Dental General Practice Residency Program

Edmonton General Practice Residency (GPR)

An elective one-year postgraduate residency in general dentistry. Four positions are available per year to qualified applicants.

Application deadline is September 25, 2020, for the July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022, placement.

Admission Requirements
  • Must be in the final year or a graduate of a recognized dental school (Canadian, US, Australian, Ireland, or New Zealand) with a DDS or DMD Degree.
  • Must have a license to practice in Alberta, or must have passed the N.D.E.B. examination of Canada.
Application Process

The University of Alberta Program has joined other Canadian Programs in the Match. Details that applicants need to know are available at

Completed applications must be received by September 25, 2020 for program commencement starting July 1, 2021. Zoom interviews will be conducted with the short-listed applicants on November 7th, 2020.

Program and applicant rankings are due at the Match on November 13, 2020, and the Match is released on November 20, 2020. (The rankings system is open for use from October 26, 2020 12:00 AM ET to November 13, 2020 11:59 PM ET.)

Interested applicants are encouraged to visit Edmonton to meet our staff and current residents, and to tour the facilities available at any time throughout the year.

Dental residents pay a tuition/registration fee with the University of Alberta (approximately $900 for the residency year). This covers library access and instructional resources.

Please note: There is a $75 non-refundable application fee (payable to the University of Alberta) that is required with your application.

Program Goals

The University of Alberta Hospital Dental Residency Program has at its core the following goals:

  • Provision of an environment in which a new graduate can foster skills and knowledge that will expand their practice capabilities and place them at the forefront of their profession in measures of excellence, compassion, and service.
  • Provision of the opportunity for Residents to gain confidence in the management of significantly medically compromised patients by treating these patients under the guidance of experienced mentors.
  • Provision of the opportunity for Residents to gain confidence in the management of more complex dental treatment than typically provided in an undergraduate teaching program by treating these patients under the guidance of dental specialist mentors.
  • Provision of the opportunity for Residents to gain a greater understanding of the inter-relationships between medicine and dentistry through a series of off-service rotations in various medical and surgical specialties.
  • Provision of the opportunity for Residents to enhance their knowledge base in many areas of general dentistry through a series of formal seminars conducted with numerous Dental Specialists affiliated with the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.
  • Provision of the opportunity for Residents to gain insight into ethical and social concerns regarding the provision of medical and dental care.
  • Provision of the opportunity to develop skills and abilities that will enhance application into a graduate training program.
  • Provision of the opportunity for Residents to gain dental practice management skills, and to practice as a valued member of a health service delivery team.
Program Structure and Function

The University of Alberta Dental Residency is a twelve month elective post-graduate Program in general dentistry. Clinical dental care is provided by the Residents in two main settings:

  1. The University of Alberta Hospital (UAH) is a tertiary care centre treating patients from across Western Canada. The Dental Service provides support to many of the specialized medical and surgical services operating within the Hospital, including solid organ transplants, cardiothoracic surgery, cleft lip and palate, and hemophilia programs. Care is provided in a seven operatory Dental Clinic, the operating theatres, or occasionally in the Emergency Department.
  2. The General Practice Residency Clinic located in the University of Alberta Kaye Edmonton Clinic (KEC). Patients in this Clinic generally have needs that are too complex for treatment in the undergraduate teaching clinics, and are thus referred to the care of the Dental Residents for management of their needs with the guidance of specialists from the teaching Faculty. This includes training in placement and restoration of dental implants.
Provision is made for extensive dental enrichment through the year:
  • The Dental Residents broaden their knowledge of medical and dental interactions through formal rotations in Emergency Medicine & Anesthesia.
  • Attendance at on-going rounds and seminars are available throughout the year.
  • Dental Residents usually certify in ACLS and IV Conscious Sedation as part of the Program.
  • Seminars are provided in many dental specialty areas (endodontics, oral & maxillofacial surgery, implantology, periodontics, prosthodontics, sedation & anaesthesia).
  • The Edmonton and District Dental Society kindly permits each Resident to attend one of their Continuing Education days between September and April.

Remuneration of the dental residents is at the same level as year 1 Postgraduate Medical and Surgical residents (approximately $55,000); a package of employment benefits is included, and two weeks of vacation time is available during the twelve month contract. The dental service operates a walk-in Emergency Dental Clinic 365 days per year (four hours every evening, plus afternoon shifts on week-ends and holidays). Dental residents are afforded opportunity to work in this clinic, and are remunerated separately for doing so.

Completion of the residency does not provide subsequent access to full licensure from the Alberta Dental Association and College. For questions regarding pathways to licensure in the Province of Alberta, please contact the Registrar of the Alberta Dental Association and College directly.

Selection Process

The following criteria are used in the selection process:

  • Personal achievements and future goals
  • Class standing
  • Letter of intent - A one page letter describing why you wish to pursue a residency in Edmonton.
  • Letter of standing from the dean (or their designate) of the applicant's dental school
  • Reference letters: Three letters from faculty members the applicant has trained under.
  • Interview