Restorative Dentistry Advanced Clinical Training Program
- Program Overview
- Admissions Requirements
- Application Procedure
- Decisions Process
- Immigration Regulations
- Health Insurance & Clearance
- Medical Malpractice Insurance
- Contact Information
Richard G. Stevenson III, D.D.S., F.A.G.D. A.B.O.D.
Professor of Clinical Dentistry
The Restorative Dentistry Advanced Clinical Training (ACT) Program is an intensive two- to three-year program designed to provide nationally and internationally trained dentists with advanced clinical training in the broad realm of operative and restorative dentistry.
Core Knowledge and Skills Development
The first quarter of the program will start with a series of Core Courses including: Physical Diagnosis, Emergency Medicine, Dental Anesthesia and Pharmacology, Oral Facial Pain, and Hospital Dentistry. During this first quarter and continuing for the next two quarters, Trainees will receive lectures and laboratory sessions in operative dentistry, fixed prosthodontics, dental morphology and occlusion, esthetic dentistry, digital dental photography, conservative cast gold study club, surgical and restorative implant dentistry, and treatment planning seminars.
A major portion of the program will be dedicated to hand skills development through the Skills I, II and III Course, which involve the completion of over 100 preparations and restorations/provisionals in the UCLA Simulation Laboratory under the careful mentorship of a master clinician. During the Skills Courses, Trainees will learn to become proficient in the following restorative procedures: Composite and Amalgam Restorations, Gold Inlays and Onlays, Ceramic Inlays and Onlays, PFM’s, Full Gold Crowns, Ceramic Crowns and Veneers, including Provisional Mock-ups for Anterior Esthetic Cases. At the completion of the Skills Courses, Preceptors will have an instructor-verified and documented portfolio of their work in the illustrated Restorative Project Book.
A course in Anterior Composite Mastery will include a 40-hour workshop aimed at providing Trainees with the skills necessary to place seamless composite restorations, diastema closures, class IV composites and chair-side composite resin veneers.
Another special course will be in the preparation, laboratory work and delivery of a conservative cast gold restoration. In this 60-hour course, Trainees will learn to perform all of the laboratory steps required to produce precision castings, including: pouring models, trimming dies, waxing patterns, investing, burn-out and casting, divesting, fitting the casting to the die, finishing and polishing, and cementation on an extracted tooth. The entire supplies required for this course, including gold alloy will be provided as part of the tuition.
All Trainees will receive training in Digital Dentistry via a 20-hour hands-on course in CAD/CAM restorations, using the Cerec Blue-Cam and MCXL Milling Unit. During the CAD/CAM course, lithium disilicate restorations will be designed, milled, stained, characterized, and glazed by each student.
Trainees will also work with clinical faculty while observing and assisting providers who are treating patients in the restorative dentistry clinics on the Westwood campus and at the Venice Dental Center. Trainees will actively participate in numerous rotations including: Implant Center Consults and Treatment Planning, Westwood/Venice Dental Center Senior Select Program and Case Presentation Seminars, and the UCLA Richard V. Tucker Cast Gold Study Club. During the final quarter of the FIRST YEAR, Trainees will be instructed to become competent in the administration of local anesthetic, placement of rubber dam, impressions for study casts, esthetic face bows, centric relation records, cast mounting, comprehensive oral examinations, chart entries, SOAP notes, digital photography, risk-based diagnosis, and treatment planning and sequencing on an actual patient.
Trainees will engage in a teaching experience as Assistant Lab/Clinical Instructors in the Dental Morphology and Occlusion Course, given to UCLA first-year Pre-doctoral students during the Spring Quarter.
Included in the tuition is attendance (including registration, travel and lodging) at the Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Academy of Operative Dentistry in Chicago, Illinois.
Trainees will be mentored by restorative dentistry faculty in both pre-clinical and clinical restorative dentistry techniques as taught at the UCLA School of Dentistry, and will learn to improve their own teaching skills as well in pre-doctoral restorative courses. Additionally, Trainees will be encouraged to engage in a directed creativity project in restorative dentistry in either research leading to a publication submission or a clinical/teaching manual.
