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V.A. Palo Alto Health Care System / General Practice Residency (12 months)

  1. Program Contact Information ↑ 

      Program Contact:

        GPR Program Director  Sara Ceglio, DMD, MPH, MS 

        Dental Service 

        3801 Miranda Ave 

        MC 160/PAD 

        Palo Alto, California  94304 

        Phone (Work): 650-493-5000 


        State Program located in: California 

        Administrative Officer  Patricia Arrieche 

        Dental Service 

        3801 Miranda Ave 

        MC 160/PAD 

        Palo Alto, California  94304 

        Phone (Work): 650-493-5000 


        State Program located in: California 


      Program Deadline ↑ 

      ADEA PASS Application and Transcript Deadline: November 1

      Program Information ↑ 

        What date will your program start on? 07/01

        Length of Program:  12 months months

        Program Number: GPR509

        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

        Does your program participate in MATCH? Yes

        Estimated number of available positions for current application cycle: 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 objective of the 52 week GPR program is to provide advanced training in clinical and hospital dentistry beyond the level of predoctoral education. The program is intended to enhance the resident’s ability to formulate a sequenced treatment plan that integrates the various medical disciplines and dental specialties into the practice of advanced general dentistry. The GPR resident will receive advanced training in the recognized dental specialties and various medical services. The teaching faculty consists of generalists and board eligible or certified dental specialists representing a broad spectrum of dental expertise.

      The General Practice Residency Program is designed to provide the new dental graduate with clinical experience in general dentistry as practiced in a hospital setting. Dental Residents serve a one-year term at the VA Palo Alto Dental Clinic.  Particular emphasis is placed on the dental management of patients with systemic disease, and the interrelationship of medical disorders to oral disease. The program provides opportunities for the residents to learn how to work effectively with adjunct health professionals within the hospital environment, and to advance their knowledge and skills in clinical dentistry.

      Clinical experience and some advanced training is provided in preventive dentistry, implantology, operative, fixed and removable prosthodontics, geriatric dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, and oral pathology.

      Off-service assignments include rotations to: anesthesia, emergency and  general medicine, ENT and Stanford University Medical Center.  Didactic  training in subjects including: oral pathology, oral surgery, physical diagnosis, implantology, endodontics, periodontics, financial planning, ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and emergency patient management. 

      Residents will gain experience managing dental emergencies and taking after hours CALL at both the VA Palo Alto and at Stanford.

      Residents will have the opportunity present clinical case presentations to the dental faculty, and their co-residents.

      The General Practice Residency Program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association.

      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: Yes

        Must submit official INBDE results to ADEA PASS: Yes

        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: 

        Photos are optional, but strongly encouraged

        Original undergraduate transcripts must be received by the program application deadline for the GPR application to be considered complete. This includes all schools attended for undergraduate education.

        Original NBDE (part 1) must be received by the program application deadline for the GPR application to be considered complete.

        Original NBDE (part 2) must be received before matriculation

        Proof of graduation from an accredited dental school (Copy of the Diploma, or an official letter from the Office of the Registrar) is required before matriculation

        Program Supplemental Requirements

        Must submit supplemental application to the program: No

        Must submit supplemental application processing fee to the program: No

        Domestic Applicants:  $

        International Applicants: 

        Other (Please explain)  $

        Additional Information:  $

        Supplemental VA Forms will only be required if an applicant is a MATCH with the VA Palo Alto GPR Program. The forms will be provided AFTER the MATCH is made.

        Additional Information


        Must be a United States Citizen

        The PASS application must be marked as "COMPLETE" by COB on November 1, for the application to be considered.    

        This includes all transcripts, NBDE Part I scores, letters of recommendation and personal statement.



        Interview schedule for the current application cycle: 

      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?: 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: Other - Contact the program

        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: Not Applicable

        Must report TOEFL score on ADEA PASS application: Not Applicable

        Must submit original TOEFL score report to program: Not Applicable

        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: Not Applicable

        Additional Information: