USC University of Southern California

General Practice

Advanced Specialty Certificate Program

The 12-month General Practice Residency Program provides residents a broad range of experience as they rotate through oral surgery, emergency medicine, anesthesia, care for the disabled, and other disciplines. Approximately 60 percent of the resident’s time is devoted to delivery of oral health care.

Residents train under the supervision of the faculties of the Ostrow School of Dentistry and the Keck School of Medicine of USC, primarily at the LAC+USC Medical Center and the L.A. Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic. Some training is also conducted at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and the Ostrow School of Dentistry.

The program is designed in conformance with the guidelines of the Council on Dental Education and the Commission on Accreditation of the American Dental Association. A certificate is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the program.

Note that this program does not accept international applicants.

Application Deadlines

USC application deadline: November 1
PASS deadline: October 15

How to Apply

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC uses the American Dental Education Association’s Postdoctoral Application Support Service’s (PASS) centralized application for its specialty certificate programs.

In addition to the PASS, all General Practice Residency Program applicants must submit the following supplemental materials to the Ostrow School of Dentistry’s Office of Admissions:

  • A non-refundable processing fee of $85. We will accept a personal check, cashier/bank check or money order made payable to USC. Please indicate the program you are applying to on the check.
  • Official undergraduate transcripts.

This program also uses the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (Match) to help place residents.

Mail your supplementary packet, all in one envelope, to:
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
Office of Admissions
925 W. 34th St., DEN 201
Los Angeles, CA  90089

U.S. Department of Education Disclosure

Dept of Labor Standard Occupational Classification Code: 29-1023
Dept of Labor Standard Occupational Profile:
On-Time Completion Rate: 100%
Tuition and Fees: $0
Equipment and Supplies: $0
Job Placement Rate: Not Available
Median Loan Debt
  Federal: Zero
  Private: Zero
  Other: Zero


Residents receive a monthly stipend during training.

Health Requirements

Please note that all matriculating students must comply with the university’s health requirements.