The General Practice Residency (GPR) Program is a one-year experience in hospital dentistry based in the university's affiliate hospital, Memorial Hermann. Each resident spends approximately nine months at the University Dental Center in the UT Professional Building, 6410 Fannin St., in Houston. This state of the art facility supports all clinical and didactic activities of the GPR Program. Clinical and didactic instructions cover a full range of disciplines including comprehensive care to the medically comprised and special needs patients, in patient care, history and physicals, conscious sedation, general anesthesia, diagnosis and treatment planning, restorative dentistry, (fixed and removal prosthodontics, including implant restoration)and medical management. The program also require rotations scheduled out over a 3 month period in the following: Anesthesiology and Pain control, Otolaryngology and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery.
In addition, the individual resident may identify major areas of interest, such as specific clinical disciplines, teaching or research. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, residents receive a certificate in general practice from the School of Dentistry.
The program also offers positions in the optional second-year program to a finishing first-year resident. The second year is unique and includes advanced instructions in identified major interest of the resident such as specific clinical disciplines, research and the opportunity to teach students at the pre-doctoral level.
Graduates from non-ADA accredited schools may be required to complete this school's minimum six-month preceptorship in general dentistry to apply for the program. Questions on this may be directed to the program director. Furthermore, completion of the preceptorship does not guarantee admission to the Graduate General Dentistry Programs. Information on the preceptorship is available from the Office of Continuing Education.