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University of Puerto Rico / General Practice Residency (12 months)

  1. Program Contact Information ↑ 

      Program Contact:

        Dr.  Najema Ali Hernandez 

        University of Puerto Rico 

        School of Dental Medicine 

        PO Box 365067 

        San Juan, Puerto Rico  00935-5067 

        Phone (Work): 787-758-2525 


        State Program located in: Puerto Rico 


      Program Deadline ↑ 

      ADEA PASS Application and Transcript Deadline: September 1

      Program Information ↑ 

        What date will your program start on? 07/01/2021

        Length of Program:  12 months

        Program Number: GPR668

        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: Postdoctoral Certificate in General Dentistry

        Does your program participate in MATCH? No

        Estimated number of available positions for current application cycle: 8

        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 General Practice Residency (GPR) program of the University of Puerto Rico is a fully accredited residency-training program sponsored by the School of Dental Medicine  (UPRSDM) and affiliated to the University District Hospital in San Juan and the Hospital of the University of Puerto Rico in the municipality of Carolina. The General Practice Residency program is designed to provide advanced training in clinical dentistry and applied basic sciences; and to refine the skills necessary for the generalist to provide comprehensive patient care with a high level of competency for all populations groups.  The program builds on and complements predoctoral dental education.  It provides clinical, didactic, and hospital experiences at the postdoctoral level and prepares the residents to manage total oral health in the delivery of care to a wide range of ambulatory and hospitalized patients.  The program’s main concerns are the underserved groups, the medically compromised, the elderly, the physically and mentally disabled, and the HIV/AIDS patients.

      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: Yes

        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: 

        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: Yes

        Domestic Applicants:  $ 100.00

        International Applicants: 100.00

        Other (Please explain)  $

        Additional Information:  $

        Additional Information

        Recommended Evaluators: One (1) Personal Potential Index Evaluation (PPI) from the dental school Dean or the Dean for Student Affairs or Academic Affairs with a letter of recommendation stating the National Board‘s results, the student's GPA and class ranking. Two (2) additional Personal Potential Index Evaluation (PPI) from other faculty members, at least one from a faculty in the specialty area in which the student is applying.


        All candidates to the Advanced Education Programs of the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine must comply with the following:

        • A $100 non-refundable application fee must be submitted directly to the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine. Please note that the Office of Graduate Dental Education is unable, without exception, to waive this application fee. The application fee will not be applied towards tuition.  Checks or money orders (in U.S. currency) are payable to the University of Puerto Rico and should be sent to: Office of the Assistant Dean for Graduate Dental Education, PO Box 365067, San Juan, PR 00936-5067. Please identify the academic program you are applying to in the check or money order.


        Admission Requirements

        Graduates of dental schools accredited by the Council on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association:

        1. A DMD or DDS degree from a CODA accredited institution.
        2. A completed application submitted through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS).
        3. An official transcript of credits from all dental schools attended.
        4. An official letter from the Dental School Dean which will include academic ranking in terms of the group and personal qualifications.
        5. Three letters of recommendations and evaluation reports, preferably from faculty members that have directly supervised the student’s work as a dental student.
        6. Photocopies of the diplomas or certificates received.
        7. Photocopy of license or licenses to practice dentistry (only to applicants who have graduated from dental school over one year prior to the date of application.
        8. The candidate must be fluent in English and Spanish.
        9. A brief 1 or 2 page resume (Curriculum Vitae) should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Dental Education of the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine
        10. A 2 x 2 photo.
        11. Official evidence of having approved the National Dental Boards Part I and Part II.  Applicants must have successfully passed Parts I of the National Board Dental Examination by the program application date.  Part II must be approved before March 15th prior the beginning of the Program.


        Graduates of foreign dental schools not accredited by the Council on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association:

        1. Submit 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, as above.
        2. Diplomas, school transcripts, and all other pertinent documents must be certified as official by the Ministry of Education or similar agency in their country of origin, or by the U.S. Embassy in those countries where these services are available.
        3. Diplomas and dental school transcripts must be evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. ( The University of Puerto Rico requires two types of evaluations: 1) the general evaluation and 2) the course by course evaluation.  The approval of the National Board Dental Examinations Part I and Part II is required.
        4. Legal proof of financial support.  An affidavit or sworn statement is required as will as official student’s VISA.  The University of Puerto Rico does not provide scholarships, stipends, or financial aid to foreign students.
        5. Foreign candidates are encouraged to participate in the three to six months internships education course or in a similar educational program in an accredited institution.


        Additional Information

        • Estimated Tuition:  In-State Tuition: $6,324.00, Out-of State Tuition:  ** It depends on the State the candidate is originally from.*** 
        • Stipends: Stipends are subject to annual review, but the annual stipend for PGY 1 residents is currently $41,811.50  Annual stipend for PGY 2 residents is $42,459.87
        • Vacation and sick leave are granted at the discretion of the Director of Residency training. At the present time, residents are entitled to 30 calendar days per year, which should not normally be taken together and should not be taken on off-service rotations.  Sick leave is also granted at the discretion of the Director of Residency Training.
        • Practice privileges and other activities outside the education program: Residents are expected to devote 100% of their professional activities to the program.  Permission to carry out professional activities outside the program is not granted as per resident’s contractual agreement with the University of Puerto Rico.
        • Professional Liability Coverage: Residents receive professional liability insurance to cover them for all activities related to the educational program.


        Interview schedule for the current application cycle: 

        Interviews are expected to be held in October 15th and 22nd, 2020.

      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: Yes

        Must have a limited permit: No

        Must have a U.S. dental license: No

        Must be eligible for state dental license: No

        Must have a valid state dental license: No

        Must be a graduate of: 

        Additional Information: 

        Must be fully fluent in Spanish, to be able to communicate with our patient population. 

        Additional Requirements for International Applicants

        Will accept foreign citizens (not including Canada): Yes

        Must be proficient in the English language: Yes

        Must report TOEFL score on ADEA PASS application: Yes

        Must submit original TOEFL score report to program: Yes

        Must have foreign transcripts evaluated: Yes

        Must have foreign transcripts submitted to the program: Yes

        May be considered if graduated from non-ADA accredited dental school: Yes

        Additional Information: 

        Must be proficient in Spanish language.

        Must have NBDE Part I and II approved before the application.