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University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine

General Practice Residency (GPR)

Introduction to the GPR Program

Introduction to General Practice Residency

Our General Practice Residency program, directed by Edward Mitnitsky, DDS, is dedicated to ensuring that residents get the best possible experience that will enable them to provide oral healthcare not only to the general public but also to patients who are medically compromised or have special needs—and to gain that experience in hospital settings, in private offices, or in public health clinics.

With oral health and systemic health so vitally connected, general dentists are expected to serve as important members of the health care team.

Part of the General Practice Residency program’s mission is to provide oral health care to underserved individuals, whether they be medically indigent or medically complex, and to those who may find it difficult to receive care in their private community.

Details about our GPR

The residency was established in 1979 and has graduated over 180 PGY1/PGY2 residents.  

There are eight residents currently selected for the PGY1.

A GPR requires many hours of rotation in anesthesia and medicine and we have an obligation to a community clinic so the residents are out of the main clinic approximately 35% of the year.  While in the GPR clinic, the residents perform complex dental procedures in endodontics, fixed, removable and implant prosthodontics, and periodontics.  The residents rotate in oral surgery for 14 weeks.  

The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, and the last accreditation visit was in 2008 with an Accreditation Status:  Approval without Reporting Requirements.

Stipend for the PGY1's is $38,000 and PGY2's receive $60,000.  Benefits package include:

    • ​​Professional liability insurance
    • Medical and dental insurance for the resident and dependents
    • Disability insurance
    • Free parking, scrubs, meal tickets for on-call periods
    • 10 vacation days are allowed.  There are some restrictions on when vacation can be taken.

Dental assistants are available at all sites.  

Dental laboratories perform most of the laboratory work.

The 2013-2014 residency will begin orientation on June 24, 2013.  All residents must be in Denver by that date.

The University of Colorado is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution.  

The University of Colorado GPR participates in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (ADEA PASS) and the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program.  All applicants must utilize their procedures and agree to their restrictions.  

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