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General Practice Residency (GPR)


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.  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.     

Clinical care comprises approximately 90% of the resident schedule and includes rotations in General Dentistry, Hospital Dentistry, Oral Surgery, Anesthesia, and General Medicine.  During the General Dentistry rotation, residents will perform comprehensive dentistry with care guided via faculty mentors and treatment planning conferences.  The rotation includes pre-surgery and pre-radiation dental clearance consults as well as dental care for patients with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. During the Hospital Dentistry rotation, residents will perform dentistry in the operating room for special needs patients including developmentally disabled, phobic, and medically complex patients; residents will also learn to manage oral mucosal diseases and TMJ disorders while rotating through specialty clinics in Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain.  Residents share a rotating on-call commitment.

Didactics comprise approximately 10% of the resident schedule and include literature review, lectures, workshops, and vendor presentations.  The didactic schedule covers a wide variety of topics at the post-graduate level including implantology, endodontics, periodontics, and sedation dentistry.  A series of practice management seminars is provided to help transition residents into dental practice.  Residents also participate in a clinical simulation series to prepare for medical emergencies in the dental setting.

If accepted, residents must complete prerequisite requirements prior to the program start date.  These include: 1) mandatory attendance at a one-day hospital house staff orientation offered in mid and late June; 2) completion and maintenance of current ACLS and BLS certifications with appropriate documentation; and 3) the purchase of a stethoscope and penlight.

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, including Clinical Research, Global Health Sciences, Healthcare Administration, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, and Translational Medicine. 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.

Program Director: Natalie Heaivilin, DDS
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor
Hospital Dentistry and GPR Program
Phone: (415) 502-0334

For questions regarding admissions and application procedures, please contact:

Daliah Williams
Admissions Coordinator
Office of Admissions
513 Parnassus Avenue, S-630
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430
(415) 476-2737 Ext. #3 (voice)
(415) 476-4226 (fax)


To be eligible for a residency appointment, all of the following requirements must be met:

  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Must have successfully passed the NBDE part I  (part II prior to appointment start date).
  • Must have received a DDS or DMD from an ADA accredited dental school prior to appointment start date.


The following section outlines the steps required in the application process. Omission of one these steps by the applicant will result in an incomplete application that will not be considered by the Admissions Committee: 

1) Completion of a Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) by the Nov. 1 deadline should include the following:

  • Personal Statement Essay
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Dental school transcript
  • All undergraduate transcripts (scanned and uploaded)
  • 3 Professional Evaluation Forms (PEF)
  • Dean's Letter of Evaluation (Institution Evaluation)
  • All required scores should be reported in application

2) Participation in the MATCH program.  To be considered for a position, applicants must register for an applicant code number and submit a rank order list via the National Matching Services, Inc., Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program.

3) Submission of UCSF application processing fee and supporting documentation (if applicable):

  • Please submit the $60.00 non-refundable application processing fee on the Online Payment portal (OPEN ON JUNE 1).

    If you have international course work you will be required to submit the following directly to the SoD Office of Admissions (even if you submitted a copy to PASS) by Nov. 1:

  • Official transcript(s), detailed marks reports, etc, sent directly from the issuing institution from all college-level course work taken at a college or university outside of the United States, or a Canadian institution where English was not the official language of instruction. (Please note: Xerox or notarized copies are not acceptable.)
  • Official course-by-course evaluation from Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. or World Education Services for ALL international transcripts received outside of the US including Canadian schools where English was not the official language of instruction

Send to:University of California, San Francisco

SoD- Office of Admissions
513 Parnassus Avenue, S-630
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430


PLEASE NOTE: Photocopies or notarized copies of transcripts are not accepted.  Foreign transcripts and evaluations must be sent to the admissions office even if submitted via PASS.

IMPORTANT: The deadline for submission of all materials including the PASS application, UCSF application processing fee, and supplemental documentation is on or before Nov 1.  Only applicants that meet all eligibility requirements and submit all required documentation by the deadline will be considered for a residency position.  Late applications will not be reviewed.  You will receive an e-mail notification in regards to your application status once your application is processed.


Applications are processed through PASS.  The Admissions Committee will review all complete and eligible applications and will invite the most qualified candidates for an interview. The Office of Admissions at the School of Dentistry maintains the status of each individual application.

Admission is based on the personal essay, Personal Potential Index (PPI), Professional Evaluation Form (PEF), passing NBDE scores, GPA, class rank, and interview.  Applicants with an interest in hospital-based dentistry whose goals are in alignment with the program curriculum are strongly considered.

Committee review of interviewees results in a ranking order by which applicants will be matched. Matched candidates will be offered a provisional admission pending the receipt and verification of all original transcripts and board scores.  Once verified, final admission will be granted to the candidate.

The University of California in compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, mental and physical disabilities, or age in any of its policies, procedures, or practices; nor does the University discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, University programs and activities, including but not limited to, academic admissions, financial aid, educational services, and student employment.

Inquiries regarding the University's equal opportunity policies may be directed to the UCSF Director of Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity and Diversity at (415) 476-4752.


