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Cleveland Clinic Head & Neck Institute is providing the highest quality care to patients. Over the past several years, the HNI has begun to assess outcomes data as measures of quality.

View a copy of the HNI's 2014 Outcomes booklet

Professional Education

Resident education is an integral component of the mission of Cleveland Clinic. With a dedicated professional staff of specialists and general dentists, a world renowned medical center and a state-of-the-art physical facility, Cleveland Clinic is positioned to offer a unique experience in post-doctoral dental training.

Educational Objectives

  1. Train the resident to act as a primary care provider for individuals and groups of patients. This includes providing emergency and multidisciplinary comprehensive oral healthcare, providing patient focused care that is coordinated by the general practitioner, directing health promotion and disease prevention activities, and using advanced dental treatment modalities.
  2. Plan and provide multidisciplinary oral healthcare for a wide variety of patients including patients with special needs.
  3. Offer experiences to allow the resident to advance his or her clinical skill levels in the areas of patient assessment and diagnosis, treatment planning, dental and medical emergencies, pain control, operative dentistry, periodontal therapy, exodontia, and fixed and removable prosthodontics. 
  4. Function effectively within the interdisciplinary healthcare teams in the hospital environment.
  5. Apply scientific principles to learning and oral healthcare, including the use of 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.


The program curriculum is designed to train residents to provide comprehensive dental care with a multidisciplinary approach. Rotations make up approximately five months of the year and are focused in the following areas:

  • Oral Surgery
  • Prosthodontics and Maxillofacial Prosthetics
  • Periodontics
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
  • Endodontics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • IMPACT (history and physical)
  • Head and Neck Radiology
  • Implants

The remaining seven months of the year are spent in the dental clinic treating a wide variety of patients including well patients for general dental care, medically complex hospital inpatients (i.e. cardiac, head and neck cancer, organ transplant), and special needs patients in the operating room to round out the hospital dentistry experience.

The didactic portion of the program includes weekly lectures, journal club, literature reviews, and case presentations. Each resident is expected to present a table clinic at the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting and the Greater Cleveland Dental Society North Coast Spring Meeting.


Residents provide on-call service to the hospital during night and weekend hours on a rotating basis which is determined by the residents at the beginning of each year. Call can be taken from home provided the resident can reach the hospital within 30 minutes.


Cleveland Clinic accepts two PGY-1 residents in resident training for a one-year General Practice Residency. All applicants must possess a DDS or DMD degree from an accredited United States or Canadian dental school. Cleveland Clinic Dentistry participates in the PASS program.

In addition to the Resident program, the department offers a very limited number of formal externships. Externs are accepted for one week and spend time in the clinic and laboratory with the staff and residents. The goal of the program is to expose third and fourth year students to clinical practice in a hospital setting through observation and discussion.

For more information about Cleveland Clinic’s Residency Program in General Dentistry, please contact:

Betty Haberkamp, DDS
Program Director
Cleveland Clinic Head and Neck Institute
Section of Dentistry, A-70
9500 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44195

Hadie Rifai, DDS
Assistant Program Director
Cleveland Clinic Head and Neck Institute
Section of Dentistry, A-70
9500 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44195

Cleveland Clinic Section of Dentistry is located on the 7th floor (Desk A-70) in the outpatient Crile building on the main campus of Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland Clinic is an independent, not-for-profit, multi-specialty academic medical center recognized as a National Referral Center and an International Health Resource. It is dedicated to providing quality specialized care and includes an outpatient clinic, a hospital with over 900 staffed beds, an education division, and a research institute.

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To find a dental specialist for your needs, contact the Head & Neck Institute’s Department of Dentistry at 216.444.6907 (or toll-free 1.800.223.2273, ext 46907)