Excellence in Clinical Dentistry
The emphasis of the second year of the program is patient care. Trainees will participate as dental providers to a diverse population of patients at the UCLA Venice Dental Center, 3-days per week under the guidance of Restorative Division Clinical Faculty.
The first quarter of the program will start with assignment of patient cases for comprehensive treatment including: comprehensive oral examination, data/record gathering, radiographic interpretation, assessment of oral condition, diagnosis, treatment planning and sequencing, periodontal therapy, direct and indirect restorative procedures, including Implant restorations, diagnosis and treatment of pulpal disease, functional analysis and treatment (including centric relation records, deprogrammers, and occlusal equilibration) and anterior and posterior esthetic dentistry. A key concept that will be reinforced through the care of patients is the understanding and execution of an accurate risk-based diagnosis. Trainees will be taught how to use the “Diagnostic Diamond” to develop a risk assessment, prognosis, and a sequenced patient-appropriate Treatment Plan in each of four areas: Periodontics, Restorative, Function and Esthetics.
The clinical requirements that must be satisfied by the end of the first year include numerous prescriptive procedures (minimal clinical experiences in numerous areas) and the attainment of competency with the goal of excellence in the following: dental materials, Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA), prevention modalities, field isolation (advanced rubber dam techniques), minor periodontal and oral surgery procedures (scaling and root planning, exodontia, flaps, esthetic crown lengthening), diagnosis and treatment of pulpal disease (direct and indirect pulp caps, pulpectomies, and simple root canal treatment), conservative direct and indirect restorations (glass ionomers, composites, complex amalgams, gold foil, foundation restorations, gold inlays and onlays, FGC/PFM restorations, fixed dental prostheses, and bonded ceramics), implants (including diagnosis, treatment phasing, assisting with surgical placement, impressioning, abutment design and restoration delivery), occlusal functional diagnosis and treatment (including anterior deprogrammers and equilibration), esthetic diagnosis (face bow, digital photography, diagnostic wax-ups, and intra-oral mock-ups), anterior and posterior veneers, “super” veneers and all-ceramic restorations, bonding protocols for ceramics, CAD/CAM scanning, design, milling, lithium disilicate crystallization, staining, glazing, restoration surface treatment and cementation, transitional removable devices, occlusal guards, bonded functional esthetic prototypes, altering VDO, triaging and providing palliative care for the dental emergency, and complex case management.
During both the first and the second year, the development of teaching skills will be a significant area of focus, through the use of informatics training, modeling and mentor feedback.
Each Trainee will be assigned a teaching rotation in the Skills I, II and III Courses, of the Restorative Preceptor Program. During these courses, you will provide hands-on instruction alongside a master clinician mentor in an effort to develop your teaching skills. Other required teaching experiences are in the Dental Anatomy and Waxing Course in the Fall and the Clinical Applications of Dental Morphology and Occlusion Course in the Spring, where you’ll serve as bench instructors to the UCLA first year dental students. Those Trainees who express additional interest in teaching will be given additional opportunities to serve as an Assistant Instructor in the Indirect Restorations Course (fixed prosthodontics) in the Summer and Spring.
It is expected that each ACT graduate will be a future leader in his/her dental community, whether it be education, military, private practice or a combination of these. All Trainees are required to apply for membership in the Academy of Operative Dentistry. Included in the tuition is attendance (including registration, travel and lodging) at the Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Academy of Operative Dentistry in Chicago, Illinois. ACT’s in their 3rd year of the program are expected to apply to give a Table Clinic at the AOD Annual meeting.
Each ACT is highly encouraged to apply to the American Board of Operative Dentistry for Board Certification eligibility and to challenge the written portion of the examination in February. Special review sessions and seminars are scheduled throughout the first two quarters of the year to better prepare candidates for this challenging examination. Literature review/Case presentation sessions are held every two weeks during the year and attendance is required by all Trainees.
