General Practice Residency


Progam Overview

The General Practice Residency at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) is an intensive 12-month post-graduate training program fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation for four residents per year. The program is designed to train the general dentist in the management of medically complex and special needs patients in both an outpatient and hospital setting while increasing knowledge in the practice of dentistry and its various disciplines.

Resident schedules include rotations in General Dentistry, Operating Room Dentistry, Oral Medicine, Orofacial Pain, Oral Surgery, Anesthesia, and General Medicine. The didactic schedule covers a wide variety of topics at the post-graduate level through seminars, lectures, workshops, literature review, and case presentations.

The program begins July 1st of each year. Prior to the program, residents are required to attend a one-day hospital housestaff orientation. Two options are usually offered: one mid June, one in late June. Candidates are also required to provide documentation of current ACLS and BLS.

Upon successful completion of the program, residents receive a certificate of graduation making them eligible to apply for a dental license in the state of California and any other state that accepts licensure by residency. Successful completion of at least 20 sedation cases while on the Anesthesia rotation may fulfill requirements necessary to apply for a conscious sedation permit in the state of California.

Matched applicants to the General Practice Residency Program have the opportunity to apply to a Masters Degree program within the UCSF Division of Graduate Studies in various areas. Each program has a separate admissions application and all require the GRE. If accepted into a Masters program, a minimal amount of coursework will be completed during the GPR year with remaining coursework completed in subsequent years. The General Practice Residency is part of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the School of Dentistry.

Application Process

The application process is managed through the UCSF School of Dentistry Admissions Office.

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Contact Us


For questions regarding admissions and application procedure, please contact:

Daliah Williams
Admissions Coordinator
Office of Admissions
513 Parnassus S-619G
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430
(415) 476-2737 Ext. #3 (voice)
(415) 476-4226 (fax)

Questions about the scope of the program and interview procedures may be directed to:

Program Director: Natalie Heaivilin, DDS
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor
University of California, San Francisco
Box 0440 , 533 Parnassus Ave, UB10
San Francisco, CA 94143-0440