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General Practice Residency

Comprehensive Dentistry (General Practice Residency)

The General Practice Residency (GPR) Program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry (LSUSD) is approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Dental and Dental Auxiliary Educational Programs of the American Dental Association. This one - year /optional second year residency program offers an opportunity for advanced comprehensive clinical experience in a hospital setting, with additional training in the sciences basic to dental practice. The program is structured in such a manner as to take advantage of the strong features of both the sequential and integrated training programs. The ultimate objective is to train dentists to function as part of the hospital team rendering total patient care.


The residency is sponsored by the LSUHSC School of Dentistry and has affiliations with two primary teaching hospitals: University Medical Center - New Orleans (UMCNO) in New Orleans and Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center Regional Medical Center (OLOLRMC) in Baton Rouge. Our clinic in New Orleans is located within UMC and the Baton Rouge clinic is located in the LSUSD GPR Clinic. Other affiliations include LSUSD, LSUSHC School of Medicine and SLVHCS Dental Service.


Off-service rotations are scheduled through Departments of Anesthesiology, the Emergency Department, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (medical emergency and trauma) and VA Hospitals (SLVHCS). In the dental component, there are rotations designed to give patient experiences in dentistry for the HIV(+)/Infectious Disease Patient, Dentistry for the Special Needs population of both Geriatrics and patients with Neurodevelopmental disorders and intellectual disabilities, and elective rotations intended to provide the resident with ample training under specialists’ supervision. This specialty concept is carried over into the general Dentistry segment, where the resident broadens his/her experience in the various dental disciplines. The General Dentistry faculty is augmented by specialists in Endodontics, Periodontics, and Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics.


The General Practice Resident is thoroughly indoctrinated in hospital organization, protocol, administration and is trained to care for patients on both an in-patient and out-patient basis. The program prepares the resident for private practice with hospital privileges and/or for an academic career in Hospital Dentistry. They also receive didactic and clinical training in implant placement, restorations, Endodontics and Periodontics.


Applicants accepted for this program begin the academic year July 1, and a General Dentistry Residency Certificate is awarded to each resident who successfully completes the one - year program. Those participating in the optional 2nd year will receive their certificate for both years at the completion of the second year.  A moderate sedation certificate is awarded to both one and two year residents, upon completion of the entire program (one or two years) as well as passing the pain control and sedation course GDENT5504.


This program is a participant in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) program. Please contact PASS, 1625 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Suite 101, Washington, D.C. 20036 for an application and information on the program. We are also a participant in the National Match Service. The Louisiana State University Health Science Center requires a $50.00 non-refundable Application Processing Fee which should be paid directly to LSU School of Dentistry.


Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews after the application deadline of October 1st. Any applicant, however, who is especially interested in visiting and touring our facilities, is welcome to arrange for a personal tour and a meeting of faculty members and residents; we ask only that we be advised that you are planning a visit so that we can make your visit as interesting, informative, and pleasant as possible.


All graduation requirements of a resident’s dental school must be met prior to starting the residency on July 1st or they will be dismissed from the program. Any exceptions must be approved by the GPR Program Director. Successful completion of part II of the National Board Examinations is required prior to entrance into the program, if this has not been accomplished the resident will need approval from the Program Director.  If this does not occur, the resident may be dismissed from the program.

The basic annual stipend for first year residents is $54,815.24 and $56,652.72 for those continuing with the optional second year. Each appointment is for twelve months beginning July 1st, and an annual contract and hire packet are sent after notification of acceptance.