Advanced Implantology Preceptorship
- Program Overview
- Admissions Requirements
- Application Procedure
- Decisions Process
- Immigration Regulation
- Health Insurance
- Contact Information
Kumar Shah, BDS, MS, FACP
The Advanced Implantology Preceptorship is designed to provide broad exposure to a variety of topics in implant dentistry. The major focus is on Implant Prosthodontics and Treatment Planning. The required materials are presented in a way that allows time for each preceptor to view actual laboratory and clinical cases as he/she chooses. The basic curriculum is augmented by the availability of graduate and predoctoral dental courses, which may be audited by the qualified preceptor, allowing each participant to customize his/her experience. Preceptors will find a very dynamic form of education that does not focus on the dogmatic lecture hall presentation, but instead follows a more intimate seminar-type atmosphere that encourages a cutting edge exchange of ideas. The education attained is limited only by the participant’s willingness to seek out the experiences he/she desires.
A seasonal breakdown of the focus areas of the curriculum has been established. However, as implantology is an extremely dynamic and rapidly changing field, literally each week and even every day will bring new material to the participants. This precludes the course administrator’s ability to provide exact expectations of what and when specific topics will be covered. It is felt that a real-time patient-based treatment experience should drive the education, as is found with the prosthodontic surgical treatment planning conferences. These conferences provide an exciting opportunity to discuss the formulation of patient treatment plans with world-renowned authorities and allow a real-time evaluation and debate over the merits of the treatment modalities employed. Preceptors will also have the opportunity to photograph selected cases in progress to provide a personal record of the current treatment techniques utilized.
An additional feature of this program is the unique opportunity it provides its participants to interact with a broad spectrum of researchers in the Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology. Innovative research on biology, gene therapy, cellular response to biomaterials, and evaluation of outcomes of prosthodontic research is ongoing in the center.
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 – 4 quarters. This program offers 4 options to suit each enrollee’s academic interests and needs. Applicants must specify the quarter they would like to begin and the length of program they desire.
Number of Positions: 10 – 15
Fees: $4,700 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
- 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:
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
- Clinical experience
- Content of personal statement
- Content of recommendation letters
Accepted candidates are notified 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.