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Dental Medicine General Practice Residency

The General Practice Residency Program is a one-year post-doctoral program leading to a certificate in Hospital Dentistry. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Currently, the program accepts six residents each year. Each resident spends approximately six months in general dentistry based in the Oral Health Center of Loyola University Medical Center. Residents also spend four months at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital; separate rotations in geriatric dentistry and oral surgery are completed. During the remaining months, residents complete scheduled rotations in anesthesia, internal medicine, emergency room at Loyola University Medical Center. The program accepts applications from the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Complete information about the program and application process can be found in the Admissions/Application section.

Program Goals and Objectives


  • Assess, diagnose, and formulate a treatment plan for each assigned patient
  • Provide emergency and multidisciplinary patient-focused, comprehensive oral health care in a safe and efficient manner for a wide variety of patients, including those with complex medical needs and other special needs
  • Direct health promotion and disease prevention activities
  • Provide oral health care in the Operating Room setting
  • Function effectively with interdisciplinary health care team, including nurses and physicians, including in the OR
  • Become familiar with the basics of anesthesia, including monitoring


  • Restore single teeth in the primary and permanent dentition with a wide variety of materials and methods
  • Treat patients with missing teeth requiring removable restorations and fixed restorations, including crowns, bridges, and implant restorations
  • Diagnose and treat periodontal and oral mucosal disease using surgical and/or non-surgical procedures
  • Diagnose and treat pain of pulpal origin and follow through with appropriate endodontic therapy on anterior and posterior teeth in the permanent dentition and pediatric pulpal therapy
  • Evaluate and manage a patient with maxillofacial trauma, including trauma to dentoalveolar structures and acute oral and maxillofacial conditions in both the clinic and emergency department
  • Perform simple and surgical extractions
  • Diagnose, treatment plan and manage the concept of restoratively-driven implant placement
  • Evaluate and manage a patient with TMD/oro-facial pain, utilizing appropriate imaging, diagnostic procedures and pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment
  • Accurately prescribe analgesics, antibiotics, and antifungals as they relate to dental disease
  • Obtain informed consent for dental treatment by discussing with the patients/parents/guardians risks and benefits, alternatives and possible consequences of refusing the proposed diagnostic or treatment plan

Clinical Experience

The General Practice Residency Program is intended to combine comprehensive and episodic dental care by residents, attending staff and dental auxiliaries with the educational process of the program. When assigned to the general dentistry service, residents work in Loyola University Medical Center's Oral Health Center where they are exposed to the practice of general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics, and special care dentistry. 

Our clinic treat a large number of patients with special needs and many of these patients require treatment in the operating room setting under general anesthesia.  Our GPR residents will finish our program with a great OR dentistry experience as they treat dental cases in the OR setting at least once per week.  Residents interact with an auxiliary staff composed of chair-side assistants and dental hygienists to treat patients in a group setting, working hand-in-hand with our oral surgery department every day, as well. The Oral Health Center has a business office which manages billing, collections, patient scheduling, arrival and departure. The center also employs an office manager to promote the clinics efficiency and productivity. The residents also provide bedside care to hospital patients who require dental clearance for a wide variety of surgeries and procedures, consultation from different services regarding oral diagnostic findings, or emergency dental treatment.

At the beginning of the residency, Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications are completed by all new house-staff. Residents also complete a two month Physical Diagnosis (H&P) class to learn how to document history and physical examinations and write hospital consultations. The GPR residents take twenty-four hour emergency call for the hospital as well. During call shifts, residents serve as a consultant for the emergency room and also the various inpatient services. As a first responder, residents work closely with the oral surgery residents during facial trauma call.



In addition to gaining valuable private practice experience at the Oral Health Center, rotations are also completed in the following areas to create a broader spectrum of experiences and enhance the education of the resident:

  • Anesthesiology: a two-week rotation at the modern Ambulatory Surgery Center of Loyola University Hospital. During this rotation, residents attend weekly lectures with anesthesia residents. Residents shadow anesthesiology residents to observe and actively participate in general anesthesia for patients undergoing surgery. Residents gain experience in starting intravenous lines (IV), placing laryngeal mask airways (LMAs), and intubating patients.
  • Emergency Medicine: a two-week rotation at Loyola University Hospital Emergency Room. Residents see Emergency Room patients, take histories and perform physical examinations, write ER notes, and suture lacerations. Working with the ER team, residents treat all levels of patients including trauma care.
  • Internal Medicine: a two-week rotation at Loyola University Hospital. Residents join one of the general medicine teams on the hospital floors. During this rotation, further experience is gained with the management of patients whom have been admitted for hospital care. Residents complete daily rounds, charting, and writing orders for patients with complex medical problems. Pharmacological and surgical interventions are planned and discussed during rounds. Taking patient histories and performing physical examinations is also an important part of this rotation.
  • Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital: each GPR resident rotates for 4-months through the dental clinic of Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital. Residents provide care for U.S veterans who require a great deal of fixed and removable prosthetics work, and the residents provide a wide variety of dental procedures within the scope of general dentistry and oral surgery.  There is an in-house dental laboratory where much of the laboratory work is completed.  While the residents are completing their rotation at the VA hospital, they evenly split their time between the GPR (General Dentistry) clinic and the oral surgery clinic.  While working in the GPR clinic, they perform all procedures within the scope of general dentistry.  While working in the oral surgery clinic, the residents gain a great amount of experience with surgical extractions, tori removal and pre-prosthetic surgeries, implant placement, biopsies and they accompany one of our oral surgeons to the operating room as well. 


