General Practice Residency (GPR): Postdoctoral Dental Education
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.
The purpose of the postdoctoral program is to provide a year of advanced clinical dental education with practical opportunities in a large modern hospital.
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 provide patient focused, quality driven, multidisciplinary comprehensive oral health care using advanced treatment modalities as a primary care provider.
- To develop professional dentists who hold high ethical standards and value lifelong learning, adaptability and diversity in professional practice beyond that accomplished in predoctoral training.
- To provide opportunities to experience and understand the oral health needs of communities beyond that accomplished in predoctoral training.
- To develop professional dentists with advanced experiences in performing evidence based, outcomes driven clinical decision making.
Specific Educational Goals
The specific educational goals of the University of Utah General Practice Residency program are to train its residents beyond that accomplished predoctoral training to:
- Provide evidence based oral health care through critical review of relevant scientific literature.
- 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 health care;
- obtaining informed consent,
- functioning with interdisciplinary health care teams including consultation and referral
- directing health promotion and prevention,
- Assess, diagnose and plan comprehensive patient focused care including care for special needs patients, medically compromised patients, and patients from diverse backgrounds
- Perform physical evaluation and medical assessment and manage medical emergencies;
- Provide advanced dental treatment modalities 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 beyond the level of the accomplished in predoctoral training
- provide endodontic treatment beyond the level of that accomplished in predoctoral training using state of the art materials and methods
- perform oral surgery of the hard and soft tissues at a level beyond that accomplished predoctoral training
- evaluate and treat dental emergencies at a level beyond that accomplished in predoctoral training
- provide pain and anxiety control utilizing behavioral and pharmacological techniques at a level beyond that accomplished in predoctoral training
- manage dental implants, oral mucosal diseases, temporomandibular disorder and orofacial pain
- develop in expertise in hospital-based care, including care management for inpatients and same-day surgery patients and 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.
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 IV’s
- 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. Hospita
Pediatric Dentistry Seminars
- Time: first and second Friday mornings of the month
- 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
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.
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
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.
Phone: (801) 581-8951
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
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
Dan Baird, D.D.S
Greg Beyeler, D.D.S.
Jody Boseman, D.D.S
Curtis Brimley, D.M.D., M.S.
Steven Canfield, D.D.S.
Scott Cold, D.D.S.
Marc Collman, D.D.S.
John Connor, D.D.S.
Heather Crouch, D.D.S.
Gregory Egbert, D.D.S., M.S.D.
Richard Engar, D.D.S.
Lea Erickson, D.D.S., M.S.P.H.
Cory Evans, D.M.D.
Terry Ferrell, D.D.S
John Gerritsen, D.D.S.
Brian Homer, D.M.D.
Randall Johnson, D.D.S.
James Keddington, D.D.S.
Peter Knudson, D.D.S.
William Larson, D.D.S.
Jay Lieberman, D.M.D
Dale Linton, D.D.S.
Mark Mangelson, D.D.S., M.S.
Richard Martinez, D.D.S
Barney Olsen, D.D.S.
Craige Olson, D.D.S.
Craig Proctor, D.D.S.
Robert Richards, D.D.S.
Norman Rounds, D.D.S.
Cory Stark, D.D.S.
Johh Stohl, D.M.D.
William Tanner, D.D.S.
Daniel Thunell, D.M.D.
James Williamson, D.M.D.