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General Practice Residency Certificate Program

Admissions Information


Acceptance requires graduation and receipt of a DDS or DMD degree from a US or Canadian dental school accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Applicants must be final year students or graduates of US or Canadian Dental Schools and be eligible for a North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiner's Intern Permit or North Carolina Dental License. Unfortunately, current North Carolina dental licensure requirements for foreign-trained dentists create credentialing concerns that cannot be addressed in a timely manner for enrollment of the foreign-trained dentist in this clinical training program.

The Resident Selection Committee considers all applicants for interview only when a complete application is received. This program does not observe "in-state" quotas. Competitive applicants selected for an interview in Chapel Hill will be contacted. The interview is a full day process and allows candidates to tour our hospital facility and interact with current residents and faculty.

Admission criteria are applied equally to all participants regardless of race, sex, color, national origin, or religion. The University and our program encourage minority student applications.


Completed applications are due no later than November 1 to be considered for the class that begins the following July.

Participation in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program is REQUIRED for admission to our program. Application may be obtained by writing:

National Matching Services
595 Bay Street
Suite 301, Box 29
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 2C2

Phone: 416.977.3431
Fax: 416.977.5020


National Matching Services Inc.
P.O. Box 1208
Lewiston, NY 14092-8208
Phone: (716) 282-4013
Fax: (716) 282-0611

Web Site:

We encourage application through the PASS program. Our PASS application electronic receipt deadline is November 1. Please obtain a PASS application by writing:

Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS)
American Dental Education Association
1400 K Street NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
617.612.2065 (PASS Customer Service)
800.353.2237 (Toll-Free Customer Service)

Web Site:

In addition to the PASS application, a UNC Hospitals Application for Residency Training and Authorization for Release of Information must be completed by each applicant and sent directly to the residency program director. Please see our Graduate Medical Education site. ( The application can be printed from the UNC Healthcare website or a hardcopy can be requested by emailing the GPR program coordinator, Ms. Daniella Onofrio. All of the UNC Hospital Application requirements for letters of recommendation are met by a complete PASS application that includes two Professional Evaluations and the Institutional Evaluation.

As an alternative to the PASS application service, candidates may apply directly to the program by submitting the following:


Each applicant must complete the background check questions and return them to the program director.


For additional information about the admissions process, please contact:

Ms. Daniella Onofrio
GPR Program Coordinator
CB# 7450, Rm 467C Brauer Hall
UNC School of Dentistry
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7450

Telephone: (919) 537-3571
Fax: (919) 537-3586