Trainees will be required to present a comprehensive case portfolio which includes documentation of all of their clinical cases (patient name, procedure, date, complications) with two cases being presented to the faculty: one primarily direct restorations and another, primarily indirect restorations with mounted casts, wax-ups, digital photos (via a digital visual presentation) at the conclusion of year one.
At the conclusion of the 2-year program, Trainees will obtain the knowledge and skills equivalent to a 2-year Operative Dentistry or Restorative Dentistry Program.
Optional 3rd Year
Trainees interested in the 3rd year ACTP are encouraged to attend in order to complete ABOD preparation, finish research projects (future M.S.D. anticipated), or participate in a Combined Oral Biology Preceptorship-Restorative Dentistry Program.
Although this is not a CODA accredited program, a certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the program. The two year program has been approved by the American Board of Operative Dentistry for Challenging the ABOD Board Certification Examination. Many states in the U.S. allow 2-year graduates the opportunity for licensure. Please contact the individual states for specific requirements.
Length of Program: 1 or 2 years (applicants must first have completed the 1 year preceptorship)
Number of Positions: This program admits 12 trainees in the first year, 8 in the second year, and 6 in the third year.
First Year: $36,400 per year (subject to change)*
Second Year: $32,780 per year (subject to change)*
*Please note that half of the fees are due upon acceptance and the second half are due by the first day of the fall quarter.
Dental Kit: Trainees will be responsible for purchasing dental supplies and an equipment kit upon arrival in the program. The approximate cost of this mandatory kit is $9,000, and will need to be purchased through the UCLA Health Sciences Store.
Certificate Fee: one-time payment of $200
International Student Fee: $1,300 (only for those requesting I-20s for F-1 student status)
- Degree from a dental school accredited by the local government jurisdiction
- English language proficiency
Applicants must submit all of the following materials:
- Official dental education transcripts translated into English or ECE Course-by-Course Report
- 3 confidential reports from people with knowledge of the applicant’s skills and potential
- Proof of English language proficiency for applicants with English as a second language An interview in English may also be required.)
- One-time, non-refundable application fee of $150.00 (the application fee must be paid in US dollars in the form of a check drawn from a US-affiliated bank, cashier's check, or money order made payable to UC Regents.)
All application materials must be sent directly to:
Office of Student Affairs
If you wish to use a courier service please use the following address:
Incomplete files will not be considered.
Photocopies of official transcripts and TOEFL/IELTS scores will not be accepted.
Application Deadline: March 15
Upon Acceptance: There is a non-refundable fee of $1,300 due after acceptance for those who need an I-20 to apply for an F-1 student visa. There is also a $200 certificate fee to confirms your acceptance of the program. These fees are not applied towards your tuition and are non-refundable.
The admissions committee considers the following criteria in its decisions:
- Language skills
- Content of application
- Activities/professional experience since graduating from dental school (Those who have been treating patients are desired.)
Accepted candidates are notified by email. Decisions will be available approximately one month after the application is submitted.
All trainees who are not U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or on a visa status authorized for enrollment in full-time studies must enter the United States on an F-1 visa. The 1-20AB necessary for application for an F-1 visa is processed by the School’s International Advisor. This is a non-immigrant visa which presumes you are in the United States for the purpose of studying for a limited time. The I-20AB request form will be sent to you after acceptance to the program.
All foreign students attending UCLA are required to be insured under an adequate medical insurance plan during all periods of registration. Medical insurance is not provided by UCLA for trainees, and trainees cannot be seen at the on-campus student health facility. The School of Dentistry requires that you obtain a health clearance prior to enrollment in the program for individual and community health reasons. The health clearance must include a complete physical examination and demonstration of immunity to certain communicable diseases. Annual monitoring for tuberculosis will also be necessary.
Students in all ACT programs will be required to purchase medical malpractice insurance. Information on this will be forthcoming.