Dentistry Residency

One-Year General Practice Residency

5 year residency

Approved for board certification for both specialties

Single site location with Level 1 Trauma Center

Specialized tracks in Primary Care and Global Health

Outstanding fellowship and job placement

About the Program

Program Overview


Founded in 1976, the General Practice Residency at Hennepin provides general practice residents with advanced clinical training in a multidisciplinary environment. Residents gain broad experience in hospital, clinic, and community health settings, learn the latest materials and techniques, and build on both clinical and practice management skills.

Our program is designed to ensure individual mentoring and superior staff support while promoting the development of advanced clinical judgment and proficiency. Multidisciplinary faculty, available onsite, provide a comprehensive, team-oriented, and patient-focused approach to oral healthcare. Residents interact directly with specialists in oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, prosthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, and temporal mandibular disorders and craniofacial pain. Our integration within the HCMC healthcare system gives residents a unique opportunity to collaborate with medical professionals who share a commitment to excellence in patient care.


About Our Curriculum

The one-year Dentistry program trains our residents to practice as a patient’s primary provider and to work as part of an interdisciplinary healthcare team. Residents take an early and active role in patient care while working side-by-side with experienced specialists.

Rotations include dental practice in our onsite clinic, working with a diverse community of patients, and assisting physicians across the hospital as part of a total healthcare team.

A variety of didactic opportunities focus on specific areas, such as pediatric dentistry and managing office emergencies. Our dedicated faculty, enthusiastic staff, and comprehensive approach help residents develop the clinical skills and procedural confidence to practice effectively in any setting.

The program includes an optional second year that participants can customize for more leadership and focused study.


About Our Educational Experience

HCMC offers numerous formal courses, seminars and literature review to supplement our clinical experience and provide residents exposure to all aspects of dentistry. Staff specialists and outside consultants lead these valuable conferences.

Didactic Opportunities

Required Conference topics include:

  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)
  • Anesthesiology
  • Dental traumatology
  • Endodontics
  • Fixed prosthodontics and implants
  • Hospital dentistry and management of medically compromised patients
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Oral medicine
  • Oral pathology
  • Medical emergencies
  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Pharmacology
  • Removable prosthodontics
  • Sleep medicine
  • Temporal mandibular disorders (TMD) and craniofacial pain
  • Treatment planning

At the University of Minnesota:

  • History and Physical course (Tuition provided)

About Our Faculty

A core team of tenured Hennepin staff leads the General Practice residency.

Program leadership

Areas of Expertise

Every day our faculty share their dedication and expertise in a variety of key disciplines.

Dr. Cale Strait, DDS
DDS, Dr. Jim Spitzmueller, DDS

General Dentistry
Dr. Erin Gunselman, DDS
Dr. Richard Markowski, DDS
Dr. Mary Seieroe, DDS
Dr. Cynthia Strand, DDS

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Dr. Louis Christensen, DDS
Dr. Maryann Sabino, DDS, PhD
Dr. Lance Svoboda, DDS

Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Patricia Tarren, BDS
Dr. Elisabeth Fulling, DDS
Dr. Andrea Leyland, DDS
Dr. Melanie Yuen, DDS

Dr. Roger Ettel, DDS

Dr. Brandon DeWitt, DDS, MSD

TMD and Orofacial Pain
Dr. Dennis Haley, DDS

Rotation Schedule

PGY-1 Rotations

4 weeks: Anesthesia
1 week: Emergency Medicine
Ongoing: General Dentistry
2 weeks: Medicine
13 weeks: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dentistry Rotation Descriptions

The Dentistry program includes clinic and hospital rotations. Residents provide on-call services approximately five nights per month. Rotations are integrated with general dentistry so that residents can provide comprehensive care to their own patients throughout the year.


During this four-week rotation, residents gain experience in all phases of anesthesia care, including: patient evaluation and risk assessment, airway management, intubation, induction of general anesthesia, IV sedation, patient monitoring, and extubation and post-anesthesia care. Residents work one-on-one with certified registered nurse anesthetists in Hennepin's main operating rooms.

Emergency Medicine

Our residents spend a week in Hennepin's emergency department, observing and assisting with management of medical emergencies. Each resident spends one evening riding with the ambulance crew. Residents gain experience and insight into the medical emergencies that could occur in the dental office.

