Department of Dental Sciences

IAGD - Program Overview

The IAGD residency program is housed in the Family Medicine Building, located on the ISU campus. Residents work primarily in the Pocatello Family Dentistry Clinic, a fully equipped, newly renovated clinic 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 enjoy a close 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.

The IAGD residency program strengths are summarized as follows:


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

Resident Experiences


Boise - near Meridian


– City  181,711   City of Boise (APA, June 2000)

– MSA  403,817   (MSA - Ada & Canyon Counties)

Elevation  2,842 feet

Land Area  1,645 sq mi (Boise MSA)

Annual Precipitation  12.11 inches

Sunshine Days   234

Temperature Average  

January 22-36 degrees F 
April 37-61 degrees F
July 58-90 degrees F
October 29-65 degrees F


Pocatello, ID – “The Gate City”

Population is just over 50,000

Great outdoor activities close to town in all directions: