Our General Practice Residency program has ten positions available each year. The faculty is is comprised of general dentists and specialists from the School of Dentistry and the local community. Lea Ella Erickson, DDS, MSPH, is the program director of the general practice residency program (GPR). The University of Utah School of Dentistry has two modern, fully equipped and staffed dental clinics to accommodate patients and residents. Residents also participate in rotations at the Community Health Centers of Salt Lake City and Montezuma Creek Dental Clinic. Multiple rotations form the foundation of clinical training and provide residents outreach experience in rural and underserved communities.

Program Details


Rotations at the community Health Center dental office (a low income, sliding fee clinic) located off-site in Salt Lake City, and at the Greenwood Dental Clinic, are part of the residency year, as well as a one-month rotation at the Montezuma Creek Dental Clinic in Southeastern Utah. One-month rotations in anesthesis and a two-week rotation on ENT oncology are also part of the program.


Seminar participation and formal case reports are required of the residents. Each resident takes primary "on call" every ten weeks and secondary "on call" every ten weeks and must remain in contact with the hospital.

Annual Salary for 2014–2015

$52,055 plus benefits


  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Fifteen (15) working days of paid leave

GPR Program Goals & Objectives

Overall Program Goals

The General Practice Residency Program at the University of Utah is designed to provide a year of advanced clinical dental education in general dentistry with practical practice opportunities in a large modern hospital setting. The program aims to:

  1. Provide patient focused, quality driven, multidisciplinary emergency and comprehensive oral health care as a primary care provider within a framework of health promotion and disease prevention.
  2. Hold high ethical standards and value lifelong learning, adaptability and diversity in professional practice applying scientific principles to learning and oral health care.
  3. Engage in community service and understand oral health needs of population.
  4. Manage the delivery of oral health care by applying practice management and quality improvement concepts.
  5. Function effectively with interdisciplinary teams within the hospital and other healthcare environmentally.

Specific Educational Goals

The specific educational goals of the University of Utah General Practice Residency program are to educate and train its residents beyond that accomplished predoctoral training to:

  1. Provide evidence based oral healthcare through critical review of relevant scientific literature.
  2. Manage and deliver patient centered primary oral healthcare coordinated by a general practitioner through a variety of approaches, including:
    • providing emergency and multidisciplinary comprehensive oral healthcare;
    • obtaining informed consent,
    • functioning with interdisciplinary healthcare teams including consultation and referral
    • directing health promotion and prevention.
  3. Assess, diagnose and plan comprehensive patient focused care including care for special needs patients, medically compromised patients, and patients from diverse backgrounds.
  4. Perform physical evaluation and medical assessment and manage medical emergencies.
  5. Provide advanced dental treatment modalities beyond that accomplished in predoctoral training including the ability to:
    • restore teeth beyond a level of that accomplished in predoctoral training, with state-of-the-art materials and methods
    • restore edentulous spaces beyond a level of that accomplished in predoctoral training, with state of the art materials and methods
    • diagnose, treat and manage periodontal disease
    • provide endodontic treatment using state of the art materials and methods
    • perform oral surgery of the hard and soft tissues
    • evaluate and treat dental emergencies
    • provide pain and anxiety control utilizing behavioral and pharmacological techniques
    • manage dental implants, oral mucosal diseases, temporomandibular disorder and orofacial pain,
    • develop an expertise in hospital-based care, including care management for inpatients and same-day surgery patients,
    • provide knowledge of and experience in hospital organization and functioning

All instruction is supervised by dental faculty and medical staff members of the School of Medicine, the School of Dentistry and the University Hospital. An opportunity exists for the residents to have further experiences in various hospital clinics, dental research or teaching.


Applications are made through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). There is no separate application required; however, we would like to receive a small, recent picture from you.

We participate in MATCH, and our MATCH program code number is: 9335.

Applicants will be notified by Match in January 2015.


Application materials must be completed to PASS by December 15, 2014. Our program deadline is January 1, 2015, with interviews also to be completed by January 1, 2015.

Minimum Requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifacation to be eligible to apply:

  • Graduation from a predoctoral dental education program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
  • Graduation from a predoctoral dental education program in Canada accredited by the Comission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.


Personal interviews are required prior to January 1, 2015.
To schedule an interview/visit, residency applicants should call our facilities prior to our final closing date of January 1, 2015. These visits permit the applicant to gain a firsthand view of the hospital, dental services and resources, as well as provide the staff with an opportunity to assess individual attributes and aspirations of the applicant. In addition, please send or bring a recent picture to us at the following address by January 1, 2015.

Schedule an interview or visit: (801) 581-8951

Send your photo:
General Practice Residency Program
Dental Education
University of Utah
26 South 2000 East, Suite 5900
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-5750

It is the responsibilty of the applicant to make sure all application materials, including recommendations, are on file and an interview completed prior to the deadline. Notification of acceptance will be made through the MATCH program with a confirmation sent by us.

The University of Utah School of Dentistry does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, religion, color national origin, disability or veteran's status. The University of Utah seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities. Reasonable prior notice is needed to arrange accomodations.

We look forward to receiving your application and meeting you in person. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email our Director and Program Coordinator.

Wendi Rood
Phone: (801) 587-2162
Email: wendi.rood@hsc.utah.edu

Residents will work in the following rotations:

University of Utah Dental Clinics (nine months)

  • Primary Oral Health Care
  • Urgent Care
  • Hospital Consultation
  • Management of Medical Compliance
  • Management of Dental Compliance

Anesthesia Rotation (one month)

  • Starting IVs
  • Intubation and airway management

ENT Oncology (two weeks)

  • Observe/assist ENT Oncology surgeons in the operating room
  • Observe the diagnosis and treatment planning for head and neck cancer surgery

Community Health Centers (two months)

  • Outreach to underserved population
  • Improve diagnostic skills

Montezuma Creek (one month)

  • Outrach to underserved population
  • Outreach to rural population
  • Improve diagnostic skills
  • Enhance cultural competency

Seminars (presented by attending faculty and other experts in the field)

  • Time: Every Wednesday 1:00–5:00 p.m.
  • Location: University of Utah and V.A. Hospital

Pediatric Dentistry Seminars

  • Time: first and second Friday mornings of the month
  • Topics:
    • Growth and development
    • Treating children

Primary on-call (by beeper): one week every 10 weeks

Secondary on-call (by beeper): one week every 10 weeks

Message From the Program Director

In 1983 Jay Aldous, DDS, MS, began a tradition of mentorship at the University of Utah Dental Residency Program that we still strive to preserve. We currently have over thirty attending dentists that spend a half-day every other week teaching and supervising dental residents. Our attending dentists come from many different dental schools and represent many different philosophies in dentistry. They strive to challenge and help the residents work with many different patients and dental problems. The variety of patients and patient needs is a real asset of this program.

Residents have an opportunity to experience in IV sedation, place and restore implants, complete challenging endodontic cases, gain experience in third molar extractions and participate in hospital dentistry. There are no step checks, only challenges to prepare you for your future. The training program draws on all resources of the hospital.

We hope you will consider our program as you look at your future in dentistry.

Lea Ella Erickson, DDS, MSPH
Director, General Practice Residency
Email: lea.erickson@utah.edu

Lea Erickson

Attending Faculty