Dental Anesthesiology

This 36-month hospital-based program offers hands-on training in the anesthetic management of patients in the operating room, outpatient clinic and dental office setting. Graduates of the program are proficient in the anesthetic management – in both hospital and non-hospital settings – of a wide range of dental patients including: children, special needs patients, phobic adults, the medically compromised, patients with extensive treatment plans and the trauma patient.

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6 1 Oct 15 PASS/
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$62,652

$67,076

$70,694

*Fringe benefits per year include medical, dental and malpractice insurance, prescription plan and twenty days paid vacation, nine holidays, twelve paid sick days and four continuing education days.

Program Strengths

  • Clinically focused Dental Anesthesiology training in a modern hospital OR suite
  • Instruction by Dental and Medical Anesthesiologists
  • Full spectrum of anesthetic management
  • Large varied case load in ethnically diverse patient population
  • Majority of program time involves direct patient care
  • Comprehensive didactic curriculum to complement clinical experiences
  • Significant time training in the OR suite during all threes years in program
  • Off service rotations – four months in pediatrics and medicine
  • Mobile office-based anesthesia rotation – two months in Year 2 and two months in Year 3
  • Surgicenter rotation dedicated exclusively to anesthetic management of the dental patient (with a focus on syndromic/special needs patients) - two months in Year 2 and two months in Year 3.
  • Located within the culturally rich dynamic borough of Brooklyn in close proximity to Manhattan

Program Description and Goals

The program began in July 2008 and in 2010 was fully accredited without reporting requirements by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Located in the Sunset Park area of Brooklyn, NYU Lutheran Medical Center is recognized as a Level 1 Trauma Center. In this environment residents gain experience providing anesthesia services to a diverse mix of patients often presenting with significant comorbidities. The clinical and didactic components of the program are interwoven so that knowledge and theory are absorbed and retained in the crucible of real time anesthesia practice in a busy OR suite.

Our goal is to provide our residents with the most effective combination of clinical and didactic instruction in dental anesthesiology. Upon graduation we expect our residents to be fully proficient in the anesthetic management of children, adults and the mentally and developmentally disabled or special needs patient – whether in the dental office, ambulatory surgicenter or inpatient setting.

Residents who have graduated from this program practice as dental anesthesiologists in a wide variety of professional environments. These include mobile office-based anesthesia practices across the country, ambulatory surgicenters and a full-time anesthesia staff position in a children’s hospital. Office-based anesthesia is a rapidly growing field that will continue to provide excellent practice opportunities for appropriately trained dental professionals.

Core Curriculum

Dental anesthesiology residents attend an in-depth course in methods and materials for research.

This covers:

  • Epidemiology and research methods
  • Statistics
  • Data analysis and practical research design
  • Writing a biomedical paper
  • Writing a research proposal
  • Presenting papers at scientific meetings
  • Submitting a paper for publication
  • Troubleshooting research problems

These residents, together with medical residents, complete a research project under the continuing guidance of the Office of Clinical Research and present their findings at NYU Lutheran’s Annual Research Fair.

NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine Anesthesiology residents participate in regular journal club sessions to keep abreast of current research and learn to use an evidence-based approach to critical reviews of the anesthesiology literature. Residents learn to integrate research into daily practice and lay the foundation for a lifetime dedicated to providing scientifically based anesthesia services for dental patients.

Dental Anesthesiology Curriculum

This 36-month hospital-based program offers hands-on training in the anesthetic management of patients in the operating room, outpatient clinic and dental office setting. Residents are trained in the full spectrum of anesthesia skills from intubated general anesthesia to IV/IM/oral sedation. Much of the training occurs in the main OR suite at NYU Lutheran Medical Center where residents are directly involved in providing anesthesia for a wide variety of general surgical cases.  First-year residents spend significant time training in the OR as well as on off-service rotations in Medicine and Pediatrics for a total of four months. 

Second- and third-year residents still rotate in the OR suite but also attend more focused clinical rotations. Both second-year and third-year residents spend two months on a rotation in mobile office-based anesthesia.  In this rotation, residents spend several weeks at a time embedded in each of the practices of the five dentist anesthesiologists associated with the rotation.  Both second-year and third-year residents also spend two months on rotation in a surgicenter dedicated to the anesthetic management of the Special Needs patient. In conjunction with the addition of the third-year to the DA Program, NYU Lutheran has invested in resident research by adding a DDS/PhD Epidemiologist to the research team to guide the residents in their research projects.   

The didactic curriculum of the program complements and reinforces the clinical anesthesia training. Participation in an anesthesia lecture series by the Downstate Department of Anesthesia and a regular lecture schedule by attendings at NYU Lutheran Medical Center enrich the didactic experience. The residents are exposed to the management of patients with TMJ dysfunction/ facial neuralgias and chronic pain. Graduates of the program are proficient in the anesthetic management – in both hospital and non-hospital settings – of a wide range of dental patients including: children, special needs patients, phobic adults, the medically compromised, patients with extensive treatment plans and the trauma patient.

As of July 2015 the curriculum changed from 24 months to 36 months to be in compliance with new CODA standards. The changes in this curriculum will allow more in-depth medical rotations. Along with increased clinical requirements there will now be time to enable the DA resident to more fully realize the potential of research opportunities available at NYU Lutheran. 

Program Stipend and Benefits

NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine offers its Dental Anesthesiology postgraduate residents generous stipends and fringe benefits which are competitive with other hospitals in the New York metropolitan area.

Application

The application deadline is October 15th. The program uses the PASS application. Application materials may be obtained directly from the PASS website.  

PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL FIND US LISTED AS NYU LUTHERAN DENTAL MEDICINE.

Additional correspondence may be obtained through:

Dr. Charles D. Azzaretti,
Director of Dental Anesthesiology
Charles.Azzaretti@nyumc.org

Admission Requirements

  • DDS or DMD from an ADA-accredited American or Canadian Dental School
  • Must be eligible for temporary license in New York State
  • Non U.S. Candidates must be proficient in the English language
  • PASS application
  • Recent photograph sent directly to NYU Lutheran Medical Center
  • Personal interview (if invited)

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