About the General Practice Residency Program at Lancaster General Health

The General Practice Residency (GPR) is a one year program providing professional education at a post-doctoral level. It is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. One of the goals of the program is to expand both the scope and depth of the resident’s clinical skills and didactic knowledge and to provide comprehensive patient care to patients of all ages in a variety of patient care settings. The main emphasis of the program is on the treatment planning, coordination, and clinical care of patients with multidisciplinary treatment needs.  

Goals of the GPR Program

The overall goals of the program are in accordance with the standards described by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, which states that the GPR residency will prepare the resident to:

Program Philosophy

The program is a comprehensive learning experience involving training in the major disciplines of general dentistry. Approximately 80% of the residency program is clinically oriented. Most of the clinical component is supervised by the Program Director and general dentists and is located within the South East Lancaster Health Services building on South Duke Street. When specialty care is needed, specialists in endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, and advanced general dentistry are available in the SELHS clinic to assist and direct the residents in patient care.

The program also consists of a didactic component, approximately 20% of the residency program. This didactic component provides the resident with a broad academic background from which sound clinical judgments can be made with respect to the diagnosis, treatment planning, and the selection of appropriate modality of treatment for each individual patient. The didactic phase of the program consists of: lectures by specialists and general dentists, treatment plan discussions, journal clubs, review of techniques/new products, continuing education courses, and lectures given on rotations in family medicine, anesthesia, and the emergency department. In addition, residents gain didactic knowledge and clinical experience in practice management techniques, which will enable them to be prepared to deal with acquiring a practice, managing a practice, and coordinating treatment in a practice that they may find themselves involved in upon graduation.


Residents do two-week rotations through family practice, anesthesia, and the emergency department. These rotations are intended to expand their medical knowledge.

Residents also rotate through various dental clinics and offices during the year including: Welsh Mountain Medical and Dental Center in New Holland, PA, CHI St. Joseph’s Children’s Health Dental Clinic in Columbia, PA, Family First Dental Center in York, PA, Lancaster County Career & Technology Center Dental Clinic, Willow Street, PA, and Smilebuilderz and Water Street Dental Clinic, both in Lancaster, PA. These clinics and offices allow residents to treat a more diverse patient population of both adults and children who lack easy access to dental care, and provide a community service to adults in Lancaster City who cannot afford any dental care.

Residents also rotate through two oral surgery practices in the community where they gain experience with implant placement and sedation, and accompany the oral surgeons to assist them on operating room cases.

Dental residents attend patient care conferences at the Cleft Palate Clinic one Tuesday a month during the residency year.

How to Apply

Residency Applications to the program are handled through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS), administered by the American Dental Education Association. The program deadline through PASS is December 1.


Three positions at the G-1 level.
Requirements to Apply:
Selection Process:
The GPR Program at LGH participates in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program administered by the National Matching Service, Inc. The GPR admissions committee, consisting of the program director and GPR faculty will screen all applicants. Using the above mentioned selection criteria, the most promising applicants will be invited for personal interviews. Personal interviews will commence in late October and continue through November. Candidates will: tour the hospital and the dental clinic at South East Lancaster Health Services, get an overview of the program from the program director, meet and have lunch with current dental residents, and interview with the GPR admissions committee. They will also speak with a physician recruiter from Lancaster General Health who will go over benefits provided to the dental residents.

Kevin J. Risko, DMD
Lancaster General Health
Office of Academic Affairs
555 North Duke Street
PO Box 3555
Lancaster, PA 17604-3555
(717) 299-6372

Our Faculty

Kevin J. Risko, DMD
Program Director, General Dentistry

Maxwell Adams, DDS
Oral Surgery

Matthew Freedman, DMD
General Dentist

Gerald Green, DMD

Melissa Hendrix Hamers, DDS
General Dentistry

Daniel Henrichsen, DDS
Oral Surgery

Margot Kusienski, DMD

Dusty Loeffler, DMD
Advanced General Dentistry

Ross Long Jr., DMD

Mohammad Mazaheri, MDD, DDS, MSC

Elizabeth Prada, DMD
Pediatric Dentist

Peter Ross, DMD
Pediatric Dentistry

Susan Scott, RDH, MS
Practice Management

Keith Stewart, DMD
General Dentist