Surgical Implant Dentistry
Surgical Implant Dentistry Preceptorship Program
- Program Overview
- Admissions Requirements
- Application Procedure
- Decisions Process
- Immigration Regulations
- Health Insurance
- Contact Information
Peter Moy, DMD
The Surgical Training in Implant Dentistry Preceptorship program is designed to provide the international postgraduate dentist or recent graduate of a dental school with a curriculum that enhances their knowledge in the surgical aspects of Implant Dentistry and permit the Preceptor to develop surgical skills through model-based, hands-on laboratory sessions. The curriculum includes formal didactic lectures in a classroom setting, mini-seminars that promote active discussions from students, one-hour conferences with other departments within the dental school focusing on the topic of Implant Dentistry as well as literature and scientific journal reviews. The curriculum will also include bench-top hands-on training on plastic models and fresh pig-jaw models so the international postgraduate dentist will be able to develop practical skills in using the armamentarium necessary to perform all of the surgical procedures to enhance their level of competency with surgical techniques used in Implant Dentistry.
The curriculum is designed so that the Preceptor will learn the most current radiologic principles, surgical methods/techniques and use of biomaterials to manage their implant patients. Due to the rapid advancements made with modern technologies, biomaterials and equipment, the curriculum will incorporate these advancements into the didactic materials as they develop. The Preceptor is afforded the opportunity to experience the handling of new materials, work with developing software programs to enhance the workup of the implant patient as well as observe how new surgical techniques will enhance the surgical treatment and see the clinical outcomes of surgical treatment both from a short-term and long-term perspective.
One of the unique aspects of this program is the addition of the Brentwood Extension of UCLA’s Dental Surgical Center where the state-of-the-art computer software programs, surgical instrumentation and audio-visual equipment are used to enhance the learning experience for the Preceptor. The program participants will be able to observe surgical procedures as it is being performed, will be able to communicate with the operating surgeon if questions arise and will be able to observe the clinical outcomes as they follow the patient through the postsurgical period until the prosthetic restoration is delivered. The Preceptor will have the opportunity to experience the concept of “Team Approach” to Implant Dentistry with surgical specialist working in close unison with restorative specialist.
A certificate of attendance is awarded upon successful completion of the program. This certificate is not the same as the postgraduate program certificate awarded to full-time international postgraduates in specialty training as a qualification for recognition by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
Length of Program: 1 – 3 quarters. Applicants must specify the quarter they would like to begin and the length of program they desire.
Number of Positions: 10
Fees: $6,200 per quarter (subject to change)*
Certificate Fee: one-time payment of $200
International Student Fee: $1,300 (only for those requesting I-20s for F-1 student status)
*Fees are due two weeks before the first day of the academic quarter.
- Degree from a dental school accredited by the local government jurisdiction
- English language proficiency
Applicants must submit all of the following materials:
- UCLA Preceptorship Program Application
- 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 (A TOEFL score of 87 or IELTS score of 7.0) is required; 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
Incomplete files will not be considered.
Photocopies of official transcripts and TOEFL scores will not be accepted.
Application Deadline: Deadlines vary depending on the initial quarter of enrollment.
Initial Quarter of Enrollment
|Summer (July – September)||March 15|
|Fall (late September – December)||June 1|
|Winter (January – March)||September 15|
|Spring (April – June)||December 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:
- Academic achievement
- Professional goals
- Content of confidential reports
Decisions will be made on a rolling basis.
All preceptors 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 preceptorship students, and preceptors 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.