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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry / General Practice Residency (12 months)

Program Coordinator is Ms. Megan Avakian at email, phone 919-537-3719 and fax 919-537-3407. Graduate Programs Registrar is Ms. Blair Smith at  

  1. Program Contact Information ↑ 

      Program Contact:

        Dr.  Lauren L. Patton 

        University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill 

        UNC Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry 

        Div. Craniofacial and Surgical Care CB 7450 

        Rm 3140 First Dental Hall  

        Chapel Hill, North Carolina  27599-7450 

        Phone (Work): 919-537-3582 


        State Program located in: North Carolina 

        Program Assistant  Megan Avakian 

        Phone (Work): 919-537-3719 


        State Program located in: North Carolina 


      Program Deadline ↑ 

      ADEA PASS Application and Transcript Deadline: October 15

      Program Information ↑ 

        What date will your program start on? 07/22

        Length of Program:  12-24 months

        Program Number: GPR641

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

        Does your program offer any graduate degrees or certificates? Yes

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

        Does your program participate in MATCH? No

        Estimated number of available positions for current application cycle: 5-6

        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 GPR program is a one year with optional second year program, fully accredited by the American Dental Association. Completion of the program results in the awarding of a Certificate of Completion.

      The GPR Program includes rotations to specialized sites affiliated with the University of North Carolina. The clinical training sites for the program include the of the University of North Carolina Hospitals and School of Dentistry (2-3 months on the OMFS service and 2-3 months on the OR rotation), the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Durham, N.C. (4-5 months), and the Orange County Health Department (2-3 months). Additional rotations during the first year of the program include two weeks each on the UNC Anesthesiology Service and the Medicine Service at the Durham VAMC.

      The optional second-year curriculum is designed to offer time in the outpatient and inpatient services at UNC Hospitals and on elective rotations. The second-year residents serve as Chief Residents for the program.

      For academic year 2020-2021 we have 6 residents. Our plan for 2021-2022 is to enroll 5 residents in the first year curricula, with possibility of one resident in the optional second year curricula. This plan is expected to repeat for the 2022-2023 academic year. 

      Program Requirements Part I ↑ 

        Program Specific Requirements

        ADA ADAT Scores are Required: No

        ADA ADAT Scores are Accepted but Not Required: No

        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: Yes

        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: Yes

        Must visit program website for additional requirements: Yes

        Additional Information: 

        Program Supplemental Requirements

        Must submit supplemental application to the program: Yes

        Must submit supplemental application processing fee to the program: No

        Domestic Applicants:  $ 0.00

        International Applicants: 0.00

        Other (Please explain)  $ 0.00

        Additional Information:  $

        UNC Graduate Medical Education application and release form is required


        Additional Information

        One of the letters of recommendation must come from a Dean of your Dental School

        Interview schedule for the current application cycle: 

        Friday November 5 and Friday November 19 2021

      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: 


        Must be a U.S. Citizen: Yes

        Can be a permanent resident?: Yes

        Permanent residents must show proof of residency: Yes

        Will accept Canadian citizens: No

        Must have a limited permit: Yes

        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: 

        Eligible Citizenship Types: 

        Additional Information: 

        We cannot accept foreign trained dentists. A North Carolina dental license or dental intern permit is required. Please see the dental board website: 

        Residents must be US citizens or resident alien status.

        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: