Program overview

About the GPR program

Discover more about the one-year University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview General Practice Residency Program.

About the GPR program
  • Length of program

    One year

  • Degree conferred


  • Program overview

    The University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview General Practice Residency (GPR) is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The program is hospital-based and structured to provide diagnosis, treatment planning, and dental care instruction, and experiences in dental implants and in all areas of general dentistry. This training includes ambulatory patients, hospital in-patients, and general dentistry in an operating room, with an emphasis on the medically, cognitively, and physically challenged patient. Our program also includes didactic courses in oral medicine, and conscious sedation to enhance and support the clinical experiences. In addition, GPR residents have required rotations in internal medicine, emergency medicine, and anesthesiology. Lectures on geriatric dentistry, literature reviews, treatment planning conferences, case presentations, practice management seminars, and community service opportunities are scheduled throughout the 12 month program. Five residents are enrolled into the program each year. Upon successful completion of the program, residents will receive a certificate from the University of Minnesota, Fairview Medical Center.

  • Program goals and objectives
    • To provide residents with training as a primary care provider for individuals and groups of patients. This includes: providing emergency and multidisciplinary comprehensive oral health care; providing patient- focused care that is coordinated by the general practitioner; directing health promotion and disease prevention activities; and using advanced dental treatment modalities to serve the oral health needs of our community
    • Plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients including patients with special needs.
    • To advance the resident’s skills in management of the delivery of oral health care by applying concepts of patient management, behavioral management, practice management, state-of-the art technology, scientific- based and evidence-based dental practices, and quality improvements that are responsive to a dynamic health care environment.
    • To provide residents with training about functioning effectively within the hospital and other health care environments.
    • To advance the resident’s skills in functioning effectively within interdisciplinary health care teams.
    • To advance the resident’s skills in applying scientific principles to learning and oral health care. This includes using critical thinking, evidence- or outcomes-based clinical decision-making, and technology-based information retrieval systems.
    • Utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient centered care, adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice.
  • For more information

    James Gambucci, D.D.S., M.P.H.
    Director, General Practice Residency Program
    Associate Clinical Professor, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

    University of Minnesota Physicians Dental Clinic
    Riverside Professional Building - West Bank
    606 24th Ave. S. - Suite 200
    Minneapolis, MN 55454

    Phone: 612-659-8691
    Fax: 612-659-8690

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  • Last modified on July 26, 2012