Dental General Practice Residency Information - VA Salt Lake City Health Care System
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Dental General Practice Residency Information

The intended audience of this web page includes Dentists and Dental Students.

Program Description

The General Practice Residency is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation Photo of Skiiing(*.  It is a comprehensive hospital general dentistry program, providing training at a level beyond that accomplished in pre-doctoral training.  During the one year program, residents will be trained in preventive dentistry, operative dentistry, the placement and restoration of implants, complex fixed and removable prosthodontics, periodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, IV sedation, operating room cases, and management of medically complex patients.

Off-service assignments include rotations to the general medicine and anesthesiology.  These rotations offer the residents opportunity to enhance their knowledge of the relationship between the oral and systemic problems and to broaden their clinical experience in the management of patients with medical and psychiatric conditions.

Arches Monument PhotoSpecialists come on a weekly basis to assist residents with more complex cases.  Specialty coverage includes endodontics, oral surgery, periodontics, prosthodontics and oral medicine.

Weekly didactic seminars are conducted on Wednesday afternoons in conjunction with the GPR residents at the University of Utah.  The seminars include lectures from outside sources and journal reviews.  In addition, residents participate in pediatric and orthodontic lectures at Primary Children's Hospital twice a month.

Requirements include writing and presenting a paper on a topic agreed upon between the director and the resident, giving a year end case presentation on a particularly interesting case and attending 90% of the weekly didactic seminars.

Salary and Other Benefits

Residents' salaries are established annually. Dental jackets, scrubs and laundry services are furnished by the medical center. Residents are eligible to enroll in medical and life insurance programs, as well as the Thrift Savings Plan. They are allowed fifteen days of annual leave for vacation and other personal business, such as board examinations and interviews. In addition, official leave may be approved to attend professional meetings and continuing education courses. Any tuition or travel costs are the responsibility of the resident. Annual and official leave is granted at the discretion of the Chief, Dental Service, contingent upon of patient care needs. Leave must be requested at least 45 days in advance except in cases of emergency.

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The dental clinic was built in 2009 and consists of 19 conventional operatories.  Five of the operatories are used by dental hygiene students to treat patients.  All operatories are equipped with computers and digital radiography.  Our staff includes six full-time staff dentists, four dental residents, twelve dental assistants, five dental lab technicians and three hygienists.

Hours of Duty

All dentists, including residents, are considered available and responsible for the care and welfare of their patient's 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. The residents normally are on duty from 7:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on weekdays and for such other periods as may be necessary for the care of patients, academic course work and staff meetings.  Residents are on call every fourth week via a VA issued pager.  Staff is available for consultation on after hours calls.

Application Requirements

Mountain Desert photoAll applicants should meet the following requirements:

  1. Be a citizen of the United States and a graduate of a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association.
  2. Meet the licensure requirements necessary to be licensed to practice in a state or territory of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.

Application Policies and Procedures

The VA Salt Lake City Health Care System is committed to a program of equal opportunity.  Selection of residents is made without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or sexual orientation.

Candidates interested in the program apply through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service of the American Association of Dental Schools (PASS).  In addition, applicants are required to submit directly to the program an official copy of their undergraduate transcripts and a 2 x 2 self photo.  Following receipt of these items, selected applicants will be invited for a personal interview.  Applicants will not be considered for admission without an interview.  An evaluation of all application materials and the personal interview will determine which applicants will be selected for admission to the program.


This program no longer participates in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (the “Match”). Acceptance offers to competitive candidates will be made throughout the interview process until all available positions are filled.

How to Apply

This program is a participant in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service of the American Association of Dental Schools (PASS). To initiate your application to any of the programs participating in PASS, send for an application packet at the following address:

1625 Massachusetts Ave N.W. Suite 600
Washington, D.C.  20036-2212

Phone: (800) 353-AADS (2237) or
(202) 667-1887

Website: *

  1. Completed application to this program should be filed with PASS no later than November 1st.
  2. Send an official copy of undergraduate transcripts and a 2 x 2 self photo to:

    Michael R. Slater, D.D.S.
    Director, General Practice Residency Program
    Dental Service (160)
    500 Foothill Drive
    Salt Lake City, UT 84148

  3. Interviews will be granted to applicants July through December, while interview slots remain available.

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