Loyola University Medical Center Loyola University Hospital
(formerly Foster G. McGaw Hospital), is a teaching, tertiary care facility with 523 licensed beds. It has been nationally recognized for is contribution to the study and treatment of cardiovascular disease, perinatal and neonatal disorders, cancer and burn injuries.
Oral Health Center Oral Health Center
The 234,000-square-foot Maguire Center is home to numerous Medical Center departments including neurosurgery, otolaryngolgy, psychiatry, and the Oral Health Center. The center functions as the outpatient treatment facility for Dental Medicine and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
Emergency Care Facility Emergency Care Facility
The state-of-the-art Emergency Medical Services combines advanced treatment and patient monitoring systems with the expertise of highly trained emergency medicine professionals. Loyola University Medical Center is the only Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center for Region 8 of the state of Illinois trauma network.
Loyola Outpatient Center Loyola Outpatient Center
This 224,000-square-foot Loyola Outpatient Center opened to patients in June 2003. The building has provided expanded ambulatory services for fourteen clinical departments, doubled the amount of ambulatory surgery and radiation oncology space and added space to diagnostic radiology and women's health services.


The Loyola General Practice Residency is fortunate to have many dedicated part-time faculty members who participate in the residency-training 


Martin Hogan, DDS

Assistant Professor of Surgery Section of Dental Medicine

Director of General Practice Dentistry Residency Program


Charles Palin, DDS

Assistant Professor of Surgery Section of Dental Medicine




Anna Szpaderska, DDS, PhD

Assistant Professor Surgery Section of Dental Medicine





Nicole Slezak, DDS

Assistant Professor of Surgery Section of Dental Medicine





  • Nikisha Jodhan, DDS 


  • Joseph Tylka, DDS


  • Larry Farsakian, DDS

General Dentistry

  • Jeffrey Bonk, DDS
  • Nicholas Panamitros, DDS, JD
  • Matthew Zielinski, DDS
  • Lisa Black, DDS

Oral Health Center Staff

The Loyola Oral Health Center provides all dental services including general dentistry for adults and children, dental hygiene, oral surgery, and orthodontics.

There is a dentist and an oral surgeon on call 24 hours a day to handle emergencies.

The Loyola Oral Health Center works closely with Loyola's Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center and many other departments at the Medical Center to provide oral healthcare to patients with special needs.

The Loyola Oral Health Center is located in newly renovated, 12,000-square-foot facility that features sophisticated equipment and comfortable surroundings. The 19 patient care rooms include: eight rooms that are dedicated to general dentistry, four rooms to oral surgery, two units to recovery and four units to dental hygiene.



Admissions Requirements

To apply for the program, an applicant must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Must have graduated from an ADA accredited dental school in the US, or a Canadian dental school.
  • Must be proficient in the English language.
  • Must have passed Part I, National Dental Board Examination. Candidate must pass Part II of the NDBE before enrollment into the program.

Admission Criteria

Generally, applicants from advanced education programs are considered on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Completed application
  • Grade point average
  • Class standing
  • Transcript/pattern of academic achievement
  • National board scores
  • Experience and Training
  • Recommendations
  • Personal interview


Applications are due at the Loyola University Medical Center, Oral Health Center no later than October 1st to be considered for the class that begins the following July. Applicants must complete the application through the PASS program. Please note that you do not have to mail any supplemental documents into the program directly. The PASS application is entirely a web-based application performed online.  All documents can be upload to the PASS website for review.

PASS can be accessed using the link below.

Postdoctoral Application Support Services (PASS)
American Dental Education Association 1400 K Street NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
202.289.8702 PASS fax #
202.289.8123 PASS customer service
800.353.2237 toll-free customer service

Off-campus Seminars and Lectures

There are numerous opportunities to attend evening presentations and lectures. Residents can earn CE credits at these seminars. See residents in action at an Implant Seminar.

Chicago's Midwinter Meeting
In February, residents present a research topic at a table clinic during Chicago's Midwinter meeting. At the program start, residents will choose a topic of interest and complete research during the year.

Community Service

Residents have the opportunity to participate in an elementary school oral hygiene instruction program throughout the year. There are also volunteer opportunities with the Special Olympics.

2021-2022 General Practice Dentistry Residents

Melanie Adelstein, D.M.D

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Undergraduate: Ohio State University

Dental School: Case Western Reserve University

Where do you live now: Chicago, IL

Rohan Bansal, D.D.S

Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts

Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh

Dental School: Indiana University- Purdue University 

Where do you live now: Chicago, IL 


Eric Dutton, D.D.S

Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan 

Undergraduate: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Dental School:  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 

Where do you live now: Chicago, IL


Jordan Franklin, D.M.D

Hometown: Midland, Michigan

Undergraduate: Valparaiso University

Dental School: University of Illinois- Chicago

Where do you live now: Oak Brook Terrance, IL


Hannah Mello, D.M.D

Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin

Undergraduate: Saint Louis University

Dental School: University of Pittsburgh

Where do you live now: Chicago, IL



Siena Romano, D.D.S

Hometown: La Grange, Illinois

Undergraduate: George Washington University

Dental School: Howard University

Where do you live now? Wayne, IL






General Practice Dentistry Residency

Jessica Castaneda

Residency Education Coordinator