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YVFWC dental residents score above national average in post-residency exam

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November 13, 2015

The Special Care Dentistry Association recently released the post-test scores for the Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency students with Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (YVFWC).

At the start of their residency, the dentists completed a pre-test exam that gauged their general knowledge of dentistry. After finishing the year-long Northwest Dental Residency in June of 2015, the class was given the exam again to measure their improvement over the course of the program.

“We are just excited that our residents are really advancing their skills in the program,” says YVFWC Chief Dental Officer Dr. Mark Koday.

“The residents who graduated in June 2015 took the post-test and scored higher than the national average in every category.”

The tests measured the residents’ knowledge of the operative, periodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, dental emergencies, pain and anxiety control, and other categories.

In the pre-test category of pain and anxiety control, residents scored a mean of 5.6. In the post test of the same category, students earned an average score of 6.5, nearly a point higher than the 5.6 national average score.

In the operative category which tests students’ knowledge of a general dentistry exam appointment, students scored an average of 6.3 in the pre-test and an average of 7 in the post.

The residents work with general practice dentists and specialists, gaining experience in endodontics, periodontics, oral medicine, pediatric dentistry, prosthodontics, sedation techniques, restorative dentistry and oral surgery.

Northwest Dental Residency participants work with a variety of patients, including those who are medically compromised, phobic patients and individuals with developmental disabilities.

For more information on the Northwest Dental Residency program, visit


About Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic: The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides comprehensive medical, dental, and social services for more than 139,000 people throughout the Pacific Northwest. Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic employs 1,390 full-time staff and more than 600 part-time staff, medical residents, dental residents, students and volunteers. Facilities: 19 medical clinics, 10 dental clinics, 49 programs. Locations: Washington State clinics are located in Grandview, Prosser, Pasco, Spokane, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Yakima, Walla Walla and Wapato. In Oregon, clinics are located in Hermiston, Portland, Salem and Woodburn. Visit: