The UAMS General Practice Residency (GPR) program is a full-time program with six positions each year from mid-June through June 30 of the following year.   It consists of 12 months of advanced dental education.

Residents rotate at UAMS in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Otolaryngology and Anesthesia for two weeks in each department. Each resident participates in two block rotations of two weeks each at Arkansas Children’s Hospital to focus on Pediatric and Special Needs Dentistry. Over the course of the year, residents will also spend twelve days at the UAMS 12th Street Health and Wellness Center and twelve days at the Harmony Health Clinic. The GPR program emphasizes comprehensive general dentistry on patients with complex medical histories. At the successful completion of the GPR program, each resident will receive a Certificate of Completion.

The GPR is a postdoctoral educational program designed to provide essential skills, attitudes and abilities related to the contemporary practice of advanced general dentistry, with emphasis on total patient-centered care.  The program provides the recent graduate the opportunity to augment his/her knowledge of oral disease and his/her diagnostic and therapeutic skills in dentistry.  Treatment of oral disease in the medically complex patient and/or hospitalized patient is emphasized.  A private practice environment is maintained throughout the program to assist the recent dental school graduate in the transition from academics to “real world dentistry”.

For more information, please email Holly Johnson at or call the Center for Dental Education administration office at (501) 686-8089.

We thank you for your interest in our programs and hope that you will join us in support of dental education at UAMS.

Niki C. Carter, DMD
General Practice Residency Program Director


Watch “A Day in the Life”, a video created by one of our Dental Residents.

The program in general practice residency is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”].  The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.  The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.  The Commission’s web address is: