Courses and Curriculum

Fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, this 12-month training program includes ambulatory patients, hospital in-patients, and general dentistry in an operating room, with an emphasis on the medically, cognitively, and physically challenged patient. The program also includes didactic courses in oral medicine, and conscious sedation to enhance and support the clinical experiences.

GPR residents have required rotations in internal medicine, emergency medicine, and anesthesiology. Lectures on geriatric dentistry, literature reviews, treatment planning conferences, case presentations, practice management seminars, and community service opportunities are scheduled throughout the program.



During this three-week assignment, residents will receive instruction on the principles and techniques of general anesthesia.

Emergency Medicine

This is a two-week rotation where residents perform duties as designated by the emergency room chief attending physician.

Internal Medicine

While participating in the two week Internal Medicine rotation, residents attend morning rounds, perform histories and physicals, and attend patient case conferences and lectures.

Operating Room

Residents perform comprehensive general dentistry on special needs patients under general anesthesia.


Residents provide emergency 24-hour, on-call coverage for the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview's Riverside and University hospitals.

Four-Handed Dentistry

Each resident will improve their four-handed dentistry skills with our dental assistants.


Residents participate in Conscious Sedation, Oral Medicine, and History and Physical Diagnosis courses.

Residents participate in treatment planning seminars and give Grand Rounds presentations. Topics vary depending on current patient medical conditions and include medical/dental and public health disciplines. Literature review, case presentations, and practice management lectures round out the residents' scholarly activities.