General Practice Residency

The General Practice Residency (GPR) is hospital-based and structured to provide diagnosis, treatment planning, and dental care instruction, as well as experiences in dental implants and all areas of general dentistry.

GPR residentFully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, this 12-month training program includes ambulatory patients, hospital in-patients, and general dentistry in an operating room, with an emphasis on the medically, cognitively, and physically challenged patient. The program also includes didactic courses in oral medicine, and conscious sedation to enhance and support the clinical experiences.

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 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 Medical Center.

Requirements include: 

Residency goals

  • 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.



During this three-week assignment, residents will receive instruction on the principles and techniques of general anesthesia. Residents will learn to intubate an unconscious patient; gain experience in administering anesthetic agents; become knowledgeable in the prevention of anesthetic emergencies; learn how to complete a preoperative evaluation of the general anesthesia patient; assist in the supervision of patients recovering from anesthesia; and much more.

Emergency Medicine

This is a two-week rotation where residents perform duties as designated by the emergency room chief attending physician.

Internal Medicine

While participating in the two week Internal Medicine rotation, residents attend morning rounds, perform histories and physicals, and attend patient case conferences and lectures. Residents will gain experience in taking medical histories and performing physical evaluations; assess and diagnose various medical disease processes; and gain experience in risk assessment and medical management of the compromised patient.

Operating Room

Residents perform comprehensive general dentistry on special needs patients under general anesthesia.


Residents provide emergency 24-hour, on-call coverage for the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview's Riverside and University hospitals.

Four-Handed Dentistry

Each resident will improve their four-handed dentistry skills with our dental assistants.


Residents participate in Conscious Sedation, Oral Medicine, and History and Physical Diagnosis courses.

Residents participate in treatment planning seminars and give Grand Rounds presentations. Topics vary depending on current patient medical conditions and include medical/dental and public health disciplines. Literature review, case presentations, and practice management lectures round out the residents' scholarly activities.

Program at a glance

Length: 12 months
Degree: Certificate
Contact: James Gambucci, DDS, MPH
Phone: 612-659-8691
Fax: 612-659-8690

Mailing address:

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