Dental General Practice Residency Program

The LSU Health Shreveport General Practice Residency (GPR) program will be a one-year experience in hospital dentistry and is based in the university’s affiliate hospitals. The program will intensively train general dentists to understand and competently manage complex dental patients with medically, mentally, emotionally, and physically compromised conditions, including age (geriatric and pediatric), utilizing the resources and facilities of a hospital. Advanced training will be provided in all areas of dentistry to enhance the skills required during postdoctoral education and upon completion, the skills and judgement commensurate with their residency experience.

Overall Program Goals and Objectives

  • Advanced training in the clinical practice of dentistry with skill in patient evaluation, medical history, physical assessment, health promotion and disease prevention, laboratory diagnosis, the diagnosis and treatment of common dental emergencies in the dental setting, and the advanced use of dental treatment modalities.
  • Extensive training to function effectively within interdisciplinary health care teams as the primary oral health care provider, including referrals and consultations, as part of a patient-centered health care team.
  • Hospital and clinic experience and community service in comprehensive and emergency oral care to a wide range of patients with regard to dental complexity and patients with medically, mentally, and physically-compromised conditions, including age (geriatric and pediatric), and socioeconomic status (indigent and privileged).
  • Training in operating room and hospital protocols and providing dental treatment in a hospital operating room setting and managing perioperative and postoperative patient care.
  • Advanced education and training in pain and anxiety management through appropriate behavioral and pharmacology methods.
  • Didactic and clinical guidance in communication, behavioral management, and practice management skills in the practice of dentistry.
  • Experience in applying critical thinking and evidence-based outcomes to clinical decision making in oral health care.
  • Fostering lifelong learning, patient centered care, cultural diversity, professional ethics, and a commitment to community service, especially to the under-served and those in lower socioeconomic status.
  • Anesthesia, Pain Control, and Pharmacology
  • Asepsis, Infection Control
  • Clinical Dentistry
  • Endodontics
  • Implant Dentistry
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Preventive Dentistry
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Dental Oncology and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics
  • Dental Photography
  • Emergency Dental Care
  • Emergency Medical Care
  • Inpatient Care and Hospital Organization
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Medical Risk Assessment
  • Physical Evaluation
  • Medically Compromised Patients
  • Oral Medicine
  • Oral Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Clinical Case Conference
  • Clinical Case Studies
  • Practice Management
  • Research
  • Special Patient Care: Patients with Disabilities, Geriatric Patients
  • TMD/Myofacial Disorders


Admissions Requirements

Qualified candidates must have a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or equivalent from U.S. or Canadian Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited dental school, must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident, and must submit all required program application materials by the application deadline. Admission criteria are applied equally to all participants. Successful candidates will be evaluated for academic achievement and no adverse discriminatory judgements are made based on race, sex, religion, or national origin. Candidates will either hold a current DDS issued by any U.S. state or will be eligible to apply for licensure upon completion of dental school and before residency start date of July 1. Successful applicants are required to hold a Louisiana State Resident (Limited/Restricted) Dentist License effective at the beginning of residency training valid for duration of the residency program.

Application Process

Carefully read and follow the instructions so that there will be no delay in the receipt of your application by the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine Admissions Committee.
  1. Complete and submit the School of Medicine Dental Residency Self-Managed Application. Upload the following items with your application:
    ► Submit your current Curriculum Vitae
    ► A one-page Personal Statement describing your reasons and objectives for undertaking graduate study.
  2. Three letters of recommendation (the Dean's recommendation and two other recommendations). Electronic or paper recommendations are accepted. Electronic letters of recommendation must be sent directly to the school by the recommender.
  3. Pay a non-refundable application fee of $50. This fee is for self-managed applications only. Online credit card payments and paper checks are accepted. Checks are to be made out to LSU Health Shreveport. Payment can be made online with the application form.
  4. Request an official score report from the National Board Dental Examinations (Parts I and II). Results are to be submitted directly to the school from the National Board Dental Examinations.
  5. Submit original or certified/notarized copies of all original-language academic records, mark sheets, and transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Where official, original documents are issued in a language other than English, certified/notarized English translations must be included: Uncertified English translations will not be accepted. Electronic submissions must be sent by the institution.

All materials, including the National Board and TOEFL Scores, must be received by the application deadline. All application instructions should be followed carefully.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete. Incomplete applications will not be processed. All materials submitted for consideration become the property of LSU Health School of Medicine and will not be returned to the application for any reason.

Applying to the Program

Applications will be due to LSU Health Shreveport no later than December 31st of each year and will be considered for the class that begins the following July. Applicants must make application through the Online Self-Managed Application Form.

Click Here for the Application Form

ATTENTION APPLICANTS: Due to COVID-19 it is highly recommended that all self-managed application materials are to be submitted via email to avoid processing delays.

Email or mail completed application materials to Lauren Lafitte:


If submitting by U.S. mail:

  • Place the application, curriculum vitae, personal statement, academic records and transcripts, letters of recommendation, and the application fee in one envelope.
  • Letters of recommendation must be in envelopes that are sealed by the individual writer of the recommendation. The writer’s signature must appear on the back flap of the envelope.

Mail to:
LSU Health Shreveport, School of Medicine
Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Attention: Lauren G. Lafitte
Admin Bidg. Room 503
1501 Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA 71130-3932

Admission Interviews / Selection of Students

Interviews will be granted after the applicant's credentials have been reviewed. Interviews are by invitation only. Candidates selected for an interview will be notified by a representative of the GPR program.

Selection Process Criteria

The following acceptance criteria must be met by all candidates:

  • Academic qualifications that exhibit the potential for success;
  • National Board Scores which demonstrate a high level of competency;
  • Letters of recommendations; and 
  • An interview
  • Entrance Requirements
  • All successful applicants must possess a DMD or DDS degree to matriculate into the residency program.