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Our residents have the choice of 2 training programs: the General Practice Residency or Oral Medicine Residency. Each one offers unique opportunities as well as numerous practitioners from the community who volunteer in the clinical teaching program. A unique feature of this residency program is the solid training in both of the major areas of oral medicine: the medical management of disorders of the oral and maxillofacial region and the dental management of medically-complex patients.

Our trainees gain experience and competence in treating patients in a variety of settings, including:

  • Our hospital-based dental clinic at Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center
  • Our busy outpatient Oral Medicine community practice at Carolinas Center for Oral Health
  • Our nontraditional dental healthcare settings (e.g., operating room, hospital bedside) at Carolinas Medical Center and Atrium Health University City.

An Inside Look at the Oral Medicine Residency Program

Opportunity and Variety: A Perspective from Our Faculty

Building Knowledge, Skills and Confidence: A Resident’s View

Where You Will Train


Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center

Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) is the flagship hospital of the biggest healthcare system in the Carolinas and one of the biggest public systems in the nation, Atrium Health. CMC is especially qualified to provide an innovative training program in oral medicine thanks to:

  • Our facilities
  • Our diverse patient population
  • Our outstanding faculty
  • Our other essentials to support our clinical, educational and research activities

Carolinas Center for Oral Health

The oral medicine practice at Carolinas Center for Oral Health (CCOH) sees around 2,000 patient visits annually in the management of patients with the following:

  • Mucosal disease (including aphthous stomatitis, pemphigoid, pemphigus, lichen planus)
  • Mucosal infections (fungal, bacterial and viral)
  • Salivary gland disorders
  • Temporomandibular disorders (TMD)
  • Orofacial pain syndromes

Meet the Faculty

“The GPR Program at Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center is focused on developing general dentists who will take a high level of clinical competency into the community and care for the most medically and dentally complex patients. Patient experiences with our program will develop skills to coordinate patient-focused dental healthcare to a diverse population with a broad range of medical manifestations. Our graduates are keen in diagnosing clinical needs, are proficient in medical risk assessment, and readily communicate findings or concerns with our medical colleagues to improve health outcomes for our community.”

Robert Hollowell, DDS
Director, General Practice Residency

“The Oral Medicine Residency at Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center provides the most well rounded clinical training experience for oral medicinist residents. Our residents can then engage in a variety of career paths. Alumni in our program are in hospital dentistry, private or public health practice, oral oncology, oral mucosal lesions, orofacial pain and academics. The program also includes opportunities in solid, practical experience in clinical research among a group of clinicians, teachers and mentors in a collegial environment.”

Joel J. Napenas, DDS FDSRCS (Ed)
Director, Oral Medicine Residency Program

With a nationally and internationally renowned team of emergency medicine physicians who serve as faculty, our residents have access to a breadth of experience and knowledge in the Emergency Medicine program. View their bios here.

Program Curriculum - General Practice Residency

Our residents have both first- and second-year General Practice Residency (GPR) training options. Those in the first-year GPR program have the option of staying for a second year. Alternatively, one may do their first-year GPR experience elsewhere and complete an additional GPR year at our institution.

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Program Overview - Goals and Objectives

The overall goal of the hospital-based GPR program is to produce general dentists with a high level of clinical competency. This allows them to care for medically and dentally complex patients and to work alongside their medical colleagues in the healthcare community. The program has defined the following objectives here.

Program Curriculum - Oral Medicine Residency

Our hospital-based Oral Medicine Residency program emphasizes the interrelationship between oral disease and systemic health, the recognition and management of oral conditions and disease, and the dental management of medically complex patients. Our goal is to develop the resident's clinical competence. The aim of this method is to prepare participants to manage medical conditions of the orofacial region, and patients with systemic implications for dental treatment.

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Clinical Curriculum

The first year of the oral medicine training program includes clinical dentistry in a hospital setting focused on the management of medically complex patients. Residents will see patients with a wide variety of maxillofacial problems such as facial pain, oral lesions and salivary dysfunction at Carolinas Center for Oral Health.

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Salary and Benefits

In addition to the many educational and career benefits of the General Practice Dentistry and Oral Medicine, residents will receive financial benefits as well.

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Application Criteria

Both the GPR and the OMR programs offer unique opportunities and you are encouraged to choose carefully. Feel free to contact us with any questions that may arise.

Our programs participate in both the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) and the first-year GPR program participates in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (Match). For additional information regarding the PASS and Match programs, please visit their respective websites at and

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