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Advanced Dental Education

General Practice Residency Certificate Program

Dr. Lauren Patton, General Practice Residency Certificate Program Director


Dr. Lauren Patton
Program Director
General Practice Residency Program
UNC School of Dentistry
CB# 7450, 467A Brauer Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7450

Phone: (919) 537-3582
Fax: (919) 537-3586


I hope you will enjoy visiting our program's webpage. As a team, we are daily striving for excellence in patient care and education of our residents.

Past residents have commented at the end of the program:

The General Practice Residency (GPR) Program is a twelve-month certificate program with second-year option, accredited by the American Dental Association’ Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Educational Program includes rotations to specialized sites affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Dentistry and UNC Hospitals. The primary clinical training sites for the program include the dental services of the University of North Carolina Hospitals (5-6 months), the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Durham, N.C. (3-4 months), and the Orange County Health Department in Hillsborough, N.C. (1-2 months). Operating room and On-call experiences are ample. Additional rotations during the first year of the program include two weeks each with Medicine-Precare and Anesthesiology at UNC Hospitals. The optional second-year curriculum is designed to offer additional time on both outpatient and inpatient services at UNC Hospitals and on elective rotations. The second-year resident(s) serve as Chief Resident for the program.

For academic year 2013-14 we had 5 first-year residents and 2 second-year residents; in academic year 2014-2015 we have 7 first-year residents. Our plan each year is to enroll 7 residents between the first and second year curricula.