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Letters: Arkansas GPR program

October 16, 2017

Dr. Niki Carter was responsible for initiating a start-up general practice residency program in Arkansas, as she detailed in her Sept. 18 ADA News My View “Never Say Never.” It will ultimately provide improved dental care and access in a state that has a maldistribution of dentists.

This general practice residency program will bring dentistry to a highly respected medical center and partner in the health care delivery system of the hospital. It is also noteworthy that the residents will be receiving an education in both clinical dentistry and relevant aspects of medicine.

One of the rationales for establishing this program was to provide dental care for patients residing in remote areas of the state. The graduating residents should be encouraged to set up dental practices in those areas. I hope that this important development could be the genesis to creating the first dental school in Arkansas. Once again, I congratulate Dr. Carter for her tireless efforts on behalf of the citizens of Arkansas and the dental profession.

Burton S. Wasserman, D.D.S.
Chairman emeritus, program director
New York-Presbyterian/Queens
Flushing, New York