General Practice

Length of Program: 1 year

Number of Positions: 6 for graduates of CODA-accredited dental schools

Financial Arrangement: UC Salary Breakdown

Program Director: Dr. Reeva Mincer

The UCLA General Practice Residency Program is a demanding postgraduate certificate program with a major emphasis in hospital dentistry. Aimed at providing advanced training for the general dentist, this program is comprised of rotations that enable its residents to practice all facets of dentistry with the added advantage of working comfortably in a hospital setting and providing care for compromised patients.

The General Practice Residency Program motivates its residents to be continuous students and to always strive for quality education and self-improvement. With this in mind, the general objectives of the program are to:

  • Provide residents with the necessary didactic and clinical experiences that will enable them to provide emergency and multidisciplinary comprehensive oral healthcare
  • Obtain informed consent
  • Function effectively within interdisciplinary health care teams, including consultation and referral
  • Provide patient-focused care that is coordinated by the general practitioner
  • Direct health promotion and disease prevention
  • Assess, diagnose, and plan for the provision of multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients including patients with special needs
  • Manage the delivery of patient-focused oral health care

Residents gain clinical experience and advanced training in all aspects of general dentistry including operative dentistry, restoration of the edentulous space, periodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, evaluation and treatment of dental emergencies, and pain and anxiety control utilizing behavioral and/or pharmacological techniques.

Selection Process & Factors

Selected candidates will be invited to interview. If you have been selected, you will be notified by email and/or telephone.

Timing of Interviews: Late November – early January

The admissions committee considers the following criteria in its decisions:

  • Academic achievement (GPA and class rank if available)

  • Performance on NBDE

  • Content of personal statement

  • Content of recommendation letters 

  • Overall impression at personal interview

Applicants will be notified of acceptance through the Match service. To find out when results will be available, please consult the Match service. A letter of acceptance signed by the Program Director and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will be issued upon acceptance.

Accreditation Statement

The program in General Practice is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and has been granted the accreditation status of "Approval without Reporting Requirements”. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653, by visiting, or by mail at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678.

Notice to Trainees re: Professional Licensure and Certification

University of California programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student for California licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the University of California and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.

The University of California has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether, if they complete a University of California program, they will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).