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VA Dental Research Fellowship Program

 
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History and Purpose

From 1982 to 1992, the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) funded fellowships in Geriatric Dentistry to prepare dentists for future academic leadership in geriatric oral health care. Dentists gained experience in diagnosing and treating a wide range of oral diseases in older veterans. Recognizing the need to expand the number of dentists skilled in research, OAA changed the program in 1990 by starting the VA Dental Research Fellowship Program. Graduates are expected to be role models in leading, developing, conducting, and evaluating innovative dental research, education, and clinical care.

Program Overview

The VA Dental Research Fellowship Program provides two years of post residency dental research, education, and clinical learning opportunities to eligible dentists. Fellows spend approximately 75 percent of their time in biomedical, clinical, and health services research and education and 25 percent in clinical care and teaching activities. Mentors of national stature provide guidance to fellows in rich learning environments. Fellows receive stipends based on previously completed accredited residency training plus experience in nationally recognized fellowships sponsored by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research or similar agencies and on index rates approved at the affiliated dental school and the respective VA facility.

Fellowship Requirements

Eligible dentists must have successfully completed their specialty or general practice residency. They must be board certified or board eligible by the beginning of the fellowship if the board certification process is recognized for the residency training. Because of the advanced level of training, each fellowship participant must have an active, unrestricted U.S. license to practice dentistry. Fellows must desire to lead dental healthcare in the 21st century.

Application

Individual candidates and their affiliated, sponsoring VA medical center can compete for these awards provided the facility has the appropriate resources. The sponsoring VA facility must be affiliated with a dental school. To inquire about the application process, interested applicants should write to the site of their choice and send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to the Dental Service at that site.

VA Dental Research Fellowship Program Address List:

Bedford, MA
 
Director: Judith Jones, D.D.S., MPH
 
VA Center for Health Quality
Outcomes and Economic Research (152)
Edith Nurse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital
200 Springs Road
Bedford, MA 01730
Telephone 781-687-3161

Research Focus: Please contact site for more details. 


Boston , MA
 
Director: Raul I. Garcia, DDS
 
Director Fellowship Program in Dental Research (160)
VA Medical Center
150 South Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02130
Telephone 617-248-1284
Fax 617-248-1485

Research Focus: Please contact site for more details.


Buffalo, NY
 
Director: Guy DiTursi, DDS, MBA 
Program Support Assistant:Bonnie Emery
 
VA Western NY Health Care System
3495 Bailey Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215
Telephone 716-862-8738
Fax 716-862-886

WebSite 

Research Focus: Please contact site for more details. 


Iowa City, IA
 
Director: Richard Plezia, DDS
 
Director Fellowship Program in Dental Research (160)
VA Medical Center
Highway 6 West
Iowa City, IA 52246
Telephone 319-338-0581 ext. 7177

Research Focus: Please contact site for more details. 


Iowa City, IA
 
Director: Lubomir P. Turek, MD
 
Director Fellowship Program in Dental Research (160)
VA Medical Center Highway 6
West Iowa City, IA 52246
 

Research Focus: Please contact site for more details.


 
Philadelphia, PA
 
Director: Roy S. Feldman, DDS, DMSc 
Administrative Officer:Miriam Greene
 
Chief, Dental Service (160)
VA Medical Center
University & Woodland Avenues
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone 215-823-5800 ext. 5867
Fax 215-823-4288

Research Focus: Diagnostic Aids of Value in Oral Disease Identification and Characterization; HSR&D studies of Periodontal Therapies


San Antonio, TX
 
Director: Eleonore Paunovich DDS 
Associate Director: Alan S. Douglas DDS 
Acting Chief: Thomas B. Girvan DMD 
Administrative Officer: Glo Eberhardt
Dental Service (160)
Audie L Murphy VA Hospital
South Texas Veterans Health Care System
8910 Datapoint, 3rd Floor
San Antonio, TX 78229
Telephone 210-949-8900
Fax 210-949-8901

Research Focus: Microbiology, Education/Evaluation, Dental Services.