USC University of Southern California

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC


Resident Hours and Responsibilities

During the residency year, residents spend six months at the LAC+USC Medical center and six months at the Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center of the VA. Residents are expected to remain at the clinics until all residents have completed their clinical work and documentation.

Residents generally keep the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30p.m., except the days they are treating patients under general anesthesia, when residents are to report by 6a.m. Residents responsible for operating room patients must be available until the patient goes home.


USC GPR Courses:

ADNT 702         Physical Diagnosis

AMED 750abc  Physical Evaluation and Anesthesia

ENDO 702         Clinical Endodontics

GPR 601             Hospital Dentistry

GPR 603abcd    Dental Ethics

GPR 604abcd    Practice Management

GPR 605abcd    Review of General Dentistry Literature

GPR 611abcd     Emergency Medicine

GPR 622             Forensic Dentistry

GPR 701             Treating Medically Compromised Dental Patients

GPR 702             General Dentistry Overview

GPR 705abcd    Periodontal Treatment Procedures

GPR 706abcd    Treatment Planning

GPR 710abcd    Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

GPR 711ab         Implantology

GPR 722            Occlusion; Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction; Orofacial Pain

GPR 733abcd    Advanced and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics

PTHL 601          Advanced Oral Pathology Seminar

Clinical Rotations

  • General and Emergency Dentistry

The GPR residents spend six months at the Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center of the VA in Downtown Los Angeles providing emergency and comprehensive dental care for the Veterans of the Greater Downtown Los Angeles area.

  • General Dentistry for People with Disabilities

The residents are assigned to a one-week rotation at the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Ca. to treat patients with physical and mental disabilities

  • Emergency Medicine

Residents are assigned to the Emergency Department at LAC+USC Medical Center for one week. The resident is assigned to work with the emergency room Attendings and Residents on-call to the emergency room.

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

The OMFS rotation will last for one month. The rotation will take place at LAC+USC Medical Center Department of Dentistry. The GPR residents will work side-by-side with the OMFS Attendings and Residents.

  • General Anesthesia

Each resident will complete a two-week rotation with the West LA VA Hospital’s Department of Anesthesia. This rotation gives the resident excellent experience in the overall function of the operating suite, as well as an introduction to anesthesia procedures. The resident will start an I.V., intubate, and assist the anesthesia staff in inducing, maintaining and monitoring general anesthesia.

  • Primary Care Medicine

The Los Angeles Veteran’s Administration Ambulatory Care Center’s Department of Medicine manages the medical problems of the patients. During the one week rotation, the residents gain experience in physical evaluation and management of medically compromised patients including those with prosthetic heart valves, chronic liver disease, diabetes, and spinal cord injury that may be respirator-dependent.

  • Pediatric Dentistry (optional, enhancement rotation)

The rotation of residents to Children’s Dental Health Clinic of Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, Ca. is designed to enhance the residents knowledge of treating children who need all sorts of dental treatment.