General Dentistry

General Dentistry is the core of Hennepin's program and integrates rotations in the specialty areas. Residents spend the majority of their year at our dentistry clinic, located at Hennepin's downtown Minneapolis campus. Here, residents provide comprehensive dental care to patients with complex medical and dental conditions and special needs. Residents gain advanced clinical experience in all aspects of dentistry, and work with experienced general dentists and specialists who are dedicated to clinical excellence and teaching.

The General Dentistry rotation includes:

  • Comprehensive dental care for medically complex patients and those with special needs
  • Consultative services for inpatients and outpatients
  • Pediatric dentistry (clinic and operating room)
  • Periodontics
  • Endodontics
  • Management of patients with temporal mandibular disorder (TMD) and craniofacial pain
  • Removable and fixed prosthodontics and implants
  • Evaluation and treatment of pediatric and special needs adults in the operating room


General Practice residents join the internal medicine team for two weeks and observe the physical manifestations of various diseases. Residents gain experience taking medical histories and doing physical examinations.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

This rotation is equivalent to 13 weeks. Residents gain experience with routine and surgical extractions, third molar removal, pre-prosthetic surgery, evaluation and treatment of dental alveolar trauma, and managing odontogenic infections. Residents assist in the operating room with treatment of maxillofacial trauma, odontogenic infections, and orthognathic surgery.

Applications Due December 1

Application Requirements

  • Application through PASS. HCMC accepts the standard PASS Application format, which includes Dental School transcript, Part 1 National Boards, personal statement, three Personal Potential Index reports, and one Professional Evaluation from the Dean. There is no application fee.
  • U.S. or Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status.
  • DDS or DMD from a CODA-accredited Dental School, with graduation prior to residency start date.
  • Passing score in Part 1 of National Boards.
  • Eligibility for a resident license in Minnesota (regional board exams are not required).


  1. Submission: Submit your application through the American Dental Education Association’s Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). We do not accept applications through the mail. HCMC participates in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program.
  2. Scoring: Each applicant will be considered based on these attributes:
    • Pass on Board scores
    • Academic achievements, such as GPA, class rank or other evidence of achievement
    • Community service involvement
    • Leadership roles
    • Honors and accomplishments
    • Content of letters of recommendations (three Personal Potential Index reports and one Professional Evaluation form from the Dean)
    • Content of personal statement
    • Commitment to dentistry
    • Research
    • Overall impression at personal interview
  3. Interviews: Applicants with a completed PASS application and who demonstrate a strong candidacy through their selected attributes will be invited for interviews. We hold interviews in November and December. Applicants should be prepared to spend at least a half day for the interview process. Applicants may also schedule dates outside the interview cycle for observation at our clinic.
  4. Interviews
    • Facility tour
    • Lunch
    • Meetings with current residents and staff
dentist viewing dental x-ray


"I am amazed at how after just one year of residency, I have grown substantially as a dentist. Not only did my clinical skills improve greatly, but I became a much more compassionate provider and learned to communicate better with my patients."

What Sets Us Apart?

Advanced clinical training.

At Hennepin, residents build on their primary dental education by providing comprehensive general dentistry to their own slate of patients, many with complex dental and medical conditions. 

Collaboration and teamwork.

 With 15 residency and fellowship programs, the Hennepin system is a collegial, academic environment focused on teaching and quality care. 

Patient diversity.

Hennepin serves as the region’s primary provider for urban and underserved individuals, giving residents experience treating patients from a variety of cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds

Integrated hospital experience.

Through outpatient and inpatient settings, our residency prepares dental graduates to quickly identify and treat a full range of conditions, including those that can arise in emergency situations. 

About Our Facility

The Dental Clinic is located within the main Hennepin campus in downtown Minneapolis. The Dentistry Clinic serves a diverse population, with a variety of services including general dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, pediatric dentistry, and prosthodontics.

Hennepin's Minneapolis facility spans five city blocks and houses in-patient and ambulatory services, our Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, and numerous specialty clinics. We provide the full spectrum of care for patients, from primary care to hospitalization through rehabilitation.


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Megan McCabe

Dentist Residency Coordinator

[email protected] 

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Erin Gunselman, DDS

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