Westwood AEGD Preceptorship
- Program Overview
- Admissions Requirements
- Application Procedure
- Decisions Process
- Immigration Regulations
- Health Insurance
- Contact Information
Min K. Chung, DDS
The Westwood AEGD Preceptorship is designed to expose foreign-trained primary care general dentistry practitioners to the management of comprehensive and complex general dentistry cases, including restorations and surgical placements of dental implants. It is for those who wish for exposure to treating various complex and comprehensive cases, and plan to remain a primary care general dentistry practitioner. The program is designed to enhance each preceptor’s ability to be ready for more complicated cases in a private practice general dentistry environment.
The didactic portion of the program, which includes various aspects of basic and clinical sciences in dentistry, runs throughout the academic year with a concentrated curriculum in the month of July. Topics covered include all specialty areas of dentistry, physical diagnosis, treatment planning, medical emergencies, elements of sedation, oral pathology, pharmacology, orofacial pain & dysfunction, dental implantology, oral radiology, literature review, practice management, periodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics, sports dentistry, etc.
Clinical observation occurs in the AEGD clinic located at the Westwood site. Preceptors are given the opportunity to observe and assist the treating faculty or resident dentist in various dental disciplines such as prosthodontics, periodontal and oral surgery, esthetic dentistry, implant dentistry, simple orthodontics, endodontics, and care of the medically compromised patient.
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. Applicants must specify the quarter they would like to begin and the length of program they desire. It is encouraged for preceptors to begin during the summer quarter for 1 year (4 quarters).
Number of Positions: 2 – 4
Tuition: $6,100 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)
*Tuition is due two weeks before the first day of the academic quarter.
- Degree from a minimum of 4-year 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 (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.
Phone interviews may be conducted though they are usually not required. If you have been selected to interview, you will be notified by the Clinic Administrator.
The admissions committee considers the following criteria in its decisions:
- Academic achievement
- Content of personal statement
- Content of confidential reports
- Demonstrated interest in/commitment to general dentistry
- Life experience
Accepted candidates are notified by telephone. Decisions will be available approximately one week after the application is received.
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.