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Idaho State University

Program Overview

Students learning how to use dental tools

Residents work primarily in a fully equipped, newly renovated clinic setting offering state-of-the-art equipment, facilities and full-time dental auxiliaries. The faculty consists of general dentists and specialists who are scheduled to provide consultation and clinical on-site instruction. Residents are responsible for learning to function effectively as primary dental care providers. This role includes personally providing patient-focused care, utilizing routine and advanced treatment modalities, as well as directing interdisciplinary treatment among various specialties. Residents plan, implement, and manage care for special patient populations. In addition, residents have the opportunity to participate in implant dentistry, parenteral conscious sedation and hospital dentistry.


Residents will receive training in practice management and accounts by actually managing the dental clinic and by participating in the Practice Management Course. Weekly didactic programming is interlaced with clinical experiences. Dental literature review sessions allow scientific methods training through review and assessment of research publications and scientific literature. The residents can participate in research and teaching opportunities, as well. The residents share an emergency on-call rotation in conjunction with the local hospital and maintain an affiliation with the ISU Family Medicine Residency Program.


Residents will be required to obtain licensure in Idaho (contact the Idaho Board of Dentistry) and can expect to commit full time to the residency program. Upon completion, residents are encouraged to practice in Idaho and the program will provide assistance in evaluating potential opportunities throughout the state.

Residency Program Strengths


 8 residents/year: 4 located in Pocatello and 4 located in Meridian

  • Annual stipend in biweekly installments
  • Eligible for loan deferment and possible loan payment programs
  • Health insurance
  • 15 days PTO
  • Paid continuing education
  • Dental work on immediate family is no fee(except procedures with a lab fee)
  • Possible humanitarian trip to Peru
  • Product demos from supply representatives

Resident Experiences 

  • Anesthesia rotation - 3 weeks
    • Resident will spend time in pre-op at the hospital developing venous access and time in the OR shadowing anesthesiologists and learning intubation techniques
  • Outpatient dental clinic - 4 days/week
  • Didactic day - 1 day/week
  • Literature review - 1 every month
  • Dental rotations
    • Council, Idaho at the Adams County Community Health Center Meridian Site
  • Orthodontic seminar
    • At a local orthodontist's office reviewing cases and having 6 lectures over lunch
  • On call- 1 week at a atime for the residency year


  • 10 general practitioners
  • 4 oral surgeons
  • 4 endodontist
  • 2 periodontists
  • 1 orthodontist
  • 1 oral diagnosis/medicine
  • 6 hygienists
  • 8 qualified expanded duties dental assistants
  • 2 front desk coordinators