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Lutheran Medical Center (LMC) Pediatric Residencies

Discussion in 'Dental Residents and Practicing Dentists' started by JLLinNY, Apr 8, 2013.

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  1. JLLinNY


    Nov 20, 2012
    I've been doing a lot of research about pediatric dental residencies and haven't been able to find a thread on just the Lutheran programs. There's a lot of information (not all of it great) about the programs, but mostly from people not actually in the residencies. It would be great if we could start a thread about the LMC Pediatric Residencies; if anyone can provide any information on the quality of the programs, the number of full-time faculty, the opinion of the residents, etc. that would be greatly appreciated.

    • Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, Alaska
    • State of Hawaii with training at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center WCCHC, Oahu, Hawaii); the Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services (KKV, Oahu, Hawaii); the Aloha Medical Mission (AMM, Honolulu, Hawaii); and the West Hawaii Community Health Center (WHCHC, Big Island, Hawaii)
    • El Rio Community Health Center, Tucson, Arizona
    • Holyoke Health Center located in Holyoke, Chicopee, and Springfield, Massachusetts
    • Lutheran Medical Center, Department of Dental Medicine and the Lutheran Family Health Center Network, Brooklyn, New York
    • Penobscot Community Health Center, Bangor, Maine
    • San Ysidro Health Center, San Ysidro, California
    • St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island, Providence, Rhode Island
    • Three Lower Counties Comprehensive Services, Princess Anne, Maryland
    • Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Yakima, Washington
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  3. JLLinNY


    Nov 20, 2012
    For instance, I've heard that: Alaska is a decent program (literally that is all I heard, I have nothing else to substantiate what "decent" means); someone at Providence said that Holyoke residents have more didactic than Providence; the Maryland program had issues with not having a director for a while...

    I did speak with a current resident at Providence and he said that overall, he's pretty happy with the experience there. He said that they pretty much just see a lot of kids everyday, sort of like working in a community health center that's really heavy on pediatrics. Not a ton of didactic there, aside from their online LMC lectures.

    El Rio is supposed to be okay, not great. A current resident there is pretty happy. I guess (not substantiated) the director is LDS (Mormon) and sometimes favors LDS applicants (again, I am just passing along what little information I have heard from people in the programs, don't know if it's true or not).

    I don't know anything about the program in San Ysidro but a friend who interviewed said they are looking for applicants with some experience after dental school (e.g.: GPR/AEGD).

    I've also heard really bad things about the program in Bangor from people in Maine (one used to be an assistant there). They all say it's essentially just a big production mill that works the students really hard. The assistant left and wouldn't recommend it.

    Anyway, most of what I have is second- or third-hand, but I thought I'd share it. Hopefully we can get more substantial information from people in the residencies themselves.
  4. TJNova2011

    TJNova2011 5+ Year Member

    Dec 8, 2008
    Do you not see a trend? Lutheran is a massive corporation that runs a MA mill utilizing tax dollar stipends in subsidized community clinics.....dagone.... They run a mass lecture series to their residents (not just peds) in order to save cost.

    Alaska is a great program.

    I didn't see Brooklyn- it is a production mill. 2 nights a week and 10-13 Saturdays/year. LMC hires a lot of new grads to run their clinics.
  5. ubdental

    ubdental 7+ Year Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    LMC programs don't have a lot of faculty. They usually have 1 full time and 1 or 2 part timers. Some programs don't even have a full time faculty. Your education at LMC will not be as
    solid as if you're at a "real" Pedo program. Don't just consider LMC. Look at other programs too. Good luck!!

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