Uwsod Admissions Essay

Applying to the Program

Program Director
Dr. Ryan O’Connor

Applicant Contact:
Susan Lael
**please enter “GPR  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: Please submit request for residency training verification via Fax to: 206.685.7222; Attn: Residency Program Manager. To ensure accuracy, please provide the full name (as well as any aliases), and trainee’s Date of Birth, along with trainee’s written authorization to disclose information to 3rd party.

U. of Washington GPR program has an accredited first year (12 month) 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 Advanced General Dentistry and Special Care Dentistry. GPR Second year residents can select from approved rotational experiences at the University of Washington, including the DECOD Clinic, 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 CODA accredited GPR or AEGD training program at an ACGME accredited institution 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

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: https://portal.passweb.org/.  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).

 Applying to the GPR 2nd year program

GPR PGY2 positions are open to candidates who have completed an accredited GPR or AEGD (PGY1) from an ACGME accredited institution; we encourage everyone who is interested and qualified to apply.

The GPR PGY2 application deadline is Feb 26, 2017.

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:

GPR Program Administration
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).  There are 2 second year residency training positions per year. The PGY2 positions are open to internal applicants, as well as those who completed their PGY1 year at an out outside institution; we highly encourage everyone who is interested and qualified to apply. One of the two PGY2 positions is designated as a 12 month residency in Special Care Dentistry through the UW School of Dentistry’s  DECOD Program.

Annual Stipends and Fringe Benefits

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

2017-2018 Resident Stipends

Training Year: R1R2

*Annual Stipends are subject change yearly on July 1

 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.


Preparing tomorrow’s dentists

How to Apply

Step 1: The University of Washington School of Dentistry (UWSOD) only accepts applications through the AADSAS portal on the ADEA website. Online applications are available in early June at the AADSAS website. The deadline for the AADSAS application is October 1st for each cycle.

Step 2: Submit DAT or Dental Admission Test scores to AADSAS. There are no exceptions to completing the DAT. Applicants must take the DAT prior to the due date of September 30 each year. Scores from a test after that date are not considered during the current cycle. Competitive DAT scores for entering students have averaged between 19 and 21 in recent years.

Step 3: Official transcripts are only requested after a student has been admitted to the school. All transcripts AND letters of recommendation should be sent to AADSAS, as part of your application. Letters of recommendation will only be accepted from AADSAS.  Please follow the instructions on the AADSAS website for proper submission guidelines.

Step 4: Competitive Applications will have a minimum of  50 hours of dental knowledge/shadow/observation and  50  hours of community service. These hours must be completed at the time of submitting an application.

Step 5: Secondary applications: Unlike many dental schools, UWSOD no longer sends out secondary applications. Secondary application questions are now located within your primary AADSAS application. UWSOD gives primary consideration to residents of Washington and WICHE states. The UWSOD invites select candidates (approximately 15% or 165-180) from the applicant pool for interviews.

Note: The UWSOD uses a rolling admissions process where the Admissions Committee makes decisions on a continual basis beginning on December 1 and ending on or about March 1. It is recommended that applicants apply and complete their files well before the October 1 deadline, although individual decisions are not based on the date the application was received.

The UWSOD typically receives over 1000 applications per year.  The entering class size is 63.

Doctor of Dental Surgery Program

The University of Washington School of Dentistry curriculum provides students with opportunities to learn the principles significant to the entire body of dental knowledge. Our curriculum is organized around a collection of “threads” that encompass the core competencies of general dentistry. These threads not only inform first- and second-year instruction, but also link to our system of third-year clerkship and fourth-year general practice models designed to duplicate the real world of private practice. Curricular threads include:

  1. Critical Thinking
  2. Medical Management of the Dental Patient
  3. Foundations of Human Health & Disease
  4. Care of Diverse Populations
  5. Health Promotion, Disease Prevention & Communication
  6. Dental & Maxillofacial Surgery
  7. Restoration of Form & Function
  8. Dental Practice Management
  9. Ethics & Professionalism

Our curriculum, which is predominantly active learning, is year-round (approximately 47 months) with opportunities in independent study, research, community health experience, and seminars on a variety of topics and specialties.  Please consult our Course Catalog for more information about our curriculum.

The Class of 2020 is scheduled to attend a mandatory orientation July 18-22, 2016, followed by a four-week period of instruction (Early Clinical Immersion) from July 25 through August 19, 2016.  Block 1 Courses are scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 6 after the Labor Day holiday.

Residency and citizenship requirements

UWSOD welcomes applications for admission from US Citizens, Permanent Residents, and undocumented individuals who qualify for HB 1079, which allows eligible undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities starting July 1, 2003. All prospective students will be reviewed under the same admissions criteria regardless of status.  See Eligible Non-Citizens.

A typical entering class is composed of 85-90% Washington residents and the remaining 10-15% primarily from WICHE states (Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota and Wyoming). View annual updates to the Residency Classification information.


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