Pediatric Dentistry Preceptorship
- Program Overview
- Admissions Requirements
- Application Procedure
- Decisions Process
- Immigration Regulations
- Health Insurance
- Contact Information
Francisco Ramos-Gomez, DDS, MPH, MS
The Pediatric Dentistry Preceptorship is designed for foreign-trained dentists who wish to return to an academic setting for short periods of time to supplement the knowledge and experiences gained from earlier training and subsequent professional experiences. Preceptors are able to audit all courses offered by the Section of Pediatric Dentistry during their enrollment. Course topics include histology and embryology, growth and development, interceptive orthodontics, oral pathology, behavior management, preventive dentistry, pediatric diagnosis and treatment, sedation and anesthesia, pediatric medicine, practice management, and research methodology.
Each preceptor is permitted to design a curriculum according to his/her desired objective upon consultation with and approval from the program director. Preceptors spend approximately 30% of their time to observe patient care in the Children's Dental Center. Seminars and classes typically account for 40% time, and there is about 30% undesignated time available for library use, faculty and resident discussions, lectures, and research. Preceptors studying more than one quarter may perform patient treatment at the discretion of the faculty.
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. Preference is given to trainees start in the Summer quarter for one year and join the ACT.
Number of Positions: Maximum of 3 per quarter
Fees: $10,000 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 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.
Phone interviews may be conducted. 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 standing during dental training
- English proficiency
- Content of confidential reports
- Future plans
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.