Available Positions: The General Practice Residency has four funded resident positions available each year. Appointment begins on July 1st and ends the following year on June 30th.

Stipends: Stipends are subject to annual review, but the stipend for residents is currently $51,871.

Loans: In school loan-deferment is not available for residents.  Contact your loan provider for available options.

Annual Leave: Vacation and sick leave are granted at the discretion of the UCSF GPR Program Director. At the present time, residents are entitled to 15 days paid vacation per year, which should not be normally taken together and cannot be taken during Anesthesia and General Medicine rotations. Sick leave with pay is granted at the discretion of the Program Director.

Moonlighting: Residents are expected to devote 100% of their professional activities to the GPR program. Permission to carry out professional and outside activities beyond the scope of the program can only be granted in exceptional circumstances by the Program Director in conjunction with the Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Liability: Residents receive professional liability insurance to cover all activities related to the educational program. They are covered by the University of California Malpractice Insurance, which provides coverage for all malpractice claims, and in normal circumstances, will cover all other employment related claims including punitive damages which are examined on an individual basis.



General Dentistry Rotation (5 months)

Hospital Dentistry Rotation (3 months)

  • Monday: Oral Medicine Clinic
  • Tuesday: Operating Room Dentistry
  • Wednesday: Center for Orofacial Pain
  • Thursday: Oral Surgery & Implant Center
  • Friday: Oral Medicine Clinic

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at SFGH (3 months, block rotation)

  • Monday: Oral Surgery Clinic
  • Tuesday: OMFS H&P Examinations
  • Wednesday: Oral Surgery Clinic
  • Thursday: OMFS OR Cases
  • Friday: Oral Surgery Clinic

General Medicine, UCSF Medical Center (2 weeks, block rotation)

Anesthesia, UCSF Ambulatory Surgery Center (2 weeks, block rotation)


H&P Series – selected topics from Bate’s Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking.
Lecture Series – post-graduate level topics on Oral Surgery, Implantology, Endodontics, Periodontics, Orthodontics, Fixed & Removable Prosthodontics, Sedation Dentistry, Orofacial Pain, Oral Medicine, Restorative Materials, and Restorative Techniques.
Treatment Planning Series – review of selected cases in General Dentistry and Hospital Dentistry.
Literature Review Series – critical analysis and discussion of peer reviewed journal articles on selected topics.
OMFS Series – implant conferences and grand rounds in conjunction with oral surgery faculty and residents.
Gross Anatomy Series – selected topics and dissections.
Practice Management Series – selected topics on the practice of dentistry.
Medical Emergency Series – selected scenarios utilizing clinical simulation.
Vendor Series – continuing education and product demonstrations including implants, restorative products, lasers, and more.

**Subject to change


UCSF Parnassus Campus, Parnassus Avenue

Laguna Honda Rehabilitation Center, 375 Laguna Honda Boulevard
o   Laguna Honda is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center owned and operated by the San Francisco Department of Public Health.  The 62-acre campus is located in the heart of San Francisco and offers skilled nursing services including: a dedicated skilled nursing facility for HIV/AIDS patients; a program for Alzheimer's and dementia patients; group living for patients with developmental disabilities; treatment for degenerative neurological disorders; therapeutic services for traumatic brain injuries and stroke; support for patients with psychosocial difficulties and substance abuse, and pain management for end-of-life care.  The GPR Program performs comprehensive care on a daily basis in a three-operatory clinic within the Laguna Honda Rehabilitation Center to serve the 780 inpatient residents at this facility.

UCSF Clinical Sciences Building (C-646), 521 Parnassus Avenue
o   The Oral Medicine, Oral AIDS Center, and Sjogrens Syndrome Clinic is located in the Clinical Sciences Building and comprises several specialty outpatient clinics that provide expertise in the diagnosis and management of oral diseases.

UCSF Medical Sciences Building (S-738), 513 Parnassus Avenue
o   The Center for Orofacial Pain is located in the Medical Sciences Building and offers multidisciplinary management of head and neck pain related to temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain.

UCSF Moffitt / Long Hospital, 505 Parnassus Avenue
o   Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery residents, GPR residents, and faculty from both programs provide 24- hour emergency coverage for the Moffitt/Long Hospital for all Dental and Oral & Maxillofacial emergencies.  GPR residents also perform operating room dentistry for patients requiring admitting / inpatient services as well as come-and-go surgeries.

San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Potrero Avenue

The Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery / Hospital Dental Clinic is an 8-operatory facility that provides outpatient and inpatient surgical services. While rotating at SFGH, GPR residents work in concert with OMFS residents and faculty to provide 24-hour emergency coverage for all Oral & Maxillofacial emergencies, including trauma.

San Francisco VA Medical Center, 4150 Clement Street

The Veteran's Administration Hospital is a center where oral and maxillofacial surgeons provide inpatient and outpatient dental care in a modern 3-operatory surgical facility. GPR residents participate in the H&P and Medical Emergency Series at the VA in conjunction with SF VA GPR residents.


Please visit our Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery faculty webpage.