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. Craig R. Proctor, DDS, is the 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 each resident with 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 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. Two-week rotations in Anesthesia, the Emergency Department, and ENT Oncology are also part of the program.  The University of Utah GPR program has accepted residents from virtually every state and Canada.

Annual Salary for 2016–2017

$55,226 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 in a large, modern hospital setting and in community clinics outside of the hospital. 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, while applying scientific principles to learning and oral health care
  3. Engage in community service and understand the oral health needs of various populations
  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 environments

Specific Educational Goals

The General Practice Residency program aims to educate and train its residents beyond predoctoral training.  The following are the specific educational goals of the University of Utah GPR program:

  1. Provide evidence-based, oral health care through critical review of relevant scientific literature
  2. Manage and deliver patient-centered, primary oral health care coordinated by a general practitioner through a variety of approaches, including:
    • providing emergency and multidisciplinary, comprehensive oral healthcare
    • obtaining informed consent
    • functioning with interdisciplinary health care 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

All instruction is supervised by dental faculty and medical staff members of the School of Medicine, the School of Dentistry and the University Hospital. Opportunities also exist for residents to have experiences in various hospital clinics, dental research programs and teaching predoctoral students.


Applications are made through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). There is no separate application required.

We participate in MATCH, and our MATCH program code number is: 293325.

Applicants are encouraged to take the Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) prior to application, although this is not required.

Applicants will be notified by MATCH in January 2017.

A current resume and a 2 x 2 photograph will aid us in the selection process.


Application materials must be completed to PASS by December 15, 2016. Our program deadline is January 1, 2017, with interviews also to be completed by January 1, 2017.

Minimum Requirements

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


Personal interviews are required prior to January 1, 2017.
To schedule an interview/visit, residency applicants should call our facilities prior to our final closing date of January 1, 2017. 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.

Send your photo to:

Wendi Rood
General Practice Residency Program Manager
University of Utah School of Dentistry
530 South Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Schedule an interview or visit: (801) 587-2162 or wendi.rood@hsc.utah.edu

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. 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/or Program Manager.


The University of Utah does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, status as a disabled individual, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information or protected veteran’s status, in employment, treatment, admission, access to educational programs and activities, or other University benefits or services. Additionally, the University endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations and to ensure equal access to qualified persons with disabilities.  Inquiries concerning perceived discrimination or requests for disability accommodations may be referred to the University’s Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator.

Residents rotate from the University Hospital clinics to the Community Health Center clinics and the Montezuma Creek Dental Clinic in southeastern Utah. 

University of Utah Dental Clinics

  • Hospital Consultation
  • Management of Complex Dental Patients
  • Management of Medically Compromised Patients
  • Oral Surgery
    • Advanced Implant Training Course (3 days)
  • Primary Oral Health Care
  • Urgent Care

Anesthesia Rotation (two weeks)

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Intubation and airway management
  • Safe Sedation Training (SST)
  • Starting IVs

Emergency Department (two weeks)

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 (one month)

  • 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)

*Seminar participation and formal case reports are required of all residents

Weekly Seminars

Pediatric Dentistry Seminars

  • Time: First and second Fridays of the month, 7 am - 8 am
  • Location: School of Dentistry Rounds Room
  • Topics:
    • Growth and development
    • Orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning
    • Treating pediatric patients

Journal Club Seminars

On Call

  • Each resident takes primary "on call" every ten weeks and secondary "on call" every ten weeks and must remain in contact with the hospital.
    • Primary on-call using Spok: one week every 10 weeks
    • Secondary on-call using Spok: 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 five 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. 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.

Craig R. Proctor, DDS
Director, General Practice Residency
Email: craig.proctor@hsc.utah.edu


Previous GPR Directors

Attending Faculty

Montezuma Creek

Community Health Centers

Family Dental Plan

The Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (the "Match") is being implemented to fill positions beginning in 2017 for the first year of training in the following types of postdoctoral dental education programs:

  • Advanced Education in General Dentistry
  • US General Practice Residency
  • Canadian General Practice Residency
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Dental Anesthesiology

Click the link below to learn more about the Match.

Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program Instructions for Applicant Registration