Dental Residency

Dental Residency Program

Providing fully accredited training to prepare residents for implementing a Patient Centered Medical home model of care.

An ADA-Accredited Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program located in Bangor, Maine

PCHC’s Dental Residency Program provides fully accredited training which incorporates a wide array of experiences in preventive, restorative, and specialty dentistry. As a dental resident, you will develop the full range of skills needed to evaluate, plan and treat patients in a variety of clinical settings. There is a diverse patient population that includes complex medical patients, patients with special needs, and geriatric patients.

PCHC’s Instructors are dedicated to helping you fulfill your career goals. You will receive chair-side and didactic instructions from a team of qualified faculty dentists who also serve the local community as PCHC staff dentists.

Not only do our dental residents enjoy the benefits of living and working in Maine, but they also enjoy a comfortable lifestyle and benefits while working in our dental residency program, including:

  • No on-call
  • No nights or weekends
  • All in one location
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • Hands-on, personal one-on-one instruction with our excellent faculty

PCHC’s AEGD Program offers a competitive benefits package, and our residents earning an annual salary of $60,000 — plus a $5,000 bonus after 90 days!

Experience is obtained across the spectrum of Dentistry, including :

  • Fixed and removable prosthetics
  • Restorative and aesthetic dentistry
  • Prosthodontics
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Endodontics
  • Oral Medicine

All this under one roof — PCHC Dental Center — where our residents will gain hands-on experience with state-of-the-art technology in the largest FQHC dental center in the country.

Call 207 992-2152

Or email Dr. Jade Duncan, Residency Director, at

Dental Residency Goals and Objectives

PCHC Dental Residency Program offers an educational experience for graduate dentists to refine and enhance their clinical skills while they provide comprehensive oral health care to patients in our dental health care facility.  In addition, we prepare the resident to deliver dental care in a variety of models, including our school-based and homeless shelter settings.

Throughout our dental residency program, we provide a foundation for the role of the dentist as a member of a multi-disciplinary health care team and enhance interactions with both medical and dental colleagues to facilitate and improve total health.

The PCHC Dental Residency program also prepares our residents to individualize the delivery of oral health care through our emphasis on diagnosis and treatment planning.  We consider the entire patient as a whole and integrate our management of oral disease with a patient’s medical and social determinants of health.

The dental residents receive training and experience at a level of skill and complexity beyond that accomplished in pre-doctoral training in each of the required clinical disciplines in the following ways:

  • Understand the indications and placement techniques of contemporary restorative materials.
  • Improve accuracy of clinical and radiographic diagnosis.
  • Gain experience with the diagnosis and management of occlusal disease, and emphasize the role of occlusal stability on restorative success.
Restoration of Edentulous Space
  • Develop advanced skills in the diagnosis and treatment of tooth loss with removable and fixed appliances.
  • Increase the resident’s knowledge base regarding dental materials.
  • Increase the resident’s experience with communicating with lab technicians.
  • Advance resident’s knowledge and/or understanding of implant restoration.
  • Introduce and/or broaden residents knowledge regarding the indications and limitations of pre-prosthetic surgery (eg. Tori removal, exostosis reduction, ridge preservation surgery).
Periodontal Therapy
  • Learn the indications for free gingival grafts and gain experience performing graft surgery.
  • Gain proficiency in various suture techniques.
  • Increase proficiency in differentiating and treating acute and chronic periodontal lesions.
  • Advance the resident’s fundamental knowledge and proficiency for crown lengthening surgery.
  • Differentiate cases which may require specialist collaboration or referral for definitive treatment.
Endodontic Therapy
  • Broaden the resident’s knowledge regarding diagnosis and treatment of endodontically involved teeth.
  • Gain proficiency with anterior, premolar, and molar endodontics.
  • Learn methods for advanced endodontic techniques and materials, such as apicoectomy surgery and Bioceramics.
  • Differentiate cases which may require specialist collaboration or referral for definitive treatment.
Oral Surgery
  • Gain proficiency in routine and surgical exodontia procedures.
  • Gain exposure to advanced surgical procedures, such as I&D, soft tissue biopsy, sinus perforation repairs, and large tori removal.
  • Evaluate, diagnose, and treat chronic and acute dental abnormalities.
  • Advance the resident’s knowledge of dental implant placement.
  • Gain exposure to the utilization of inhalation sedation under the supervision of the Oral Surgery faculty.
  • Differentiate cases which may require specialist collaboration or referral for definitive treatment.
Evaluation and Treatment of Dental Emergencies
  • Diagnose and treat trauma, infection, and pain associated with the oromaxillofacial complex and its associated anatomical structures.
  • Manage emergent situations in special needs or medically complex patients.
  • Recognize predisposing conditions that might lead to systemic emergencies during routine dental treatment.
  • Differentiate cases which may require specialist collaboration or referral for definitive treatment.
Pain and Anxiety Control Utilizing Behavioral and/or Pharmacological Techniques
  • Improve proficiency with behavior management techniques.
  • Gain exposure to pharmacological agents used as anxiolytics and pain obtundents.
  • Gain exposure to the utilization of inhalation sedation under the supervision of Oral Surgery faculty.
  • Become knowledgeable about Maine’s Prescription Drug Monitoring requirements and utilization.
Dental Prosthetics
  • Develop advanced skills in the diagnosis and treatment of tooth loss with removable and fixed appliances.
  • Gain experience with restoratively-driven implant placement, including treatment planning, restoration, and maintenance of implant prosthetics.
  • Increase the resident’s knowledge base regarding dental prosthetic materials.
  • Enhance experience with dental laboratory collaboration and communication.
  • Broaden the resident’s knowledge regarding the indications and limitations of pre-prosthetic surgery, such as removal of exostoses and ridge preservation surgery.
  • Differentiate cases which may require specialist collaboration or referral for definitive treatment.

