- Program Overview
- Admissions Requirements
- Application Procedure
- Decisions Process
- Contact Information
Nadia Chugal, DDS, MS, MPH
The UCLA Endodontics Residency Program is a postgraduate certificate program that provides advanced education in endodontics through didactic, clinical, and research components to highly qualified and motivated candidates. The UCLA program integrates the scientific basis for endodontics with current standards of specialty patient care.
The program offers strong clinical training that covers the full scope of endodontics, and emphasizes the development of proficiency in the following areas: (1) to perform endodontic treatment, both conventional and surgical, and adjunctive procedures at a specialty level of expertise; (2) to synthesize a rationale for treatment based on scientific knowledge and practice evidence-based endodontics; (3) to evaluate and assess endodontic therapy and outcome of treatment; (4) to exercise complex problem solving and independent thinking; (5) to analyze evidence and new information as well as technology for clinical practice through current literature; and (6) to function as a member of a dental and medical interdisciplinary treatment team provided by the UCLA School of Dentistry and the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
A considerable component of training is devoted to the presentation of clinically-oriented basic scientific material. The scientific background of endodontics is emphasized in seminars, lectures, and treatment planning conferences throughout the training program. Clinical education is achieved through lectures, seminars, workshops, clinical instruction, and case and record review.
Ongoing throughout the two years are literature review seminars (classic and current), diagnosis and treatment planning seminars, and case and record reviews that provide continuous review and instruction. A research project related to endodontics is required, as well as teaching experiences in didactic and clinical situations. Additionally, every resident will have after-hours emergency call coverage responsibilities on a rotational basis.
This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and affiliated with the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
Length of Program: 2 years
Number of Positions: 3
Financial Arrangement: B salary
- US citizen or permanent resident
- DDS/DMD from an ADA-accredited program
- National Board Dental Examination, Part I
- Submit primary materials through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Please visit the ADEA PASS webpage for more information.
- Submit the UCLA Standard Residency Supplemental Application directly to the Student Affairs Office:
Incomplete files will not be considered.
PASS Application Deadline: August 1
UCLA Supplemental Application Deadline: August 15
Selected candidates will be invited to interview. If you have been selected, an Administrative Assistant will notify you one to two weeks before the interview by telephone and/or email.
Timing of Interviews: Early September – early October
Approximate Number of Candidates Selected for Interviews: 15 – 20
The admissions committee considers the following criteria in its decisions:
- Academic achievement
- Performance on NBDE
- Content of letters of recommendation (3 PPI, 2 PEF)
- Content of personal statement
- Teaching experience
- Research experience, capabilities, and potential
- Leadership potential and community service
- Motivation, professionalism, and maturity
- Communication skills
- Critical judgment
- Clinical experience
- Demonstrated interest in endodontics
This program does not participate in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. Accepted candidates are notified by telephone. Decisions will be available within 2 weeks after the interview.