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V.A. Medical Center, Gainesville / General Practice Residency (12 months)

  1. Program Contact Information ↑ 

      Program Contact:

        GPR Program Director  Cory J. Canavan  

        V. A. Medical Center 

        Malcom Randall V.A. Medical Center 

        Dental Service (160) 

        1601 S.W. Archer Road  

        Gainesville, Florida  32608-1197 

        Phone (Work): 352-548-6335 


        State Program located in: Florida 

        Asst. GPR Director  Kevin MacNeil, DMD 

        V.A. Medical Center 

        Dental Service (160) 

        Malcom Randall V.A. Medical Center 

        1601 S.W. Archer Road 

        Gainesville, Florida  32608-1197 

        Phone (Work): 352-379-4040 


        State Program located in: Florida 


      Program Deadline ↑ 

      ADEA PASS Application and Transcript Deadline: September 15

      Program Information ↑ 

        What date will your program start on? 07/01

        Length of Program:  12 months

        Program Number: GPR720

        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: General Practice Residency Certificate of Completion issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

        Does your program participate in MATCH? No

        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 Dental General Practice Residency at the Gainesville VA Medical Center is a one year program which accepts four residents per year and whose main goal is to provide the recent graduate with continued opportunity for professional growth and advancement.  It prepares the residents to meet the oral health needs of a wide variety of medically compromised ambulatory and hospitalized patients, plus it advances their knowledge and skill in clinical dentistry by exposing them to a significant number of supervised, comprehensive treatment experiences.  The program provides residents with the opportunity to interact with physicians, nurses, social workers and other health care professionals as part of a multidisciplinary health care team.

           The program curriculum is conducted at the postgraduate level (PGY1) and consists of didactic and clinical instruction in all areas of modern dental treatment modalities under the guidance of experienced professionals.  Emphasis is made in the treatment planning and comprehensive treatment of medically compromised patients through frequent formal case presentation sessions where all aspects of patient management are discussed.  General dentistry is strongly emphasized.  Residents will get experiences with rotary endo, implant placement and restoration, perio surgery, and surgical extractions dependant upon patient need and availability.  Ward rounds, operating room cases and assignment to other services (Anesthesiology, E.R., Primary Care, Urgent Care, Inpatient Care, ENT, Oral Surgery, a Community Care Dental Clinic and a Special Needs Dental Clinic) are some of the activities that complement the clinical curriculum.  The didactic phase of the program consists of formal postgraduate courses and lectures at the University of Florida College of Dentistry plus journal clubs, conferences and demonstrations at the V.A. Medical Center.

           The hospital dental clinic is located on the second floor of the five-story medical center building.  It consists of 16 dental operatories, oral hygiene and preventive dentistry suites, central sterilizing room, conference room and a large fully equipped dental laboratory.

           The Dental clinic staff consists of 8 staff dentists 3 dental hygienists, 12 dental assistants, 2 dental laboratory technicians and 5 administrative staff members.

           The breakdown of the professional dental staff is:

           Oral Surgeon, Board Certified (1)

           Prosthodontists (3), Board Certified (2)

           Periodontist, Board Certified (1)

           General Dentists (3)

           Our professional staff also has the continuous support of an excellent group of consultants from the College of Dentistry at the University of Florida in the following areas:  Endodontics, Periodontics, TMJ/Facial Pain, Oral Diagnosis/Oral Pathology, and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.    

      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: No

        Must submit Dental School transcripts to the program (in addition to ADEA PASS): Yes

        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: Yes

        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: No

        Additional Information: 

        Submission of copy of diploma and final transcripts will only be needed once position is accepted and applicant graduates.

        Upon completion of your PASS Application please email a digital photo to


        Program Supplemental Requirements

        Must submit supplemental application to the program: No

        Must submit supplemental application processing fee to the program: No

        Domestic Applicants:  $ 0.00

        International Applicants: 0.00

        Other (Please explain)  $

        Additional Information:  $

        Additional Information

        1. Must be a citizen of the United States and a graduate of a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association. 

        2. Must submit 2"x2" color photo directly to the program director by email to 



        Interview schedule for the current application cycle: 

        Interviews are planned 2-3 weeks following the application deadline.

      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 Pass Part 2 and earn your Dental Degree prior to starting on 7/1/2022


        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: 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: Will Not be Considered

        Eligible Citizenship Types: 
        US citizen, US permanent resident

        Additional Information: 

        Residents work under the license of the attending dentists.

        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: No

        Must have foreign transcripts submitted to the program: No

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

        Additional Information: 

        Must  be a U.S. citizen and a graduate of a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association.