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General Practice Residency (GPR)


The General Practice Residency at UCSF is a 12-month program that is fully accredited by the ADA’s Commission on Dental Accreditation for four residents per year. It is a demanding curriculum with an emphasis on hospital dentistry. Residents treat patients in outpatient and operating room settings. Rotations through specialty clinics include oral surgery, oral medicine, and orofacial pain/TMD. In addition, block rotations include general medicine and anesthesia. By exposure to a wide range of patients, the resident will learn management of patients with special needs. Didactic instruction includes seminars, labs, workshops, literature review, case presentations, lectures and demonstrations. The program is intended to prepare dentists to treat patients with special needs in a clinical or hospital setting. Residents also have an on-call commitment.

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 area also required to provide documentation of current ACLS and BLS.

Upon successful completion of the program, residents will receive a certificate of completion and are eligible for applying for a dental license in any state that accepts licensure by residency. This includes California. Successful completion of the anesthesia rotation fulfills the requirements necessary to apply for a conscious sedation permit in the state of California.

Matched applicants to the UCSF GPR have the opportunity to apply to Master Degree programs 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; all other coursework will need to be completed subsequent to the completion of the GPR. The General Practice Residency is part of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the School of Dentistry.

Program Director: Mehran Hossaini, DMD
Associate Clinical Professor
University of California, San Francisco
521 Parnassus Avenue, C-522 Box 0440
San Francisco, Ca 94143-0440
Phone: (415) 476-8221

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)


The General Practice Residency has a maximum of four funded positions available which begins in July of each year.

Admissions requirements include:
  • DDS or DMD degree (from an ADA accredited dental school)
  • US Citizen or permanent resident 
  • Successful completion of National Dental Board Examination, Part I and II


1) PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service)

Applicants must submit a completed application to PASS by the program's November 1st deadline. They must include with their PASS application: Personal essay, 3 PPI (Personal Potential Index) evaluations, 2 PEFs (PASS evaluation forms), and 1 Dean's Institution evaluation.  PASS applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

2) Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program

To be considered for a position, applicants must submit a match code from the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. For registration information, please check the information on the PASS website or visit the MATCH website.

3) UCSF Application and supplemental materials

The completed UCSF Application with supporting documentation must be received on or before November 1st of the year prior to intended enrollment. This information should be mailed directly to:

University of California, San Francisco
Dental Admissions Office
513 Parnassus Avenue, S-630
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430

UCSF Application

Supporting documentation includes:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official transcript(s) sent directly from the issuing institution from all undergraduate colleges and universities attended
  • Official transcript(s) (detailed marks reports, etc) sent directly from the issuing institution from all college-level course work taken at a college/university outside of the United States, or Canadian institutions where English was not the official language of instruction.
  • Official course-by-course evaluation from Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. or World Education Services for ALL foreign transcripts received outside of the US including Canadian schools where English was not the official language of instruction.
  • Official National Board Dental Examination score report, sent directly from ADA

Please note: Xerox or notarized copies are not acceptable

4) Residency Application Fee Form with non-refundable $60 fee must be received on or before November 1st and should be mailed to:

UCSF Office of the Registrar
P.O. Box 742908
Los Angeles, CA 90074-2908

Do not send any transcripts, letters of recommendation, other documents or correspondence to this address.

PLEASE NOTE: Only those applicants who meet all admissions qualifications and submit all required documentation by the deadline, including the UCSF application with fee, will be considered for a position. You will receive an e-mail notification in regards to your application status once your application is processed.


Four residents are accepted to the General Practice Residency each year. Applications are processed through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Admission is based on letters of recommendation, personal statement, NBDE Part I scores, passing score on NBDE Part II, GPA, class rank, and interview. Applicants with an interest in hospital-based dentistry are strongly considered.

The Admissions Committee will review all complete and eligible applications and will invite the most qualified candidates for an interview. Application status is maintained by the Office of Admissions at the School of Dentistry and candidates are notified via e-mail notification.

