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The Department of Dental Medicine is committed to supporting the Queens Hospital Center mission: to provide high quality health care services to all persons regardless of their ability to pay. The Department of Dental Medicine provides comprehensive dental care to children, adults and seniors for diseases and disorders of the mouth, jaws and teeth. The care is provided in a modern, state of the art treatment center with all of the equipment needed to deliver comprehensive general dental care in an efficient environment.

Our facility is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM and delivers care by appointment. Emergency patients are treated on a first come, first serve basis during regular office hours. After office hours, our residents respond to the Emergency Room for dental emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The demand for dental services is significant and we do our best to accommodate our patients, but sometimes, there may be a wait for comprehensive care appointments.

When you come for your first appointment, please bring two forms of identification, an active insurance card (if you have one) and a list of all your current medications. Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled visit so our staff can review your insurance, identification and payment plans with you.

The Dental Department at Queens Hospital Center is a post graduate training center for General Dentistry. We have five residents on our staff who are graduate dentists receiving advanced training. Our very qualified residents deal with seventy percent of our patient visits.

The General Practice Residency Program

Queens Hospital Center supports a one-year Dental, General Practice Residency Program that is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Five residency positions are available. The Department of Dental Medicine has existed at Queens Hospital Center for over fifty years. In January of 2007, we opened our beautiful new treatment facility located in the Pavilion. The new facility is a million dollar, state of the art treatment center consisting of ten treatment rooms outfitted with the most advanced delivery system available. We utilize digital radiography and offer advanced training in rotary endodontics, implant replacement and restoration as well as all treatment modalities that have become an essential part of modern dental care.

The Residency Program participates in the Post-Doctoral Application Support Service (PASS) process. All applications must be submitted through this process and follow the prescribed guidelines. The Queens Hospital Center Program Code is 9765. December 1st of the year preceding matriculation is the application deadline.

If you would like additional information about the Residency Program, you can call or contact the Director:

Bernard W. Shakter, DDS, FAGD
(718) 883-4046

Call (718) 883-3131
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