A Message from the Program Director

General (Dental) Practice Residency (Hospital Dentistry)


Lynnette Jackson, DDS, M.S.

Program Director, Residency Training

About our program

The Harbor-UCLA Medical Center GPR Program is a one program designed for advanced clinical and didactic training in general dentistry with intensive hospital experience at the postdoctoral level.  GPR programs provide instruction and experience in the delivery of care to a wide range of ambulatory and hospitalized patient.  They provide dental services for segments of the population which are currently underserved, including medically compromised, mentally and physically challenged, pediatric, adult and geriatric individuals. This training and exposure prepares dentists to obtain privileges at local hospitals once in private practice.

What makes us stand out?

During our last site visit, in June 2011, the site visitors denoted our GPR program was a “Stellar Program” and is currently fully accredited.

Despite of the program size, the number of faculty and time commitment is more than adequate.  Full time faculty includes two general dentist’s one of which is serving as an assistant program director and I am not only the GPR program director but also a pediatric dentist. The part-time faculty is inclusive of a periodontist, maxillofacial prosthodontist, endodontist and an additional pediatric dentist.  During each clinical treatment session, faculty coverage is provided.  In a supervisory and teaching capacity, there is also the availability of the oral maxillofacial faculty.

What are we program looking for?

  • S. graduates of accredited dental schools having earned the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) or Doctor of Medical Dentistry (D.M.D.).
  • Individuals who exhibit an understanding of the program’s concept for providing high quality dental care to the underserved populations as well as an ability to interact with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Individuals who are intelligent as well as honest with an ability to exercise sound judgement is also highly valued.


Figure 2.  Picture of GPR clinic operatory using microscope for endodontic therapy.