General Practice Residency (GPR): Postdoctoral Dental Education

General Practice RecidencyOur General Practice Residency program has ten positions available each year. Dental residents are graduates from ADA-accredited dental schools and elect to participate in our hospital-based dental residency program. Dental residents work under the direction of our dental faculty. Lea Ella Erickson, DDS, MSPH, is the program director of the general practice residency program (GPR). Our residents come from all over the US and Canada. The University of Utah School of Dentistry has two modern, fully equipped and staffed dental clinics to accommodate patients and residents: University Hospital Dental Clinic and the Greenwood Health Center Dental Clinic. Residents also participate in rotations at the Community Health Centers of Salt Lake City, Primary Children’s Hospital and Montezuma Creek Dental Clinic.

This program is hospital based at the University of Utah Hospital where the residents are appointed to the hospital house staff and includes the following salary and benefits:

Annual salary for 2013–2014

$51,286 plus benefits


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

Program Information

The purpose of the postdoctoral program is to provide a year of advanced clinical dental education with practical practice opportunities in a large modern hospital. The training program draws on all resources of the hospital and the residents receive training in the following:


  • Anesthesiology
  • General medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • Ear, nose and throat
  • And the dental specialties of
    • oral surgery
    • implants
    • periodontology
    • endodontics
    • pedodontics
    • fixed and removable prosthetics
    • restorative dentistry
    • oral diagnosis and general dentistry, including working with auxiliaries

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

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

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 the Southeastern Utah. One-month rotations in anesthesia and a two-week rotation on ENT oncology are also part of the program.

Residents will have opportunities to place implants and experience rotary endodontics. Certification in IV sedation will be available to all residents.

Residents will work in the following rotations:

Hospital Dental Clinic (nine months)

  • Medicaid patients
  • Hospital Staff
  • Patients from the community
  • Patients of the hospital
    • Transplant patients
    • Chronically ill patients
  • Dental Implant opportunities
  • Rotary Endo opportunities

Anesthesia Rotation (one month)

  • Starting IV’s
  • Intubation and airway management

ENT Oncology (two weeks)

  • Work with ENT Oncology surgeons in the operating room
  • Observe the diagnosis and treatment planning for head and neck cancer surgery
  • Scrub-in and assist in plastic surgery and other cases

Community Health Centers (two months)

  • Low income patients
  • Productivity increase
  • Improve diagnosis skills

Montezuma Creek (one month)

  • Low income patients
  • Productivity increase
  • Improve diagnosis skills
  • Four Corners area of US
  • Diversity


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

Presented by attendings and other experts in the field

Pediatric Dentistry Seminars

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

ACLS certification
IV Sedation certification
Primary on-call
(by beeper): one week every 10 weeks
Secondary on-call (by beeper): one week every 10 weeks


Application materials must be completed to PASS by December 15, 2013. Our program deadline is January 1, 2014, with interviews also to be completed by January 1, 2014.


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 2014.


Personal interviews are required prior to January 1, 2014.
To schedule an interview/visit, residency applicats should call our facilities prior to our final closing date of January 1, 2013. 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, 2014.

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

Send us 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 Medicine 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 Manager.

Kailey Tetrick
Phone: (801) 581-8951

Lea EricksonMessage From the Program Director

In 1983 Jay Aldous, M.D., began a tradition of mentorship at the University of Utah Dental Residency Program that we still strive to preserve. We currently have thirty-two 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 certify in IV sedation, place and restore implants, work with an endodontist on rotary endo, 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