, combined, will ensure the highest level of care provided to all patients. Our priorities on patient care education are:

  • Quality oral health care
  • Communication
  • Sensitivity
  • Case presentation (primary and alternative treatments)
  • Follow through

Each of the patient care concerns is closely monitored in individual specialty sections as well as general restorative clinics throughout the residency year.

At all levels of training there is backup by attending staff and specialists. A team approach to delivery of care and consultation is stressed.

We expect each resident to provide comprehensive and emergency services for people who present with multiple or complicated medical conditions and to be able to access, first hand, all necessary information to treat these patients. Another goal is to familiarize residents with trauma care, infection and hemostasis so they are proficient in assessing the patients' health and to quickly and appropriately respond to patient's needs in emergency situations.

Residents must become familiar with the mission of the medical center and each of the goals, objectives, and standards of both the Hospital and the Department of Dental Medicine.

For more information call the Department of Dental Medicine at 718.780.5410.

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