The General Practice Residency Program The General Practice Residency Program

About the Program

The General Practice Residency (GPR) Program at the University of Saskatchewan is a one-year, hospital-based residency that begins each year on July 1st and concludes on June 30th of the following year. Successful candidates will be expected to attend mandatory orientation sessions the week prior to the July 1st start date. Resident’s positions are salaried at a level commensurate with that of a PGY1 medical resident and include three weeks of paid vacation time. Additional time off to attend an appropriate continuing dental education meeting will be decided on an individual basis.

The goal of the GPR program is to provide dentists with a broad multidisciplinary approach to the clinical practice of dentistry. This program is not an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) or gap training program in which residents will be taught how to perform dentistry. Instead, the GPR program is meant to provide competent practitioners with the opportunity to expand their knowledge, skills and experience in the fields of dentistry and medicine.

Residents will gain advanced skills in

  • management of orofacial infections and injuries,
  • clinical and histological evaluation of pathologic lesions,
  • evaluation and management of temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain conditions,
  • evaluation and treatment of pediatric, geriatric, special needs, oral oncology and organ transplant patients,
  • routine and complex oral and maxillofacial surgeries, and
  • anesthesia and airway management.

Residents will also gain a broader understanding of public health dentistry and the access to care barriers faced by many residents of Saskatchewan.

Dental residents who complete the GPR program will be well prepared to competently and confidently enter private practice and/or hospital-based practice, as well as any dental specialty programs, particularly those of oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral medicine and dental anesthesia.

Residents can expect to complete various dental, medical and community-based rotations.

Dental and community-based rotations will include time spent evaluating and treating healthy and medically complex patients in various clinics:

  • USask GPR Oral Surgery Clinic
  • USask GPR Oral Medicine-Oral Pathology Clinic
  • Saskatchewan Health Authority Multidisciplinary Cleft Palate Clinic
  • Royal University Hospital Dental Clinic
  • Royal University Hospital Special Needs Operating Room
  • Prairieview Surgical Centre Operating Room
  • Saskatoon City Hospital Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Operating Room
  • Saskatoon West Dental Clinic, and/or Northern Community Dental Clinics in Fond du Lac, SK and/or Cumberland House, SK

Off-service medical rotations vary by availability each year, but can include rotations in

  • emergency medicine,
  • anesthesia,
  • otolaryngology,
  • plastic surgery,
  • internal medicine,
  • medical oncology, and/or
  • radiation oncology.

Residents will be scheduled for, and are expected to fully participate in the 24-hour emergency call service. This includes, but is not limited to, day-time hospital ward consults, as well as overnight call coverage. Residents will also be expected to attend weekly Head & Neck Oncology rounds.

Throughout the entirety of the GPR program, residents will be under the supervision and guidance of members of the attending staff (including GP dentists and dental specialists). Although supervision will be provided at all times, as fully licensed dentists in the province of Saskatchewan, residents will be given autonomy to develop their clinical decision making skills.  A high level of maturity, professionalism and independence will be expected. Educational opportunities will consist of one-on-one clinical teaching, journal review sessions, formal lectures and seminars. Residents will be expected to present case presentations and give lectures to undergraduate dental students, dental societies and/or journal clubs in Saskatchewan.

Applicants must possess, or be in the final year of study leading to conferral of, a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)/Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree (or equivalent) from an accredited Canadian or US dental program. Candidates must be in receipt of this degree by the time they begin the GPR program. Internationally-trained applicants must possess a certificate issued by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) and must meet all immigration requirements. If dental training was completed at a dental school where English was not the primary language, evidence of English proficiency must be submitted (acceptable evidence includes sealed, official transcripts of recent English proficiency exams such as TOEFL - minimum score 580 paper-based or 93 internet-based; or IELTS – minimum overall score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component of the academic test). All candidates must satisfy the registration requirements of the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CDSS). A criminal record check will be required for successful applicants in order to gain privileges within the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

Resident selection will be made based on candidate applications and personal interviews (if requested).

For more information regarding the GPR program you may contact the GPR Program Director, Dr. A. Gruza at

Completed applications can be emailed to Dr. A. Gruza at The deadline for receipt of applications is October 14, 2019. Interviews will be held before November 9, 2019. Successful candidates will be notified on November 14, 2019 and will have 24 hours to accept the offered position.


Refer a Patient

If you have a patient you'd like to refer to the USask Oral Oncology Clinic or the USask Oral Medicine-Oral Pathology Clinic, please fill out the appropriate refrral form below.  Completed referral forms can be faxed to (306) 966-1795 or mailed to:

College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan
105 Wiggins Road
Saskatoon, SK
S7N 5E4

Clinical photos and radiographs can be email to OR 

For more information regarding the USask GPR Oral Mediccine-Oral Pathology program, please call 306-966-5059.