General Practice Residency

Program Overview

Evelyn Chung, D.D.S. 
Program Director

The UCLA General Practice Residency Program is a demanding postgraduate certificate program with a major emphasis in hospital dentistry. Aimed at providing advanced training for the general dentist, this program is comprised of rotations that enable its residents to practice all facets of dentistry with the added advantage of working comfortably in a hospital setting and providing care for compromised patients.

The General Practice Residency Program motivates its residents to be continuous students and to always strive for quality education and self-improvement. With this in mind, the general objectives of the program are to:

  • Provide residents with the necessary didactic and clinical experiences that will enable them to provide state-of-the-art comprehensive dental care to the broadest possible spectrum of the population;

  • Provide advanced training in hospital and operating room procedures, including admission procedures, history and physical evaluation, laboratory evaluation, consultations, emergency care, pre- and post-operative care, and inpatient and outpatient surgery;

  • Enhance the graduate’s ability to make sound clinical judgment;

  • Provide dental services for segments of the population which are currently underserved, including medically compromised, mentally and physically challenged, pediatric, adult, and geriatric individuals;

  • Provide training in quality assurance protocols and risk management techniques;

  • Enhance the understanding of and provide experience in practice administration, including communication and management skills;

  • Develop the graduate’s ability to critically review the literature; and

  • Enhance the graduate’s diagnostic and treatment planning skills. This program also strongly encourages the participation and recruitment of ethnic minority students.

Residents gain clinical experience and advanced training in all aspects of general dentistry including operative dentistry, removable and fixed prosthodontics, periodontics, prevention, endodontics, oral surgery, and anesthesia and pain control. Upon completion of the training program, residents will (1) serve as the patient's first contact with the dental health care system and facilitate the patient's entry into that system with minimal specialty referral; (2) possess the knowledge and skills to appropriately apply risk assessment techniques and participate in a peer-guided quality assurance program; (3) possess advanced knowledge and skills in all aspects of general dentistry including operative dentistry, removable and fixed prosthodontics, periodontics, prevention, endodontics, oral surgery, anesthesia and pain control, management of the infectious patient, management of the medically compromised patient, management of the frail geriatric patient, and practice management; (4) possess the knowledge and skills to develop appropriate treatment plans that meet the comprehensive dental needs of the patient; (5) possess the knowledge and skills to appropriately supervise auxiliary personnel such as dental assistants, dental hygienists, receptionists, and dental laboratory technicians; (6) develop the necessary clinical judgment to self-assess scientific literature; (7) possess the knowledge and skills to participate in a multidisciplinary treatment team; (8) possess the knowledge and skills to retrieve, review, and assess scientific literature; and (9) possess an understanding of the importance of general dentistry in health care systems.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and affiliated with the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

The program in General Practice Residency is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of "Approval without Reporting Requirements”.. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/100.apsx .

The Commission on Dental Accreditation has accredited the postdoctoral program in General Practice Residency. However, accreditation of the program does not in itself constitute recognition of any dental specialty status.

Length of Program: 1 year

Number of Positions: 6

Financial Arrangement: A Salary

Contact Us

Please email postdds@dentistry.ucla.edu for any questions or for more information.