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Dental Residency

Dental Residency Program

If you have any questions or would like to inquire further about the program, please contact Dr. Brysh.
Chair, Department of Dentistry
Chief, MMG Division of Hospital Dentistry
Director, Max W. Pohle Dental Clinic
Director, General Practice Residency
(608) 417-6500


Meriter Hospital offers a 12-month postdoctoral general dentistry training program for three residents. The General Practice Residency is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of "approval without reporting requirements." The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the US Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.
The dental residents provide comprehensive care for patients at the Max W. Pohle Dental Clinic in Meriter Hospital. Each resident spends approximately five weeks on rotations to other departments and affiliated institutions during the year.

Director's Message


Welcome to the Meriter GPR Web page. You have reached an important decision point in your career. The following information is designed to give you some insight into the advantages of a General Practice Residency. Some of these important advantages are available in nearly all accredited programs:
Exposure to and treatment of the medically compromised patient. 

  • An opportunity to complete dental cases of greater complexity than those you were able to complete in dental school.
  • Additional medical training to enable you to adequately diagnose and treat medical emergencies.
  • Exposure to complex trauma cases.
  • Exposure to a wider number of pathology cases.
  • A starting point for pursuing hospital dentistry as a career.
  • A starting point for entry into a specialty program.

Meriter's Advantages

The residency program at Meriter offers all of these advantages. Our focus, however, is very definitely aimed at preparing residents for entry into private practice. The program year, therefore, places a heavy emphasis on developing clinical chairside skills and practice management techniques. The following points are just a few examples of what our residents encounter. We will teach you:

  • Efficient, high-quality, one visit endodontics using rotary instrumentation and warm gutta percha filling techniques.
  • How to surgically place and restore implants.
  • Rapid, high-quality crown and bridge techniques.
  • The precepts and techniques needed to perform accelerated dentistry.
  • Exposure to numerous active private practitioners through our office visitation program.
  • How to understand the business of dentistry.

If you feel that you need more clinical experience before entering private practice, we can provide it, along with the development of the skills necessary to become not just a successful dentist, but an exceptional dentist.

If this is of interest to you, if you feel you are not yet ready for private practice and would benefit from additional clinical experience in a mentoring situation then I urge you to please read on for further information. Do not hesitate to contact me or my current residents with any questions you may have.