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Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center - Dental Training

VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) offers advanced training in various Dental Specialty Programs as well as Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Residency. These CODA accredited programs offer both didactic and clinical education and experiences while serving Veterans of Los Angeles. All programs emphasize a multidisciplinary approach to oral healthcare, incorporating both inpatient and outpatient settings. Certification is granted upon successful completion of the program. Explore the advanced training opportunities offered in the field of dentistry within VAGLAHS.


VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center (SACC) is located approximately fifteen miles north of the city of Los Angeles in San Fernando Valley. The Medical Center is close to the junctions of the 118 and 405 freeways. The street location is at the corner of Plummer Street and Woodley. The main gate is on Plummer Street with one alternate gate on Woodley Ave. California State University at Northridge is located in the near vicinity. Our university affiliation is with UCLA School of Dentistry.

At SACC, complete health care services are provided in dentistry, medicine, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychology, social work and surgery. There are over 50 nursing home patients admitted to the nursing home per year and approximately 220,000 outpatient treatment visits per year

The population treated within the VA hospital setting has significant dental needs. Concomitantly, patients typically have an array of debilitating physical, psychological, and medical conditions that complicate their dental treatment. The staff and residents are highly trained in the management of these complex and difficult patients. The spectrum of dental care ranges from unscheduled emergency procedures to comprehensive evaluation and treatment of eligible inpatients and outpatients, which encompasses virtually all specialty areas in dentistry. Many of the patients admitted to the hospital and nursing home are given routine examinations or referred for dental related problems. Special emphasis is placed on providing treatment to patients with dental conditions associated with or exacerbating compelling medical problems, such as head and neck cancer, spinal cord injury, diabetes, cardiac valvular dysfunction, vascular grafts, orthopedic prostheses, and implants utilizing synthetic materials.

The Dental Service enjoys support from other services within the Medical Center, such as radiology and laboratory. Additionlaly, it provides broad consultative services to ENT, Radiation Therapy, Orthopedics, Psychiatry, Medicine and the Nursing Home Care Unit. Associated functions and activities of the Dental Service include resident training and patient education.

The Dental Service is staffed by 12 full-time and part-time dentists, including full-time specialists in endodontics, prosthodontics, periodontics and oral and maxillofacial surgery and 6 residents (a combination of PGY1 and PGY2 general practice), 11 dental assistants and 2 hygienists. 


Residency Program

The Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency is a one-year program designed to provide clinical and didactic training in hospital dentistry at the post-doctoral level. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. A certificate is awarded to the resident upon successful completion of the program.

This residency will prepare the resident to deliver total oral health care by providing instruction and experience involving ambulatory and hospitalized patients with a wide spectrum of medical conditions. This hospital training program will enable the resident to develop a level of understanding of oral health as an integral and interactive part of total health. It will also offer the opportunity to work with other health care professionals in the hospital and broaden clinical exposure to conditions not commonly seen in the clinic of a dental school.


  1. Act as a primary care provider for individuals and groups of patients. This includes: providing emergency and multidisciplinary comprehensive oral health care; providing patient focused care that is coordinated by the general practitioner; and directing health promotion and disease prevention activities. 
  2. Plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients including patients with special needs. 
  3. Manage the delivery of oral health care by applying concepts of patient and practice management and quality improvement that are responsive to a dynamic health care environment. 
  4.  Function effectively and efficiently in multiple health care environments within interdisciplinary health care teams. 
  5. Apply scientific principles to learning and oral health care. This includes using critical thinking, evidence or outcomes-based clinical decision-making, and technology-based information retrieval systems. 
  6. Utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient centered care, adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice. 
  7. Understand the oral health needs of communities and engage in community service. 



A. Orientation

  1. Tour of the medical center to visit other services and departments for general familiarization.
  2. Overview of hospital organization, functioning, application for privileges, and the credentialing process.
  3. Standard procedures in the medical center related to resident responsibilities, patient care, and the use of computerized medical records and digital radiography.
  4. General policies and procedures of the dental service, such as patient eligibility and clinical responsibilities.
  5. Dental Examination Room procedures, records and policies.
  6. Lectures on medical risk assessment and dental management of the medically compromised patient.

B. Comprehensive Dental Care

  1. Restorative Dentistry and Fixed Prosthodontics - The resident will focus on operative dentistry and fixed prosthodontics. Experience will be gained in the use of various types of restorative techniques and dental materials, as well as the indications for their use in clinical practice. Exposure to the restoration of osseointegrated implants will also be provided. Formulation of treatment plans and presentation of cases before staff will be required.
  2. Prosthodontics - This rotation will include experience in the fabrication of complete and removable partial dentures, as well as special prostheses used in oral and maxillofacial surgery such as stents for pre-prosthodontic, orthognathic, and implant surgery.
  3. Endodontics - This will include the diagnosis and treatment of endodontic problems and emergencies. While attending seminars and meetings with the endodontic residents, the resident will be exposed to the complete spectrum of non-surgical, surgical, and microsurgical procedures, including a variety of canal preparation and obturation techniques and the use of rotary instruments.
  4. Periodontics - The clinical content will include the diagnosis and prognosis of periodontal disease, treatment planning, instrumentation, and periodontal surgical procedures and techniques, including flap design, osseous surgery, and soft and hard tissue grafting.
  5. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - Experience will include performing surgical procedures in the dental clinic, as well as in the Operating Room. Practical experience in IV sedation and major and minor oral surgery procedures, including exodontia, reduction of maxillary and mandibular fractures, placement of osseointegrated implants, and the treatment of pathology of the oral cavity will be provided. The resident will also observe interesting cases of teaching value throughout the year in this department.

C. Medical Rotations

  1. Internal Medicine- 1 week
  2. Anesthesia- 1 week


Conference & Meetings 

A. General Dentistry Literature Review

  • Each general practice resident will participate by reading and alternately presenting current and historical dental literature.

B. Multidisciplinary Treatment Planning

  • Each resident will work-up and present cases to the program director and other attending staff twice a month. This includes a complete treatment plan for a medically compromised patient with difficult or unusual medical and/or dental problems.

C. Hospital Staff Meetings

  • The dental resident is encouraged to attend conferences conducted by various departments whenever relevant topics are presented.



Additional Info


Stipend offered


Vacation and Sick Leave

Residents are allotted twenty (20) days of leave, which can be used in any combination for vacation and/or sick leave. In addition, residents receive ten federal holidays


Professional Liability Coverage

General Practice Residents receive professional liability coverage through the Department of Veterans Affairs for residency-related clinical activities for the duration of the program. Outside activities are not covered by this policy.


Due Process Policy

Residents have access to due process through the Equal Employment Opportunity Office in the medical center.


Application Requirements

  1. Graduation from a United States or Canadian dental school, which has been approved by the American Dental Association Council on Dental Education
  2. Participation in Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS)
  3. Participation in Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program
  4. Personal interview upon invitation
  5. United States citizens are given first consideration
  6. The program complies with the Equal Employment Opportunity policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs which provides equal opportunity to all regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age or sexual orientation.


Application Procedure for Program

  1. PASS materials
  2. 2x2 photo

    Jane Kwon DDS, Program Director
    VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center
    Dental Service (160)
    Bldg.10, Rm 1C-100
    16111 Plummer Street
    North Hills, CA. 91343

All materials must ARRIVE by October 15th.
Application materials will not be returned to the applicant.