Committee action results in a ranking order by which applicants will be matched. Matched candidates will be offered a provisional admission pending the submission to our office of all original official transcripts and board scores. All this documentation will be verified and 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: Director of Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity and Diversity, University of California, San Francisco. Telephone (415) 476-4752.


Tuition and Stipends: Stipends are subject to annual review, but the annual stipend for PGY 1 residents is currently $45,659.

Loans: In school loan-deferment is not available for GPRs at UCSF.

Vacation and sick leave are granted at the discretion of the Director of Residency training. At the present time, residents are entitled to 15 days paid vacation per year, which should not normally be taken together and should not be taken on off-service rotations. Sick leave with pay is granted at the discretion of the Director of Residency Training.

Practice privileges and other activities outside the education program: In general, residents are expected to devote 100% of their professional activities to the program. Permission to carry out professional activities outside the program can only be granted in exceptional circumstances by the Director of the Residency Training in conjunction with the Head of the Department.

Professional Liability Coverage: Residents receive professional liability insurance to cover them for 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.


Externships are available for 2-week blocks for senior dental students who are interested in this program. They are available throughout the year. Requested dates must be approved by the program director. During your externship you will be able to see first-hand the program's rotations and lectures, meet the faculty and get an over all feel of the program. If you have any questions, please contact the externship coordinator Connie D’Aura at 415-476-8226 or

Goals & Objectives:
Externship Requirements:
  1. GPR Application form
  2. $50 application fee. Checks should be payable to: UC Regents
  3. ID card request form
  4. HIPAA form
  5. Letter of recommendation from a Restorative Dentistry faculty member
  6. Evidence of health insurance to cover the externship period
  7. Evidence of malpractice insurance to cover the externship period
  8. Completion of junior year of dental school
  9. Availability of 2 weeks.
  10. Enrolled in a dental school at the time of externship
  11. Dean’s letter confirming good standing.

Arrangements for room and board are the responsibility of the extern. The housing office website has information about short-term lodging. They can also be contacted at (415) 476-1426.


(Residents may be assigned to more than one service at a time)

  • Outpatient General Dentistry Clinic, UCSF School of Dentistry (2-4 days/week, 36 weeks)
  • Operating Room/Hospital Dentistry, UCSF School of Dentistry (1 day/week, 36 weeks) 
  • Oral Medicine Clinic, UCSF School of Dentistry (1 day/week, 36 weeks) 
  • Center for Orofacial Pain, UCSF School of Dentistry (1 day/week, 8-12 weeks) 
  • Oral Surgery, Buchanan Dental Center (1 day/week, 12 weeks) 
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, San Francisco General Hospital (8-12 weeks, block rotation)
  • Anesthesia, UCSF Ambulatory Surgery Center (3-4 Weeks, block rotation)
  • General Medicine, UCSF Medical Center (2 Weeks, block rotation)


  • History and Physical lecture series and hands-on course 
  • Surgical Head and Neck Anatomy 
  • Literature Review
  • Continuous Quality Improvement/Quality Assurance
  • Practice and Risk Management lecture series
  • Orofacial Pain/TMD lecture series 
  • Implant Conference 
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Grand Rounds 
  • Sedation and Anesthesia lecture series 
  • Lectures and workshops on a variety of other topics


University of California, San Francisco:

  1. The General Practice Residency Clinic, located in the School of Dentistry, is a newly-remodeled three-operatory facility equipped with digital radiography and electric handpieces. 
  2. The UCSF Ambulatory Surgery Center is fully equipped for general dental procedures, including digital radiography and fiber-optic illumination. Residents also complete their anesthesia rotation in this facility. 
  3. The Center for Orofacial Pain is located in the School of Dentistry and has full diagnostic and treatment capacity including physical therapy. 
  4. UCSF Oral Medicine Clinic is fully equipped for diagnosis and treatment of oral mucosal conditions. 
San Francisco General Hospital (County Facility for San Francisco):

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 Dental and Oral & Maxillofacial emergencies, including trauma.

Veteran's Administration Medical Center:

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 go for Physical Diagnosis didactic training.

Emergency Room Care:

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.


Please visit our Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery faculty webpage.