Applying to the Program

Dr. Nieman
Program Director
Dr. Robert Nieman

Applicants Contact
Susan Lael
**please enter “GPR R1 Application” in the subject line

GPR Program University of Washington
Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
1959 NE Pacific Street
HSB # B241
Box 357134
Seattle, WA 98195-7134


Verification of Residency Training: Send request via Fax: 206.685.7222; Attn: Residency Program Manager. To ensure accuracy of the verification, please provide the full name, social security number, training program and dates of training of the resident.

U. of Washington GPR has an accredited first year (12 month) residency program, as well as accredited optional 2nd year program. While the GPR first year program has a specific structured clinic rotation schedule with accompanying didactic curriculum, The GPR 2nd year program allows clinical rotations and work experience to be tailored to meet the candidate’s specific area interest within the scope of General Dentistry. GPR Second year residents can select from approved rotational experiences at the University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center, The Center for Pediatric Dentistry, and other elective outside rotation sites, such as the Colville Community Dental Clinic.

Admission Requirements

Qualified Candidates must have DDS or equivalent from U.S. or Canadian Accredited Dental School and must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen, or U.S. Permanent Resident, and must submit all required program application materials by the PASS application deadline. Eligible candidates for the GPR 2nd year positions must have successfully completed PGY1 of an accredited GPR or AEGD training program prior to matriculation, in addition to the before mentioned requirements. Candidates are assessed for academic achievement and long-term potential. When candidates for the training program are evaluated, no adverse discriminatory judgments are made on the basis of race, sex, religion or nationally.

WA State Licensure Requirement

Successful candidates to this program will either hold a current Dentist License (issued by any U.S. State), or will be eligible to apply for a Dentist License upon completion of dental school and before residency start date (July 1). Applicants who are appointed to the GPR residency training program are required to hold (at minimum) a Washington State Resident (limited/restricted) Dentist License effective at the beginning of residency training valid for duration of the residency appointment.

Application Cycle

PASS icon
The University of Washington General Practice Residency (GPR) First year program participates in both PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service), and National Matching Services, Postdoctoral Dental Match Program (MATCH)

  • U. of Washington GPR Program PASS code is: GPR 686
  • U. of Washington GPR Program MATCH code is: GPR 9435

Candidates interested in applying to the GPR First year program must submit program application via the PASS program application portal at:  Applicants can submit the PASS Application and also register for the MATCH at the same time. Note: for the GPR first year program, the PASS application is the complete program application (no additional materials need to be sent directly to the program). The program may request additional information if candidates are selected for the Interview phase of admissions. Candidates interested in applying to the GPR 2nd year program will submit application materials directly to the program (see below).

Candidate Interviews: Candidate Interview Day is Friday, December 5, 2014.

The PASS Application deadline is October 1, 2014. We will review all complete applications and contact candidates for program interview invitations the week of October 27th, 2014.
Candidate Interview day is scheduled for Friday, December 5th, 2014.  Invitations to program interview day are issued to 24 candidates per year. Each candidate spends one full day with us so that they can tour our main clinics and hospitals and meet with the faculty and current residents. The interview day is structured specifically to allow the admissions committee to evaluate each candidate, as well as allow each candidate to meet with current residents one-on-one and thoroughly evaluate the program.  Candidates planning to accept the interview day invitation should plan to be available the full day.

 Applying to the GPR 2nd year program

GPR R2 positions are open to candidates who have completed an accredited GPR or AEGD (PGY1); we encourage everyone who is interested and qualified to apply.

The GPR R2 application deadline is Feb 15, 2015.

GPR 2nd year program Required Application Documents

  • Official transcript from dental school and undergraduate school
  • Verification of NBDE  Part I and Part II
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV) and personal statement
  • A minimum of 3 letters of recommendation (at least one from post graduate program faculty and/or director)
  • Copy of your PASS application submitted for GPR/AEGD PGY 1 program

All applicants will be contacted by the program upon receipt of application materials.  Selected applicants will be contacted directly by the program director for interviews. Please submit GPR 2nd Year program application materials to:

Susan Lael
University of Washington
Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
1959 NE Pacific Street; BOX 357134
Seattle, WA 98195-7134

ATTN:  GPR PGY2  Applications

Positions Available

The University of Washington GPR residency program fills 8 first year positions per year via Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (MATCH).  The GPR program fills up to 3 second year residency training positions per year .  Although priority is given to current (UW) R1’s, the GPR R2 positions are open to outside applicants as well; we encourage everyone who is interested and qualified to apply.

Annual Stipends and Fringe Benefits

The University of Washington General Practice Residency program is a fully accredited by the ADA and sponsored by University of Washington Graduate Medical Education (GME).  Candidates who MATCH to this program, or are independently selected, are subject to and privileged by the terms and conditions of the Resident Position Appointment (RPA) contract for University of Washington GME residents.

2014-2015 Resident Stipends

Training Year: R1 R2
Monthly $4,268 $4,437
Annually $51,216 $53,244

*Annual Stipends are subject change yearly

 A Note about Vacation

Residents are entitled to up to 3 weeks (21 days) of vacation leave per program year. Vacation leave is pre-arranged on an annual basis and vacation requests may be subject to limitations of certain rotation training sites.  Residents are not permitted to take vacation in July, August or June, unless due to a family emergency, or other extenuating circumstance

A few friendly words of experience/wisdom:

  • We suggest you start considering programs and getting your letters of recommendation requested over the summer.
  • Ask your evaluators to use utmost honesty in rating you on the electronic forms.
  • Select faculty, preferably full-time faculty, who know you well and will not only write about your dental skills, but also about you as an individual. We read a lot of evaluations, and those that make the most impact are the ones that highlight the candidate as a complete person.
  • We do read all materials and essays carefully, so tell us truthfully why you seek residency education and what you hope to get out of it. Use your essay opportunity to explain unusual circumstances in your application materials and to highlight important personal strengths the forms may not reveal. We are seeking to know you as a person through your writing.
  • Experience tells us that our most successful residents do not always have perfect GPAs or Class Standings. Please apply if you are interested, regardless of how you feel about your GPA or Class Standing.


Comments are closed.