General Practice Residency Program - One (1) Year - VA North Texas Health Care System
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General Practice Residency Program - One (1) Year

Program Description

The Dental Service conducts a year-long Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program, accepting 2 residents annually.  Continuously active since 1959, the residency program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.


  • Receive mentoring by highly skilled Dentists in state-of-the-art clinics.
  • Gain experience treating challenging cases in a diverse patient population.
  • Train in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • Select a residency program from facilities located throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
  • Contribute to innovations in dentistry by participating in VA research.
  • Acquire ongoing education from conferences, web-based training, and other resources.
  • Develop special interests by joining field groups or by working in specific programs (e.g. Homeless Veterans Initiative).


General Practice Residency Brochure


To be eligible for post-graduate training in the General Practice Residency Program, a resident must be a graduate of an accredited North American dental school. Dental School transcripts, undergraduate transcripts, and National Board scores as well as 3 letters of recommendation are required. VA is committed to a program of equal opportunity. Every resident applicant will receive equal consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor.

Information and application materials can be obtained by emailing Dental Residency Director or by mail:

Dr. Francisco Garcia-Penna, Dental Residency
VA North Texas Health Care System
4500 South Lancaster, Dallas, TX 75216

Applicants may submit their application independently or through PASS, the Postdoctoral Application Support Service.

Postdoctoral Application Support Services

American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
1625 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20036-2212                                  
Telephone: (202) 667-9433

Application Deadline:  September 15

Individuals who have completed/submitted their applications by the deadline and meet acceptance standards will be invited to interview.