Advanced General Practice Residency

We are currently accepting applications for the 2020 residency program. Applications will be accepted Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2019. Applicant decision will be made by Jan. 31 and the residency program begins on Jul. 1, 2020. 

What is the Advanced General Practice Residency Program?

  • 24-month program
  • 1 resident accepted per year
  • No PASS participant
  • No MATCH participant
  • Application Date Oct. 1 – Dec. 31
  • Decision Date Jan. 31
  • Beginning Date July 1

Southcentral Foundation Advanced General Practice Residency is an intensive postgraduate training program fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The program is designed to provide each resident a comprehensive training experience in the advanced general practice of dentistry.

It offers a balanced clinical and didactic program and provides management experiences and insight to prepare the resident to direct a complex dental program within the U.S. Public Health Service.

This program is geared toward U.S. Public Health Service officers to prepare them for long-term senior leadership positions within the Indian Health Service.

The program is comprised of rotations that enable residents to practice all facets of dentistry with the added advantage of working comfortably in a hospital setting and providing care for compromised customer-owners.

SCF Dental

The SCF Dental has over 200 employees that operates four state-of-the-art clinics, ranging from 21 to 30 chairs each. Several satellite clinics are available to Elders, children, rural communities. Learn more about SCF Dental here.

Residency highlights:

  • No tuition
  • Salary position

Learn more about Becoming a Resident

About Advanced General Practice Residency

The AGPR program has a reputation for providing residents with an outstanding education in all aspects of dentistry and related medicine. SCF Dental clinics use state-of-the-art dental technology to provide exceptional care for customer-owners.

By the completion of the program, the resident will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Act as a primary care provider for individuals and groups of customer-owners.
  • Provide emergency and multidisciplinary comprehensive oral health care.
  • Obtain informed consent.
  • Provide customer-owner-focused care, coordinated by the general practitioner.
  • Direct health promotion and disease prevention activities.
  • Assess, diagnose, plan, and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of customer-owners, including those with special care needs.
  • Manage the delivery of customer-owner-focused oral health care by applying concepts of customer-owner and practice management and quality improvement that are responsive to a dynamic health care environment.
  • Function effectively within the hospital and outpatient clinics as part of interdisciplinary health care teams.
  • Apply scientific principles to learning and oral health care, including critical thinking, evidence or outcomes-based clinical decision-making, and technology-based information retrieval systems.
  • Utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, customer-owner centered care, adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice.
  • Understand the oral health needs of communities and engage in community service to prevent or treat oral disease.
  • Provide program management, leadership, and human resource management utilizing public health principles.

The resident will gain training and experience in the following areas:

  • Reviewing medical histories and physical examinations.
  • Prescribing treatment and medication.
  • Providing care in the operating room.
  • Preparing the customer-owner record, including notation of medical history, review of physical examination, pre- and post-operative orders, and description of surgical procedures.
  • Inpatient and surgery experiences will be included in the quarterly resident report, with an emphasis on the objectives listed above.

The resident will receive training in dental practice management, leadership, and public health administration to prepare graduates for senior positions within the U.S. Indian Health Service dental clinics. This consists of focused contact time with senior leadership, didactic sessions, and practical exercises in structured learning activities, addressing the following topics:

  • Management of allied dental professionals and office personnel
  • Quality management and continuous quality improvement
  • Principles of peer review
  • Business management and practice development
  • Principles of professional ethics
  • Jurisprudence and risk management
  • Alternative health care delivery systems
  • Informational technology

The resident will gain an understanding of hospital organization and function, including medical employee bylaws and hospital committees.

  • Become familiar with the credentialing process and the process for application for privileges.
  • Understand hospital records protocol.
  • Understand the responsibilities of dentists as members of the medical employees.
  • Become familiar with the standards and evaluation protocols for The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The resident will advocate for and participate in community programs to improve access to oral health care and prevent or reduce the incidence of oral disease.

  • Dental field trip.
    • The resident will provide examinations, preventive services, basic restorative services, urgent dental care, and customer-owner education presentations in a rural community setting.
    • The resident will coordinate logistical and travel arrangements, including contacting the school, preparing the mobile dental equipment, and distributing health history and consent forms.
  • Additional community outreach experiences.
  • University of Alaska Anchorage Dental Days.
  • Mission of Mercy.
  • Presentations at schools, health care centers, or with other civic groups.

The AGPR training program includes participation in after-hours on-call service to the community through the Alaska Native Medical Center Emergency Department. The after-hours on-call service provides residents the opportunity to treat a wide range of emergencies from dentoalveolar and maxillofacial trauma, to severe odontalgias and infections. The on-call schedule is pre-assigned, and all residents receive their on-call schedule for the entire year at the beginning of the program year.

The didactic series covers a wide variety of topics including internal medicine, physiology, anatomy, physical diagnosis, moderate parenteral sedation and medical emergencies, systematic review-evidence based dentistry, advanced cardiovascular life support, pediatric advanced life support, pharmacology, dental implants, basic and innovative dental procedures, literature review and practice management. We encourage residents to request presentations on topics of interest.


The resident will understand fundamental principles of general anesthesia and gain practical experience in the following areas:

  • Preoperative evaluation
  • Assessment of the effects of behavioral and pharmacologic techniques
  • Venipuncture technique
  • Customer-owner monitoring
  • Airway management and intubation
  • Understanding of the use of pharmacologic agents
  • Prevention and treatment of anesthetic emergencies
  • Assessment of customer-owner recovery from anesthesia


The resident will gain practical experience in the following areas:

  • Obtaining and interpreting the customer-owner’s chief complaint, medical, social history, and review of systems.
  • Obtaining and interpreting clinical and other diagnostic data from other health care providers.
  • Using the services of clinical, medical, and pathology laboratories.
  • Learn wound management.
  • Evaluation of fractures.


The resident will receive training and be able to demonstrate skill in the following areas:

  • Taking, recording, and interpreting a complete medical history.
  • Understanding the indications of and interpretations of laboratory studies and other techniques used in the diagnosis of oral and systemic diseases.
  • Understanding the relationship between oral health care and systemic diseases.
  • Interpreting the physical evaluation performed by a provider with an understanding of how it impacts on proposed dental treatment.


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We are currently accepting applications for the 2020 residency program. Applications will be accepted Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2019. Applicant decision will be made by Jan. 31 and the residency program begins on Jul. 1, 2020. 

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