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General Practice Residency

Residents function as part of an interdisciplinary health care team that provides life-altering treatment for medically compromised patients in a hospital setting.

About the program

The MHealth/University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC) General Practice Residency Program is designed to expand the scope and depth of the graduates’ knowledge and skills to enable them to provide comprehensive oral health care to a wide range of population groups, with an emphasis on the medically, cognitively, and physically challenged patient.

Program at a Glance

GPR Certificate Offered
Residents per year


The General Practice Residency is a 12-month, CODA-accredited, hospital-based residency program that leads to a Certificate from the University of Minnesota Medical Center. In addition to instruction and experience in all areas of dentistry, residents learn to function effectively in the hospital environment. They become adept at providing care for traumatic dental injuries and infections, delivering care in the operating room, and providing in-patient consults and supportive care for patients undergoing complex medical procedures including organ transplants and treatment for oral cancer. Residents also gain extensive experience in managing after-hours dental emergencies.

The clinical component of the program is supported by a didactic program that includes formal courses, seminars and lectures in both dental and medical topics, including surgical placement of dental implants, management of TMD/Orofacial Pain patients, geriatric dentistry, practice management, oral medicine, radiology, conscious sedation, history and physical examination, and practice management. Literature reviews and case presentation/treatment planning conferences are scheduled on a semi-monthly basis throughout the year. Residents also participate in monthly multi-disciplinary treatment planning seminars with other specialty programs, and quarterly hospital dentistry-focused conferences with Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Pediatric Dentistry residents. 

Over the course of the year Residents are assigned to off-service rotations in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine (2 weeks each), Anesthesiology (3 weeks), and Oral Surgery (4 weeks). Each of these rotations provides residents with the opportunity to observe the delivery of health care from the perspective of these disciplines and to actively participate as a member of an interdisciplinary health care team.

Joining the Program

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Prospective students apply using the ADEA PASS Application and the National Matching Service (MATCH). Applications are due in early November, and interviews take place in November and December. 

All applicants must have a DDS or DMD from a CODA-accredited dental school located in the United States or Canada by the start of the program, on July 1 each year. 

The program offers an optional second-year position as Chief Resident. The resident completes a master’s program or focuses on hospital rotations such as radiation oncology, OMFS, head and next surgery and organ transplant.

Program Requirements

Subject Description
Test scores Must have passed all National Board exams required to obtain the degree.
Transcripts Must submit official undergraduate and dental school transcripts via ADEA PASS and to the program.
CV/Resume A CV and resume are not required.
Supplemental application Not required.
Dental licensing Applicants must be eligible for licensure in Minnesota following graduation, and must apply for and be granted a resident's license by the State Board of Dentistry. Those selected for the program will be given further instructions and support to complete the process.
Degree Must be graduates of a CODA-accredited dental school located in the U.S. or Canada.
Additional requirements N/A
International applicants Applicants must have a DDS or DMD degree from a CODA-accredited school in the U.S. or Canada. Other degrees not accepted.


There are three components to the GPR curriculum:

  1. Outpatient Clinic: Residents spend approximately 60% of their time providing comprehensive, episodic or emergency care to patients of the University Of Minnesota Physicians Adult Dental Clinic. Attending general dentistry faculty provide instruction, oversight and supervision during all sessions. Residents provide care across all disciplines of dentistry. Consults or referrals to dental or medical specialists are readily available.
  2. Clinic and Hospital Rotations: Residents spend approximately 25% of their time in hospital-based activities, including after-hours call, in-patient consults, and providing care for patients under general anesthesia in the operating room. Residents also spend one month on service in the Oral Maxillofacial Surgery clinic, working with residents and faculty of that program, and a total of 7 weeks on rotations in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Anesthesiology. 
  3. Didactic Curriculum: Residents spend approximately 15% of their time in didactic courses and seminars. Courses include Dental Traumatology, History and Physical Examination, Conscious Sedation, Dental Implantology, and Oral Medicine. Seminars are offered in all of the dental specialty disciplines, plus other topics of relevance including geriatric dentistry, TMD/Orofacial Pain, Sleep Medicine, Ethics and Professionalism, and Practice Management. Literature review and treatment planning/case presentation conferences are scheduled on a bi-weekly basis throughout the year. 

Contact the GPR Program

Jeffrey Steffani, DDS

Director of GPR Program
Jeffrey Stefani, DDS

University of Minnesota Physicians Dental Clinic
Riverside Professional Building - West Bank
606 24th Ave. S., Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55454
[email protected]