General Practice Residency (Hospital Dentistry) Program


Ryan Grier, DDS
Program Director, Residency Training
General Practice Residency (Hospital Dentistry) Program
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Phone: 424-306-4263
Phone: 424-338-1204

The goal of the General Dentistry Residency Program at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is to educate and train dentists in the knowledge, skills and attitudes that represent the highest level of excellence in general practice and hospital dentistry particularly as it applies to the special needs of the multi-ethnic, immigrant urban poor in underserved communities.

The GPR program is a one-year accredited postgraduate hospital-based training in general dentistry. The major goal of this program is to enhance and integrate the clinical and didactic experiences of graduates/dentists preparing to practice general dentistry. An important outcome of this training should be competent general dentists who are willing to provide good quality oral health care to culturally diverse populations, especially those living in areas currently underserved in health care. This program limits comprehensive dental care to medically compromised patients with poor access to essential health care.

In addition to our full-time faculty, we have several part-time and volunteer faculty practicing in several dental specialties. Dr. Vincent Tso (Maxillofacial Prosthodontist), Dr. Frank Satinover (Periodontist), Dr. Brent Tucker (Pedodontist) and Dr. Richard Feinstein (Endodontist).

Eight of the twelve months are in the general dentistry clinics developing proficiency in diagnostics, treatment planning, restorative and prosthodontic procedures as well as preparation for licensure with the California Dental Board. Four months are on other service rotations, which include:

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Length of Rotation: 4 Weeks
Location: MLK Outpatient Center (MLK-OC)


  • To strengthen knowledge and skills in tooth extractions, minor surgery, and risk assessment of medically compromised patients.

  • Management of orofacial trauma, treatment of odontogenic infections, and manage TMJ pain.

  • To gain better understanding and appreciable experience in oral surgery.

Length of Rotation: 2 Weeks
Location: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Anesthesia Rotation will provide residents with some of the experiences listed below:

  • preoperative evaluation

  • assessment of the effects of pharmacological agents

  • venipuncture technique and administration of intravenous agents

  • patient monitoring

  • airway management

  • anesthetic induction and intubation

  • administration of anesthetic agents

  • prevention and treatment of anesthetic emergencies

  • assessment of patient recovery from anesthesia

Emergency Medicine
Length of Rotation: 2 weeks
Location: Harbor UCLA Medical Center

Resident will become familiar with management of acute trauma or other medical and surgical emergencies. They will participate actively with medical students, interns, and residents in the emergency room, and respond to critical care needs of patients under the supervision of acute/staff of the Department of Emergency Medicine.

  • To experience the daily operations of an emergency room.

  • To learn how to obtain history and physical examinations on acutely ill patients.

  • To learn to immediately generate differential diagnoses when presented with patients exhibiting signs and symptoms of acute illnesses and injuries.

  • To learn to accurately interpret diagnostic tests including radiographs, EKGs and blood panels.

  • To observe and participate in cardiac and trauma resuscitation efforts when possible.

  • To gain confidence in interacting with the medical community and discussing patient’s medical conditions.

  • To integrate knowledge and experience of emergency medicine with management of emergencies in the practice of general dentistry.

The Harbor-UCLA Medical Center General Practice of Dentistry Residency participates in the National Matching Program and the PASS program All applicants must apply to the program through these services. The General Practice of Dentistry Residency Training Program begins on the third Monday of each year. The length of the program is 12 months.

Eligibility Applicants with the following qualifications are eligible to apply:

  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada
  • Must be a graduate of a U.S. or Canadian dental school
  • Must be proficient in the English language
  • Must have passed Part I, National Dental Board Examination

Application Requirements The General Practice of Dentistry Residency Program must receive the following application documents from PASS:

  • Dean’s Letter
  • Three letters of recommendation (your choice of faculty)
  • Personal Statement
  • Dental School Transcripts
  • Match Code
  • Official National Board Scores (Part I & 2)
  • Undergraduate Transcripts

In addition to the PASS application, the following documents must be submitted directly to the program:

  • Small 2 x 2” Photograph

Applications will be considered complete when the program has received all the above documents on or before November 1st of the year preceding the desired date of entry into the program.

Interviews The program invites approximately 15 applicants to interview for the four approved positions. All applicants invited for an interview are contacted by mail or email.

Resident Selection Applicants meeting the eligibility requirements will be considered on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities. The selection process does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status. All applicants are selected through the National Matching Program process.


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