General Practice Residency

The General Practice Residency program affords an opportunity for the recent graduate to obtain advanced education and training in comprehensive general dentistry within both an ambulatory and a hospital environment. This one year residency program is specifically designed to enhance the resident's abilities and confidence in fully treating the total patient while familiarizing themselves with other aspects of the hospital health service as they work in close relationship with other members of the health care team. The development of high professional standards in ethcis, attitudes and performance is stressed.

The goals of the program are to prepare the graduate to:

  • Act as a patient's primary oral health care provider, treating or managing all aspects of oral health care, including emergency and multidisciplinary comprehensive oral health care.
  • Plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients including patients with special needs.
  • Manage the delivery of oral health care by applying modern concepts of patient practice management and quality improvement that are responsive to a dynamic health environment.
  • Function effectively with other health care professionals in the hospital and other health care environments to facilitate the patients' total health care.
  • Actively participate in critical thinking analysis and evidence based care and utilize this knowledge in treatment decisions and continuous quality improvement.
  • Utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient centered care, adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity in clinical practice.

The University of Louisville's General Practice Residency Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of approval without reporting requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or at 211 E. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611. 

  • Diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Restorative dentistry
  • Implant dentistry
  • Fixed and removable prosthodontics
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Endodontics
  • Periodontics

The residency is clinically oriented with much time devoted to areas of training where limited experience is available in dental school.   The majority of the resident’s time is spent providing dental care.  The remaining time is devoted to rotations through Medicine, Oral Surgery, Anesthesia, Miller Health Clinic and various non-clinical didactic experiences.

For a more detailed list of the GPR Training Goals and Objectives, you can download the file "Training Goals and Objectives [PDF]"

Acceptance requires graduation from a dental school accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

The Resident Selection Committee considers all applications for interview only when a complete application is received.  You must apply to our program through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS).

The application deadline for 2024-2025 has been extended to January 1, 2024. After applications are received and reviewed, you will be contacted only if you are selected for an interview.  The interview is a full day process and allows you to interact with current residents and faculty. Our program does not participate in the Match.

The General Practice Residency Program accepts six incoming residents each year.

American Dental Education Association
1625 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20036-2212
Phone:  800-353-2237
Fax:  202-667-4983
see the PASS website

Enrollment Requirements

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status. A DMD or DDS degree from a CODA-accredited dental school and a valid Kentucky dental license are required.  A passing/satisfactory score on the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) is not required to apply to the OMS program but is a requirement for admittance.

Please contact us for more information.


GPR Clinics are located on the 2nd floor of the Ambulatory Care Building adjacent to the University of Louisville Hospital.


Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and General Dentistry
Ambulatory Care Building, 2nd floor
550 S. Jackson St, Louisville, KY 40202
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University of Louisville School of Dentistry
Department of Surgical and Hospital Dentistry
501 S. Preston St. Louisville, KY 40202
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GPR Residency Interim Program Director

Ashley King-Tinsley, DMD
Assistant Professor

GPR Residency Program Coordinator

Mary A. Boyd

Physical Address:
Ambulatory Care Building, A2A07
550 South Jackson Street | Louisville, KY 40202

Mailing Address:
School of Dentistry, Room 020
501 South Preston Street | Louisville, KY 40202