General Practice

Length of Program: 1 year

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

Financial Arrangement: UC Salary Breakdown

Interim 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 state-of-the-art comprehensive dental care to the broadest possible spectrum of the population;

  • Provide advanced training in hospital and operating room procedures, including admission procedures, history and physical evaluation, laboratory evaluation, consultations, emergency care, pre- and post-operative care, and inpatient and outpatient surgery;

  • Enhance the graduate’s ability to make sound clinical judgment;

  • Provide dental services for segments of the population which are currently underserved, including medically compromised, mentally and physically challenged, pediatric, adult, and geriatric individuals;

  • Provide training in quality assurance protocols and risk management techniques;

  • Enhance the understanding of and provide experience in practice administration, including communication and management skills;

  • Develop the graduate’s ability to critically review the literature; and

  • Enhance the graduate’s diagnostic and treatment planning skills. This program also strongly encourages the participation and recruitment of ethnic minority students.

Residents gain clinical experience and advanced training in all aspects of general dentistry including operative dentistry, removable and fixed prosthodontics, periodontics, prevention, endodontics, oral surgery, and anesthesia and pain control. Upon completion of the training program, residents will (1) serve as the patient's first contact with the dental health care system and facilitate the patient's entry into that system with minimal specialty referral; (2) possess the knowledge and skills to appropriately apply risk assessment techniques and participate in a peer-guided quality assurance program; (3) possess advanced knowledge and skills in all aspects of general dentistry including operative dentistry, removable and fixed prosthodontics, periodontics, prevention, endodontics, oral surgery, anesthesia and pain control, management of the infectious patient, management of the medically compromised patient, management of the frail geriatric patient, and practice management; (4) possess the knowledge and skills to develop appropriate treatment plans that meet the comprehensive dental needs of the patient; (5) possess the knowledge and skills to appropriately supervise auxiliary personnel such as dental assistants, dental hygienists, receptionists, and dental laboratory technicians; (6) develop the necessary clinical judgment to self-assess scientific literature; (7) possess the knowledge and skills to participate in a multidisciplinary treatment team; (8) possess the knowledge and skills to retrieve, review, and assess scientific literature; and (9) possess an understanding of the importance of general dentistry in health care systems.

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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).