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V.A. Portland Healthcare System / General Practice Residency (12 months)

  1. Program Contact Information ↑ 

      Program Contact:

        GPR Director  Octavia Lively DDS 

        VA Portland Health Care System 

        3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd 


        Portland, Oregon  97239 

        Phone (Work): 503-273-5024 


        State Program located in: Oregon 


      Program Deadline ↑ 

      ADEA PASS Application and Transcript Deadline: October 1

      Program Information ↑ 

        What date will your program start on? 07/01

        Length of Program:  12 months

        Program Number: GPR653

        Is your program located in an academic institution or clinical institution? Hospital

        Does your program offer any graduate degrees or certificates? Yes

          If Yes, please list Graduate degrees or certificates offered: Certificate of General Practice Residency

        Does your program participate in MATCH? Yes

        Estimated number of available positions for current application cycle: 4

        Does your program accept predoctoral students as externs (typically described as 1-2 weeks of voluntary, full-time, primarily observational experiences without formal educational objectives or affiliation)?:  No

      Program Description ↑ 

      The VA Portland Health Care System Dental Service offers a general practice residency in dentistry program, which is approved by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation and affiliated with Oregon Health Sciences University. Please see website for additional program information.
      Dental Residency Program | VA Portland Health Care | Veterans Affairs

      Program Requirements Part I ↑ 

        Program Specific Requirements

        ADA ADAT Scores are Required: No

        ADA ADAT Scores are Accepted but Not Required: Yes

        Must upload unofficial undergraduate transcripts to the ADEA PASS application: Yes

        Must submit Dental School transcripts to the program (in addition to ADEA PASS): No

        Must report GRE scores in the ADEA PASS application: No

        Must submit original GRE scores to the program: No

        Must upload a CV/Resume to the ADEA PASS application: Yes

        Must submit a photocopy or a notarized copy of your dental school diploma to the program: No

        Must submit Dental Admissions Test (DAT) score: No

        Must submit official NBDE results to ADEA PASS: No

        Must submit official INBDE results to ADEA PASS: No

        Must submit a National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE) score. (OMS only): No

        Must submit a 2" x 2" photo to the program: Yes

        Must contact program for additional requirements: No

        Must visit program website for additional requirements: Yes

        Additional Information: 

        The following MUST be either uploaded into ADEA PASS or forwarded to the Program Director:

        • Supplemental Application (VA Form 10-2850b)
        • Minimum of 3 Letters of Recommendation (additional letters are encouraged)
        • Registration in the Match program
        • 2x2 photo
        • Curriculum Vitae
        • Undergraduate and Dental School Transcripts
        • NDBE Scores


        If not uploaded to PASS, please email documents to, or mail to:

        3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Road
        Attn: Program Director
        Portland, OR 97239


        Program Supplemental Requirements

        Must submit supplemental application to the program: Yes

        Must submit supplemental application processing fee to the program: No

        Domestic Applicants:  $ 0

        International Applicants: 

        Other (Please explain)  $

        Additional Information:  $

        Note that the Department of Veterans Affairs General Practice Residency is only open to US Citizens.

        Additional Information

        Applications submitted early and complete will be given priority for review. Deadline is Oct 1, 2022; incomplete applications submitted after this date will NOT be considered.

        In addition to the PASS application requirements, you must complete an application form (VA Form 10-2850b) and submite a 2x2 photo. These may be uploaded to PASS, or sent by email or mail. 

        Email address:

        Mailing Address:

        VA Portland Health Care System
        Dental Service P-3-Dent
        Attn: GPR Director
        3710 SW U.S. Veterans Hospital Road
        Portland, OR 97239

        Telephone Number (503) 273-5024
        Fax (503)220-3442


        Interview schedule for the current application cycle: 

        Initial interviews (Virtual) - October/early November
        Second round interviews (in person) - November/December

      Program Requirements Part II ↑ 

        General Requirements

        Must have passed Part 1, National Dental Board Examination: Yes

        Must have passed Part 2, National Dental Board Examination: Yes

        Must have earned a D.M.D./D.D.S. degree, or equivalent: Yes

        Must have completed a one-year residency program: No

        Additional Information: 

        Part 2 boards need not be completed prior to applying, but must be passed prior to starting residency. The same goes for the DDS/DMD degree. 


        Must be a U.S. Citizen: Yes

        Can be a permanent resident?: No

        Permanent residents must show proof of residency: No

        Will accept Canadian citizens: No

        Must have a limited permit: No

        Must have a U.S. dental license: No

        Must be eligible for state dental license: Yes

        Must have a valid state dental license: No

        Must be a graduate of: 

        Applicants without U.S. Dental Degrees: Will Not be Considered

        Eligible Citizenship Types: 
        US citizen, US permanent resident

        Additional Information: 

        Additional Requirements for International Applicants

        Will accept foreign citizens (not including Canada): No

        Must be proficient in the English language: Yes

        Must report TOEFL score on ADEA PASS application: No

        Must submit original TOEFL score report to program: No

        Must have foreign transcripts evaluated: Not Applicable

        Must have foreign transcripts submitted to the program: Not Applicable

        May be considered if graduated from non-ADA accredited dental school: No

        Additional Information: 

        Department of Veterans Affairs General Practice Residency is only open to US Citizens who graduated from an ADA accredited dental school.

        Foreign citizens and those individuals who attended a non-ADA accredited school are not eligible for VA residency programs.