Expanding Dental Residency Programs
Washington currently has dental residency programs operating through the University of Washington, Swedish Medical Center, the Northwest Dental Residency Program, and Lutheran Medical. These programs are embedded in community health centers, charitable care clinics, private practices, and hospitals. Dental residents provide dental care to Medicaid-eligible and uninsured patients throughout Washington state and provide recently graduated dentists with hands-on experience working in public health settings and treating complex dental procedures. Hospital-based residency programs are able to treat medically-complex dental cases that cannot be treated in hospital emergency rooms. Washington’s residencies have been effective pipeline programs through which dentists continue to work in the same geographic areas and treat the same patient populations after completing their program. WSDA will continue to support efforts to expand existing and create new dental residency programs.