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Admission Criteria

Eligibility Criteria:
Only applicants from ADA-accredited (USA and Canadian) dental schools are eligible to apply. Only this eligible will be considered.

Application Process:
All applicants must use the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Completed applications will be reviewed by a committee composed of the faculty of the program. The packet will be considered en toto; weaknesses can be offset by strengths.

The following criteria will be considered in determining if a candidate is to be offered an interview:

1) Statement of intent. The applicant should demonstrate a clear reason for wanting postdoctoral education in General Dentistry, and it should be clear their goals will be met by our curriculum.

2) Interest in future specialization is not a negative. If applicable, the applicant should articulate how GPR training will augment their future specialty training.

3) National Boards, Part I must be taken and passed.

4) Class ranking, where available, will be considered as a good indicator of academic progress. The top 25-33% is preferred, but not mandatory.

5) GPAs will be reviewed in the context of potential grade inflation and/or heavy competition.

6) Letters of recommendation should describe excellent motivation, maturity, curiosity/inquisitiveness, ability, interest and personality. Technical skills must be sufficient to allow general supervision.

7) Most importantly, throughout their application materials, the applicant should demonstrate that what our program offers is of high interest to them and that they will be a dedicated and interested learner.

We are searching for motivated learners who will enjoy the program, put their heart and soul into it, get as much out of it as they can, work well as a team, and go on to apply the knowledge in their future practices. We simply want the best candidates for our program.

Invitations for interview will be issued in October of each year. The candidates spend an entire day visiting with us so that they can tour our office and hospital and meet with the faculty, staff and (in the future) residents. Interviews are intended to both identify high-quality candidates for our program and allow each candidate an opportunity to evaluate our program for its appropriateness to their postgraduate training goals and expectations. The intent of the interviews is to make the final decision about who best fits our program from a personality, work-ethic, teamwork, and learner point of view.

Selection Process:
After the interviews are completed, the interviewing faculty will meet and discuss the applicants. Submitted materials will be revisited as necessary and candidates selected. The Providence Saint Peter Hospital GPR does not participate in the National Matching Service. Candidates will be officially notified by a call from the program director and a follow up e-mail approximately 1 week after interviews have been completed. They will be asked to sign a binding contract for training.