Our Faculty

Dr. Jade Duncan, DDS

Residency Director

Dr. Brandon Jolley

General Dentist

Dr. Chris Ford

General Dentist

Jeffrey Fister, DMD

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. Samar Shaikh

Faculty Periodontist

Dr. Nicole Horton

General Dentist

Dr. Diana Lee


Dr. Nikhil Mallick

Faculty Endodontist

Dr. Jessica Lewis

General Dentist

Our 2021 Dental Residency Class

From left to right: Symeon Stefan, DDS, Jeneen Garchow, DDS, Wajiha Aziz, DDS, Maha Elzubair, DDS

What is the Dental Residency Program?

How To Apply
Penobscot Community Health Care accepts applicants to our dental residency through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Applicants should confirm and observe the PASS deadlines listed on the PASS website. These are the PASS application requirements:”

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official graduate school transcripts
  • Letter of Introduction and Interest
  • Photo ID Confirmation
  • Board Scores
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation

If you have any questions, please e-mail our Operations Coordinator Danielle Brown at

APPLICATION POLICY:  Applications will be received and reviewed until each Residency Class is full.  As placement in this program is competitive, we encourage you to get your application in as soon as possible.


Eligibility and Selection

Dentists with the following qualifications are eligible to apply for the AEGD program: dental graduates from institutions in the U.S. accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and who have passed Part I of the National Dental Board Examination. Successful completion of Part II and eligibility for licensure in Maine are required prior to admittance to the program.

Selection criteria include: Didactic and clinical achievements, extramural experience, interpersonal skills, and a demonstrated commitment to pursue a career in general practice dentistry. Every effort is made to recruit qualified dentists from health professional shortage areas or dentists who profess a desire to serve in these areas.

Application Process

Step 1 – PASS

Our program participates with ADEA PASS.  Applicants must submit a completed application by December 1 of the year before the residency program is to begin.  This will allow time to conduct interviews prior to Match deadlines. Click for more information on ADEA PASS.

            Required in application:

  • Essay
  • Dental School Transcript
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Board results, including clinical competency
  • 2 Professional Evaluation Forms

Step 2 – The Match Program

The program participates in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program.  In order to be considered for this program, candidates must register with the Match via the PASS website during the application process. Click here for more information on the Match Program. 

 Any remaining openings after Match day will be filled with post Match candidate applicants.  Post Match candidates should send application materials directly to the program.

Compensation and Benefits

PCHC’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program is a 12 month, full-time salaried position — the highest-paid dental residency program in the country! Our residents earn an annual salary of $60,000, plus a $5,000 bonus after 90 days. Benefits include:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental and Vision available
  • Short-term disability
  • 2 weeks of paid vacation time off, paid holidays
  • Continuing education funds, dependent on approval of program director

When signing up residents for benefits, they are treated as salaried employees with the following exceptions:

  • PCHC will pay total cost for health insurance.
  • PCHC will pay for short-term disability.
  • Life Insurance will be two times the resident’s salary.
  • Residents will earn two week of earned time at date of hire, 7 paid Holidays, and a day of for Resident’s birthday.
  • Continuing education expenditures are available per the approval of the program director.

Our residents also enjoy the work-life balance that PCHC’s Dental Residency program provides, including:

  • No on-call
  • No nights
  • No weekends
  • All in one location
  • Hands-on, personal, one-on-one training with our excellent faculty

For additional questions, please contact Operations Coordinator Danielle Brown at

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Our Facilities

PCHC Dental Center is the largest dental practice north of Boston and the largest dental center among the 1,200 Federally Qualified Health Centers in America.

Our state-of-the-art technology and facilities will provide residents with excellent hands-on training, all in one location.

Contact Us

Danielle Brown, MBA
Operations Coordinator

PCHC Dental Center
1048 Union Street
Bangor, Maine 04401
Tel: (207) 992-2152
Fax: 207-992-2154